Call for Filipinx-American Visual Artists: Araw Ng Mga Patay

Day of the Dead curated by Nica Aquino

Highland Park, CA

Call for art by Filipinx-American visual artists for Day of the Dead. Curated by Nica Aquino with assistance from Anna Calubayan.

Giving offerings to our ancestors is an indigenous practice in the so-called Philippines that predates Catholocism. It is a way of honoring our ancestors & the time they spent with us on this physical plane. Once a year, many cultures around the world take the time to honor our ancestors, such as 'Dia de los Muertos' in Mexico, 'Pchum Ben' in Cambodia & many more. In Philippine culture, 'Araw Ng Mga Patay' (translating to Day of the Dead in Tagalog - a Philippine language) is a day we reflect on the remembrance of our passed loved ones.

The intention of this exhibition is to highlight how Filipinx-American visual artists use art as a platform to honor our loved ones in the spirit world. Visual artworks selected for this exhibition become an offering to our ancestors in itself. 



Open to all Filipinx-American visual artists 18 & over.


Only fine arts visual media will be considered. Because of size limitations of gallery, please no large sculptural pieces. Please no performance pieces.

We would especially like to highlight works that raise awareness on the "extrajudicial killings" in President Duterte's "drug war" in the Philippines.

Extended deadline for submission of images:

Sunday, Sept 15, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

To Submit:

E-mail hi-res jpeg attachments to [email protected] (Subject Line: Araw Ng Mga Patay Submission). Submit as many pieces as you’d like for consideration. Include title, medium, dimensions, pricing & artist statement about each work.

Accepted artworks must be ready to install upon delivery & must be for sale.

Important Dates:

Extended entry deadline: Sunday, Sept 15, 2019 at 11:59PM PST.

Notification of Acceptance: No later than Sunday, Sept 22, 2019.

Work delivery: Oct 1-6 during gallery hours, 10-4PM, closed Mondays & Fridays.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 12, 7-10PM.

Exhibition Dates: Oct 12 - Nov 2, 2019.

Exhibition Location:

Avenue 50 Studio

131 N. Avenue 50

Highland Park, CA 90042

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