Open Call

Call for Work: 2021 Survey Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Post-9/11 U.S. Military Veteran Artists

National Veterans Art Museum

No Funding
Free / No Costs
Chicago, United States


• This call is open to U.S. Military veteran artists nationwide, both emerging and established. • Free to submit. • Each artist may submit up to five pieces. • All mediums accepted. • Work must not have been exhibited at the NVAM within the last three years. • Accepted work must be wired and ready to hang or install.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 04, 2021 - August 31, 2022


No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Discussion, Exhibition, Panel, Publication


Interdiscplinary Arts, Makers, Performance Art, Poetry, Social Practice, Sound Art, Visual Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

Opening in September 2021 at the National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago, IL, the 2021 Survey Exhibition will showcase artwork created by practicing Post-9/11 veteran artists with diverse prior military service experiences. The theme for the exhibition is art and service, and how these two worlds conflate within the Post-9/11 veteran artist’s practice and work. Submitting artists are challenged to translate the theme into visual representations. Artwork that exemplifies the diversity and multitude of perspectives within the veteran artist community and/or challenges the notion of the military as an art-less space, or one exclusive to art for therapy, will be given preference. The museum will advertise and promote the exhibit, host a formal opening reception, and implement educational and community-building programs throughout the exhibition run.

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