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Call for Entries
"Shifting Gears", a national juried exhibit for young
artists with 
disabilities (living in the U.S.), ages 16-25 sponsored by
VSA
arts & Volkswagen of America, Inc.

postmarked deadline: Friday, July 15, 2005
15 Finalists.   $60,000 in cash awards.   No entry fee.

All applicants will be notified by Friday, August 26, 2005.

For the fourth year, VSA arts & Volkswagen of America, Inc.
are pleased to 
launch a call for entries to identify promising young
artists with disabilities.  Fifteen (15) finalists will be
awarded a total 
of $60,000 in cash awards that is distributed as follows:
$20,000 grand prize, $10,000 first award, $6,000 second
award, and 12 awards 
of excellence in the amount of $2,000.  Finalists will
be honored at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill during late
September 2005, 
and their artwork will be displayed in a nation-wide
touring exhibit that debuts at the Smithsonian during
October 2005. To learn 
more about the past awardees, visit:

http://www.vsarts.org/prebuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/vw/2004/index.html
and
http://www.vsarts.org/showcase/exhibits/vw/2003/index.html

This year's theme, "Shifting Gears", challenges challenges
artists to 
reflect on a pivotal moment or event in their life that led
them to a greater understanding of themselves in relation to
their art and/ 
or their disability.  Artwork may illustrate actual
aspects of the moment or event such as the environment, 
physical 
manifestations, or personal discoveries.  Abstract work that
relates to the artists feelings or emotions is also
encouraged. Work might 
also reflect the artist's experience of living with a
disability and its role in shaping or transforming their
life.

Applicants are asked to present evidence that will best
exemplify the extent 
and quality of their accomplishment. The jury will be
looking for the development of original ideas in the work
submitted - 
imagination, competence, and the skillful use of materials.
Art must be an original work that has been completed in the
last three (3) 
years. Eligible media
include: paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic,
pencil or 
charcoal), fine art prints (lithographs, etching, intaglio,
or
woodcuts), photography, computer generated prints and
two-dimensional mixed 
media.
Artwork should not exceed 60 inches in either direction. For
additional 
information and to download an application, please visit:
http://www.vsarts.org/x267.xml

Alternative formats of the application are available upon
request.
Inquiries should be directed to:

VSA arts & Volkswagen of America, Inc.
PO Box 33699
Washington, DC 20033-3699
Phone 800.933.8721 x3877
Fax 202.737.0725
TTY 202.737.0645
Email: voa@xxxxxxxxxx

VSA arts is an international nonprofit organization founded
in 1974 by 
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. VSA arts is creating a
society
where people with disabilities can learn through,
participate in, and enjoy 
the arts.
VSA arts programs are successful avenues for nurturing
talents and launching 
professional careers. In support of its mission, VSA
arts sponsors exhibitions for emerging artists with
disabilities that raise 
awareness of their artistic contributions.
www.vsarts.org

America's love affair with the automobile extends beyond the
visual cues of 
engines and sheet metal. Volkswagen believes that the
"heartware" is equally as important as the "hardware." For
people with 
disabilities, the automobile provides both freedom of
mobility and self-expression.
www.vw.com

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