Cryin’ Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the
role of women’s and femmes’ voices as expressed in art about politics,
activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal
voice, Cryin’ Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art
as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by
selected artists will take place in CCA’s Muñoz Waxman Gallery.

Juror’s Statement:

Cryin’ Out Loud takes each word of this maxim seriously –
Crying. Out. Loud. – and navigates the various implications of the
phrase, wheter exasperated and fed up (“Oh, for crying out loud!”) or
literal, as one who does not hide her desperation or emotion while she
is actually “crying out loud”. Similarly, “living out loud” has
associations with survivors of abuse, with activism in the LGBTQ
community, and with anyone refusing to “be quiet” about issues of
oppression, identity and authorship. It is time to speak loudly with our
voices and our art; with our intellect and our emotion; with our
politics and our personhood.

Throughout history women’s voices, perspectives, and innovations have
been undermined by those in power. In order to have their voices heard
or published, many women artists and writers have adopted gender neutral
or male pseudonyms. Women have fought for their right to vote, are
still fighting for wage-equity, and to have equal representation in
congress. Speaking and acting out is complicated for women and femmes
because of common double standards like the label “hysterical,” for
simply speaking her mind. Women have learned to work within these
oppressive structures often at the expense of their rights and humanity,
and frankly, we are ready for change.

Cryin’ Out Loud proposes that to unabashedly express emotion is a political act. To live out loud
is a necessary political gesture and that women’s experience needs to
be seen, heard, and cherished. The exhibition will consist of work in
all media that embraces emotion as statement; that broadcasts social and
political concerns, and that reacts to and resists the structures that
continue to oppress us.

How it Works:

Eligible artists can enter up to 5 images ($35 application fee),
statement, CV and web link. All works must be made within the last 2
years. The juror will review the submissions online and make selections A
large group exhibition will feature these selections, of which three
participants will recieve cash prizes (totaling $1,500.) All artists
will be responsible for shipping artwork both ways.

Where: Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501; www.ccasantafe.org

  • Applications Available: January 18, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 5, 2017
  • Winners Announced: March 24, 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: April 21 – July 9, 2017

Eligibility: Nation Wide (United States)

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants can submit up to 5 images
  • Current CV
  • A brief statement on how your work addresses the themes of the exhibition
  • Payment of a $35 submission fee
  • Shipping artwork to and from CCA.