EXHIBITION DATES: May 11 – June 1, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: May 11, 2018 7-9pm
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 31, 2018
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance (1968) and addressing current Sanctuary City political rhetoric, the Oak Park Art League calls on creatives nationwide to participate in a postcard project that explores legislative policies of past and present that support diversity, inclusion, racial equity, and human rights. Now through March 31, 2018, participants are invited to submit a 4x6 postcard that through artwork and/or words, express historical narratives, current contexts, or creative concepts for safe havens, sanctuary cities, and fair housing in the places and communities they call home.
The postcards will be featured in OPAL’s May 2018 exhibition Sanctuary and sold for $35 each during the exhibition run, with the full collection on display at the Preview Party on May 10, 7-9 pm. As a fundraiser, guests and collectors go home with an original work of art and a percentage of the proceeds from postcard sales will benefit ProBono Network in support of legal services for immigrants and Oak Park Regional Housing Center in support of research and advocacy in Fair Housing.
The backs of postcards will be stamped and dated to document exhibit participation. A curated selection of postcards will be presented in an online gallery on the Oak Park Art League’s website. A limited number of works will be selected for permanent collections at OPAL, the Oak Park/River Forest Museum, and Chicago's Newberry Library.
Entry is FREE, except for the cost of a postage stamp
Original artwork must be completed on 4x6 heavy cardstock or postcard or material of the same size
All media is welcome, though artists are responsible for determining best method for mailing or delivery to OPAL
Artists are asked to sign their work on the BACK of the postcard, where they may also include a short artist statement and contact information
Unsold postcards will not be returned to artists
Completed postcards can be mailed or delivered to:
Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302