Growth Collage

Be Part of Something Bigger, a growth collage

Call for Artist Submissions: student and professional

MacPhail Center for Music is thrilled to invite artists from the MacPhail community, both students and professionals, to submit work to our virtual exhibition ‘Be Part of Something Bigger, a growth collage.

Submissions: Submissions for the 2022 Growth Collage have now closed.

The Virtual Exhibit: The virtual exhibit opens on Juneteenth (June 19). Check back often as submitted pieces will be added as they are received until the deadline on July 8.

Community Voting: To vote, visit the virtual gallery and choose your favorites from each category. Voting begins July 11 and ends on July 17 at midnight.

Artists winning prizes will be announced on July 19.

Voting Closed June 17, 2022 at Midnight.

About the Growth Collage

MacPhail is looking for submissions of original works that speak to current circumstances facing our communities and the world we inhabit. Share your experience, feelings, and knowledge through the creative mode of expression of your own choice.

This year’s theme is growth. You may demonstrate your creative visions and understanding of growth in any fashion you desire. From social growth to community growth, from artistic growth to emotional growth, there are countless stories to be told in a myriad of ways.

MacPhail collages were created in response to the current social justice and pandemic environments. Many people are connecting with strong emotions as they actively confront pervasive problems in our culture. Some are sitting with sadness, some are giving voice to long-unspoken anger, and others are feeling hopeful. This is a space for our community to share and grow.

If this is familiar and you would like to be a part of something bigger, we invite your artistic response.

Speak to the light you feel, or the darkness you endure.

About the Virtual Exhibition

This exhibition will be made available to viewers virtually on our website. We will highlight individual selected works from the show on our social media and on our public relations profiles.

We are excited to share this opportunity with our students, faculty, families, supporters, and MacPhail online community. #expressiveart #macphailcollage

About Participation and Submission

Artist and Student Eligibility: MacPhail students, faculty, family of students and faculty, community partners (and school partnership faculty) or other members of the MacPhail community (volunteers, donors, etc) are invited to submit. You are welcome to apply with works in any medium that may be uploaded or photographed and uploaded: drawing, painting, collage, poem, print, photograph, dance (video), music (audio or video), pottery, and more.

The broad theme “Be Part of Something Bigger, a growth collage” is open to the artist’s interpretation. Growth can be physical, emotional, societal, spiritual, or any other way you chose to translate the theme.

Upload just one piece, your artist/student biography (optional), and a short statement of your piece (also optional, but encouraged).

There is no fee to submit. Nine prizes (3 for each category) will be awarded based on community response (one vote per person). To keep the voting equitable, all work will be exhibited in the order received.

See the application for more information. Questions, contact Christopher Rochester, Global Music Initiative Director.

Categories of Participation

*Amateur is defined as a person who has never received compensation for this art form. A professional is an artist who has sold work. Ex. If you are MacPhail faculty but have never had a poem published and you wish to submit a poem, you are an adult amateur. If you are a band director at a MacPhail School Partnership and submit a song, you are professional/faculty.


First Prize (all categories, 3 awards): MacBook Air 13 inch
Second Prize (all categories): AirPods with charging case (valued approx. $200)
Third Prize: 3- half-hour lessons at MacPhail (category one and two) OR $100 Gift Certificate for

About Voting

The public is invited to vote for the artists that will receive awards. Voting opens on July 11 and closes on July 17 at midnight. You may vote once for your favorites in each category. Artists are invited to promote their entries on their favorite media platforms.

Important Dates

Submissions will be accepted from May 25 to July 8. The deadline to submit is July 8 at 7 p.m.

Submissions will be added to the exhibit as they are received from May 25 to July 8. Visit often.

Voting opens July 11 and closes July 17 at midnight.

Artists receiving awards will be announced on MacPhail’s media platforms and on this page on July 19, 2022.

All artists will be notified of the public vote by July 19, 2022. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time. (You will have 4 weeks from the date of notification to arrange the collection/delivery of your prize. If we have not heard from you during that time, prizes will be forfeited.)

All selected work will be displayed on our website. The exhibition will be archived and available to view past these dates as well.

person singing into a microphone
A Growth Collage

Speak to the light you feel, or the darkness you endure.
Hands painting
Opens July 27th
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