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The Dream is the Truth - Art Inspired by Frida Kahlo
For Southern CA artists

The City of Buena Park’s Fine Arts Division invites artists from all backgrounds to submit artwork for consideration in our upcoming group show The Dream is the Truth: Art Inspired by Frida Kahlo. The show will coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for Americans to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Frida Kahlo’s life and work has served as inspiration to artists of many identities for decades. Chicanx, Latinx, Feminist, and LGBTQI communities see Kahlo’s work as a celebration of Indigenous heritage, a challenge to fixed identities, a contemplation of the feminine, an exploration of the bounded and unboundedness of the body, and so much more. The title for this show comes from Zora Neale Hurston’s seminal novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although Kahlo’s work has often been described as Surrealist, she resisted the label, asserting, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality”.  We welcome artwork that goes beyond representing Kahlo’s iconic portrait to delve into the thorny and exciting worlds that she opened up for us. What tools does Kahlo offer?   How might we consider the ways art can intervene in how others see us versus how we see ourselves? How can art help us move through personal or cultural pain? What futures does she help us dream? These are all open questions for this exhibition.

The Dream Is The Truth will be on display at Buena Park City Hall Council Chamber, 6650 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 90622, September 12 – November 2, 2017. A reception will be held on Friday, September 15, 6-8 pm.

Deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017. Accepted artists will be notified by August 15. Artwork drop-off is Monday, September 11, pick-up Monday, November 6. Please keep in mind that Council Chambers are a public space and we cannot guarantee the security of exhibited work. Wall mounted 2-D and mixed media works are ideal, video without sound is a possibility if artist can provide a small screen. All artwork must be ready to hang when dropped off.

Applications must be submitted via email to Fine Arts Coordinator Maya Mackrandilal at - only complete applications will be considered:

  1. Artists may submit up to three high resolution jpegs via dropbox (create a folder and then create a link that you paste into the body of your application email) or a link to a short video clip. Make sure to include any passwords for links/folders if needed. 
  2. Please attach a CV (PDF format preferred)
  3. Also submit an artist statement (250 words max) that addresses how the work submitted relates to the theme of the exhibition.

IMPORTANT! Make sure the subject line of your email reads as follows: Application The Dream is the Truth

About the Exhibiting Artist Program

The goal of the City of Buena Park’s Exhibiting Artist Program is to nurture working relationships and partnerships between artists, presenters, art organizations, and the greater Buena Park Community.  For more information visit or contact the Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868.

Deadline: 07-24-2017
City of Buena Park Fine Arts Division
Buena Park, CA

Contact: Maya Mackrandilal

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