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2018 Juried Art Exhibition

2017 MOJA Juried Art Best Gullah winner: Mother and Child by Wonda Hilliard

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs is now accepting artwork submissions for consideration for the 2018 MOJA Arts Festival’s Juried Art Exhibition. The MOJA Arts Festival is an 11-day multi-disciplinary celebration of African-American and Caribbean culture produced by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B, classical music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more.

This year’s festival is September 27 – October 7, 2018. The 2018 MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition will be held at the Dock Street Theatre Drawing Room.

This year’s juror is Victoria Smalls, Program Manager for the International African American Museum.  Smalls joined the International Aftrican American Museum after five years of service with the Penn Center National Landmark District as Direction of History, Art and Culture, Director of Development and Public Relations from 2012 through 2017.

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Submissions are due by 5:00pm on Friday, August 31, 2018; Application Fee is $20

Entry Specifications/ Eligible Works: Proposed artwork must have been completed within the last two years and may not have been previously exhibited in the Charleston region. Artwork in the following categories may be submitted: oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, and graphics. Additional work in fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media will also be juried, however, space constraints will inform our ability to exhibit. Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece. Wall pieces must be framed and ready for hanging. Freestanding pieces must be fully assembled and ready for installation. Accepted artwork may not be removed before the assigned time. Early removal or late pick-up will result in disqualification from future participation. An Exhibition program listing participating artists, their phone number, title and value of artwork will be available. The City of Charleston provides damage and theft insurance for artwork while on display.

Estimated art delivery date is September 21.  All artists living in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia are invited to submit.

Submitted artwork must comply fully with the following requirements for originality and date of completion: (1) The artwork is an original creation completed within the last two years and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any person’s work or photograph and (2) the artwork was created solely by the artist and not in a workshop, class or under supervision of an instructor.  Please include the artwork title, medium, and size in the description of each piece.

Please be aware that the gallery is unable to store any packing materials or crates at delivery from local artists. Out-of-state artists are responsible for packing, insuring, and shipping (to and from the gallery) their works if they are chosen.