Cancelled Due to COVID-19 / New Opportunity to Be Announced Soon
Vox XVI: Annual Juried Exhibition Open Call
Juried by James Claiborne and Brittany Webb


*Due to the coronavirus outbreak and ongoing social distancing measures, our 16th Annual Juried Exhibition is cancelled and will be re-conceived as a virtual exhibition in PDF-form. Anyone who has already applied to the original opportunity will be refunded their application fee and invited to re-apply to this new opportunity.

Applications Now Open for Vox Populi’s 16th Annual Juried Exhibition of Artwork by Emerging Artists

Applications Due: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Exhibition Dates: Friday, July 3, 2020 – Sunday, July 26, 2020
Early Bird Discount: $15 application fee through Sunday, March 15th
Application Fee: $25 (3/16 – 4/15)

Philadelphia non-profit art gallery and collective Vox Populi is now accepting submissions for its 16th Annual Juried Exhibition: VOX XVI, guest juried by curators James Claiborne and Brittany Webb.

This exhibition opportunity is particularly meant for emerging artists nationwide or local to Philadelphia without commercial representation and who push boundaries in terms of form and content within their work. We seek artists who employ alternative methodologies within their practice and want to expose their work to new audiences. Vox Populi is interested in highlighting work in all media that is ambitious, timely and risk-taking. A theme for the resulting exhibition may emerge based on submissions and the interests of our guest jurors.

The exhibition will take place from July 3 – July 26, 2020 at Vox Populi. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. There is a non-refundable application fee of $15 for all submissions made before March 15th, 2020, and a fee of $25 for submissions made between March 16 – April 15, 2020. All fees collected from this open call are used to offset the cost of the exhibition itself, including covering the costs of gallery supplies and equipment, occupancy costs, and juror fees.

This is not an artwork-commission, solo-show, or paid exhibition opportunity. Artists should apply with existing work that is easily, inexpensively and safe to be transported/shipped. Accepted artists are also expected to cover the costs of shipping and/or transporting their work to/from the gallery. Vox Populi will provide labor and/or assistance for installing the work, as well as all necessary equipment, including access to audio-visual supplies (projectors, monitors, media-players) and other installation tools/exhibition furniture (pedestals, shelves).


James Claiborne is the Public Programming Manager at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and teaches at Drexel University. He is the gallery curator and public program lead at Art Sanctuary, a Philadelphia-based, black arts organization. Claiborne is also an Executive Committee Member of the board of directors at the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He serves on the board of directors or advisory committee at ArtBlog and Mural Arts. Claiborne previously worked at the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance as Community Engagement Manager.

Brittany Webb holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. She is the Curator of the John Rhoden Collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. Webb was previously a curatorial and research assistant at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Deadlines + Details:
Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Notifications: Mid-May, 2020
Artwork Drop-off: June 15 – June 26 , 2020
Installation: June 27-July 2, 2020
Exhibition: July 3 – July 26, 2020
Opening: Friday, July 3, 2020 | 6-10pm
Artwork Pick-Up/Return: July 26 – August 2, 2020

Submission + Exhibition Guidelines
Applicants should submit a short statement, resume and up to five work samples (including images, audio files or short texts). All submitted work must be available and ready for exhibition.

Selected artists need to provide installation-ready work, along with accompanying instructions (if you are unable to install your own artwork) and any specialty hardware beyond common installation materials (nails, screws). Our inventory of audio-visual equipment (monitors, projectors and media-players) and exhibition furniture (pedestals, vitrines, shelves) are also available on an as-needed basis.

Vox Populi will exercise the same care in respect to loans as it does in safekeeping its own property. We urge you to consider the DIY and high traffic nature of Vox Populi’s exhibition and event environment.

All accepted artists will be asked to complete a loan form outlining additional terms and conditions, as well as further details on artwork insurance.


Vox takes no commissions for sales of artwork. Inquiries will be directed to contact the artist.

Works will be insured in line with Vox Populi’s policy and conditions while at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. More details will be outlined in the loan form sent to you upon acceptance into the exhibition. Additional insurance, including during transit, is the responsibility of the artist. We urge you to consider the high-traffic, DIY nature of Vox’s exhibition environment when selecting works for submission. Unframed artworks will not be insured.

Artists are responsible for shipping artwork (or delivery and pick-up) to and from Vox Populi according to the calendar above.

All work MUST be received ready for installation with proper hanging devices ATTACHED and thorough instructions when necessary.

Vox Populi reserves the right to photograph accepted works for publicity and educational purposes. Vox Populi reserves the right to reject works that differ from submitted images. Vox Populi is not responsible for works remaining at the gallery after the pick-up date has passed.

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posted: February 27, 2020 topics: