Calls for Art

SUPPORT AND DEFEND call closes 3/4/2016

Art Relevant to the Veteran Experience. OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION.

Extended Entry Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016. Eligibility: Open to artists who are current or past members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their immediate family members. Sponsored by Art League Rhode Island.

SUPPORT AND DEFEND – Art Relevant to the Veteran Experience


The VETS Gallery, Providence, RI  •  April 1 – May 29, 2016

Jurors: THOMAS F. MORRISSEY, Community College of Rhode Island, Professor of Visual and Digital Art; KEN STEINKAMP, painter, Art League Rhode Island Elected Member. Both jurors are veterans.


Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces takes an oath that includes the phrase “support and defend.”  For veterans and their family members, the experiences that follow that oath are specific to each individual and may be hard to grasp for those outside the Armed Forces community. Many of those experiences are complex and enduring–perhaps lifelong.

This exhibition of 2D and 3D artworks, accompanied by the artists’ written words, will reflect the military experiences of veterans or their family members and create an opportunity and forum for artists to share a personal expression of that experience. Many veterans and their families want to tell their stories, but those conversations can be difficult to start. Often, art can be the starting place.

“Wounded Memories” photo collage by Tom Morrissey

Apply to SUPPORT AND DEFEND at CaFÉ  Read the SUPPORT AND DEFEND Prospectus 

ABOUT CaFÉ: The Internet-based CaFÉ system will be used for all entries to this call.  If you do not already have a CaFÉ artist account, you can obtain one for free at  Before entering, please read the entire call for entry, make sure that you qualify, and prepare your artwork image files and the artwork relevancy statement. The CaFÉ system provides artists with an easy-to-use system that allows them to enter contact information, upload digital images of their artwork, and enter a number of open calls at one time–eliminating the cost and logistics of mailing individual application packets for each call for entry.