Black Lives and White Fragility - National Exhibition,

juried by Rob 'ProBlak' Gibbs, Muralist, Visual Artist of Residence, MFA;

Co-founder, Artists for Humanity

November 5 - December 17, 2021

IN-PERSON OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 5, 6-8 pm


National Show Open to all media, original works of the Black Lives and White Fragility theme.


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ABOUT THE THEME: This juried exhibition will examine white privilege and address racism through black and white or monochromatic images. The exhibition title references both the Black Lives Matter movement and Robin DiAngelo's book 'White Fragility'. Our goal is to present an authentic dialogue to inspire greater respect and understanding.

Entry DEADLINE: Sunday, October 17, 2021 end-of-day. All work must be original, have been completed within the last three years, and have not been previously exhibited at South Shore Art Center (SSAC). Work that is copied or done under the guidance of an instructor is not eligible.


FEES: There is a nonrefundible $25 fee for three images. $10 for each additional image up to 6 total images.


JPEG SIZING: Image size for entry on Smarter Entry: Images should be at least 1280 pixels in the longest dimension at 72 ppi, file size not to exceed 2 MB. It is in your best interest to submit high quality images.


ALL WORKS MUST BE FOR SALE: South Shore Art Center receives 40% of the purchase price. Please submit only works that will be available at the time of the exhibition and will remain for its entirety. Work must have been created within the past three years. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. No pricing changes will be allowed after acceptance. Living artists only. Work that is copied or done under the guidance of an instructor is not eligible. Entries must not have been previously exhibited at SSAC or the SSAC Arts Festival. If the work does not fully reflect what is represented on submitted image, SSAC reserves the right to eliminate if from the exhibition.

SPECIFICATIONS: Two-dimensional work must be professionally presented and firmly wired. No sawtooth hangers, no sandwich frames. 3-D work should include a sturdy pedestal.


NOTIFICATION: The juror is finalizing selections for the exhibition. We hope to post the accepted entries on our website's Competitions Page by Tuesday, October 26, 2021 by end-of-day. We will also send a general email to all entrants with the final selections. We apologize for the delay and we understand that our delayed announcement will impact artists' abilities to get selected works framed. We are therefore extending the drop off dates until Tuesday, November 2, 4:00 pm. We will also make accommodations to the best of our ability for those who may need additional time.


Shipping, return shipping and a handling fee for shipped work are the responsibilty of the artist. No Sunday Deliveries. Delivery by Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Hand delivered work drop off: October 28-30 & November 1-2, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. If artwork is purchased, shipping to SSAC is the responsibility of the artist. Delivery instructions will accompany email notification of sale.



Hand delivered works may be picked up January 4-6, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. However, if artists need works earlier, they must pre-arrange a pick up date with SSAC staff. SSAC will return shipped work by January 15, 2022. A handling fee of $25 plus a pre-paid shipping label is required for shipped artwork.


Submitting to this exhibition reflects an understanding that South Shore Art Center will insure work accepted to the extent of 60% of the artist’s stated value while the work is in the Art Center’s custody and control.


Submission to Black Lives and White Fragility constitutes an agreement with all conditions of this show. South Shore Art Center reserves the right to photograph or use a submitted image for publicity purposes. South Shore Art Center reserves the right to reject any work not resembling the submitted entry or work that is not ready to be shown according to the aforementioned specifications.



First Prize, $500
Second Prize, $300
Third Prize, $200
Awards of Merit (3)



Black Lives and White Fragility is sponsored by Art New England and the following Local Cultural Councils:

Abington Cultural Council
Braintree Cultural Council
Bridgewater Cultural Council
Brockton Cultural Council
Canton Cultural Council
Cohasset Cultural Council
Duxbury Cultural Council
Hanover Cultural Council
Hingham Cultural Council
Hull Cultural Council
Kingston Cultural Council
Norwell Cultural Council
Plymouth Cultural Council
Rockland Cultural Council
Scituate Cultural Council



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