COME TOGETHER TO AFFIRM AND CREATE A REALITY THAT ENCOURAGES JUSTICE, PROMOTES RESPECT, SOCIAL EQUITY, ACCEPTANCE AND TOLERANCE OF OTHERS, PRESERVES PEACE AND FREEDOM FOR ALL – ENVISIONED BY THE VISUAL ARTS TO SUPPORT SOCIAL CHANGE AND COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION. Busboys and Poets is looking for visual art to be displayed for its upcoming EMERGE AND SEE exhibition beginning December, 2020 at all its locations - 14th and V, NW; 450 K NW; Takoma, Brookland, Shirlington, Hyattsville and Anacostia. Performance and film will be considered.Artists may submit up to 8 original works to be reviewed, ranging from but not limited to painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, quilts, etc. We are open to all media, and all sizes that can fit inside the restaurant. We are open to sculptural forms that can be hung safely on the walls without brackets. Artists may sell their work. Busboys and Poets takes no commission. Images that are not for sale should be marked NFS. Images can be framed and must be ready to hang. APPLY TODAY Art Submission Form NOTIFICATION OF SELECTED ARTISTS Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by email no later than January 31, 2021. IMPORTANT DATES Deadline to submit: OPEN Beginning in February 2021, artwork will be installed at the various locations. Artist will be notified when and where. Artist is expected to assist with installation and deinstallation of art work. QUESTIONS? Please contact Carol Rhodes Dyson, Art Curator at email@example.com with questions only.
- rampant, unchecked police brutality upon Black and brown people;
- the breakdown of election integrity;
- annihilation of immigrant dreams of a better life for brown and black populations coming to the US;
- evaporating policies for environmental salvation;
- a harrowing sense of an economic recession and the potentiality of a depression;
- inherent racist system and policies,
- and oh….so much more
#PaintTheStorefrontsDue to the COVID-19 pandemic many businesses have been forced to close their doors, and some are temporarily boarding up the windows. As an alternative, Busboys and Poets has launched #PaintTheStorefronts to spread a message of hope during uncertain times for artists, residents and business owners. Artists are invited to create temporary window murals with uplifting messages on participating storefronts in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium.
SUBMITTING YOUR ARTWORKAs a space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide, both visual and performing arts are a constant and daily part of the Busboys and Poets environment and experience. Sharing a meal with family, friends and co-workers is further enhanced by art that is at once beautiful and challenging. Throughout the year, we receive many qualified submissions for artwork to be displayed in our locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We typically rotate artwork twice annually at each venue, and we seek to exhibit artists whose work is thoughtfully crafted, professionally executed, and those artists whose visions reflect our Tribal Statement. Additionally, we often give preference to large format works and artists who have significantly large bodies of work to exhibit. Busboys and Poets supports the creative economy and celebrates art in its spaces by offering a unique platform for visual artists. Unless otherwise noted, all art is available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of work going directly to the artists.
If you would like to submit artwork or have an exhibition idea for any of the Busboys and Poets (including the soon to open Baltimore and Columbia locations) complete the Art Submission Form
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Andy Shallal | 14th & V (Langston Room)This mural takes the viewer on a journey through the civil rights movement. Some of the faces and events you see on the wall represent the struggles and triumphs of that period. The word “PEACE” at the center of the mural held by women suffragists and peace activists from the Women’s Peace Party provides a focal point for the room. At the top of the mural are the words of Langston Hughes’s poem, “Let America Be America Again.” This poem represents the hopes and aspirations of a true democracy.
Anas "Andy" Shallal | Shirlington (Robeson Room)The "Paul Robeson" mural, Andy Shallal’s third mural, indeed pays homage to this Renaissance man. In a time of deeply entrenched racism, Robeson struggled for further understanding of cultural difference and was a national symbol and leader in the war against fascism abroad and racism as home. Robeson used his profession as an artist as a platform for social change and justice. The significance of Robeson’s life and involvement in civil rights movements continues to reverberate throughout history and is remembered on this wall.
Anas "Andy" Shallal | Hyattsville (Zinn Room)Andy Shallal’s fourth mural pays homage to his late friend and mentor, historian and anti-war activist, Howard Zinn and Zinn’s best-known work, A People’s History of the United States. The title of the mural, “I’ve Known Rivers,” is a poem by Langston Hughes that stretches across the mural, weaving together the inspiration behind the name Busboys and Poets and the events and people that inspired Zinn’s faith in the possibility of historic change. Zinn’s life work stresses the importance for a critical understanding of our history and Shallal’s wall emphasizes Zinn’s philosophy. This philosophy emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping our history, and how history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but by people’s everyday choices and actions.
Anna Rose Soevik | All Busboys and Poets LocationsAnna Rose Soevik has large-scale works on display at all locations of Busboys and Poets. Their iconic white backgrounds with brightly colored, recognizable scenes of peace and love have become iconic.
Anthony Dihle | 450KAnthony Dihle is a full-time designer living in Washington, DC. In addition to his artwork, Anthony has curated several poster/print shows and actively serves on the DC area board of AIGA, the professional association for design. Anthony also hosts workshops, and speaks about design and food on occasion.
Matthew Gifford | HyattsvilleMatthew Gifford created the mural assemblage entitled “Blowback” in direct response to Andy Shallal’s requested themes of peace, democracy, and the military-congressional industrial complex, incorporating Howard Zinn’s philosophies, ideas, and research into the content. Watch Matthew and Sonia in action!
Margaret Boozer | HyattsvilleMargaret Boozer created the rammed earth drawing that hangs to the left of the main bar area with clay that was harvested from the building site of Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville. Boozer taught for ten years at the Corcoran College of Art and Design before founding Red Dirt Studio, where she directs a ceramics and sculpture seminar.
J.J. McCracken | HyattsvilleJ.J. McCracken constructs active installations composed of earth materials and activated by sound, smell, taste, and living models that move through them, executing tasks they’ve been assigned. Her photographic print adorning the wall over the kitchen line was designed for Earth To Table, part of her 2009-2010 Hunger project.
Joanna Blake | HyattsvilleJoanna Blake fabricated the plaster and metal sculptures that hang from the clouds. Margaret Boozer welded the crosshairs. Joanna has worked for Giannetti’s Studio sculpting architectural ornament.
Sonia Keiner | HyattsvilleSonia Keiner’s farmer portraits were taken at the urban farm just down the road in Edmonston, MD. They are images of people who work, intern, train or volunteer at ECO City Farms and serve as a reminder of the commitment, labor and care vital to growing healthy, sustainable food.
Favianna Rodriguez | HyattsvilleUsing high-contrast colors and vivid figures, Favianna Rodriguez’s composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens.
Martha Jackson Jarvis | Brookland
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Scott Hunter | 14th & V, 450KAs a child, Scott Hunter spent endless hours using mud, sticks and rocks to build fantastical water dams. Scott did not realize it at the time, but he was fostering a love of three-dimensional expression and creating. At 28, he built his first papier-mâché pieces as gifts of gratitude for close friends-a curious pig, a wise elephant and a grinning cat. The reaction to the work was overwhelming and positive. From that point on, Scott used the medium of papier-mâché as the foundation to reach out in unique conversations with other through form and color. Professionally, he has exhibited in individual and group shows, delivered private commissions and taught art classes to students of all ages. In art and life, Scott seeks to celebrate the whimsy and magic of the world.