Art For Social Change: SANCTUARY National Exhibition of Postcard Art

Submitted by OPAL720art on Wed, 04/11/2018 - 1:14pm



OPENING RECEPTION:  May 11, 2018  7-9pm
EXHIBITION DATES:  May 11 – June 1, 2018


In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance (1968) and addressing current Sanctuary City political rhetoric, the Oak Park Art League calls on creatives nationwide to participate in a postcard project that explores legislative policies of past and present that support diversity, inclusion, racial equity, and human rights.  Now through April 30th, 2018, participants are invited to submit a 4x6 postcard that through artwork and/or words, express historical narratives, current contexts, or creative concepts for safe havens, sanctuary cities, and fair housing in the places and communities they call home. 

The postcards will be featured in OPAL’s May 2018 exhibition Sanctuary and sold for $35 each during the exhibition run, with the full collection on display at the Preview Party on May 10, 7-9 pm.  As a fundraiser, guests and collectors go home with an original work of art and a percentage of the proceeds from postcard sales will benefit ProBono Network in support of legal services for immigrants and Oak Park Regional Housing Center in support of research and advocacy in Fair Housing.

The backs of postcards will be stamped and dated to document exhibit participation. A curated selection of postcards will be presented in an online gallery on the Oak Park Art League’s website. A limited number of works will be selected for permanent collections at OPAL, the Oak Park/River Forest Museum, and Chicago's Newberry Library.


Entry Information/Instructions:

  • Entry is FREE, except for the cost of a postage stamp

  • Original artwork must be completed on 4x6 heavy cardstock or postcard or material of the same size

  • All media is welcome, though artists are responsible for determining best method for mailing or delivery to OPAL

  • Artists are asked to sign their work on the BACK of the postcard, where they may also include a short artist statement and contact information

  • Unsold postcards will not be returned to artists

Completed postcards can be mailed or delivered to:

Oak Park Art League

720 Chicago Avenue

Oak Park, IL  60302

Basic Info
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Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Monday, April 30, 2018
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Exhibition Committee
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Contact Address: 
720 Chicago Ave.
Oak PArk  Illinois  60302
United States