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Call to Artists in the DMV Area

People Are Not Products benefit exhibition.

By Central Virginia Justice Initiative @ Verizon Gallery, The Ernst Community Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, NOVA.

Central Virginia Justice Initiative (CVJI), an all volunteer, faith based, 501(c)[3] is accepting entries for the People Are Not Products benefit exhibition.

The purpose of this exhibition is to depict public perceptions vs. the reality of human trafficking, its exploitation of vulnerabilities in the US and beyond. Subject matter may include anything from entry—lures, lies, force or coercion, to daily survival—coping, hoping and/or giving up, to exit—freedom, ruin and/or restoration.

Since 2012, Virginia, Maryland and D.C have ranked in the top 25 for human trafficking cases reported, more often in the top 10. See statistics at Further information regarding human trafficking and our mission can be found at Artists are encouraged to click on the link to Human Trafficking Resources for Artists, on the front page.


Artists must be residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Artwork relating directly or indirectly to human trafficking (slavery in the form of labor or sex trafficking) is encouraged. Please do not submit work that is sexually graphic in nature.

All work must be for sale.

All work must be dry, ready to hang or be displayed.

All work will be shown for 1 month or longer.

When sending submission, please include:

-Bio and/or artist statement

-List of Works (title, medium, size dimensions, date, price). Descriptions are optional.

-Maximum 10 images per artist. JPEG file with minimum 240 dpi.

-Please try to organize file names so that they correspond with your list of works.

Example: 1_lastname_firstname_title



If a piece sells on Opening Night:

The artist will receive 50 percent of the total sale of their work.

CVJI will receive 50 percent commission of sale on Opening Night.

If a piece sells after Opening Night:

The artist will receive 50 percent commission of sale.

CVJI will receive 30 percent commission of sale.

NOVA will receive 20 percent commission of sale.


Submission Deadline: Aug.15, 2017

Artists’ Notification of Acceptance: Sept. 5, 2017

Artwork must be received by: Oct.15, 2017

Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 2017

Exhibition Closes: Dec. 29, 2017

Begin Artwork Pickup: Jan. 2, 2017

Drop-off and pick-up dates in Baltimore, D.C. And Richmond will be coordinated TBA. The artist is responsible for properly packing work. Mailing work can also be arranged at the artist’s expense.

Email curator Leah Lewis at [email protected] for submissions and questions.

Depending on Where You Stand by Shaunté Gates. The photo was taken by the artist.


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