Open Call for Puerto Rican Artists exhibition in DVAA at Philadelphia

Nearly two years since the catastrophe of hurricane Maria, the island of Puerto Rico continues the ongoing process of recovery. The handling of this crisis has served to illustrate, once again, a history of neglect of these U.S. citizens.

This exhibition will feature artworks that address the ongoing struggles of Puertorriqueño (Puerto Ricans) to rebuild physically, emotionally, and economically. All artists who are Puertorriqueño and/or feel connected to the issue are welcome to submit. The challenges faced by the Puertorriqueño diaspora are not theirs alone, nor should the process of healing. The proceeds and collected donations raised through this exhibition will go to aid in the still much needed rebuilding on the island.


Edna Santiago:

Born in Spanish Harlem, NYC; raised in Puerto Rico. After 40 years of work as a Physical Therapist, and after a personal tragedy, Edna found the healing and inspiring world of painting. Edna is a self taught artist who then started taking lessons at Philadelphia area art centers. Back in Puerto Rico, she owned a gallery which offered opportunities to show artwork from artists of the island and the Philadelphia area. Edna currently resides in the Philadelphia area, having left the island after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria on PR in 2017. As an artist who regularly puts forth effort to enrich the arts community, Edna is proud to jury and offer an international exhibition opportunity for Puertorriqueño artists by reserving a prominent gallery in the heart of Philadelphia (DVAA). With this exhibition, among other projects, she hopes to continue the conversation of the arts between the contiguous states and the island in ways barely spoken before. In her words, “in a world where the arts are being cut off from resources, we should strengthen the artists, which strengthens us all.”


- You may submit 2 artworks
- Label the back of your work with your name and title of artwork
- All artwork must be delivered ready to display. If your work requires any additional apparatus to be shown, it must be provided.


DVAA Members: $15 (subsidized fee)
Island Residents/displaced s/p Maria: $10 (subsidized fee)
Non-members: $20 (subsidized fee)


Simply fill out the fields below, attach an image of your artwork, and click submit. You will then be directed to a payment portal for the entry fee. And that’s it, you’re done!


Submission Deadline: April 29th, 11:59pm
Artist Notification: May 1st, 2019
*Artwork Delivery: (for artist living in PR): TBD by Juror between May 3rd-15th
Artwork Delivery: (for local or shipped artwork)
August 14th, 1-4pm & August 17th, 1-4pm @ DVAA
Opening Reception: August 21st, 6-8pm
Run Dates: August 21st - September 1st
Artwork Pick Up @DVAA: September 4th, 1-4pm & September 7th 1-4pm.

*Arrangements can be made for artwork coming from Puerto Rico with exhibition juror and organizer, Edna Santiago. DVAA will connect selected artists in PR to Edna to coordinate artwork hand-off.


DVAA is responsible for all press releases, listings, price lists, and gallery labels. Your participation is permission to include images of artwork in promotion. Artwork will be handled with great care, but DVAA is not responsible for loss or damage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist. 

When the work is delivered, the Exhibitions Director reserves the right to refuse works that are not ready to be shown because of improper framing, fragility, damage or low quality. DVAA members receive 80% commission on artwork and Non-Members receive 70% sold from the exhibition and as a result of contacts made through the DVAA. Payment to the artist will be sent within 30 days. All artwork must be retrieved during the designated Pick Up times above and cannot leave the gallery early. Artworks left unattended becomes property of the gallery and may be discarded due to very limited storage space. 

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