IKOUII OPEN 2021
Accepting Artist Submissions
DEADLINE MAY 30, 2021 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 June 20 to August 28, 2021.
This year’s theme Without Labels will explore the interwoven influence of labels in disability and culture. Disability labeling has the potential to cause individuals to be singled out and even ridiculed. Labels can also define and artificially limit the way that an individual may think of themselves, and perhaps inadvertently push others to lower their expectations of an individual once they are labeled with a disability. While in retrospect, labeling perhaps helps groups of individuals who have disabilities in common form a group identity. Labeling may also provide access to proper accessibility and support.
Are disability labels necessary? Do they do more harm than good? Do they force an identity? Do labels and changing definitions help or hinder our understanding of an individual’s lived experience? What are the implications of ‘disclosing’ a disability label? Could we imagine a life without labels?
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.
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, 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.
- Honorable Mention: Mail in Certificate, Blog Feature, Newsletter and Social Media Recognition
- People’s Choice: Mail in Certificate, Blog Feature, Newsletter and Social Media Recognition
- Yuri Arajs, Outsiders and Others
- Kait Blake/Jenna Reid, Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture
- Antoine Hunter, Urban Jazz Dance Company, Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival
- Aleatha Lindsay, The Ikouii Creative
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.
- March 31, 2021: Open for entries.
- May 30. 2021: Entry deadline.
- June 7, 2021: Accepted Artist Notifications
- June 20, 2021: Exhibition Opens/Live Reception & Artist Talk
- August 28, 2021: Exhibition Closes
NUMBER OF ENTRIES + SUBMISSION FEE
Each artist is limited to four (4) works per submission*.
**ALL ORIGINAL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE. NO NFS OR PRINTS.**
$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.
Deadline to submit work is May 30, 2021.