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Call for Art

In this time of uncertainty, COVID-19 has contaminated everything: Our homes, our lives, how we talk to one another, and even our shared reality.  But how can we use art to cleanse and decontaminate our world of the “political plagues” --  cultural divisions, medical inequities, and digital pollution -- that the Coronavirus has called greater attention to?

This invasion has contaminated all aspects of our lives.  In order to start disinfecting ourselves -- and re-constructing our shared humanity (and reality)  -- the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy and the Institute for Digital Humanity invite submissions to our new juried show “Contaminated.” 

What is “Contaminated”?
Focusing on how COVID 19 has invaded every aspect of our lives -- but curated to catalyze cross-cultural conversations on our post-COVID 19 existence  -- “Contaminated” will take place, virtually and physically, on May 7th, 2020. Submissions are due April 30th, 2020.   


Selected artists will also have the opportunity to be part of our zine publications or national pilot program on post-digital civility.


Whether you have an autoimmune condition, are battling mental health, are someone who is working on the front line, a student whose life is upside down, or even just feeling overwhelmed by all that is happening…You all have a story to contribute and we want to see all of them. 


Any visual medium is welcome (including but not limited to: paintings, performance art, sculpture, video art, graphic design or any other forms or 2D and 3D art).


How do you apply?

Email with the following: 

  • Documentation of work in either a .jpeg or .mov 

  • The title of your piece

  • Your full name 

  • Whether you would like to be considered under the Amateur/Student or Professional category

  • A way to see more of your work (instagram handle, website, or other social media) 

  • OPTIONAL: Recorded video or written artist statement about your piece. Please limit statements to 2 mins or 250 words


Application must be submitted by April 30th to the email

Any applicants that do not include all requirements will not be considered. 


This exhibit opening will take place May 7th (in a hybrid virtual/physical gallery reception).  Accepted pieces will be displayed in the virtual exhibit and the IAA/IDH’s online platforms. Accepted pieces will also be considered for future publication and public education opportunities.


Who We Are:

The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy is a Twin-Cities based art collective dedicated to using aesthetics to advocate for a better, healthier, and more just post-digital world.  The Institute for Digital Humanity is a student run think tank focused on digital ethics issues of our time. 


Follow us on social media to stay posted on what we’re up to as well as more information regarding “Contaminated.”


Institute for Digital Humanity:

Instagram: @The.IDH

Twitter: @JesusvTheRobots

Facebook: The Institute for Digital Humanity


Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy:

Instagram: @Institute.Aesthetic.Advocacy


All work must be submitted by April 30th, 2020 to

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