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Call to Artists

Seat at the Table: Call to Artists

In conjunction with the Institute’s Seat at the Table Project, this call to artists invites interpretations of the journeys to the table of prominent legislators and activists, both historical and contemporary.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
– Shirley Chisholm

This iconic quote, from former U.S. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and the first woman of color candidate for U.S. President, is the inspiration for an exhibit called “A Seat at the Table” at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. At the heart of the exhibit will be artists’ interpretations of the journeys to the table of prominent legislators and activists, both historical and contemporary. These featured individuals have been chosen as examples of how people are the agents of inclusion in democracy. The Institute seeks twenty (20) artists to take on this challenge.

Artists wishing to apply should submit a statement of how they would approach this project and four images of previous work by January 1, 2019 at noon. Click the button below to view the form. The artists will be chosen by a jury panel.   Click here to SUBMIT (powered by Submittable)

The finished pieces must:

  • Be functional seats in which visitors can sit to experience the “seat at the table.”
  • Visually represent aspects of the life stories of the prominent person to whom the artist will be assigned.
  • Be durable enough to withstand visitors to the Institute sitting in them, touching them, and walking around them.

Each artist will receive a $1,000 stipend for the design and production of their piece.

All pieces must be completed by and delivered by the artist on a range of dates related to Kennedy Institute events. The first will be the end of February 2019. The last will will November 2019.

This exhibit is part of the Institute’s Seat at the Table Project launched in Fall 2018. The project invites individuals, schools, and community organizations to think about why diversity of representation is vital and what necessary contributions we each bring to the table when we pull up a chair.

Follow the project and join the conversation via the hashtag #BYOC, which stands for “bring your own chair.”