Visions of Courage, Impressions of Service: International Artworks for the Fairfax 2015 World Police and Fire Games
May 23, 2015 to July 26, 2015
Lorton, VA
Application Dates
Nov 7 '14 to Feb 20 '15
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Mar 9, 2015


Visions of Courage, Impressions of Service:

International Artworks for the Fairfax 2015 World Police and Fire Games

May 23 – July 26, 2015 Workhouse Arts Center

Profile: The World Police and Fire Games is a spectacular biennial event celebrating the athletic ability, honor, courage and camaraderie of first responders. 12,000 first responders from 70 countries will compete in Fairfax County, VA. Past hosts include Indianapolis, Barcelona, Melbourne, Vancouver, New York and Belfast.

Visions of Courage, Impressions of Service will express, through art, the values of the first responders and interpretations of police, fire and first responders from around the world. The exhibit may honor and/or represent perceptions of courage and service. Visitors will experience artwork by first responders and by individuals reacting to their experiences with, or feelings towards, first responders.

Eligibility: Open to all artists around the world. All media may be entered; however entries are limited to only wall hanging (or 2D) art.

Juror Process: Juror will select from digital images of artwork and accompanying text. If selected, no substitutions are allowed. Artists may submit up to 3 entries with a minimum of 2 entries. If art is 3 dimensional and a wall hanging, an alternative image angle may be submitted.

Application Fee: $30 (USA). Fee is non-refundable and processed through PayPal when applying.

Application Requirements: A minimum of 2 artworks and a maximum of 3 artworks may be submitted.

Please submit the following:

1. Name and title of each artwork

2. Type of media used to create each artwork

3. Size of the artwork

4. Insurance value / retail price

5. A brief artist statement of no more than 150 words describing your work(s) (in English)

6. Art is to be uploaded with professional quality JPG images smaller than 15mb with a minimum resolution of 150dpi and maximum resolution of 300dpi

Important Dates: (Tentative)

Deadline for entry submission: February 20, 2015

Acceptance notifications: March 9, 2015

Delivery of accepted work: May 1 – 18, 2015

Exhibit installation: May 18 – May 22, 2015

Exhibition dates: May 23– July 26, 2015

Reception date: TBD

Exhibit de-installation: July 27 – 29, 2015

Artwork return shipment: After July 27, 2015

Reception: TBD (Note: June 13, 6-9pm and July 11, 6-9pm are Workhouse “2nd Saturday Art Walks”)

Sales, Insurance and Copyright: The Workhouse Arts Center agrees to keep and display accepted art and, if unsold upon the completion of the exhibit, return work if provided with pre-paid shipping in the same condition as it was received. The Workhouse will not insure artwork in transit; however will insure artwork at 60% of the value once in the possession of the Workhouse. The Workhouse will conduct sales and retain a 40% commission. Art does not have to be for sale. All sales support the Workhouse Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization. Artist provided images of accepted artwork, or Workhouse generated images, may be used for printed, digital, or film marketing at no cost to the Workhouse or money owed the Artist.

Shipping and Return: Artists are responsible for shipping artwork to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring artwork while in transit. Artworks may be professionally shipped or hand delivered by the Artist. All shipped work must be shipped in a reusable container and packing to be re-shipped back to the artists. Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or artwork will not be returned. Accepted work should be shipped to:

Workhouse Arts Center

Attn: Workhouse Police and Fire

W-16 Gallery Building

9518 Workhouse Way

Lorton VA 22079

United States of America

Juror:  Helen Frederick

Helen C. Frederick is an American artist known mainly for printed media and large scale works created by hand papermaking and the use of language. She is recognized as a distinguished curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, A Center for Printmaking, Hand Papermaking, the Art of the Book, and Digital Media in Silver Spring, MD. As an advocate for, and an active participant in, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene for the last 30 years, she has played a role in the revitalization of the Silver Spring, MD arts corridor, served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces in the District of Columbia, various local and national boards and national peer-review panels. She has exhibited, curated exhibitions, and fulfilled speaking engagements around the world, always emphasizing collaboration across disciplines. Her recent interests lie in understanding how assimilated technologies grow from indigenous cultures and are a primary trajectory of this century. She is a Professor of Art, School of Art and Design, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA and on the Board of Directors for the College Arts Association (CAA).