Call to Artists: Response Show to Art AIDS America

Spaceworks wants you to know about this incredible, and important opportunity for regional artists to be involved in STRUGGLE + STRENGTH, a locally organized response show to the Tacoma Art Museum’s current exhibition Art AIDS America. STRUGGLE + STRENGTH will debut Third Thursday, November 19 from 5-8pm at the 1120 Creative House.



Tacoma Art Walk and Tacoma Art Museum present: STRUGGLE + STRENGTH

Regional Artistic Response Show

Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 18, 2015 (midnight)
Opening Party at 1120 Creative House: November 19, 2015 (one night only)
On View at Tacoma Art Museum: December 9 – January 10
Tacoma Art Walk invites Pacific Northwest artists to submit work to be included in the upcoming show STRUGGLE + STRENGTH, which will be on display during Tacoma’s Art Walk November 19, 2015 and from December 9 – January 10 at Tacoma Art Museum as a community art installation. This show creates an opportunity to respond on the local level to Art AIDS America, which will be on view at the Tacoma Art Museum October 3, 2015 – January 10, 2016.

Submitted artwork should reference themes of struggle, strength, and/or HIV/AIDS. Artwork of any medium is eligible, including 2D, 3D, performance, and video.

Please send the following items as attachments to Athena Hitson at

CV/Resume, including phone number, email, and mailing address.

1 to 3 pieces can be submitted, depending on how they relate to each other. Also state if pieces can be taken separately

1 to 3 jpeg images of the artwork or series to be included in the exhibition.

A description of the proposed work including title, dimensions, medium, sale price (if for sale), and a short narrative description. The narrative description should include some of the following: relation to the topic, the intent behind your work, artistic process, or personal experiences. If the work requires special equipment (projector, etc.), please let us know what is needed and if the artist can provide it.

Optional: A short quote about your piece that can include details about the intent behind your work, artistic process, or personal experiences.

If a work is purchased during the show, Tacoma Art Walk asks for a 20% commission to support Tacoma Art Walk programming and offset the cost of the show.

Applicants may apply as a single artist or as an artist team. Applicants must reside in Pacific Northwest. Works in any medium will be considered. If an artist is selected, the work must be ready for display by November 6, 2015. Artists can submit up to 2 works – if you submit 2 works, please note if they are intended as a series.

Selected artists will be invited to submit one piece or a series to be shown in STRUGGLE + STRENGTH, which will debut at 1120 Creative House with an opening party on November 19, then be on view at Tacoma Art Museum from December 9 – January 10. Selected artists and friends are welcome to come to a closing reception on Thursday, December 17 from 5-7:30pm.

Selected works must be in hand by November 6. Artists may:
-Drop off the work(s) at 1120 Creative House. 1120 Pacific Ave. Drop off times must be coordinated in advance with Athena Hitson (
-Art can be mailed to Athena Hitson at: 1210 N. Pine Tacoma, WA 98406

All work must be ready for display, including hanging wires for 2-D pieces. For 3-D submissions, artist will need to provide a detailed plan for displaying the work. If framed, the measurements including the frame may not exceed 40 inches in any direction.

ABOUT Art AIDS America
HIV/AIDS has touched nearly every American in some way. This fall, Tacoma Art Museum will present Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. Ten years in the making, the exhibition of more than 115 works debuts at TAM on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

Since its discovery, AIDS has shaped art, politics, medicine, and pop culture. This is the first comprehensive overview exclusively focused on 30 years of art made in response to the epidemic in the United States, and the impact on the development of American art as a whole. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

1120 Creative House is a Spaceworks collaborative hub that caters to artist and allow artist to have low rent for art studios.

Friends and colleagues are welcome to visit the exhibition free of charge on Third Thursday, November 19th from 5-8pm. Artists are encouraged to mingle, grab a complimentary drink, and listen to a presentation by artist and activist Micha Cardenas called “HIV, Violence, and Trans Women of Color.”


October 4 – Art AIDS America open to the public

October 15, 5-8pm – Free admission to Art AIDS America and free artist talk from Micha Cardenas

October 18 – Art submission application due

October 21 – Jury to review the submissions and select works for the show

October 23 – Jury to inform artists of the selections

November 6 – All art must be received by Athena on this date

November 19, 7pm – Reception at 1120 Creative House

December 9-18 – STRUGGLE + STRENGTH on view at Tacoma Art Museum

December 17, 5:30-7:30pm – Closing reception at Tacoma Art Museum


October 4 – Talk from Art AIDS America co-curator Jonathan Katz at TAM

October 15 –– Artists can view the exhibition for free on Thursday, October 15 from 5-8pm.

November 19 – STRUGGLE + STRENGTH reception at 1120 Creative House

December 17, 5:30-7:30pm – STRUGGLE + STRENGTH reception at Tacoma Art Museum

Please direct TAM-related inquiries to Britt Board at
Questions related to STRUGGLE + STRENGTH logistics, selection process, marketing, and press can be sent to Athena Hitson at