The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has an open call for artists. Each year the museum chooses an emerging artist or promising art school student from the Mid-South to feature in their own exhibition under the banner Brooks Introduces. The goal is to give the artist exposure and sometimes their first experience working with professional curators and dealing with a larger art-loving audience.
The most recent winner was painter Caleb Sparks, whose paintings are inspired both in materials and style by his day job demolishing and rehabbing houses. Elements of graffiti and grit combine with more symbolic and abstract compositions.
Prior to that, Brooks tapped Memphis College of Art grad Kim Thomas. She creates sculptures out of single-use plastic shopping bags, crocheting or weaving them together to make large scale comments on consumer-driven waste.
The deadline to submit is June 30th, and the winner will be chosen in August. See guidelines and submit here.