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Call For Artists: Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities

January 31, 2016 - April 7, 2016

Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities

The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities invites all self-identified women artists to submit materials for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition that will be on view from January – April, 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries-Douglass Library, Rutgers University (8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901).

Submission Details and Form
Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016
This will be a blind juried group exhibition. Jurors and exhibition dates TBA. Selection will take place summer 2016, and exhibition details will be provided to selected artists at that time. After review, all artists materials will be archived in the the Contemporary Women Artists Files (CWAF) at Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University. Please do not submit materials you wish to be returned or materials you do not wish included in the CWAF archives.

An estimated 11.3 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States with New Jersey among the top 5 states in undocumented immigrant populations. While some states populations are decreasing, NJ’s numbers are increasing.* Although invisible to the state, these populations directly impact the economic and social structure of the communities in which they have settled. Although creating underground cultures and networks of commerce and lending, immigration, and housing, the undocumented immigrant populations remain the most marginal and vulnerable groups in NJ and elsewhere is the nation.

CWAH is interested in reviewing artwork that engages subject matter related to undocumented immigration. Artworks will engage the viewing public on topics such as, but not limited to:


  • Education
  • Family and cultural connectivity
  • Nutrition and health
  • Safety
  • Access to healthcare
  • Labor issues such as safety and wages
  • Economics
  • Housing
  • “Road to citizenship”


This exhibition is a part of Transcultural NJ II: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities, a statewide yearlong initiative to research, document, and promote the creative achievements of diverse visual and conceptual artists, emerging global art communities, and historically underserved populations. This initiative aims to bridge the spectrum of social differences, and expand opportunities in the arts for diverse residents of New Jersey.


January 31, 2016
April 7, 2016
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Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries , Mabel Smith Douglass Library
8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States


Nicole Ianuzelli