YAWP Group Art Exhibit Submissions Due: March 29th

WWBA is delighted to invite artists to submit their original artwork to be considered for WWBA’s first group exhibit entitled YAWP. This group exhibit will explore an excerpt from Whitman’s “Song of Myself” in Leaves of Grass. Abstract, figurative, and landscape interpretations are welcome. There will be a reception for artists — all are welcome to attend with free refreshments.

The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me—he complains of my gab and my loitering.

I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

The last scud of day holds back for me;
It flings my likeness after the rest, and true as any, on the shadow’d wilds;
It coaxes me to the vapor and the dusk.

I depart as air—I shake my white locks at the runaway sun;
I effuse my flesh in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.

I bequeathe myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love;
If you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles.

You will hardly know who I am, or what I mean;
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged;
Missing me one place, search another;
I stop somewhere, waiting for you.

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Artists may submit 1-3 images of original work for consideration

Both 2D and 3D artwork will be considered

All work must be no larger than 30×30 inches

All work must be wired/framed and ready to hang

Submissions may be emailed to Events@waltwhitman.org

With the subject line “Artwork Submission”

1-3 high resolution images, all files must be labeled “yourname_titleofwork”

List Artist Name/dimensions/media/price/date/brief description

Brief artist statement and resume

A $10.00 Submission fee must be paid here:

Artists will be notified in April. Accepted works will be dropped off the week of April 13th and hang through July 2020. Walt Whitman’s Birthday is May 31st. We receive the most guests during this time of year. The group exhibit will be on view for all visitors of the Birthplace. Artworks may be for sale, however buyer will contact artist directly and work must stay in exhibit for duration of the show.

Click below to pay submission fee:

YAWP Art Exhibit Submission