Empowering Community Voices at the Hall of Fame
Open Call for Art: Juried Exhibition
This call is open to anyone (non-artists welcomed), anywhere in the world.
Statues removed, buildings renamed, famous names recast as ignominious––these recent actions have presented us with opportunity. We are at a critical juncture. In these ever more divisive times, we need to acknowledge erasures and call for more inclusivity in how we commemorate as we seek out ways to be more culturally responsive to our communities. The present climate opens up spaces for alternative narratives and brings us new perspectives on our past. We are asking to hear from artists working in every medium––visual, audial, performance––any means by which they might engage with public art to shift the frameworks of representation.
Our site is the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in the Bronx, the first hall of fame ever established in the United States. It includes authors, educators, architects, inventors, military leaders, judges, theologians, philanthropists, humanitarians, scientists, statesmen, artists, musicians, actors, and explorers. For years, there have been various attempts by historians, faculty, students, and the Archives at the Bronx Community College campus to re-envision the historic Hall of Fame so that it may resonate with its surroundings. Reflecting on last year’s Unite the Right rally, the tragic public protest in response to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA, and the removal of our own Lee and Stonewall Jackson busts at the Hall of Fame, there is a greater urgency for us to pause at the tensions in American life that have been left unaddressed. We are asking artists to use this moment of inquiry as a point of departure to devise alternative approaches to commemoration for a public event that celebrates our diverse community.
For more information on this topic visit the Archives online exhibit: “Visions of Greatness, Rethinking Racial Disparities at the Hall of Fame” https://bcchalloffame.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
This program is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- Email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Title email: hof_bcc_your name
- Accompanying materials should be in either PDF, JPG, or PNG format
- For videos please send URL
- Print a copy of the entry form for your records. If selected the form must accompany your artwork.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Hall of Fame of Great Americans, America’s first Hall of Fame, was designed by legendary architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White, and is a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1900, The Hall of Fame was the first memorial of its kind in the country, built to honor prominent Americans with a significant impact on this nation’s history. Designed by Stanford White and formally dedicated on May 30, 1901, the Colonnade currently houses the busts and commemorative plaques of 96 of the 102 honorees inducted since 1901. Honorees include authors, educators, architects, inventors, military leaders, judges, theologians, philanthropists, humanitarians, scientists, statesmen, artists, musicians, actors, and explorers. With its rich history and unrivaled architecture, the Hall of Fame celebrates the educational accomplishments of American luminaries such as Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ulysses Grant, Jane Addams, Lillian Wald, Booker T. Washington, and James Madison, as well as now-forgotten statesmen, authors, and inventors.
Yes. We encourage entries in any category or combination of.
Yes. You do not have to be a professional artist/writer/performer to participate. We encourage participation from anyone who wants to comment on these issues.
Yes. We would love to have participants from anywhere in the world.
While visuals are preferred, any way you can help us understand your submission is acceptable.
Images need to be large enough to be projected on a screen. No smaller than 1000 pixels in either dimension please, in JPG or PNG formats.