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Call for Artists: Hurry Up and Wait

Call for Artists: Hurry Up and Wait

Hurry Up and Wait: a juried exhibition at Asian Arts Initiative

Curated by Adriel Luis

Exhibition: September 1* – December 15, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm
Submission Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017


Migration can seem like a single, bold act – the crossing over a border, the trip across an ocean, the transport from point A to point B. But the process is actually a series of steps that include correspondences, forms and often a whole lot of waiting – these individual tasks can be their own bureaucracies, each shrouded in mystery and inconsistency, despite the millions of people throughout the world who navigate them.

Recently, immigration in the United States has become even more convoluted, with ad-hoc travel bans, stop-and-go deportation policies and hearsay visa requirements all adding confusion to an already-complex experience.

Hurry Up and Wait is an exhibition featuring art that explores these moments within a moment. Hidden between the drama and debate of immigration are nuances, glitches, errors and fineprint that can be frustrating, mundane, anti-climactic – and sometimes even surprisingly simple. Here we encounter the tensions where policy and humanity meet – the range of emotions, wonder, assumptions and discoveries that make migration much more than simply a political issue.


Submission Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017
Exhibition: September 1* – December 15, 2017


We invite professional and emerging artists (including recent graduates of matriculated programs) working in any medium (visual artists, writers & poets, musicians, performers) to submit one (1) to three (3) original artworks that explore the theme of immigration. Works will be selected by the Adriel Luis, the curator of this exhibition.


Monday, July 10 All applications due
Mid-July Notifications Sent
Aug 21-24* Drop-off for selected artworks at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street
Aug 24* Final Day to receive shipped artworks
Friday, Sept 8 Opening Reception


Entry forms must be complete and submitted online only. There is no entry fee.
All submissions must be received by Monday, July 10 at 11:59pm EST.
Please complete the Entry Form here: “Hurry up and Wait” Submission Form
Please send additional images and artist resume to gallery@asianartsinitiative.org.


Application Specifications

Support material can include images of your artwork, Microsoft Word files, and/or a list of links to video/audio files.
Images must be saved as JPG files at 72dpi and must be no larger than 2000 pixels in any direction.
Each file name should correspond with the entry form. For example, Jane Doe’s image should be titled “DoeJ1 Untitled.” You may include up to 3 additional details of each work.
Video and Audio files should not exceed 3 minutes (excerpts will be accepted) and should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Soundcloud.


Accepted artworks must be dropped off at Asian Arts Initiative between Monday August 21 and Thursday August 24*. All work dropped off must be delivered in a reusable container. Asian Arts Initiative is located at 1219 Vine Street, and is open from 10a to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Asian Arts Initiative is able to provide limited support for shipping selected artworks to/from the gallery. All shipped artworks must arrive in a reusable container, and be received at 1219 Vine Street by Thursday, August 24*.


Selected artists will receive a modest honorarium for their participation in the exhibition.


Each accepted artist will receive a loan agreement. All Artwork(s) will be insured once received by Asian Arts Initiative, as well as for the duration of the exhibition, installation, and de-installation periods.


Please email gallery@asianartsinitiative.org with any questions.


Located in Philadelphia’s burgeoning Chinatown North neighborhood, Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary arts center where all people — across experience and skill levels, age, race, and class backgrounds — can view and create art that reflects our lives, as well as think critically and creatively about the future we want to build for our communities.


Adriel Luis is a musician, poet, visual artist, curator and coder from the California Bay Area. Adriel is currently based in Washington DC as the Curator of Digital and Emerging Media at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where his team has been developing a series of “culture labs” as community-created alternatives to traditional museum exhibitions. He is also a founding member of the psychedelic spoken word collective iLL-Literacy, and moonlights on design projects with artists and non-profits. Adriel frequently travels, with particular interest in how digital space shapes global communities. Adriel can be found across online platforms as @DRZZL.

*These dates may be shifted forward one week to begin the show on September 8; artists will be notified accordingly by the time of selection notification.

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