As It Should Be

Curated by Sarah McCann

Hosted by Gallery CA

In partnership with Rising Up! the Education Program of the Lyric

440 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Submissions Due: February 7, 2020

Exhibition on view March 26 - April 23, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26, 4:00 - 8:00pm

As It Should Be asks artists to imagine what tomorrow brings. If they could awake in the morning and have the perfect day, have all problems in the world be solved, what would the world look like? “The artist” is often written off as someone who doesn't understand how the world works and whose ideas have no basis of reality within the current system. What is misunderstood in these moments is that the artist can hold both, the world as it is and the world as it should be, simultaneously. The cognitive dissonance in the conflict between these two worlds is the space where the artist thrives. Artwork can provide a vision of how to get from where we are to a more just and sustainable future.

This exhibition is planned in conjunction with Rising Up! an education program of the Lyric that facilitates performance programs in schools and community centers across Baltimore City. The exhibition will be on view with artwork created by young people in these programs and the opening will include youth performers. Artists selected may have the opportunity to work with these programs if desired.

Artists are invited to submit artwork that fits the above theme to be considered for the exhibition. Submission deadline is February 7, 2020 by 11:59pm. Artists will be notified by February 28, 2020. All work must be available March 23 - April 23 for installation and the full run of the exhibition. 

To submit your artwork for consideration, please send the following to with "As it Should Be" in the subject line:

1. Contact info: Name, phone, e-mail

2. 3-5 images of work to be considered, no more than 300dpi labeled LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_#

3. Image List including the following for each submission: Title, dimensions, media, date created, price. For work that is not for sale, please mark NFS.

4. Artist statement specific to why you are submitting the artwork chosen for this specific exhibition.

5. Artist resume or CV