The Art & Words show is an annual event, taking place every Fall. This year, the show will take place in September. Submissions for art and written work are open from March 1st to April 1st. You do not have to be located in Texas or able to attend to show in order to submit. We accept unpublished or previously published work. Written works submitted will not be published online or in print, only displayed and read aloud at the show, so submitting to this project will not harm your chances of publishing the work elsewhere.
To submit, please send up to three .jpgs of your visual work or up to three .rtfs or .docs of written work (up to 1,000 words) to email@example.com. Be sure to include “Submission” in the title. Submitters who submit three pieces will have a better chance at being selected, as submitting more than one piece will give us a better idea of the general quality of your work.
What is the Art & Words show?
Last year I curated an Art & Words collaborative show in which I accepted eleven visual pieces of art and eleven written pieces (poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction). Each writer whose work I chose then picked, from the visual submissions, one piece of visual art on which to compose a new written work. Each visual artist then chose of the written pieces on which to create a second visual work. This silent collaboration produced forty-four incredible, original works of art and words, which were displayed at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas, for one week. An opening reception with a reading of the written work was held on October 6, 2012.
At the show’s opening, I hosted the reading of the written pieces, and a live jazz band performed a composition based on a poem as well as original compositions by musicians Jake Dester and Peter Brewer. To raise money for refreshments, printing costs, and advertisement, I put together a Kickstarter. This year, I will be able to use money left over from that Kickstarter and from a few private contributors to fund the show.
For a few examples of visual art that was on display last year, please check out the Art on the Boulevard website.