Healing Collage

Part of Something Bigger

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 ‘Part of Something Bigger’, a healing collage.

Voting closed June 17 at noon.
Artists winning awards will be announced Juneteenth (June 19).
Thank you for your vote and for your support of these artists.

About the Healing Collage

This project is in response to the current social justice and pandemic environments which have left many people feeling alone; one person sitting in isolation surrounded by uncertainty.

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

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

Speak to the light you have seen, or the darkness you have encountered.

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 in 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 “Part of Something Bigger, a healing collage” is open to the artist’s interpretation. Healing can mean physical, medical, emotional, societal, spiritual, or any other definition.

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. (MacPhail GMI and marketing staff excluded from awards)

See 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. 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): Headphones (studio quality valued approx. $250-300)
Third Prize: 3- half hour lessons at MacPhail (category one and two) or $100 Gift Certificate for Sweetwater.com (category three or category two–amateur–meaning artist is a professional musician or teacher submitting in an art form other than music)

About Voting

The public are invited to have their say by voting for the artists that will receive awards. Voting opens on June 12 and closes June 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

Voting Opens June 14 and closes on June 17 at noon

Artists receiving awards will be announced on MacPhail’s media platforms and on this page on Juneteenth. (Saturday, June 19, 2021)

All artists will be notified of the public vote by June 19, 2021. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time. All selected work will be on display online in the summer 2021, details TBA, but the exhibition will be archived and available to view past these dates as well.

person singing into a microphone
A Healing Collage

Speak to the light you have seen, or the darkness you have encountered.
Hands painting
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