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About the Exhibit

From political cartoons to graffitied slogans on city walls, art has always been used as a tool for resistance.  Commonly used as a provocative social commentary, art allows for radical thoughts and ideas to be publicly displayed on some of the largest platforms attainable - such as a higher education institution.

 

Deriving from Community College of Baltimore County’s 2020 exhibition Protest Art, in which the college’s gallery used its platform to amplify marginalized images and perspectives in reference to racial injustice, Unveiling Resistance expands on this concept. This call for entry is looking for artists who create works that directly explore injustice and oppressive systems inflicted on marginalized groups. Together we will create an exhibition that highlights how contemporary artists are using their voices and artist talents to resist against injustice.

- Thomas F. James, curator

Open call for entries to be considered for the exhibit! Jump to the submission form by clicking here or scrolling down. Deadline to be considered for the show is midnight, April 23, 2022.

About the Curator

We're excited to announce that Unveiling Resistance will be juried by guest curator Thomas James. Learn more about Thomas and the other exhibitions, articles, and projects he has worked on here at his website. 

Thomas F. James (b. 1994) is a Washington, DC born, Prince George’s County, MD raised curator currently based in Baltimore, MD. The focal aspect of his work is to communicate ideas through exhibitions focusing on storytelling.

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By approaching his curatorial practice as a narrator, he is able to emphasize the cultural backgrounds and nuances within artists’ works. This is done in the hopes to provide viewers with more context and a holistic scope of what artists are presenting. He finds storytelling imperative to communicating grander concepts that create approachable, intellectual conversations.

 

From 2018-2022 Thomas ran 2 galleries in Baltimore, MD - Creative Alliance and Eubie Blake Cultural Center. He is now the Executive Director of The Last Resort Artist Retreat, as well as continuing his curatorial practice and serving on various boards and projects for different sectors of the arts ecosystem. 

 

James received his Bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University. He has guest curated numerous exhibitions at institutions including The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Band of Vice Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; George Washington University’s ArtReach Gallery, Washington, DC; Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD; and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD. He has been a lead facilitator and/or panelist at institutions including Joshua Johnson Council, Baltimore Museum of Art, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Bloomberg Arts. He has served as a guest juror and/or critic at institutions including B&O Railroad Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland Federation of Art, Residency Unlimited, VisArts, Goucher College, and Towson University. James has spearheaded special projects with companies such as Vans, Kaiser Permanente, and Munger, Tolles & Olsen LLP.

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Thank you for everyone who submitted work for consideration for Unveiling Resistance! Those chosen will be notified by email about their work and moving forward with the show.