Art In Response to Violence (ARV) provides space and support for art to bring awareness, education and healing to experiences of violence.

“You can't help it. An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times.” 

― Nina Simone

Call for Artwork Submissions

Now more than ever is a time for art to elevate Black creative voices and respond to the violence and injustice perpetrated by the police and global systemic inequality. 

We are asking artists of all mediums and experience levels to submit work which centers and empowers black voices and experiences, for display in an online gallery at arvchicago.com.

We seek to amplify and support artists whose experience and response to systemic oppression is silenced or overlooked. Any artists with a website or promotional materials are encouraged to provide them in the submission so viewers can purchase artwork, donate, and increase website traffic and visibility. To submit your work click here. If you have questions please email the ARV team at info@arvchicago.org

Please include your name, title, medium, dimensions, sales details, and link to your website or social media if applicable.

We are now accepting submissions for:

  • poetry + spoken word
  • dance
  • music & audio
  • 2-D, 3-D and 4-D artwork (not limited to drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, fiber art, web/code based, sculpture, ceramics)
  • design
  • short film + video
  • books + graphic novels
  • other

We ask that all submissions respond to violence, but do not glorify violence, and that themes are social justice oriented. We accept up to five submissions per person. 3-D and time-based work should be documented with images and/or video. For audio and video submission, please provide a link to your work. If applicable, we ask jpeg 2 megabytes.

Rolling submission—work will be evaluated weekly and then added to the gallery.

We will review your submission as a team. Please allow us 1-2 weeks to respond.

Artwork submission form