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OPEN CALL: State of The Nation – A BIPOC Artist Perspective – Deadline April 15th

DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2024  

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“State of The Nation: A BIPOC Artist Perspective” explores the complex interplay between politics, social justice, and healing through the lens of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists. 

As we navigate the tumultuous currents of national and local politics in an election year, this exhibition focuses on the transformative power of art as a catalyst for change within our communities. The show delves into the notion that all politics are local, emphasizing the impact of individual actions by BIPOC artists on a grassroots level and their potential for positive change on a broader level.

This exhibition is in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn at The Old Stone House, where artists grapple with housing, land rights, and the challenges of creating a safe and inclusive community. We explore the messiness of politics, questioning who steps up to work for the community’s well-being and how change can be initiated from the bottom up. “State of The Nation” aims to highlight the role of artists who present their work as a public service, celebrating those who dedicate themselves to improving their communities.

Utilizing art as a catalyst for addressing social justice and local politics is paramount, empowering artists to merge their creative expression with activism. This intersection is an accessible avenue for advocating change, fostering meaning, sharing ideas, unifying communities, challenging assumptions, and envisioning new possibilities. Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. was founded as a grassroots art space with this philosophy.



This exhibit is an annual partnership with Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. and Old Stone House & Washington Park.

The Old Stone House is dedicated to preserving and teaching local and national history as it has impacted our historically significant Brooklyn neighborhood. We support and contribute to the needs of the present-day community through family programs, arts and cultural events and neighborhood advocacy.

The Old Stone House building is a reconstruction of the 1699 Vechte-Cortelyou House on land taken from the Lenape as early as 1639. Located in Washington Park, on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus in Brooklyn, it marks where the original Dutch farmstead stood, and the culminating engagement of the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn took place. It also commemorates the birthplace of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is a Historic House Trust of New York City site, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

See “exhibition specifications” below. 

Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc.  is led by Indigenous artist Jeremy Dennis. The project began in June 2020 and serves as a communal art space based on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation in Southampton, New York. The family house, built in the 1960s, now features a residency program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, a shared art studio, and a communal library, along with hosting an array of art and history-based programs for tribal members and the broader local community.

About the Curator

Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a contemporary fine art photographer, an enrolled Tribal Member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, NY, and lead artist and founder of the non-profit Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. on the Shinnecock Reservation. In his work, he explores Indigenous identity, culture, and assimilation.



BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists, including Ma’s House Residency alum artists, artists working in Brooklyn and NYC, and nationwide.


Honorarium & Budget

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $ 250.00 to support the creation and presentation of their artwork, along with an offering of up to $ 100.00 reimbursement for round-trip shipping of artwork.




  • Open Call: March 7, 2024 – April 15, 2024

  • Install & Deliver of Artwork: August 5 – 17

  • On View: August 17 – October 6, 2024

  • Opening Reception: August 18th, 3-6 pm

  • Public Program TBA: September 29th


Submission Instructions

Projects in all media are welcome. Artists may submit existing work or proposals for new work and may submit more than one artwork/project for consideration.  

Artists are encouraged to view the OSH floor plan and visit to see past exhibition images. Please carefully read through the “Exhibit specifications” below before submitting work. Proposals that do not consider the unique needs of our space may be disqualified. 

You are welcome to contact Kim Maier, OSH Executive Director, directly at and Katherine Gressel, Curator, at to make an appointment to visit the house or discuss specific installation needs.

To submit your work for consideration, please carefully fill out the Google Form here with the following. 

  • Up to ten images of your artwork 

  • An image script with captions for your artwork (PDF)

  • A brief statement (500 words max) describing how the artwork(s) relates to the theme of “State of the Nation.”

  • Artist CV or bio (PDF)

  • Whether you will be seeking shipping or other reimbursements. 


Works will primarily be displayed in OSH’s 2nd Floor Great Room gallery, though there may be potential for site-specific work in the park outside, gardens, stairwell, or lobby. We are also interested in commissioning public art for the surrounding Washington Park and artwork created with the participation of local community groups or schools- please contact OSH in advance if you’d like us to help match you with a community partner organization.

We are also open to temporary indoor or outdoor event proposals from artists and community organizations that engage with this theme. Artists are especially encouraged to propose community workshops that complement artwork on view in the gallery (as opposed to stand-alone events). Due to OSH’s busy event calendar, public programs will be arranged at mutually convenient times based on OSH’s availability. Note we are definitely looking for program proposals for Sunday, September 29.

The Great Room is a multi-purpose space that will also be used for a variety of public and private events during the show’s run—therefore, work must be securely hung on walls–either from masonry screws, heavy-duty tape (depending on weight) or a picture rail–or otherwise fastened to a permanent surface in the room. The concrete walls do not accommodate small nails or pins.

There is little space for 3-dimensional work indoors. However, small three-dimensional installations are sometimes possible, i.e., on window sills, small shelves, the fireplace, the stairway landing, small pedestals, or other furniture.

We have three small and one large monitor for video work and a wi-fi enabled iPad for web-based displays. With some exceptions, artists are responsible for obtaining their own AV equipment. Note: we can only show a minimal amount of video work in each exhibition, given the multi-purpose nature of our space. Projection-based video is usually not feasible in our gallery, but please contact the curator if you’d like to inquire about possible exceptions to this.

Outdoor work will be exhibited within 100 feet of the Old Stone House and must be in keeping with Parks Department specifications for public art. Such projects should be discussed in advance with OSH Executive Director Kim Maier. Please note that outdoor projects are vulnerable to harsh weather conditions, theft, and vandalism as the park cannot provide 24-hour security.

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