Thursday, August 5, 2010

Open call for Artists ~ Prospectus 2010 Richmond Virgina

Open call for Artists ~ Prospectus 2010

Exhibit Theme and Title:   The Power of The Orishas
This art exhibit will explore the spiritual and visual interpretations of the Orisha by various artists representing the orisha origins of West Africa, and the Yoruba impact in the Caribbean and its Santeria practices. Santeria is a religious manifestation, which recognizes the direct contact of human beings with their ancestors and with forces of nature. It contains two basic concepts: Ache and ebbo. Ache is divine power. By mediating through Ache, anything imaginable is possible. All the ceremonies and rituals are made to obtain this divine power of the Orisha. With Ache all the problems can be solved and any kind of obstacle can be overcome. Ebbo is the sacrifice by which Orishas can free the person from diseases, witchcraft, and prison. Ebbo could be gifts to the Orishas such as flowers, fruits, candles or favorite dishes of the Orishas. Many ethnic Yoruba were taken as slaves to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela and the rest of the New World (chiefly in the 19th century, after the Ọyọ empire collapsed and the region plunged into civil war), and carried their religious beliefs with them. These concepts were combined with preexisting African-based cults, Christianity, Native American mythology, and Kardecist Spiritism into various New World lineages. Through art we are able to explore and express the various aspects of the practice and beliefs.

This Call for Entries is open to ALL Artists working in all mediums with the knowledge and understanding of the Orisha’s. Experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.  2-D and 3-D works are eligible and must be limited to FRAMED OR INSTALLATION SIZE OF 24 x 30 inches.

The entry fee is $25 for the first image. Additional images may be submitted for $10 each image thereafter.

September 5, 2010
Location: Richmond Virgina
Opening: October 1  2010 (exhibit runs thru the month of December 2010)

1. Pay your entry fee. Payments are made via Paypal. (donations(at)
Entry fees are NON REFUNDABLE and do not guarantee a place in the exhibition
2. Upload your images USING THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS BELOW. (After payment, you can upload images at any time until midnight of September 5, 2010.)
3. Send all images and submissions to ruizhelene(at)
4. Any submission incorrectly submitted or after deadline will not be accepted or refunded.

Prepare your images as required before beginning the submission process. Submissions are only accepted via email attachments. Submissions as, CD, or prints are not allowed in this exhibition and will not be returned. Digital image files must meet the following specifications: JPEG files largest dimension should be 1280 pixels (width or height).

File names may contain a maximum of 25 characters, not counting .jpg. The file name may not include characters such as #, $, &, periods or other similar characters as part of the file, and should start with your last name, then your first initial, and then the name of the file. There will be only one period in the file name, just prior to the file extension (i.e. Smith_J_filename.jpg). It's important to follow these instructions about the file name.
Please include in the body of the email…. Your full name, contact info e-mail, phone number and a list of submitted images including title, description, dimensions and price as sampled below.

Pablo Picasso – pablo @ / 123-123-1234
Submitted images:
Her Face, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 24 x  24 $1200.00 
Her brush, 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 $1500.00

On or about September 10, 2010 everyone will receive an email with the acceptance notification. If your work has been one of the accepted you will be notified with a delivery date of the works. All packaging, handling, delivery, Insurance and postage fees are the sole responsibility of the artist. A date will be given for hand delivery of works, all courier handling must be sent in reusable packaging with prepaid postage attached. The Urban Individualists are not responsible for delivery of any artwork. Late stocking fees a/o ownership/disposal of works will be incurred if works are not picked up by deadline submitted.

Helene Ruiz a Surreal Artist who Founded, The Urban Individualists an Artists collective in 2008 and has been painting since early childhood. Her Father was the one who encouraged her to express herself through the arts.  He being and artist himself was her teacher, mentor and support. In 1973 she was awarded a scholarship to attend an arts program at Metropolitan Museum of Art where she encountered  Salvador Dali… this left her inspired and ready to take on the world and her passion for surrealism. Her works reflecting life, hardships and reality is very reminiscent of Frida Kahlo’s free expression of her pain. She has exhibited her works in numerous shows from New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, the Caribbean, Florida, Maryland and Virginia. .Helene has been curating for five years and is known for thinking outside of the box. With her most recent shows of Rhythm & Time, Hard Hearts, Masquerade/False Faces and so many others, have left a mark in the creative industry for life. In 2005 she received an artist’s grant from the Wheeler Foundation. In 2010 she recieved an artist's grant from the NYFA  Salmagundi fund .  In 2008 some of her works were published. One being "Life Lives Within" was published in "GAIIA THE LIVING PLANET" by redbubble, the other two entitled, "Tick Tock" in "Heart and Soul" by younty younity and the other "The Heart Yearns" in "Compassion, Courage and  Friendship" by redbubble. Between 2009 up until the present many of her works were also published in "On the issues" a new york city feminist magazine, and in Pink Panther Magazine for women.. Helene Ruiz is bringing artists together from around the world for a cause … ART, Healing, Creativity, Freedom of Expression and as a voice!

Mia Roman Hernandez is an internationally recognized visual and Mixed Media Artist, Poet, and Educator whose visual works have been exhibited and are part of private collections in London, Mexico, Nevada, California, Florida, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. She published her first limited edition poetry book in 2009 simply titled “ A Path Paved in Words “ She has performed her poetry in such places as the famous Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, The Notice Lounge, World Culture Open and at several visual arts galleries and lounges throughout the US. Her paintings reflect spirituality, culture, humanism, reality and speak of advocacy for women and current events. She currently teaches Mixed Media Art at The Children’s Art Carnival in NYC to the youth. Mia, Founder of Art by Mia and Chamaca Arts a creative forum for Women and former Producer of Boricuation Radio and TV has curated several shows in and out of the NY area including but not limited to … Visions of Puerto Rico, Latinas En Foco, Women’s Journey, United for A Cure and FEMICIDE in NYC in 2009 which brought International attention to the murders of Women. She is currently working on an October 2010 show that will showcase the Global voices of Women through Paper, Pen and Monologues. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions and reside in many private collections locally and internationally. Mia Roman Hernandez a self taught Artist on a MISSION!

• Entries due: September 5, 2010
• Notice of Acceptance: September 10, 2010
• Exhibition: October 1,  2010 through December 31, 2010

All accepted works submitted for exhibition must be framed and ready to hang. Gallery wrapped canvas MUST have painted edges and all installation pieces MUST supply all hanging and installation materials and instructions. Installation pieces not to exceed 24 x 30” in size no exceptions will be made. The Urban Individualists recognizes that some work is nontraditional and incorporates the framing as an integral part of the presentation.

All work accepted for the gallery show must be for sale. The gallery will receive a 30% commission on the sale of any work so please price your work accordingly.

By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Urban Individualists the right to use their images for the purpose of marketing the exhibition. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated without further contact or compensation from The Urban Individualists. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use.

Any questions, email

1 comment:

  1. This looks like it should be a interesting and memorable exhibit. I love the concept, and over the years have done a fair amount of reading on the topic. If I was not in the midst of getting the final details of my own September exhibit, I would try and create a piece worthy of such a showcase. My best to all how participate.