2019 LEAD® Cover Art
Call for Entries!
The Office of VSA and Accessibility at the Kennedy Center is seeking artwork by artists with disabilities for the cover of the 2019 LEAD® conference program. Artwork should address themes of accessibility and inclusion in the arts and artists of any age and professional experience are welcome to apply. The artist of the winning piece will receive a $500 prize. Please see below for complete details!
Two winning artists will each receive a prize of $500, to be payable by Kennedy Center check. Winning artwork will be used for the front and/or back covers for the print and digital programs for the Kennedy Center’s 2019 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference.
Application and Selection Process
Applicants must submit their artwork electronically. Submitted artwork must be an original piece by the applicant and must address themes of accessibility and inclusion in the arts. The application deadline is June 30, 2019 and the winner will be notified by July 9, 2019. Applicants must allow enough time to prepare their images to the specifications and finalize the electronic submission process prior to 11:59 (EST) deadline of June 30, 2019. VSA and the Kennedy Center are not responsible for submissions that are incomplete or that fail to upload.
Art selection will be at the discretion of the Kennedy Center and based on their evaluation of the artwork submitted. The winner will be contacted on July 9. The winner must reply to email or phone correspondence by Friday, July 12 at 5:00 pm ET or an alternate winner will be selected.
The winning artist or, if under the age of 18, the winning artist's guardian, agrees to allow the Kennedy Center the right to use their submission for public relations purposes, including broadcast, print, and electronic media, as well as identifying information about the artist, including full name, location, and artist’s disability.
To request an accommodation or receive the application materials in an alternate format, contact the Accessibility Office at email@example.com or 202-416-8727 at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline.
The winning artist must have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the artist must be comfortable identifying as a person with a disability. By entering a piece of artwork, applicants and/or their parent or guardian if under 18, represent and warrant that they have a disability as defined herein. The Kennedy Center reserves the right to require proof of disability from the winning artist which may include a letter from a doctor or other healthcare professional identifying the applicant’s disability(s), a statement from a reputable disability association or organization, professional counselor, representative of a college or university disability services office, Individualized Education Program (IEP) documents, or a letter from the head of the IEP team.
- Only visual art will be accepted.
- No slides, hard copy materials, or photographs of three-dimensional works will be accepted.
- All submitted artwork must be 8" wide by 8" high, 300 dpi, in JPG or PDF format. Final presentation of art will be on the cover of a Kennedy Center conference book, measuring 8.5" wide by 11" high. Artwork submitted outside of those parameters will be ineligible to win.
- Applicant must be the sole creator and owner of all artwork submitted.
- Work that suggests visual plagiarism, such as direct copy of another artists’ work, will not be considered.