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Art Exhibit and Competition

The Journey: Art Exhibit and Competition 

International House presents The Journey: Art Competition and Exhibit. Inviting immigrant artists to submit an art piece that represents their journey to the United States, allowing the community to see their story and take a step in their shoes.

The Competition:

Local artists will participate in an online exhibit and auction, showcasing their artwork and stories to the community. Each art piece will be displayed at International House's fall fundraiser, Tapas, and Testimonials for individuals to make their final bids and see the artwork in person. The art piece that raises the most during the auction will be the winning artwork for 2022’s competition and exhibit. The final day of the competition will be September 16th, 2022.

The winning artist will be given a stipend and the electronic image will be used in International House’s Annual Report and event marketing materials for 2023.

The online exhibit will be live on July 15!

Call for Artists


Submit your digital image, JPGs should be approximately 24x36, minimum of 2500 x 3750 pixels, best quality will be approximately 6000 x 9000 pixels. Name the JPG with your first initial, and last name. Along with your JPG, complete and submit the application form to identify the title, media, and a written narrative for the art piece. Applications can be completed here https://form.jotform.com/210844906147154 please contact Samantha Williams, at swilliams@ihclt.org for any questions.


  • Be over 18 years of age

  • Have as the content and purpose of their art the story behind their own journey to the United States as an immigrant

  • Create a written narrative that enhances the impact of their artwork

  • A resident of Mecklenburg County

  • Only individual artists, no collaborative projects may apply.



All submitted works will be considered by a committee made up of community members. A scoring system will be used to evaluate the submissions by the following criteria:

  • Artistic Quality

  • Strength of narrative

  • Clarity of theme to the viewer


All artists who submit work for consideration will be notified of the committee's decision by July 1, 2022. No more than TEN artists will be chosen as semi-finalists, and their artwork will be showcased in a virtual exhibit for the public to view.

The exhibit’s winning artist will be notified by July 1, 2022