Call For Art > Wicoza-NI-zhoni: Healing Arts - deadline to submit JUL 15
Wicoza-NI-zhoni: Healing Arts - deadline to submit JUL 15
JanRae Community Art Gallery Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland CA -- Jun 22, 2010 --





CALL FOR ART by Native Americans/Indigenous People  

Women’s Cancer Resource Center – Oakland, CA


Who: Local Artists of Native American/Indigenous ancestry


What: Visual Art Show. “Wicoza-NI-zhoni: Healing Arts.”


(A combination of the Lakota wicozani (pronounced wee-cho’zah-nee), or “the good way of life”.  and NIZHONI, a sacred Dine word describing "the beauty way").


When: September 17 – December 10, 2010. The reception for this show is Friday, Sept. 17, 7- 9 PM.


Where: The JanRae Community Art Gallery at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA


Why: To promote the creativity of Native American/Indigenous artists


Contacts: The jurors for the show are Ruth Villasenor (Chiricahua Apache & Mexican and identifies as Two Spirit), Janeen Antoine (Sicangu Lakota) and Margo Rivera-Weiss. Ruth has recently taken on the role of Co-Chair for Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits.  And she is the Co-Owner of Paws & Claws, A Natural Pet Food Store in Oakland. Janeen is an art curator and director of American Indian Contemporary Arts; she is also the producer/host: Bay Native Circle (Wednesdays, 2 pm on KPFA 94.1). Margo is an artist and curator of the JanRae Community Art Gallery. Please see the full call below and if you have questions please contact or 510-601-4040 x111.



We’re looking for several local (Alameda country preferred – other SF Bay Area OK too) artists to participate in the following group show at the JanRae Community Art Gallery at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center Gallery in North Oakland. This show will feature the work of local Native American/Indigenous artists. The show will run from September through December 2010. The theme is open. Please read through all of this information before submitting.


Art must be suitable for our setting - our clients have asked that the work not be "upsetting." Our preference is for colorful and/or meaningful work. We have shown paintings, drawings, quilts, gourds, ceramics, bamboo, collage, masks, etc. 3-D work needs to fit on top of book shelves - we don't have pedestals but if you do we can use them in the show as they fit in the space. 2-D work must be framed/mounted securely and wired across the back.


Work must be delivered to the gallery by you or your representative. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to deal with incoming/outgoing shipping of art. 


Most of our art receptions draw 50 – 150 people. If your art is on exhibit we expect your attendance at the reception and hope that you will invite your friends, family and fans. We will provide music and/or entertainment and food at the reception. We will produce a color postcard for you to use for publicity. We will hang the show and make labels for the art. You may sell your work or not, as you wish. If you do sell work we ask for a (tax deductible) 20% commission and you are welcome to donate a higher percentage (also deductible) if you are interested. There is no cost to the artist to submit work to the show and no cost to be in the show other than the 20% commission on any work sold.



The easiest way for us to see your work is to look at websites or jpgs. If you are submitting jpgs - please send work that you have available to show. Clear photos from a camera phone are acceptable. If you send a link to your website please let us know which work you are submitting if there are several bodies of work included. Other ways of submitting and other information about the gallery and arrangements are located here  To view art from past shows see this link 


You may also submit a paragraph or two about why you’d like to show at WCRC. Statements and bios are very welcome and can be informal in nature. 


 Please send your submissions to or contact Margo for more information 510-601-4040 x111. Work will be reviewed as in comes in so please submit as early as you are able. Final deadline for submissions is July 15, 2010. We will contact you only if your work is accepted into the show. 



JanRae Community Art Gallery

Women’s Cancer Resource Center

5741 Telegraph Avenue

Oakland, CA 94609

510-601-4040 x111