Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans

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CAC Gulf South Open Call Exploring Issues of Environment

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announces its 9th annual Gulf South Open Call inviting artists to submit artworks that reflect on issues surrounding the environment. This will be the third exhibition in the Inter[SECTOR] series, exploring intersections of art and social issues. This year’s exhibition will be curated by Erin Lee Antonak, the CAC’s new Multidisciplinary Arts Curator.

Curated by Erin Lee Antonak, Multidisciplinary Curator 

Call Open
March 4, 2022 - April 8, 2022  

Exhibition On View
July 30, 2022 - September 25, 2022 

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to submit an application)

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, is pleased to invite contemporary visual artists living across the Gulf South region to submit to this year's open call for submissions. Artists who currently live and/or work in LA, TX, AL, MS, FL are eligible to apply. Eligible artists living in Louisiana are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must review the Submission Guidelines and Important Dates below before submitting to the Call for Artists. 

CAC is not accepting questions or phone calls during the application period. 


The environmental crisis is a cultural challenge. How citizens of the world collectively respond will set the course for our and our children’s lifetimes. There is an urgency for new directions as the Earth's temperatures rise, an imperative that we shift from our course both locally and globally. Artists engaged in conversation with activists, policymakers and impacted communities can educate, advocate, and provoke dialogue. Art has an ability to connect with people on a personal level, inspire action and effect change.  

The CAC is seeking artists whose work seeks to effect change. Artists working in new and experimental ways across diverse mediums on the subject of the environment. Topics can include but are not limited to issues such as climate change, pollution, coastal land erosion, natural disasters, dwindling resources, mass extinction, home loss, environmental racism, and growing inequalities brought on by the effects of climate change. We welcome all multidisciplinary artists and artist collectives living and/or working in the Gulf South to apply for this open call.

Artists who currently live and/or work in the Gulf South states of LA, TX, AL, MS, and FL may apply from March 4, 2022 through April 8, 2022. The exhibition will be on view at the Contemporary Arts Center (located at 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA) from July 30, 2022 through September 25, 2022.

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and curated by Erin Lee Antonak. Support for this exhibition is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Helis Foundation.


Erin Lee Antonak is an enrolled member of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. She received her BA from Bard College and an MFA from The State University of New York at New Paltz. She has studied Museum Exhibition Planning and Design at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and Fine Art at Lacoste School of the Arts, France. Erin is currently the Board Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Voices Summit at the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, Hurleyville, NY which celebrates contemporary Native American art, dance and film. She also currently serves as a Yale University Morse College Fellow, New Haven, CT. She has developed, designed, and built exhibitions  for museums and art galleries for 20 years in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America. Erin Joins the CAC after acting as Curator at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum, Biloxi, MS and having recently worked as assistant curator on an outdoor land-based and installation exhibition, Owning Earth, at Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, NY.


Submission Deadlines: The Open Call will be open from March 4th, 2022 (12:01am CST) to April 8, 2022 (11:59pm CST). No exceptions.

Who is Eligible to Submit?

  •  Contemporary visual artists who currently live and/or work in Gulf Coast states (LA, TX, AL, MS, FL) are eligible to apply.
  • Artists must be 18 years and older

Exhibition Fee

  • All selected Artists will receive a $100 Exhibition Fee and invited artists will received additional fees for programming during the run of the exhibition. 

Artwork, Media, Specs

  • Applicants may enter up to four (4) artworks TOTAL. If more than 4 are submitted, only the first 4 submissions will be considered.
  • All mediums are eligible 
  • Work previously shown at the CAC will not be accepted
  • All selected works must be ready for installation at the time of delivery or work will be disqualified
  • Artists must frame work and provide necessary hardware
  • In some cases, artists must provide required special AV equipment and/or display stands that are specific to the work
  • For each submitted work, applicants must provide general technical elements/specifications
  • For each submitted work, where applies, applicants must provide a list of objects/elements that are included with the work and any special display descriptions 
  • Work made of materials that may be hazardous to your health cannot be accepted
  • CAC cannot exhibit any perishable objects or materials, such as food
  • More complicated installations may require self-installation, with support from the CAC install crew. CAC is unable to provide travel assistance.  
  • Selected artists are responsible for covering costs and making all round-trip delivery and shipping arrangements in coordination with CAC. CAC has  limited funds available to provide some shipping reimbursement for work shipping to/from a location that is 100 miles, or more, from CAC.  

Files and Uploads

  • To qualify, eligible applicants must follow all requirements and instructions on the Submittable registration form
  • Applicants may upload up to five (5) images/files and five (5) URL links, but you may only enter up to four (4) artworks total (as noted above)
  • Suggested high-quality image type and size: JPEG 300 dpi at approximately 8" x 10”
  • If an artwork is selected, CAC will consider only high-quality images for press and promotion. CAC encourages applicants to submit your best high-quality images. 
  • Suggested, but not required, use easy to access platforms like SoundCloud, Vimeo, or YouTube for audio/video files. (Indicate passwords, if needed)
  • Only the first 5 minutes of video and/or audio clips will be reviewed  
  • Files MUST be titled exactly as requested on the Submittable registration form 


  • Friday, March 4: Call for submissions launches
  • Friday, April 8: Deadline for submissions  
  • Friday, May 27: All applicants receive email notification from the CAC
  • Friday, June 3: All selected artists will receive a checklist of their selected work(s) and a detailed loan agreement
  • Tuesday - Thursday, July 5 - July 7: Artwork received  (No deliveries on weekends)
  • Saturday, July 30: Official public opening
  • Saturday July 30 - Sunday, September 25: Exhibition On View
  • Thursday to Friday, September 29 - September 30: Shipped work returned, hand-pick-ups
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