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Visions & Voices

ARTIST DEADLINE: January 4, 2022

About Visions & Voices 

After years of successfully hosting juried art exhibitions for photographers, landscape artists, and figural artists of the Mid-Atlantic region, The Biggs Museum of American Art is proud to introduce a new juried exhibition highlighting the work of regional African American artists. This exhibition will present art from all visual art media including, but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, craft, fiber and video.
The physical exhibition will run from February 4 through May 22, 2022. It will be accompanied by an opening reception, artist talks, public programming and gallery sales of the accepted works.


Among the works chosen to be a part of the public exhibition, the museum will designate the highest rated works to be up for consideration for the Public Voice Purchase Prize. The purchased artwork will become part of the Biggs Museum’s permanent collection. In what may be an unprecedented move, the Public Voice prize will decided by popular vote and is open to all members of the Biggs community both in person and virtually.
A Public Voice Purchase prize of $1,500 will be awarded on April 30, 2022. All other artworks will be available for sale to the public.


Application Requirements and Eligibility

The Visions & Voices competition is open to African American visual artists from the Mid-Atlantic States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.


Submission Process

Please submit all artwork for judging to

There, artists will be required to:

  • Complete the application form
  • Upload digital images and video files
  • Submit an artist statement of 200 words or less

The application fee is $35 and covers three submissions.

Alternatively, you can mail the application form and your artist statement along with a CD or thumb drive containing your digital images/videos directly to the museum.

Send submissions to:
Biggs Museum of American Art
Attention: Kristen Matulewicz
PO Box 711
Dover, DE 19901

All completed applications must be received by January 4, 2022.



Important Information

Juried Process

All artworks submitted for the competition will be shown digitally to the jury. All names will be withheld during the jury process. Each juror will be responsible for reviewing all the submissions and determining which will be accepted or denied, and which will be up for the Public Voice Award. All artists will be notified of their work’s acceptance or denial by January 8, 2022.


Image Files

Each work submitted for judging must be represented by a digital photo or short video. Do not send actual artworks. All judging will be conducted electronically, so the quality of the application imagery is vitally important. Only submissions following the proper format as outlined below will be accepted:

  • Each submission must be titled/labeled with a combination of the artist’s name and object title, and size of work to connect the image to the application form inventory.
  • Send the submitted image sized and saved at 72 dpi by 900 pixels in longest dimension in JPEG format for viewing, and at 300 dpi by 1800 pixels in longest dimension in TIFF format
  • Video artworks can be represented in the competition by videos of up to 60-seconds. The submitted file should not exceed 10MB. A link to view your video online through YouTube or Vimeo is also acceptable.

Artist Statement

The artist statement of 200 words or less should present each artist’s unique point of view, describing how their subject, concept, format, medium and/or process contribute to the success of their intention.


Competition Contact/Questions:

Kristen Matulewicz, Curator of Community and Academic Programs
302-674-2111 x 104



  • January 4, 2022 Applications should arrive at the museum
  • January 8, 2022 Selection notification
  • January 21, 2022 Last day to deliver or ship selected work to the museum
  • February 4, 2022 5-8PM Exhibition opening reception/launch of Public Voice award
  • May 21, 2022 Exhibition closes
  • June 3, 2022 Date to retrieve unsold works


Notification and Delivery

All artists who have submitted works to the Vision & Voices juried exhibition will receive notification by email by January 11, 2022. Winning works must be received at the museum no later than January 21, 2022. Shipping expenses are the responsibility of the artist. The museum can accept shipped and delivered packages (UPS, FedEx, etc.) at:

Biggs Museum of American Art
Attention: David Clapp
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

Works shipped to the museum must be accompanied by a return shipping label and return shipping will be paid by the Biggs Museum in the original packing supplied by the artist.


Artwork Specifications

All submitted works must be original and have been created within the past three years. Works exhibited in a prior Biggs Museum exhibition will not be considered. All objects and installations must be designed to be exhibited on the walls, on the floor, on pedestals, or within cases. Works to be hung from walls must be constructed and wired on the back to accommodate installation using appropriate hooks, eyes, and wires. Framing must be to professional standards. Cardboard backing is not permitted. Poorly matted or framed paintings and other art forms are subject to disqualification. Double matting is permitted for two-dimensional works under glass. Sculptures requiring bases, pedestals, forms and other display furnishing or equipment may need to be provided by the artist. Submitted videos may need to be accompanied with a player device. Biggs Museum staff may make recommendations to expedite this process. The Biggs Museum reserves the right to amend a selection if supplied artwork differs significantly from its application image.

The Biggs Museum will insure the selected works against theft, damage and loss while on premises based upon the artist’s determined artwork value. The Biggs Museum reserves the right to reproduce selected works for educational and marketing purposes. Artists retain all other rights.


Works for Sale

Applicants must indicate prior to the selection process if their works are for sale. Artwork for sale must be priced by the artists. The Biggs Museum will retain a 25% commission on all works sold in the galleries with the exception of the purchase prize. Payments to artists will be made regularly throughout the exhibition period.


About the Museum

The Biggs Museum of American Art, opened in 1993, displays the growing collection of nearly 1,800 art objects, reflective of the Mid-Atlantic region. Founder Sewell C. Biggs, a Delaware native, amassed the core of the Museum’s art and antiques over a 60-year period, creating a focused art historical interpretation of the region. The Museum’s 25 galleries display a careful balance of furniture, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, and sculpture in a timeline presentation from 1700 to the present. The museum’s permanent collection serves as the organization’s foundation for mission achievement: inspiring creativity, sparking curiosity, encouraging dialogue, educating visitors and creating connections among people.