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A Call for Artists

International House promotes international understanding and helps immigrants integrate fully into our community. We envision a Charlotte that welcomes the world. 

International House was established in 1981 to be a symbol of tolerance, understanding, and compassion to the international community. The organization was opened to be a cultural center that provided people with the opportunities to learn, share, experience, and understand our neighbors, to make lasting connections and friendships. This year we celebrate 40 years of being a place that the community -- no matter race, creed, or culture -- can find caring and passionate individuals to help them on their journey. Whether that journey be a better life for them and their families or a greater international understanding. 

For our 40th anniversary, and in response to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the immigrant and arts communities, International House presents: The Journey: Art Competition and Exhibit.

We are 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 walk in their shoes. Ten of the artists will be chosen by a committee of community members to participate in an exhibit hosted by Charlotte Art League where the public will vote by donating to their favorite art piece. The piece that raises the most in donations will be our winning artwork and artist. The winner will receive a $4,000 stipend and will be given the opportunity to have their artwork showcased in International House’s hallway.

Art and competition guidelines can be found here.

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SUBMISSIONS: Open April 12 - June 4

Submit a digital image, JPGs should be approximately 18x36, minimum of 2500 x 3750 pixels, the best quality will be approximately 6000 x 9000 pixels. JPG should be named with first initial, last name. Along with the JPG, complete and submit the application form to identify the title, media, and a narrative for the art piece.

Applications can be completed here please contact Samantha Williams,, for any questions.

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