Truth to Power 2 — Call for Art

Truth to Power 2: Communicating Messages of Social Justice through Visual Art

July 15 – August 2, 2014

“Truth to Power” is a juried group show focusing on matters of social justice. The title, derived from a 1955 Quaker pamphlet, “Speak Truth to Power” illustrates a commitment to voicing our diverse truths to the systems and individuals who shape the society we live in.

Due to the success of last year’s Truth to Power show, Pleiades Gallery is making the exhibition an annual event. Pleiades Gallery wants to know what you have to say about issues of social justice in a local, national, or global context. All artists living in North Carolina are eligible to submit entries for this exhibit.

Juror: This year’s Truth to Power exhibit will be juried by Artist and Art Historian Kenneth Rodgers.

In 1996, Rodgers became director of the North Carolina Central University Art Museum, which houses the largest collection of African American art in the state. In this capacity, Rodgers served as organizer and curator of several high profile exhibits including Edward Mitchell Bannister: American Landscape Artist; Re-connecting Roots: The Silver Anniversary Alumni Invitational; Charles White: American Draughtsman; Elizabeth Catlett: Master Printmaker; and William H. Johnson: Revisiting an African American Modernist. In 2006, Rodgers was named Professor of Art and Director of the North Carolina University Art Museum. He has published several art compilations including William H. Johnson: Revisiting an African American Modernist and Climbing Up the Mountain: The Modern Art of Malvin Gray Johnson. Rodgers painted the official portrait of the first African American member of the North Carolina Council of State and the first African American State Auditor for North Carolina, Ralph Campbell. Rodgers has received numerous research grants and awards including: a National Endowment for the Humanities for study at the Vatican Museums and the American Academy in Rome, a Fulbright-Hays Study Abroad award for research in Kenya and Tanzania, and grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Duke-Semans Fine Arts Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation to support museum exhibitions and programs.

Award: For our 2014 Truth to Power exhibit we are adding a People’s Choice Award, which will be announced July 24, 2014.


Entry deadline*……………………….….Saturday, June 14, 2014

*This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries must be received by June 14th.

Notification of Accepted Work …………Tuesday, July 1
Delivery of Accepted Work……………. Friday and Saturday, July 11-12
Exhibition Dates………………….…….July 15 – August 2
Opening Reception……………….…….Friday, July 18, 6-9pm
Artists’ Salon ………………..…….…..Thursday, July 24, 6-9 pm
Selected Work Pick-Up…….………….Sunday, August 3

Eligibility: This show is open to all artists living in North Carolina. A maximum of 2 works of any medium per artist may be submitted. The show is open to two and three dimensional works of art. Work must be original. Work may not exceed 50 inches in any dimension (including frame). 2D work cannot weigh more than 75 lbs. Pleiades Gallery reserves the right to exclude work due to size or special requirements. All two-dimensional work must be dry, wired and ready to hang. No clip frames or alligator hangers. Photographs and matted works on paper should be single matted with a white or similar neutral mat. Entries must be hand delivered to the gallery or mailed with return postage pre-paid in returnable container. Artwork submitted on behalf of an artist requires written and signed authorization from the artist.

Entries: Each artist may submit two entries due on or before Saturday, June 14, 2014. Please send JPEGs of work and application information to with subject line: Attn: Truth to Power 2. If you are sending in any materials by mail, please mail to:
Pleiades Gallery Attn: Truth to Power 2 109 E. Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701

Entry Fee: $10 (check or cash, by mail or in person) per artist. All entry fees are non-refundable.

Preparing Digital Entries: Artists may submit two digital entries on a standard sized CD or by email to Completed application materials must accompany each entry. Artists working in 2D may submit one image in JPEG format per entry. 3D artists may submit two JPEGS (one full shot and one detail) per entry. Title JPEGs with the artist’s last name followed by 01,02, 02b, etc. File sizes cannot exceed 2MB and DPI cannot be lower than 72. Images should be oriented correctly. All CDs should be labeled with the artist’s name and the file names with corresponding titles, mediums, and dimensions.

Notification: Entries will be selected by guest juror Kenneth Rodgers. Notification of accepted entries will be e-mailed by the end of the day on July 1, 2014.

Delivering and Picking Up Selected Artwork: Hand delivered work will be accepted Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, during regular gallery hours (12-8 pm). Shipments of artwork will be accepted July 8-11, 2014. All artwork must be signed-in and signed-out by the artist or their representative.

If Shipping Artwork: Include return postage or shipping fees and sturdy, reusable packing materials clearly labeled with your name and telephone number. Framed works requiring glass must use plexiglass. Do not use styrofoam packing peanuts. Accepted work must remain through the entire exhibit. Artists who do not pick up their selected work by the post-exhibit deadline will be charged a $5 per day fee for storage.

Sales: All exhibited work must be for sale. Pleiades Gallery will retain a commission of 30% on all work sold during the exhibit.
Liability: All entries will be handled with the best care possible, but Pleiades Gallery is not responsible for loss or damage of any cause. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and regulations as set by exhibition guidelines.


Please cut and paste this information into your submission email, or save it as a file on your CD. A statement about the work must accompany each submission (see below). A $10 non-refundable application fee must also accompany your submission (one fee per artist).






Submission #1
Name of .jpg file:
Title of Work:
Dimensions (width x height, in inches):

Submission #2
Name of .jpg file:
Title of Work:
Dimensions (width x height, in inches):