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Divulge: A Nat'l Exhibition Featuring the Use of Art for Therapy, Coping, & Mental Health Awareness
d'Art Center
ATTN: Amanda Bradley
740 Duke St.
Norfolk, VA 23510

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Virginia
Entry Deadline: 8/9/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Divulge: A National Exhibition Featuring the Use of Art for Therapy and Mental Health Awareness): $35.00

(Submission fee: $35.00 for up to 3 works  (one image per submission)

Divulge: A National Exhibition Featuring the Use of Art for Therapy, Coping, and Mental Health Awareness

Description: Art has been used as a means of communication, self-expression, group interaction, diagnosis, and conflict resolution throughout history. Through art, both people and artists can look for themes and conflicts that may be affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The establishment of art therapy as a unique and publicly accepted therapeutic approach only took place recently, in the mid-20th century. Divulge will feature both 2D and 3D artworks from across the country of all mediums that highlights/depicts self expression, are created in art therapy, and/or raises awareness of mental health. Original works in all media, traditional or non-traditional, are welcomed and includes both freestanding and wall-mounted two, and three-dimensional works. This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States. If you have a question about if your work qualifies, please email

This exhibition is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk. 

This exhibition and opening reception will fall on the first night of The 6th Annual NEON Festival (please keep in mind that the festival may be cancelled due to the pandemic, however d'Art will still be having the exhibition and reception regardless). The 6th Annual NEON Festival will take place on Thursday, September 17th and Friday, September 18th, 2020 from 6-10pm in Norfolk's first official arts district, the NEON District. The NEON Festival is a free two evening event that encourages visitors to explore and discover the NEON District. The festival celebrates the energy in NEON and draws from the passion and creativity in Downtown and the region. Anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House and extending to The Plot on Granby Street, the NEON District includes many creative small businesses and arts partners that contribute to the festivities. Last year d’Art Center had about 400 patrons come through the doors for the festival.

This is a juried exhibition, and it will be co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror, Matthew Bernier.

Juror Biography: Matthew Bernier, MCAT, ATR-BC

Matthew Bernier, MCAT, ATR-BC is a board-certified art therapist, visual artist, teaching artist, puppeteer, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School where he has taught since 1990. He has lifelong experience in visual arts, puppetry, dance, music, and theatre arts. He has lectured and taught workshops and courses on therapeutic puppetry internationally. He has a master’s degree in creative arts in therapy and is pursuing a PhD in expressive arts therapy and social change at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is the originator of the Desistance Theatre Project for ex-offenders in the community. His personal artwork includes puppetry, masks, collage, and found objects constructions. 

Exhibition dates:        Saturday, September 5th 2020 - Saturday, 
                                    October 3rd 2020

Reception:            The First Night of The 6th Annual NEON Festival:   
                              Thursday, September 17th 2020, 5:30-9:00pm
Call Open:            July, 10th 2020 - Sunday, August 9th 2020

Notifications (by email):         By 5pm, Monday August 17th, 2020
Accepted works arrive by:     August 31st, 2020
Submission fee:                      $35.00 for up to 3 works  (one image 
                                                  per submission)


1st Place:            $500.00

2nd Place:           $300.00

3rd Place:            $150.00    

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all artists, 18 or older, residing in the United States. All work must be original and created without the aid of an instructor or kit. Work needs to have been produced within the last eight years. All styles and aesthetics are considered. The d’Art Center is a public non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers. 

Submissions: All entries and payments must be submitted via Call for Entries (Cafe). Please follow the directions on Cafe. If you have exhibition questions, please contact; questions related to submitting through the Cafe platform should be directed to Cafe. 

*** Please also make sure that your mailing address is accurate on CaFe (in case you win so we can send you your check!), and that your artwork prices are listed accurately on CaFe for sales in our gallery.

Limitations: Works cannot exceed a weight of 40 pounds. Work can not be longer/larger than 48 inches in its longest dimension. If you have a question about if your work qualifies, please email

All 3D works that require presentation other than standard pedestals must include those displays with the works. Works that require special installation must come with clear instructions. Any works that require complicated specialized installation must be installed by the artist. We reserve the right to reject work for the exhibition that differs significantly from the submitted images and/ or for craft issues. 

Liability: The gallery staff will take great care handling artworks for exhibition. However, the d’Art Center, its staff, and gallery are not responsible for any damage that may occur, nor are Downtown Norfolk Properties. We strongly recommend artists insure the works themselves, and also purchase insurance from the shipping company used. Shipping your work means you agree to this.


The artist is responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery. 

All accepted works must arrive by Monday, August 31st, 2020 without exception. 

Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact 

Artists must issue pre-paid return labels for their works through UPS or FedEx. We do not arrange shipping in any other manner. Works must have pre-paid return labels through FedEx or UPS to be returned which allows us to call for pick up as the Center’s insurance does not cover transporting work offsite to local shipping companies or the United States Postal Service, which is why the postal service is not an option for shipping.

Works should be shipped in reusable containers for return. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RETURN LABEL EASY TO FIND UPON UNPACKING. Clearly indicate any packing directions for return of works. Works that do not include a return label, and/or works that are not picked up within one month of the end of the exhibition become property of the d’Art Center.

NO PACKING PEANUTS. Works packaged with packing peanuts will be returned immediately and not included in the exhibition.

Entry Fees and Materials: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration (one image per submission) and the entry fee is $35.00. Commission for works is 60% (artist)/ 40% (d’Art), not including awards.

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