“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
So ends Emma Lazarus’ famous poem, “The New Colossus,” immortalized at the base of the Statue of Liberty. One cannot tell the story of America without telling the story of immigration, they are one and the same. Immigrants constitute an enormous part of the fabric of our nation, its warp and woof, our culture, and our character. To tell their story is to speak a living history for many, it is a crossing, a passage, a journey to a land of hope and opportunity. For many, it is a cage, a boundary, an impossible divide, a wall.
This Spring, the Dunning Gallery at NCC-Monroe will feature an art exhibit featuring works from all mediums (painting, photography, collage, sculpture, and more) that explore America’s complicated identity and sometimes fraught relationship with immigration in an aim to capture the beauty and stories of triumph that accompany immigrants and the cultural heritages and histories they bring to this country, alongside the bitterness, racism, and challenges that beset it and them as well.
To submit artwork for consideration, please email a photograph of your artwork to . Please submit up to two pieces of artwork for consideration. Emailed photos should be no larger than 72ppi with dimensions no larger than 6×9 inches. Please include a short description of each piece that include title, dimensions, and medium.
Deadline to enter 12/1/19; Artists will be notified of acceptance by 12/15/19.