IKOUII OPEN 2022
Accepting Artist Submissions
DEADLINE October 30, 2022 Midnight EST
The Ikouii Open is an annual online group exhibition of artwork created by both disabled and non-disabled artists worldwide. The goal of the open is to activate social movements, educate, inspire, and evoke change within the arts and disability communities. Artists who practice in a variety of mediums or disciplines at any stage in their art career are encouraged to submit work in response to a disability-centered theme. The Ikouii Open will include all art forms and genres. The virtual exhibition will run from December 3 – February 3, 2022.
This year’s theme will explore the intersection of spirituality, religion, and disability. Historically individuals with disabilities have and still face barriers to be included in religious communities. Faith can be an important aspect of flourishing for many people with disabilities. Disability impacts major theological disciplines as well as the many dimensions of religious life and faith community practices. Artists of various faiths such as, but not limited to Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism. Islam. Hinduism, Buddhism are encouraged to submit works that respond to the theme. We hope this exhibit will encourage diverse and authentic interfaith conversations on the intersection of theology and disability.
Disability & Religion Stats:
10% Faith communities that do congregation-wide disability awareness.
32% Parents who changed their place of worship because their child was not included or welcomed.
45% People with severe disabilities who attend a place of worship at least monthly.
84% People with disabilities who say their faith is important to them.
HOW TO APPLY
Please read the full guidelines and terms before completing the application process. Before submitting work, please read our terms and conditions here. Review the dates and deadlines at the bottom of this page. Entries can only be submitted online via the submission link below.
ELIGIBLE MEDIA – OPEN TO ALL
Accepting all contemporary and fine art submissions that clearly employ and represent the theme. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, painting, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, pottery/vessels, sculpture, assemblage, digital art, collage, fiber/textile art, art installation, dance/movement, spoken word, film, and contemporary craft. Submissions are open to local, regional, national and international artists.
- Best in Show: Fully Funded 6 Week Solo Exhibition at The Ikouii Creative, plus prizes below (Last Year’s Winner)
- Honorable Mention: Blog Feature, Newsletter and Social Media Recognition
- People’s Choice: Blog Feature, Newsletter and Social Media Recognition
- Patty Liang – Deaf Spotlight (Seattle, WA)
- Douglas Scott – Full Radius Dance (Atlanta, GA)
- Myrna Clayton – Showability (Atlanta, GA)
- Dr. Mohammed Ghaly – Disability & Religion Researcher (Ar-Rayyan, Qatar)
- Aleatha Lindsay – The Ikouii Creative (Atlanta, GA)
The exhibition will be publicized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally via our social media platforms, email, and press release. The Ikouii Creative reserves the right to use photographs and/or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity for either the exhibit or the artist.
- October 30, 2022: Entry deadline.
- November 14, 2022: Accepted Artist Notifications
- December 3, 2022: Exhibition Opens/Live Reception
- February 3, 2022: Exhibition Closes
NUMBER OF ENTRIES + SUBMISSION FEE
Each artist is limited to four (4) works per submission*.
$20 (USD) Non-Member Artists
$15 (USD) Ikouii Artist Members
Submission fees are non-refundable/non-transferable.
Payments must be submitted online at the time of application.
Why is there a submission fee? Refer here.
Deadline to submit work is October 30, 2022.