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First Annual Freedom Seeker Juried Art Competition

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Presented by Goodridge Freedom Center at Goodridge Freedom Center, York PA

Sep 11 2017
Feb 11 2018
First Annual Freedom Seeker Juried Art Competition

An art contest and exhibition hosted by the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum located in York, PA. Prizes included.

Sponsored by the Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum, this art contest and exhibition will honor William C. Goodridge and the Freedom Seekers. Participants may submit up to 3 individual works to be evaluated by juror Ophelia Chamblis. Works must be related to William C. Goodridge or the Freedom Seekers in order to be considered valid.

The initial entry fee is free for all participants until accepted by the juror. If your work is accepted, the entry free then becomes $25.00 for EACH accepted work. Labels detailing any specifics for print and size of editions, and whether the work is for sale is required. If for sale, please indicate prices for matted, unframed, and framed editions. Finally, each submission is required to have an Artist’s Statement describing their work and the meaning behind it.

Works in all media may be submitted as long as the piece is able to go through a 33” door. If specialized installation is required, please contact museum staff well before entry deadline.

A total of three works will be awarded in cash: Two (2) Honorable Mentions will receive $250.00 and one (1) Best in Show will receive $500.00.

Key Dates:
Feb. 12 – Deadline to submit digital files of artwork (all submissions must be sent in through a digital file with an artist’s statement by this date) via email to info@goodridgefreedomcenter.org with the subject; “Freedom Seeker Submission”
Feb. 28 – Artists notified of acceptance to participate
Mar. 15 – Deadline for submission of artwork
Apr. 1 – Artists’ reception and award presentation
Apr. 6 – First Friday event open to public for first time
Apr. 28 – Exhibit closes to the public
Apr. 30 – unsold artwork picked up

No accepted work may be withdrawn before the close of the show. If an artist indicates that a work is not for sale, it may still qualify for an award. Sales are encouraged. The standard commission of 25% will be charged for sales. The Crispus Attucks Association reserves the right to photographically reproduce any accepted work for publicity or education purposes.

The show is open during the month of April 2018, with the deadline for submissions being February 11, 2018. A brief summary of William C. Goodridge’s life and contributions can be found below.

* The life of William C. Goodridge is one of the greatest all-American stories rarely told. Goodridge rose from the institution of slavery and spent most of his youth as an indentured servant. He earned his freedom at 16 and went on to become one of York, Pennsylvania’s most prominent businessmen in the years prior to the Civil War wielding superb skills as an entrepreneur. He rose from a barbershop owner to real estate speculator and perhaps most importantly proprietor of the Reliance Line, rail cars transporting products from the South and West to Philadelphia. He risked his place as one of York’s most respected and visible business leaders, using his own personal home as a station on the Underground Railroad and his railcars as conduits to freedom. Help us preserve, honor and hallow the memory of so many who risked their lives in pursuit of freedom by interpreting your vision of Freedom Seekers.


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2 comments Add yours

  1. How do you submit the digital files? Do you email them, is there a submission website, etc.?


    • Send them via email to info@goodridgefreedomcenter.org, Shawn. We’ll update the listing to reflect the email in the description. Thanks!


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Jessica Lee

Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper