Submit your favorite sports GIF, original or found, by May 30th for consideration in the VisArts Greatest Sports GIFs of All Time Contest at Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub in Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD on Monday, June 4, 6:30 PM.  No submission fee for the contest, and no admission fee for the event.

A contest for the “Sports G.G.O.A.T. (Greatest GIF of All Time),” will be decided by the audience in a NCAA bracket-style tournament, with readings of poetry made from re-edited television interviews of athletes (a project of writers Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker), as part of the Rockville launch of the Sports issue of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media.

This event promises to be fun and lively!  Contribute your GIF or yell, scream, and clap for your favorites. Special sports themed cocktails and pub food available for purchase. Prizes for winners.

Special guests will read SportsTalk poetry by: John Amaechi, Larry Bird, Jason Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Mark Gonzales, Kwame Harris, Martina Navratilova, Ronda Rousey, Sheryl Swoopes, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Zinedine Zidane


You can submit your GIF in one of three ways:

1) Upload the GIF through Submittable (form below).
2) Email the GIF with your name, email address, and the name of the maker of the GIF (if known), to []
3) Tweet the GIF with your name, email address, and the name of the maker of the GIF (if known), to


This contest is part of the programming accompanying the exhibition Power Forward on display at VisArts from May 23 to July 1, 2018.  The exhibition is curated by Astria Suparak and features artists: Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney & Hazel Meyer, Gao Mingyan, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, and Zhang Qing. 

Sports are not a refuge from the “real world.” Sports have been and always are political. Who gets to play? Who is penalized for what? Which stadiums are built, where, and with whose money? Eminent domain, organized labor, drug and gender testing, commercial sponsorships, tax breaks, bribery, and abuse scandals are just some of the ways power is flexed daily within what has been called a secular religion and a proxy war. The artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world. 

For more information about Power Forward, INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media and other programming visit:

Generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Trust.

Ends on December 12, 2018$15.00
Independent curators or representatives of artist guilds or groups may submit unsolicited curatorial project proposals for exhibitions in the Gibbs Street, Kaplan and/or Common Ground Galleries. The proposal must be a clear, well-written description of the curatorial project including the artists that will be presented in the show. Curators cannot include their own work in the exhibition.

Up to five images are required and may include proposed installation drawings.

Submissions will be reviewed every December.

Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Exhibition plans are made 2 years in advance.

Incomplete submission packages will not be reviewed.

Curators or artist groups/guilds who have organized an exhibition at VisArts within the past two years are not eligible to submit a curatorial proposal.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018 at midnight (EST)

*Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Ends on June 8, 2018$10.00

Application Deadline: June 8, 2018, 11:59 PM

NextGen 5.0 is calling all DMV aspiring artists. 

VisArts welcomes artists ages 17 – 27 in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area to submit their application for NextGen 5.0, our fifth exhibition in our Kaplan Gallery from July 11 - August 19, 2018. NextGen 5.0 is an opportunity for aspiring artists with little to no experience exhibiting their work in a professional gallery.

VisArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform individuals and communities through the visual arts. VisArts provides children, teens and adults with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts.

Online applications are due by June 8, 2018, 11:59 pm at Please keep in mind that submission does not guarantee acceptance. Applicants should have little or no experience exhibiting in a professional gallery. Previous NextGen participants are ineligible. Previous NextGen applicants who were not selected may re-apply for this year's exhibition.

After reviewing all works, selected artists will be notified by June 16. 

All submissions will be juried by professional artists and curators (names to be announced).

Keep in mind that if accepted into the exhibition, you will be expected to drop off accepted artwork to the gallery on July 6, anytime between 10AM- 6PM.  Artwork will not be accepted before or after these available dates and times. 

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 8, 2018, 11:59 PM


Required Application Materials:

- Application Form

- High Res images with captions, for up to 5 works of art

- Film and video pieces are welcome: 2 minutes of video, film, sound or performance documentation = one work. Up to 10 minutes total. Videos must be in .mp4 or .mov file format. 

- Images must be in .jpg, .tiff, .png, or .gif file format. Minimum image resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

- Artist Statement (250 Word Maximum)

- Artist Bio (150 Word Maximum)

- Resume/ CV

- Application Fee ($10.00) – online application will require payment by credit card or PayPal. Financial assistance available upon a need basis. Contact for more information.

It can be intimidating to create an artist résumé with little or no experience, but a great résumé is one that is clear, organized and simple. Experiences you can include may be from exhibiting in student art shows, to assisting at camps or even teaching. Here are a great number of resources to help you create a competitive application and to develop your professional practices as an artist:

Artist statement and artist biography Services/ArtistStatementBio11.pdf

Artist Résumé

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

For information on Exhibition and Sale of Artwork

Guidelines for presenting works in digital format


Submission Guidelines:

- Apply Online : Complete the online application through 


- Drop Off Accepted Artwork: Accepted Artwork must be dropped off anytime during the following hours at the 2nd floor Office at VisArts

       Tuesday, July 6th between 10AM - 6PM

- Questions:

Please send any questions via email with “VisArts NextGen 5.0 Open Call” in the subject line to Frank McCauley, Exhibitions Coordinator, at

Application Fee: $10.00

Apply now!