Little Saigon Creative Exhibition 

Ăn Đi: Vietnamese Cuisine and Cooking 

Deadline: December 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time

Summary of Call for Art:

Vietnamese cuisine and cooking are essential elements of Vietnamese culture and tradition. While food is universal, it can also be personal and varied across different regions, generations, families, and experiences. Cuisine and cooking are beautiful, aromatic, and vibrant, but can also be political, subjective, and powerful. 

Friends of Little Sài Gòn seek art from up to ten (10) emerging and professional artists of Vietnamese descent to creatively interpret and share their inspiration on the theme of Ăn Đi: Vietnamese Cuisine and Cooking. Artists can focus their art form on either Vietnamese Cuisine, Vietnamese Cooking, or both. This exhibit will be displayed for six (6) months at Little Saigon Creative space. Since January 2021, over 20,000 individuals have visited the Little Saigon Creative and viewed the art gallery. 

We are open to different forms of art and mediums including pencil, charcoal, painting, mixed media, photography, digital painting, collage, and sculpture. 

About the Organization:

Friends of Little Sài Gòn (FLS) is a nonprofit community development organization established in January 2011 to preserve and enhance the cultural, economic, and historic vitality of Little Saigon. Our programs focus on community organizing and advocacy, economic development, and cultural preservation. Our goal for the art exhibit is to highlight the local Vietnamese artist community and create opportunities for dialog and relationships.

Selection Criteria:

A community selection committee will select the art for the exhibit. The community selection committee will consist of a diverse panel of community members from various art and community backgrounds. Below are some of the selection criteria:

  • Artistic expression: Mastery of skills and techniques, communication of unique vision or perspective, approaches to process and presentation. How does the artist connect their piece and experience to the presenting theme and does the piece represent this vision?
  • Experience with the Vietnamese American and/or Asian Pacific American communities: Experiences working with the Vietnamese American community or with the Asian Pacific American Communities along with understanding the identity, challenges, and culture.
  • Representation: Does the artist and artwork represent a notion or idea valued by sectors of the Vietnamese American community? Is the artist a representative of the community? Does the artist represent a voice for underrepresented communities? 

Benefits of Participating 

  • Exposure and an exclusive showcase of art for six (6) months. 
  • Invitation to opening celebration.
  • Network and meet other artists and creatives. 
  • Opportunity to sell art pieces, if applicable. 
  • Selected artists will receive a stipend of $200 ($100 at the signing of the contract and $100 once artwork is submitted to Friends of Little Sài Gòn). 
  • Receive up-to-date resources and funding opportunities relevant to emerging and professional artists in Western Washington.

Submission Requirements: 

This call is open to individuals of Vietnamese descent residing in Western Washington. Please submit and combine the following into a single PDF. 

  1. Artist Statement answering the following questions (350 words or less):
    1. Why is Vietnamese cuisine and/or cooking important to you?
    2. How does your art creatively portray your unique experiences with Vietnamese cuisine and/or cooking?
    3. How do you and/or your art piece relate to the Vietnamese experience?
  1.  Objective Statement answering the following questions (350 words or less):
    1. What is your goal for exhibiting at the Little Saigon Creative?
    2. How will this exhibit further your career?
  1. Artist portfolio or sample works. Please contact Angela at angela.ngo@flsseattle.org if you need support creating your portfolio. 
  1. Copy of your proposed artwork including sample sketches, sizing, medium, and format of pieces. Artwork can be completed or be a work in progress. 
    1. Artists have ~4ft in width and 7ft in height to display their artwork and can submit more than one (1) piece as long as it fits under the 4ft x 7ft requirement. *See Appendix A for a sample image of the exhibition space*

Incomplete proposals will not be considered. We encourage you to participate in our virtual information session (details below) and visit Little Saigon Creative. This will help you get familiar with the proposal and selection process and get acquainted with the gallery space.

Send your proposal to Friends of Little Sài Gòn at info@flsseattle.org with the title “An Di Call for Art Submission”. For questions, please contact Angela at angela.ngo@flsseattle.org

Submission Deadline: 

Required materials must be received no later than December, 1st 2021 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. We will not review incomplete or late submissions.

Timeline: 

  • September 2021 – Call for Art opens
  • Virtual zoom information session and Q&A for applicants:
    • Zoom Meeting ID: 971 904 2626 Password: 1227
      • Monday, October 4th from 4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time
      • Tuesday, November 2nd from 4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time 
  • December 1st, 2021 – Submissions are due at 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • Mid-December 2021 – Artists are notified and contracts are signed 
  • January 12th, 2022 – Artwork submitted to Friends of Little Sài Gòn
  • Early February 2022 – Art Exhibition Launch Party 
  • Early February 2022 – Art Exhibit Opens

Appendix A 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

I need support with developing my application. Who do I contact? 

  • We have two (2) virtual Zoom informational sessions: Monday, October 4th from 4:30pm – 5:30pm and Tuesday, November 2nd from 4:30pm – 5:30pm where we can answer your questions and provide support! If you are unable to attend, please contact Angela at angela.ngo@flsseattle.org with any questions.

Does my artwork need to be completed when I submit my application on December 1st, 2021?

  • Your artwork does not need to be completed when you submit your application on December 1st, 2021. However, artwork must be completed and submitted to FLS by mid-January 2022. 

Am I allowed to sell my artwork that is displayed in the exhibition?

  • Yes, however, the artwork will remain in the exhibition until the exhibition concludes in August 2022. Featured artists will provide a bio and any contact information they want to make public in the exhibit. Customers will contact the artists directly for any/all sales. FLS will not be facilitating the sales. 

How will my 2D artwork be installed/displayed?

  • FLS has two (2) options to display 2D art. We use a hanging track system where we will hang your framed artwork up OR we will use command strips to adhere the framed artwork to the exhibition wall. We do not use nails, thumbtacks, or screws. 

How will my 3D artwork be installed/displayed?

  • We can provide a pedestal to display 3D artwork. Artists have also provided their own displays for interactive pieces. We are happy to work with artists on various ways to display your piece within budget constraints.

Does my 2D artwork need to be framed? 

  • Yes, all 2D artwork must be framed except for 2D artwork on canvas. This is to ensure that your artwork is protected and preserved and to uphold the quality of the exhibition. 

PDF of Call for Art