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National Call for Entry: Past Presence

2nd Annual Juneteenth Commemoration Exhibition

The Gallery at Sulfur Studios

2301 Bull Street, Savannah GA 31401

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 1st by 11:59 pm

On Display: June 2nd - 25th, 2022

First Friday Opening Reception: Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, noon – 5 PM or by appt.

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Sulfur Studios is pleased to announce the National Call for Entry for our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Commemoration

Exhibition, Past Presence. For this call, Sulfur Studios asks artists to consider their own personal history – present or past – as it relates to the Black experience in the United States. To honor the sacredness of this day we are encouraging Black artists who are descendants of the enslaved via chattel slavery in the United States to apply for this Call for Entry.

From ancestral explorations to modern media narratives – what is your story and experience? Does the past continue to affect your lives in the present moment, if so, how? What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Submit your vision in any medium for consideration for this exhibition.

Past Presence exhibition will be juried by several esteemed artists, educators and curators from Savannah, Georgia: Amiri Farris, artist and educator; Antonia B. Larkin, artist, curator and Visual Arts Specialist at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center; Lisa Jackson, Education and Community Outreach Liaison at The Savannah African Art Museum; Billie Stultz, Founding Director and Head Curator at The Savannah African Art Museum.

About the Curators Amiri Geuka Farris is a contemporary, multidisciplinary artist who uses a wide range of work encompassing painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. Farris received his MFA in Painting, with his BFA in Illustration and Graphic Design, from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Farris’ academic appointments include Professor of Fine Arts Foundations and Graphic Design at Georgia Southern University, at the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, and

Professor of Fine Arts, at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Farris’ work has been featured in more than 50 solo exhibitions and juried museum exhibitions across the United States, including the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian.

Antonia B. Larkin is an African American artist and curator whose practice examines intimacy, healing and representation. Larkin holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Georgia Southern University. She currently lives and works in Savannah, where she is a Visual Arts Specialist at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.

Lisa Jackson is the Education, Community Outreach Liaison at The Savannah African Art Museum since 2019, where she conceptualizes & coordinates educational programs; workshops and produces events that complement the museum’s exhibition of 1000+ Collection of West & Central African Art. She has a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communication from NYU and an AAS from New York City College of Technology. Jackson brings a host of past experiences from her career as a Music Industry Executive at Island Music Publishing & Island Records, Manhattan/Blue Note Records, and Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule MusicWorks. She was also Segment Producer for Whoopi Goldberg’s syndicated Morning Talk Radio Show.

As a Freelance Consultant Jackson served as a Program Coordinator for the world traveling NY based African dance company, Batoto Yetu. Jackson has continued her role as a participating consultant with the Cooperative Culture Collective’s Annual Fort Greene, Bklyn – Juneteenth Arts Festival since 2003. She was thrilled to produce and host The Savannah African Art Museum’s 1st Annual Juneteenth Celebration on its 1st official U.S. Federal Holiday celebration. SANKOFA!

Billie Stultz is a multidisciplinary artist who has been working with the mediums of Watercolor, Leather, and Clay for a combined total of 20 years. At Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, she studied and worked in the fields of photography and graphic design. In Savannah, Georgia, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design where she obtained her BFA in Art History with a focus in the arts of Africa while double minoring in Museum Studies and Language and Cultural Studies. She served as an assistant curator at the Taubman Museum of Art on a traveling exhibition from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art titled Fortune, Courage, Love: Arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms.

Stultz is the Founding Director and Chief Curator at The Savannah African Art Museum, founded in 2016 with Board of Directors President and collector, Don Kole. Stultz has over 10 years of experience working in museum administration and academic galleries. Her scope of work ranges from curatorial, collections management and exhibitions to art sales, marketing, design, and educational programing. In addition, she has lectured on curatorial practices and methodology and has acted as an independent curator, juror, and collections consultant.

Artist Prizes:

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Prizes: Artwork and write up featured in our end-of-year publication, plus a Sulfur Studios gift bag

Applications may be submitted via and are due no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, April 1st.

Past Presence will be on display in the Main Gallery at Sulfur Studios from June 2nd - 25th, 2022.

4/1 @ 11:59PM - Deadline for submissions

4/11 - Artists notified

5/9 - Artwork Arrival Deadline

6/2 - First Day of Exhibition

6/3 - First Friday Opening Reception from 5 - 9PM

6/19 - Juneteenth Commemorative event + Juror's Talk

6/25 - Closing Day of Exhibition

Work must weigh less than 75 pounds and fit through a standard size doorway. Shipping and insurance to and from the gallery will be the responsibility of the artist. Art is displayed at the artis's risk.

For more information please contact:

Samantha Mack – Gallery Assistant & Director of Public Relations


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