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Call For Art

Call for Art is a FREE program for participants
Open for submissions through March 17, 2022

Submit up to two poems on the them "Change" and/or up to two works of visual art using the Entry Links under Useful Links.

Submissions are juried by arts professionals who look for creativity, originality, and craftsmanship in selecting ten visual artworks and four poems to be given the AFA Creative Power Award and additional works as Merit winners. See full award details here.

Each Creative Power winner will be added to Creative Power, the ARTS for ALL Wisconsin Traveling Exhibition. The exhibition provides public recognition of hundreds of individuals with disabilities each year.

Wisconsin artists or poets over the age of 5 who identify as having a disability may submit. Award winners in the past three years may enter art, but those works will only be eligible for Merit awards and cannot be entered into the Traveling Exhibition.

No documentation or disclosure of disability is necessary to participate.

Age Categories:

  • Child (ages 5-10)
  • Youth (ages 11-15)
  • Young Adult (ages 16-21)
  • Adult (ages 22+)

Visual art can be submitted in two ways this year:

  1. Complete form, attach photo(s) of visual art, and send physical piece to our Art Center at 1709 Aberg Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 by March 17, 2022
  2. IF dropping off or sending art is not possible, please complete form and attach photo(s) of artwork by March 17th.

Please see the 2022 Guidelines here.

Please contact us If you have questions or need more information.

A Note on Viewing Art and Reading Poetry

We share the work of artists because we believe that art is a universal and essential language that challenges people to respond to the world, look beyond themselves, and celebrate diversity by building bridges between people, across cultures, and through generations. We also believe that art can be a tool for healing.

We make a point to share ALL the work submitted through our Call for Art.

We do not censor art or attempt to limit the imagination, creativity, or the essential individual voice of any artist. This means that the viewer of artwork should be mindful of the potential to encounter imagery that may not be suitable for everyone. The themes or visual elements of some artwork may be mature, graphic, or simply not in line with an individual viewer's personal taste. And that's ok. 

We ask only that you be aware of this and if you choose to view the art or read the poetry that you please join us in appreciating the artists for the courage of their expression.

Generous support for Call for Art has been provided by



Support for ARTS for ALL Wisconsin comes from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Dane County, Thompson Investment Management, John Frautschi Family Foundation, American Girl Fund for Children, National Guardian Life, Associated Bank, and Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also comes from the extraordinary individual donors that we are honored to consider our Friends.