“A Somewhat Secret Place Expands Its Horizons”

Good news!  A Somewhat Secret Place has expanded its geographical and time boundaries.  We welcome participation by artists all across the United States.  To give ample time for entrants to prepare their applications, our new submission deadline is February 14, 2011.  The public exhibition will take place July 2nd through July 30th, 2011, in Portland, Oregon.  Please find details below.

“A SOMEWHAT SECRET PLACE: DISABILITY AND ART” is an inclusive universally-designed show and book project that will examine how in the arts disability appears in both artistic practice and in representation. It will investigate the intersection of contemporary art and disability and demonstrate that the relationship of contemporary fine art to disability is valid and accessible to people with and without disabilities. The exhibition will open in Portland July 2, 2011 and run through July 30, 2011.

Applications from the following categories will be considered for inclusion in the art exhibition and fine art book: dance, drawing, essay, fictional narrative, (small-scale) installation art, music, painting, performance art, photography, poetry, printmaking, sculpture (including fine art craft), theater and video/film.  The Application deadline is February 14, 2011. Stipends of $100 will be awarded to individuals and groups for 12 works of fine art, 4 performance works, and 12 literary works selected for inclusion in the exhibition and book. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the February 14, 2011 deadline will not be reviewed. Application materials will not be returned. Please make sure you have duplicate copies.

Application Assistance is available for all artists and writers who are unable to organize application materials independently. The deadline for Application Assistance requests is February 10, 2010. The early Application Assistance deadline ensures that all artists and writers using the service will have their application submitted by the February 14, 2011 deadline. However, other arraignments can be made for applicants who need more time and communicate this in writing by mail or email. For contact info click here.

Applicants must be 18 years or older. No formal art or literary education is necessary. Both disabled and nondisabled artists, performers and writers may apply.

Applications may be organized by a second party. Collaborative applications will be accepted. Only complete applications received by the February 14, 2011 due date will be considered. Applicants must agree to the Terms of Application by singing it and sending 2 copies with the application materials.

Please visit us on YouTube for a 5 part video of A Somewhat Secret Place: Disability and Art Call for Submissions Orientation and Lecture that took place at OHSU on the 11th of October. CC coming soon! Please note that this project has been expanded to include artists and writers outside of Oregon and that the deadline has been extended. Please disregard any information in these informational videos that conflicts with this information and the updated application materials on our blog.


Download all forms for application(s) at our blog. All applications must be mailed or otherwise delivered in duplicate to:

ATT: Catherine J. H. Miller

1221 NW 11th Ave. #237

Portland, OR 97209

If you have questions or comments, please contact Catherine J.H. Miller at asomewhatsecretinfo@gmail.com or call 971-219-8302.

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