The Art of Black Joy: A Celebration of Life, Happiness and Culture

Art Against Racism  (501(c)(3)) invites artists to submit artwork for “The Art of Black Joy: A Celebration of Life, Happiness and Culture,”  a juried exhibition that aims to showcase the beauty, vibrancy, and diversity of Black culture. The group exhibition features a collection of artworks that explore the joy and resilience that is inherent in Black culture, despite structural and personal challenges to one’s being. The exhibition will be hosted at the Monroe Township Library during mid-January to February 2024 and indefinitely on AAR on-line galleries.

Black Joy is as multifaceted as the diversity within “Black” culture. Artists are asked to share their two-dimensional visual interpretations of the significance of joy in the lives of Black people. The work can explore any aspect of Black happiness including, but not limited to, the significance of family, community, food, games and play, security, work, and the meaning of joy as an act of resistance to oppression.

This exhibition centers the lives and visions of Black artists, but any artist with an understanding and appropriate visual expression of Black Joy is welcome to submit work for this exhibition.


Deadline to submit work:  January 8, 2024

Notification of selections:  January 12, 2024

Drop Off Art: January 17th, 2024

Exhibition Dates: January 18th , to February 29th, 2024


  • Open to all artists, 16 years old and older, with an understanding or connection to the importance of Black Joy in the lives of Black folks. This exhibition centers the visions and work of Black artists.
  • All art must be original.
  • There is no size limitation for the art, however, size will be taken into consideration in relationship to the exhibition space and other work submitted.


Double Dutch Feature Image for the Art of Black Joy
  • A maximum of four pieces can be entered per artist.
  • Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless the original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted.
  • All artworks entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. Alternative presentations that are part of the artwork will be accepted. However, we must be able to hang or display the art. Typically all work must be wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. All pieces should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.
  • Please follow the instructions above.


Entry of artwork and application for review constitutes an agreement between the artist and Art Against Racism to the conditions set forth:

  1. The artist is responsible for Insurance coverage for accepted artwork. 
  2. Art Against Racism and the Monroe Township Library reserve the right to reject any work submitted at their discretion. The exhibit will be hung on the walls at Monroe Township Library in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
  1. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
  1. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show unless agreed otherwise between AAR and the artist. .
  1. There will be set dates and times for drop off and pick up of accepted artwork. If you are shipping your art, prior arrangements must be made. Artwork must be sent with prepaid return postage and insurance coverage at the expense of the artist.
  1. Sale of Art
    • The Artist will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
    • Art Against Racism will receive 20% of the retail price as commission from the artist.
    • Payment for sold work must be made to Art Against Racism within three business days of payment by purchaser to the artist.
  1. Art Against Racism and the Monroe Township Library retain the right to use the artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork for communications and promotions.


It may be helpful to have the following information ready before you begin the form:

— Artist info: name as it will appear on wall labels, contact information, website (if applicable);

—  Bio 

 For each artwork:

—Title, medium, dimensions, sale price or not for sale, insurance value (usually the same as the sale price)

—Description of frame of finishing

—Artist statement about this artwork.  (This might include why you created this piece of art, your inspiration, materials used and/or your process, anything you would like to share about this work.)

—Describe how this artwork connects to the theme:

—Upload image (An image of each piece of artwork will need to be uploaded.  Make sure it is in focus and square to the frame.  Please rename the image file you are uploading to the following format: last name_first name_title of art.jpg.  Do not send us an image file name that is just a string of numbers.  If you need help to rename your image files, please call us.)

—AAR will work with the accepted artists to accommodate the mediums submitted. Artwork must be in its original form for the medium being submitted.


1) Fill out this form “2024 The Art of Black Joy.”