Unmasking Ourselves: Celebrating our Differences and Challenging Misconceptions

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National Juried Exhibition

Stephen Marc, Juror

This national juried exhibition is an opportunity for artists to reflect on their identities and their communities. The theme is intended to both celebrate differences as well as confront misconceptions.  We will be accepting artwork from artists of all different backgrounds. There is no identity requirement to submit your work, however, we are looking to display work about all different kinds of identity.


Entry Deadline: December 6, 2021
Notification of Accepted Works: December 20, 2021
Accepted Works Received by: January 24, 2022
Exhibition: February 4-25, 2022
Pick Up and Return of Works:   February 28-March 11, 2022

There is no fee to enter this exhibition.  All entries must be received by December 6, 2021. Late entries will not be accepted. Shipment/delivery fees for accepted works will be the responsibility of the artist.  Works arriving at the gallery without prepaid shipping will not be returned and become property of Drury University if not picked up after 4 weeks of the end of the exhibition.

This exhibition is open to artists over the age of 18 living in the United States.

Works Eligible

  • Up to 3 entries per artist in any medium and subject matter that relates to the theme of the exhibition.
  • 2-D works should be no larger than 4’x6’ and must be framed and ready for display with hardware on each piece.  Photographs and 2-D works on paper or canvas that are not framed will not be displayed in the exhibition.
  • 3-D works are limited to fitting through a standard doorway.
  • All accepted works must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
  • At the discretion of the University, any works deemed unstable or dangerous to the public will not be accepted.
  • Frames, mats, and wiring must be of professional quality and in good condition. Sawtooth, D-loop, hook type hangers will not be accepted and wire should be securely fastened to the back of works, strong enough to support weight of the artwork.  Unless otherwise agreed upon, 2D Artwork selected for exhibition must be ready to hang and install. Unframed or improperly mounted work will not be exhibited.
  • All styles of artwork are welcome.

Juror Information

Stephen Marc is a Professor of Art in the School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Marc began teaching at ASU in 1998, following 20 years at Columbia College Chicago. Raised on the Southside of Chicago, he is a documentary/street photographer and digital montage artist, whose work explores American identity and sense of place in public space gatherings, from everyday rituals to special events. Marc is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, and his recent book: American/True Colors (2020) received an Independent Publisher’s IPPY 2021 Gold Medal in the Photography Category.

His three earlier photographic book publications were: Urban Notions (1983), that addressed three communities in Illinois where he has family ties; The Black Trans-Atlantic Experience: Street Life and Culture in Ghana, Jamaica, England, and the United States (1992); and Passage on the Underground Railroad (2009). Since 2008, Passage on the Underground Railroad has been listed as an Interpretative Program of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a division of the National Park Service.

Method of Selection

The exhibition will be selected from digital image files.  Images should accurately represent the works entered and be JPEG or PDF format, no larger than 3MB.
It is the intention of the gallery that all acceptances will be considered final.  However, the gallery reserves the right to delete from the exhibition any artwork that does not conform to the entry specifications.

Delivery and Return of Accepted Works

All accepted works must be delivered to the gallery by Monday, January 24, 2022. All fees for shipped works are the responsibility of the artists and should include a prepaid UPS or FedEx return shipping label or they will not be returned.  Stamps should not be included since the post office will not accept stamped boxes over a certain weight.  Works should be shipped in sturdy, reusable boxes.  After the close of the exhibition works will be shipped back within two weeks and hand deliveries must be picked up within two weeks or they will become property of the gallery.  Upon notification of acceptance to the exhibition, further delivery instructions will be provided.


The Drury University Pool Art Center Gallery will exercise professional care in handling all entries, but cannot assume liability for loss or damage, however caused, while works are in the gallery’s possession or in transit. Accepted entries will be insured, while on exhibit, for the amount indicated on the Entry Form, subject to the standard policy provisions. Works NFS should still include insurance amount or they will be valued at $50.00.


The Drury University Pool Art Center Gallery reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all artworks accepted for the exhibition regardless of copyright. Images may be used for exhibition brochures, educational, and/or publicity purposes only.

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