Curated by Danielle Scott

“In our interior experience as individuals, as in the public forum of our shared experience as a culture, our courage lives in the same room as our fear — it is in troubled times, in despairing times, that we find out who we are and what we are capable of.”

The great poet, essayist, feminist, and civil rights champion Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934–November 17, 1992)

And indeed, these are troubled, despairing times. We have lived for the past four years with a president whose Modus Operandi is fear and division. We also have a pandemic that is currently raging out of control that disproportionately affects those with financial insecurities or pre-existing conditions. Americans are going hungry. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many people of color have been a wake-up call. We have taken to the streets to show our discontent with the systematic racism prevalent in our society.

How have you responded to the stress of our current situation? What has changed inside you? How do you go about your day when all these forces are mobilizing? How do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe? Simple decisions have become existential decisions. 

Pro Arts Jersey City is now accepting submissions of two and three-dimensional work, film, and installation for ‘The Empowering’ which will be the premiere exhibition in the new Pro Arts gallery at Art150 Bay St in the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City. It is a large space so we encourage you to submit large work. Due to the pandemic restrictions this show will be reproduced as an online show as well as a physical show in the gallery. Whether we can have a physical reception is TBD. 

Show Dates: February 6 – March 21, 2021

Location: Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Bay St. Jersey City, NJ and on the Pro Arts website


Submission is FREE for Pro Arts members

Non-members $25 for 3 images (fee can be made through the DONATE button at 

To become a member click here.

Submission Guidelines:

Medium:  two dimensional and three-dimensional art works, film (you will need to supply your own equipment) and installation

Number of images:  Maximum 3 jpg images

File requirements: 

Size: 72dpi, maximum 1200px on the widest side 

File Names: Name files as follows: Lastname_Firstname_”Title”_Medium_size.jpg 

Example: Mouse_Mickey_”Welcome to My House”_Oil on Canvas_30x40”.jpg 

In a Word Doc provide the following:  

Name the document LastName_FirstName_Statement 

On a single page provide:
1) Name, phone number, website, Facebook, Instagram handle
2) a brief bio
3) an artist’s statement 250 words or less that explains how your work fits with the theme of the show
4) proposals for installations should be less than 500 words and include diagrams, drawings and photos as needed
5) a contents list of your submissions in the following format:

Artist Name
Medium & Dimension
Price or NFS
ex: Mickey Mouse
     “Welcome to My House”
       Oil on Canvas 30×40”

Email your submission to 

Subject Line:  The Empowering _YourLastName

Other important dates:

Assigned drop off times will be within the time frame of
Sat. Jan 23, 12-3pm
Sun. Jan 24, 12-3pm

Reception: Zoom Video Reception Saturday, February 6, 4:00-5:30pm

Artist talk: March 6, 2021, 3:30-5:00pm

Art Pick up: Saturday, March 27, 12:00-3:00; Sunday, March 28 12:00-3:00
or by special arrangement**

Pro Arts is not able to provide insurance. 

Commission: Pro Arts does not charge commission  

Please contact Danielle Scott (curator) at (201)320-8556 or 
Deirdre Kennedy (Production) at (201) 725-7582 with any questions.

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