This juried invitational celebrates The Phillips Collection’s 100th anniversary in 2021, building on the legacy of founder Duncan Phillips and his commitment to presenting, acquiring, and promoting the work of artists of the greater DC region.
Inside Outside, Upside Down invites artists to submit recent work produced between March 2020 and February 2021 that speaks to the struggle and resiliency of the human spirit in the face of the global covid-19 pandemic and recent social upheavals.
Artists are requested to carefully review these guidelines, then between February 14 and 28, 2021, visit this page for access to an online application and digital image submission form. Submissions will be capped at 1,000 entries to ensure fair and thoughtful review; if we reach 1,000 entries before February 28, a notification will be posted on the website.
The Phillips Collection deeply values and is committed to sustaining and promoting diversity in the arts. We encourage artists from all backgrounds and experience levels to apply.
- Submissions portal open: February 14 to 28, 2021
- Artists notified via email: April 9, 2021
- Exhibition dates: June 12–September 12, 2021
- First prize: $1,000
- Second prize: $500
- 3 Honorable Mentions: $100 each
- People’s Choice Award: $300
- All awardees receive a Phillips Collection individual membership
- Each winner will be solely responsible for all taxes
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- Phil Hutinet, Founding Publisher of East City Art
- Abigail McEwen, Associate Professor of Latin American Art, University of Maryland
- Elsa Smithgall, Senior Curator, The Phillips Collection
- Renée Stout, DC-based Artist
Renée Stout is an internationally renowned artist who has been based in Washington, DC, since 1985. Originally trained as a painter with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, Stout currently works across a variety of media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and installation. She is the recipient of many awards, including an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award and the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
- All entries must be submitted electronically via the submission link which will be available on this page between February 14 and 28, 2021; only submissions entered through the portal will qualify.
- Submissions must include digital images of the artwork, and the completed application form, including full name, artwork title, date, media, dimensions or running time, email address, and other items in the form.
- With the submission of artwork, the artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in this call.
- Artists who are 18 years of age or older;
- Currently residing in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, or "DMV," inclusive of: the District of Columbia; Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church Cities, VA; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties, VA; and Charles, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties, MD; and
- Working in all media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and installation, and time-based art, including animation, video, sound, and film.
- The Phillips Collection trustees, staff, volunteers and their immediate families will not be eligible to participate.
- In recognition of the hardships of the pandemic on our local artistic community, the application fee has been waived.
- Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of art professionals.
- All decisions by the jurors will be final and binding in all respects.
- Artists will be notified by April 9, 2021.
- Artwork must have been completed after March 2020.
- Artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution. Limited edition prints must be numbered.
- Each artist may submit digital imagery for up to two artworks for possible inclusion.
- For both 2D and 3D works, each artist must submit one high-quality jpeg of the artwork in its entirety plus two details. Images must be 300 dpi and between 960 px (minimum) and 4600 px (maximum) on the longest side, and up to 2 MB in size.
- 2D works should not exceed 48 inches wide and 60 inches high, inclusive of frame, and weigh up to 100 lbs.
- 3D works can measure up to 6 feet in height and 4 feet in width and depth, inclusive of all components, and weigh up to 150 lbs.
- Time-Based Media/Video Artwork:
- Video artworks are limited to single-channel.
- Video/film/animation artworks can run up to 15 minutes.
- Videos must be hosted by a third-party video hosting service, such as YouTube or Vimeo
Incomplete submissions or those not meeting these eligibility requirements will be disqualified.
- Plant material
- Preserved insects, animals, and other organic material, including but not limited to feathers, fur, hair, wool, quills, skins, nests, cobwebs, and antlers
- Food items, including but not limited to fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried beans, and rice
- Liquids, including but not limited to water, in unsealed containers
- Materials that produce vapor, smoke, mists, and/or odors
- Glitter and/or confetti
- Flammable, toxic, volatile, and/or explosive materials
- Live animals and/or insects
- Reproductions of your art in another medium (e.g., an offset lithograph of your painting, or a “giclée” print of your watercolor) will not be considered.
The Phillips Collection reserves the right to reject artwork that contains materials that might pose a risk to the museum, its collections, its staff, and/or the public.
- Artists are responsible for the delivery and pick up of their artwork to and from The Phillips Collection during a designated time.
- The artwork shall remain in the possession of the Phillips from the time the artwork is delivered, through the duration of the exhibition. Each artist commits to lending their artwork to the Phillips for the full extent of time and cannot withdraw artwork during the designated period.
- Accepted artists are required to sign a loan agreement.
- The Phillips will insure artwork under its own policy while it is onsite at the museum.
- The Phillips reserves the right to reject work that differs from submitted images.
- All artwork must be ready for exhibit.
- 3D and time-based work must be suitably prepared with instructions for installation.
- 3D artworks must be seismically stable and able to stand freely without mounts and/or other interventions. To facilitate a smooth and safe installation, artists agree to allow Phillips staff to secure objects with earthquake wax, tethers, and/or other removable mounting materials.
- 2D work must be framed with secure hanging devices, including 2 “D” rings.
- Artists are responsible for any glazing, and are limited to Plexiglas.
- No clip frames, saw tooth hangers or taped edges.
- Phillips staff will install the work without the artist present.
- Unless the pedestal is part of the sculpture, artists will supply plain, white platforms and/or pedestals for the display of three-dimensional artworks.
- Artist must include plexi bonnets, if needed.
- Artists must provide their own monitors and all necessary equipment. Monitor size cannot exceed 60 inches.
- Each accepted artist will be assigned a date and time during business hours to deliver their artwork in person to The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. This timeframe will begin approximately the week of May 24-28, 2021, and artwork will be accepted only during the scheduled window. Artworks will not be held at The Phillips Collection for any additional time before the exhibition opens.
- Time-based video/media artwork must be delivered via an online portal that will be made available to those video/media artists whose work is accepted for the exhibition.
- Each artwork must have the artwork’s title, the artist’s name, and the artist’s contact information (email and phone) on a label securely adhered to the back or bottom of the artwork. For time-based video/media artworks, this information must be embedded in the final files submitted.
- Artworks may not be shipped or mailed to The Phillips Collection.
- Artists will provide a value (the value will be considered the purchase price if the work is for sale) for each artwork in US dollars.
- If you would like the public to contact you regarding sales of your artwork, in the registration process you must provide a website, email address, or other contact information, which will be made public.
- The Phillips Collection will not facilitate the sale of artwork.
- The Phillips reserves the right, and each artist agrees that the Phillips shall be entitled to, to use any images of the artworks provided by the artists or their representatives, and to photograph, videotape, and/or otherwise reproduce the artworks for documentation, publicity, publication, educational, and all other purposes, in print and digital forms, connected with the exhibition.
- The Philips assumes the right to reproduce images of the works on its digital channels, including but not limited to its website and social media accounts for documentary, educational, and promotional functions.
- The general public may take photos for personal, non-commercial use only.
By submitting any artwork, artists will be deemed to have certified that they are the creator and owner of the artwork being submitted and that nothing they submit will infringe on the rights of others.
Artists will also be deemed to have granted The Phillips Collection a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to display their image, in whole or in part, without further review or participation, in any medium now existing or subsequently developed, in promotional or trade uses on The Phillips Collection websites and social media platforms, and format it to fit the website specifications, without any compensation.
The Phillips Collection’s issuance of these guidelines does not constitute an agreement that a work will be selected for exhibition and/or that an artist is in any way otherwise associated with it.
The Phillips Collection expressly reserves the right at any time to:
- Waive and/or correct any defect and/or informality in these guidelines
- Reject any submissions
- Reissue these guidelines
- Prior to the submission deadline, modify these guidelines.
The Phillips Collection reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (1) cancel, terminate, suspend, and/or modify these guidelines, or any part, at any time, without notice, and (2) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the invitational in whole or in part, at any time, without notice and award prizes using eligible entries received as of the termination/suspension date, if any infection, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond The Phillips’ control, affects the integrity or proper conduct thereof. The Phillips Collection reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process (if applicable) or the operation of the invitational or to be acting in violation of these guidelines or any other promotion or in a disruptive manner. The Phillips Collection is not responsible for (1) entries that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, incorrect, delayed, garbled, undelivered, or misdirected; (2) theft, destruction or alteration of, or unauthorized access to, entries; (3) failures or malfunctions of phones, phone lines, or telephone or data transmission systems; (4) interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; (5) any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; (6) traffic congestion on the Internet or any technical problem, including but not limited to any injury or damage to any person’s computer or computer system related to or resulting from participation; (7) typographical, printing, or other errors or omissions in these guidelines, in any advertisements, or other materials; or (8) other problems or errors of any kind whether computer, network, mechanical, human, electronic, typographical, printing, or otherwise relating to the invitational, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the invitational, in the processing of entries, in the selection or announcement of winners or in the awarding of prizes. The Phillips Collection’s failure to enforce any term of these guidelines shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.