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The Athenaeum Invitational, 2019

Deadline: August 1, 2019

The Athenaeum Invitational

The 2019 Athenaeum Invitational
Board: out of our minds!
Call for Entries

The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in VA/DC/MD/WV. A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call, a $500 prize will be awarded based on core concept and game design, and a viewers' choice award of $500 will be determined by popular vote.

Board: out of our minds!

Artists and 'artists of the mind' from DC, MD, VA and WV are invited to explore the broad concept of board games. Entries might be based on a real or imagined game, an environment where games are played, or people's relationships to board games. Entries that demonstrate creative brilliance through the core concept and game design are encouraged as well as purely aesthetic works.

Consider games as a means of dealing with social issues or escaping reality; games as a reflection of a labyrinth or as path to justice. A game might be way to explore the world or experience other cultures. Entries might be inspired by favorite childhood games or today’s issues such as climate change or political rancor.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019
Exhibition: September 12 — November 10, 2019

Comprehensive information and a means to apply for consideration: Click here.

The Athenaeum does not accept hard copy proposals, all entries and proposals must be done via the website. Please call 703-548-0035 if you have any questions.


The Athenaeum Gallery

201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 548-0035