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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Benjamin Mefford

Call for Artists: Self-Isolation=Self-Portrait

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

-Frida Kahlo

Coronavirus got you down? Exhibitions been cancelled? Laid-off, hours cut back, not even sure what's happening because everything is different today?

Be part of an online self-portrait exhibition. Read the guidelines and submission instructions carefully at, and then submit a high quality jpeg image.

No entry fee.

The future is uncertain, and while that includes risks and challenges, it also includes unlimited potential for fortunes to improve. This project is open-ended. Perhaps it will fade when the coronavirus pandemic is forgotten. Perhaps it will remain in perpetuity. We hope to someday document the online exhibit with a printed catalog, or have a physical exhibit when it becomes possible. The purpose right now is to create and connect.

What is a portrait?

A portrait includes the face and seeks to display the likeness, personality, and mood of the subject. A portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image. The subject is often looking directly at the painter or photographer in order to best engage the viewer.

~adapted from wikipedia entry “Portrait”

Use the above as a guideline. A self-portrait is created by the artist with themselves as the subject.

The impetus for this project is community building, highlighting artists that are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and incentivizing a reflection on individual identity. Curation will err on the side of inclusion. Since it is assumed that most people may have limited access to equipment and other resources right now, get creative and don’t worry too much. Be thoughtful, and have fun.

By submitting an image you grant unlimited and irrevocable license for the project curator to display/reproduce/modify your image, declare that you are the sole creator and owner of the work, and acknowledge and agree that you will not be paid for this submission. You otherwise retain copyright of the image and may display it elsewhere freely.

Source artwork may be 2d or 3d as long as it is appropriately represented in a high quality photograph. International applicants welcome. The project curator reserves sole discretion in acceptance of submissions. Submission guidelines may be changed at any time by the curator, without notice. Inquiries unrelated to self-portrait submissions may not be answered due to time constraints.

To submit a self-portrait for consideration include:

Full name of the artist, location (city/state/nation), Date of completion (Day/Month/Year).

Jpeg as email attachment: image of self-portrait, file named: lastname_firstname_SP, file size 300dpi and between 2mb-6mb.

Send in a single email to:

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Deadline: 06.29.2020
Name: Benjamin Mefford
Address: online
Phone: 9714017693