Black Artists of DC: Still We Rise

Organized by:           Black Artists of DC

Sponsors:                    Black Artists of DC (BADC) & Artists and Makers Studio

Artists and Makers Studio
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Curators:                   BADC Curatorial Staff

Open to all 2D Artwork (All submissions must be able to be hung on a wall)

Submission Fee: (non-refundable) BADC Members: (who have paid their annual dues) $25 US dollars for up to 10 images, Non-Member: $35 US dollars for up to 10 images

Dates of Exhibition:         June 30-July 29, 2020

Submission Deadline:      June 14, 2020

Notification of Selected Artists:  Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than June 21, 2020.  Notification will be made by email, text, and/or by phone.

Installation:   June 30, 2020,   deliver work to: 
Artists and Makers Studio
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20852

Distribution of Invitations: To Be Announced 

Opening Reception:             Friday, July 10th, 2020

Artist Talk:                          Date to be announced

Deinstallation:                   July 29, 2020

Exhibition Description:

Still We Rise is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise. We must never give up or give in to the negativity of the world. Whether we must fight for the right to vote or to be counted in the census.  Within our art we must continuously strive for our best, to put forth our vision. The world often looks towards the artist because they can often see and depict the struggles of humanity. Art has been used to depict the most majestic and forbidden images in history. We must rise above the circumstances of who, what, where and when we are: to create is to rise above; to explore is to rise above; to attain knowledge is to rise above. We rise to the challenge.

Many artists fight to be who they want to be, against all odds. We explore: a new medium, a new style or new interpretation of a classical style. We often see what others cannot: show them!

Still I Rise, By Maya Angelou With

You may write me down in history
With you Bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
 You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise

Submission Guidelines:

Artists may submit up to 10 digital JPEG images at 300 DPI make size of the digital image 5” x 7”. The images can be submitted online or attached to an email to [email protected].  No files larger than 2MB.  Image files should be titled as follows: number (corresponding to the Submission Form), last name, first name and title. The same information must also be written on the Submission Form/Image List, including additional requested information. Also include a bio and artist’s combined statement (no more than one page total). 

After you click on “submit”, your should receive an email stating your submission was received. Attached to this email will be a copy of your submission with the images you submitted (either listed or shown). If you do not receive this email your submission was no received and you must submit again.

If any information is missing or incorrect, or if your images were not listed; send the corrections in an email and attach any missing images to [email protected]. Please write your name in the email as some emails cannot be easily associated with the name of the artist.

If you need help sizing or configuring your images click on the button below for a short tutorial


When paying online or by check or money order, please add the note, “Entry Fee for Still We Rise.” If you enter your submission online, but want to pay by check or money order simply exit the payment page. Your submission will still go through. Make Checks or Money Orders out to “Black Artists of DC” and mail to:

Russell Simmons, BADC
1829 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC 20018

Terms: Work not for sale should be marked NFS. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.

Sales: Sale price is determined by the artist. A 35% commission will be retained by BADC for all sales of work during this exhibition.

Insurance: BADC will provide insurance for all installed works during the exhibition. 

Frames and Mounting: must be of fine quality, consistent with paintings/photographs, with attached wire.

Shipping and Handling: The artist is responsible for all costs of shipping and handling of their artwork. We suggest the artist insure their artwork through the shipping company if one is used. All shipped artwork must include prepaid return shipping label enclosed in the packaging. If hand-delivered, artist is responsible for insuring work from theft or damage until it is in the possession of BADC.