Artists Exploring the Relationship between the Mind and Body

The Body Beloved. The Body Betrayed. will explore how the mind impacts the body. Applicants will examine the tangible effects of emotion through literary and visual art. Audio recordings of sound/song/music, video recordings of dance/performance art, photography, paintings, essays, poems - all are welcome!

When the skin we’re in harbors and hides physical pain and emotional trauma

We all curate our lives on some level, deciding what to share, what to hide from view. This extends from what we choose to post on social media to saying that we’re “fine” when someone asks and we’re crumbling inside, to pulling our sleeves down to hide that we are bruised or that we cut.​ Consider the perceived boundary between physical and spiritual. Could these realties be more fluid than assumed?


THE BODY BETRAYED: How does the body illustrate/hide states of mind? How do we punish bodies, intentionally or unintentionally? 


What hides inside? Does your body reveal it? Explicitly/implicitly? Being real with each other is how to truly be connected; and it’s the medicine that we need. Look beyond the curated life of social media and superficial interactions. Personal experiences are welcome.

THE BODY BELOVED: How do we celebrate sensations and exalt in bodies?

We are miraculous creatures. We are built for joy, pleasure and awe. Let us make art that reveals what we've forgotten to celebrate. Walt Whitman exalted in the body and existence in his seminal work, Leaves of Grass. Using the medium of visual and audio art, essay and poetry, let us share these truths with each other.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, 

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” 

― Walt Whitman


It is time for a reckoning

We are living through a pandemic, an era of emotional extremes, dangerous climate conditions and deadly aggression. The time we pass through will leave its mark on us. Even if our compass is spinning, let us slow down and gather our bearings to find our true north. Let us walk side by side with trust, compassion and empathy. But first, let us unfist our fingers and open up our palms so that we can hold each others' hand. 


Even if you decide not to apply, I encourage you to attend the virtual exhibition, which debuts November 9th. My hope is that it will speak to you, open dialogue, shine a light onto painful secrets so they are not as painful, and honor this miracle of life we are all gifted.

That you are here—that life exists, and identity; 

That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

― Walt Whitman

Inspirational reading:

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van Der Kolk, MD

Figuring by Maria Popova

Submission Guidelines

Entry Form

One entry per person


1) A brief artist bio (up to 100 words).

2) Artist statement regarding the submitted work (up to 300 words).

(If artwork is accepted, your bio and statement will appear alongside your work.)

3) High resolution (300 dpi) jpeg of visual art or link to audio/video art


one poem or one essay/nonfiction article (1,000 word limit) as a Word document.

Share your files and links to using the link below.

I prefer to receive submissions as a single PDF or Word Document.

(Make sure your name and contact info are included in the document.)

By entering The Body Beloved. The Body Betrayed. art show you acknowledge that your accepted work will be shown online for the stated time frame and allow the curator, Jennifer Preston Chushcoff, to use images, clips or literary excerpts for promotional purposes. Work that promotes hate will not be allowed. When submitting work, bear in mind that the exhibit will be public and accessible by underage individuals.

Artists may list their work available and will handle their own sales. The curator will not take a commission.


The show will be posted online at on a dedicated gallery page from November 9 - December 9, 2020. 

Deadline for submissions: October 11th

Selected artists notified: October 15th

Virtual Exhibition: November 9th - December 9th 2020



Preston Chushcoff

Pacific Northwest




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