Photography Open Call

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Deadline: 30 September 2020

Ken Heyman (American, born 1930) Israel (Closeup of Men Holding Hands) 1965 Gelatin silver print Gift of Dr. Donald and Alice Lappe ©Ken Heyman 2005.29.18

The Chrysler Museum of Art is hosting an open call for photographers to show their work as part of an upcoming exhibition on the theme of community. The exhibition, Come Together, Right Now: The Art of Gathering, will be on view from October 11, 2020, to January 3, 2021. The show will draw on the Chrysler’s collection to explore how communities take shape through celebrations, demonstrations, love, and family.

Come Together, Right Now was conceived in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as people united in the struggle to control the devastating disease while grappling with the need for social distancing. The public killings of Black and brown people intensified the sense of separation and division as well as the need to create community in order to chart the course toward an inclusive future by addressing intolerance today. The “right of the people peaceably to assemble” as a means of redress and free expression is codified in the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and public demonstrations are among the most powerful and visible means of exercising these rights. We are living in an era of intense protests and powerful demonstrations, and they remind us of the value and power of coming together.

Photographs on these themes will be projected within a section of the exhibition called Together in Justice. The section will include several works that examine racial and cultural divisions, highlight the power of demonstrations and democratic participation through elections, and underscore the way that protest, solidarity, and support can result in stronger, more equitable communities. Works will be selected from the submissions by artist Dawit N.M., whose photography and video exhibition The Eye That Follows recently closed at the Museum, and Seth Feman, PhD, the Chrysler Museum’s curator of photography.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:59 PM

Please send questions regarding photo submissions to Macy Jordan, Chrysler Museum Education Assistant,

Find further informatons HERE.


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