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Call for Visual Art Entries: El Mundo Zurdo Art Exhibit

March 26, 2009

Call for Visual Art Entries: El Mundo Zurdo Art Exhibit
Exhibition: Friday, May 1, 2009 – TBA

Opening Reception: Sat. May 16, 2009

Location: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

922 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas, 78212

Deadline for entry submissions is Friday, April 17th, 2009

The Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (SSGA), Women’s Studies Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center is pleased to announce the first international conference and art exhibition on the work and life of Gloria E. Anzaldúa.

In “La Prieta,” Gloria Anzaldúa states that “by changing ourselves we change the world, that traveling El Mundo Zurdo path is the path of a two-way movement—a going deep into the world, a simultaneous recreation of the self and a reconstruction of society”.

Artists selected to participate in the El Mundo Zurdo exhibit are those whose work begins with the self, with their own identities, histories, experiences, and ways of relating to the world and who simultaneously “go deep into the world” with a vision for justice and social change.

We are seeking to house art that embraces the thoughts and questions that Anzaldúa opened up for us during her lifetime and that continue to inform and inspire us today on the fifth anniversary of her passing. The exhibit is an opportunity to continue these conversations and expand the space for dialogue within the broader community.

We welcome work that explores the following suggested concepts of Anzaldúa’s life and work:

Borderlands, Queer Identity, Sexuality, Education, International and Transfrontera Experience, Spirituality, Border Crossing, Meztizaje, Nepantla, “Mita’ y Mita’, Spiritual and Physical Wellness, The Geo-Physical Border, “Being a bridge”.

We are looking for artwork that is politically charged, aesthetically innovative, and that addresses one or more of the above-mentioned topics. Also of interest is work that depicts the intersection of these concepts through non-traditional art mediums, technology, music, creative writing, and new media.

We welcome artwork not normally displayed in a traditional gallery setting. There are no fees for entries. A committee will jury selections.

Please note the following timeline:

* Photographs of original works may be submitted digitally via e-mail or in print via snail mail. Original pieces may also be mailed or hand delivered. Deadline for entry submissions is Friday, April 17th, 2009. Please submit entries via:

-Snail Mail: Eric Cavazos 223 W. Norwood Ct., San Antonio, TX 78212
-Hand delivery: The Esperanza 922 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212
(210) 228-0202

* Committee members will jury the exhibit at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on Sat. April 18th.

* Notification of acceptance will be sent to artists via email or by phone on Tuesday, April 21st, 2009.

* The exhibit will be hung at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center by May 1, 2008.

* The opening night and reception will be held in conjunction with the opening night of the conference at the Esperanza peace and Justice Center on Sat., May 16, 2009.

For questions: email Eric Cavazos at or or Anel I. Flores at

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