Represent: Misapprehended

Texas Woman’s University’s Visual Art Department is excited to announce the Visual Culture: REPRESENT: Misapprehended. This open call for all media Texas artists compliments the scholarship and learning opportunities of our BA in Art (Art History & Visual Culture) and MA in Art (Art History & Visual Culture).


Although dialogue is often presented as a potential remedy for our conflicting viewpoints and as a key to heal the divisions of our society, the unfortunate reality is that engaging in a discussion is not always the perfect solution to get a clear idea of what people are attempting to reveal to the world. Imperfect dialogue can lead to misinterpretations, confrontation and inability to understand the perspectives of one another. One fact about communication is that it can be flawed and misconceived, regardless of how much effort, honesty and vehemence go into expressing a personal truth.

To complicate matters further, people are sometimes fragmented into groups that are not inclined to fully comprehend the worldview and experiences of those who, to them, appear to be different. Despite the eagerness of many to explain their outlook on a variety of issues, their conversations can still be ineffective and can generate misapprehended ideas and misconstrued assumptions. This failure of communication is caused, primarily, by personal biases, lack of knowledge, aversion, fear, mistrust or misinformation. 

This exhibition will explore the notion that, many times, people do not see and understand the point of view of others completely and truthfully. The art in the show will investigate ways in which discourse and communication can be unsuccessful despite of the genuine efforts of the interlocutors to share personal views and experiences clearly and emphatically.


The exhibition will be juried by Enrique Fernández Cervantes, the visual arts coordinator / curator of the Bath House Cultural Center. Fernández has experience as a visual artist, exhibition curator and graphic designer. His paintings, photographs and mixed media artwork have been exhibited in galleries and museums since the mid-1990s. Fernández has been with the Bath House Cultural Center since 1999, and has curated exhibitions for other facilities of the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (formerly known as the Office of Cultural Affairs.


July 24: submission link opens
Aug. 23 midnight: submission deadline
Sept. 5-8: notifications emailed
Sept. 25-30: works delivered to TWU gallery (M 9-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., T-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10-2 p.m.)
Oct. 10-November 3: exhibition run dates
Oct. 19, 5-7 p.m.: exhibition reception
Nov. 4-7: works to be picked up (Sat 10-2 p.m., M 9-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Tue 9 a.m.-4.p.m.)
Nov. 6-17: works shipped back

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