Mermaids have graced the City of Norfolk for twenty years. Today mermaids can be found throughout the city, Downtown and across neighborhoods. One thing has remained since their debut: they are loved by young and old, visitors and residents alike.
WHAT: In celebration of twenty years of the Norfolk Mermaid, the Virginia Arts Festival will be holding a mermaid visual arts competition, encouraging members of the community to create a mermaid of their own. Works will be viewed and selected by a committee. Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: youth ($250 cash prize) and adult, 18 years old and older, ($1,000 cash prize). Select works will be on display during the Virginia Arts Festival’s spring 2019 season, throughout the Downtown area. Exact locations will be announced at a later time.
Artworks will be selected on the basis of originality, creativity, understanding of the spirit and history of the Norfolk mermaid, and craftsmanship. The call is open to artists working in all two-dimensional mediums. Three-dimensional works will not be eligible.
A brief history of the Norfolk Mermaid can be found at https://www.norfolk.gov/norfolkmermaids
WHEN: The call for submissions runs January 28, 2019 – March 1, 2019. All artists will be notified of acceptance on March 11, 2019.
The call for artists, from novice through professional, are encouraged to participate, but must have a tie to the Norfolk, Virginia region.
About the Virginia Arts Festival
Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia, presenting great performers from around the world to local audiences and making this historic, recreation-rich region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world. The Festival has presented numerous U.S. and regional premieres, and regularly commissions new works of music, dance, and theater from some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. The Festival’s arts education programs reach tens of thousands of area schoolchildren each year through student matinees, in-school performances, artists’ residencies, master classes and demonstrations.