FFOYA House and Hope Harbor Sexual Trauma Recovery Center are seeking visual artists and writers to participate in a show for Sexual Assault Prevention Month.
The art show will open for the March 17 BG Gallery Hop at FFOYA House along with a poetry/prose reading. Visual art will remain on display through the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and be showcased at the Take Back the Night benefit concert for Hope Harbor on April 20.
Artists’ work should relate to themes of the event: sexual violence and prevention, body image, healing, recovery, empowerment and speaking out/using your voice.
To be considered for the show, submit an email with a jpg image of completed work or work-in-progress along with a description of how the work relates to the theme no later than March 3. There is no limit to the number of pieces that can be submitted for consideration. Also include the following information on each piece: material/medium, size, display requirements, artist name and contact info (email, website, Instagram, Facebook, etc.). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org with "SAPM Art" in the subject line.
FFOYA House considers submissions in any medium and welcomes experimental work. All artists are welcome regardless of pedigree or professional status. Preference will be given to artists from the region served by Hope Harbor (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties in Kentucky).
Poetry and prose writers interested in participating in the March 17 literary reading should send a note of interest with “March 17 Poetry/Prose” in the subject line to email@example.com. All original work is welcome and is not restricted to this theme. However, preference in scheduling will be given to participants who have work related to the theme of the event, so please note. Participants are welcome to sign up the night of the reading, too, time permitting.
This is the second annual partnership between FFOYA House and Hope Harbor for the Sexual Assault Prevention Month art show and Take Back the Night event. See work from the 2016 show here and read more about the event here.
After the 2017 election, FFOYA House issued a call for protest art -- art "that is anti-hate, that yearns for peace, that wants to spark a revolution and that embraces diversity. " The Degenerate Art Show took its name from a term used by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe modern art that ran afoul of the ideals of National Socialism. Such art was banned because it was seen as un-German, Jewish or Communist in nature. Artists identified as degenerates were sanctioned, and their art was publicly ridiculed and destroyed.
In recognition of the power of innovative artistic vision as a vehicle and voice for social change and evolution, FFOYA House hosted a show in December and January that honored the most patriotic American value, dissent. The show opened along with a poetry reading in conjunction with the BG Gallery Hop on Dec. 2.
Artists who participated in the show were: Lykaia Quinn, Maggie Jo Hilliard, Chloe Lee, Annie Smith, Ariana Michaela, Syren the Commander, Annie Erskine, Emily Lobb Hendricksen, Wolfchop Kessler, Graham McKillip, Alayna Milby and Molly Claiborne
Psychedelic artwork by artists from throughout the region was on display at FFOYA House for all public events in July and August, including the BG Gallery Hop on Aug. 5.
The collection was first displayed at BG Psych Festival, a 9-band DIY music festival July 2 hosted by FFOYA House and neighbors, Astro Turf. Featured work included a wide range of styles and mediums including collages, paintings, photographic prints, intaglio installations and drawings. Artist Beth Reitmeyer installed a temporary exhibit of psychedelic flowers on the FFOYA House porch for the festival.
Artists included in the gallery show were: Chloe Lee, Sara Volpi, Sarah Gust, Joseph Heckle, Sydney Herndon, W. Paul Carter, Annie Chimera, Douglas Kay, Maggie Jo Hilliard, Novelty V Habit, Meranda Caswell, Emily Lobb Hendricksen, KaLee Aeschliman and Karly Manuel.
Meranda Caswell, Bobbie Hayse & Claudia Overstreet are FFOYA House's featured artists for March. Their work will be on display for all of our March events, including the March 18 BG Gallery Hop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Their displays include inexpensive pieces and prints so you can support your local artists and take your favorite artwork home.