Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

Current Call for Artwork

Call for Artists


Application Deadline | July 3rd, 2020 Extended to July 10th, 2020

Notification Date | July 17th, 2020

Online Exhibition Dates | August 5th, 2020





The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland seeks artwork related to Asian American experiences of the impact of COVID-19, the Model Minority Myth, and inter-ethnic and interracial solidarity. 


In early 2020, the United States saw the impact of COVID-19 – a new strain of Coronavirus– across the nation. While the outbreaks of COVID-19 affected all racial and ethnic groups, it was labeled as the “Chinese Virus” by politicians. By racializing the virus, an increase in hate crimes and discrimination against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) occurred and continues to occur. The conditional statuses of the “model minority” and “honorary whites” that Asian Americans, particularly successful East Asians, enjoyed for the last few decades has been revealed to be entirely provisional. 


This summer, Stamp Gallery will be exhibiting an online curated experience tentatively titled “Not Your Model Minority” in an attempt to capture the turning point for the AAPI community in the United States. Works that promote discussion about AAPI history, presence in media, and responses to race-based violence are encouraged. 


Selected artwork will be exhibited on an online exhibition platform hosted by the Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park.



Applicants must submit:


• Artist’s Statement about specific works being submitted

• Link to artist’s website (if applicable)

• Proposed works with title and a short description (up to 200 words), year of production, and medium)

• Images/files (JPEG 72 dpi), video/audio clips should be shared as a link to a streaming site (with password information as necessary)





The Stamp Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art with an emphasis on the work of emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery supports contemporary art that is challenging and/or academically engaging and that addresses broad community and social issues. The gallery serves by providing exhibitions of social responsibility and artistic substance, as well as by offering an educational forum in which dialogue between artist and viewer and art and community is encouraged.


The Stamp Gallery is located on the first floor of the Stamp Student Union (1220 Stamp Student Union, The Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland College Park, 20742). 301-314-8492,


Artist/Curator Submission for Consideration:
Our location within the Stamp Student Union gives young and emerging artists and curators a unique opportunity to increase their visibility and present work to an engaged and academic community. The gallery is invested in providing opportunities for developing and emerging artists and curators to present work that is innovative and challenges the community to think critically about the issues it addresses. Our goal in exhibiting work by emerging and mid-career artists is to provide those artists with an opportunity to show their work to an engaged and interested academic community. To that end we create promotional materials for all of our exhibitions in order to raise awareness of the artist(s) and exhibition. We also provide a staff to aid in installation and de-installation of exhibitions.

Artist Submission:
Artists' works are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Work in all media is considered, including installations. (Note that we cannot accommodate work which requires hanging heavy objects from the ceiling.) If you are an artist who would like to recommend your work for inclusion in a future exhibition please send 10 to 20 images of your work (digital highly preferred-at least 300dpi), accompanying image list (including title, date, size, and medium for each work), a resume, an artist statement and/or one-page statement about the examples included, and a self-addressed stamped return envelope for the image materials to the address below. Please do not send original art. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, call the gallery at 301-314-8492

Curators Exhibition Proposal Submission:
Outside curators are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the exhibition's execution including arrangements with artists, installation and de-installation, providing all required information and items to the gallery staff for the timely creation of promotional materials, and creating and implementing any programs (performances, lectures, tours, etc.) to complement the exhibition. The gallery staff is happy to advise and consult with outside curators to ensure the success of the exhibition.

If you would like to propose an exhibition, please send the following with a self-addressed stamped return envelope (with sufficient postage) to the gallery:

  • A written proposal that includes a potential title for the exhibition, the name(s) of the artist(s) to be included, and a curator's statement. The curator's statement should: 

      • describe the exhibition's concept and/or theme, discuss the relevancy to that concept/theme of the artwork to be exhibited
      • provide specific information that suggests the curator's ability to execute the exhibition in our space
      • demonstrate the exhibition's consonance with the Stamp Gallery's mission and goals
      • name all equipment requirements
      • (optionally) suggest programming (artists talks, performances, lectures, panel discussions, etc.) to accompany the exhibition (programming can also be determined after the acceptance of the proposal).
  • Short biographies and resumes/CVs for all curator(s) and artist(s) to be included in the proposed exhibition.
  • Contact information including name, address, phone, and email address.
  • 10-20 images of the work to be included in the exhibition (digital highly preferred), or if new work is to be created, images of past work that adequately represents the artist(s), and an accompanying image list (should have artist name, title, date, size and medium). Images should be at least 300dpi and no smaller than 6x4".

The gallery will respond to proposals in the order in which they are received. Please be patient concerning reply and return of materials. If you have any questions that are not addressed above, call the gallery at 301-314-8492