Apply for “Normalizing Abortion: Self-Portraits & Stories”

A Group Photography Exhibition Curated by Phoenix Mayet

The Art Center is hosting a group exhibition from October 11 – November 8, 2019. All works considered should be photographic self-portraits.

Approximately 1 in 4 American women will have an abortion at some point in her lifetime. This means abortion is a common part of reproductive healthcare and a normal part of our collective experience. Yet, news coverage of the issue has sensationalized abortion by addressing only the most extreme cases, those involving rape, incest, or a woman who’s life is at risk. Normalizing Abortion: Self-Portraits & Stories seeks photographic self-portraits from individuals who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy because it was the right choice at the right time for them. We seek to de-stigmatize abortion and to affirm women’s right to self-determination. Participants are asked to include a short narrative (200 words max) discussing their experience, for display during the exhibition. We encourage artists to freely interpret the notion of self-portrait. While we encourage open participation as a means to end the stigma associated with abortion, you need not show your face or reveal your identity if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

There are two submission options: 1. Framed image for wall display, or 2. Digital image for video display.

All proceeds from submissions to this show will go to benefit the work of Planned Parenthood.

ELIGIBILITY: All photographic methods will be accepted. International entries are welcomed. Work must be framed or gallery wrapped and ready to hang or stand on a pedestal. Frame rental is available on request. Shipped work must be safely packed and a return label must be included. Insurance is recommended as The Art Center is not responsible for any damage in transit. Please review the deadlines below.

CURATOR: Phoenix Mayet (NH, USA, 1970) is a conceptual artist, feminist, and social activist who’s photographic work addresses issues related to gender, trauma, and personal identity. She holds degrees from Cornell University (B.A., 1996) and the University of New Hampshire (M.A., 2003). Her work has been shown in galleries throughout New England and has been purchased by collectors across the country. In addition, she lectures on issues related to mental health, social justice, and art. She maintains a studio in Dover, NH.

Guidelines: Digital images should be 1000 pixels on the longest side saved in JPEG format at 72 ppi. Images should be labeled with the title of your photograph. No spaces in the title. Please do not watermark your images. Photographs from this show will NOT be offered for sale – All work will be returned to the artists. Artists will be identified only if they choose, you may remain anonymous or use a pseudonym.

Entry Fee: $25 for framed display, $5 for digital display*. Submission fees are not refundable. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FUND THE WORK OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

Fill out our online application and make your payment with Paypal. You will receive an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment. You can also fill out and submit the online application, print out your confirmation email, and mail it with a check for your fees to the address below.

Submissions Due – Sept. 16, 2019
Notifications Made – Sept. 23, 2019
Delivery of Work – Shipped or hand delivered no later than Oct. 7, 2019
Show Opens – Oct. 11th, 2019
Opening Reception – Reception Oct. 18, 2019 from 6-8 PM
On Display – Dover Art Walk – Nov. 1, 2019 from 4-8
Show Closes – Nov. 8, 2019
Work Pickup – Nov. 9 - 11, 2019

PRINTING/MATTING/FRAMING: Information: The gallery offers printing, matting and framing services. If sending framed work, please use mats and frames that compliment your work and are appropriate in a gallery setting. Colored mats are discouraged. All images should be ready to hang with wires. Frame rental is available on request. If you have any questions regarding appropriate presentation please contact


*No one will be turned away for inability to pay, contact with requests for waived fees.


Name (or type anonymous):
Short bio/statement (pls limit to 200 words max.):
Will you be sending/dropping off a framed image for display in the gallery?

Upload an image.

Files must be less than 1 MB, in jpg format without special characters or spaces, label in the format (FirstName_LastName.jpg)

*only click once, photos may take a while to upload

Alternate Submissions

EMAIL SUBMISSION | Email image files and submission form to The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.

SNAIL MAIL SUBMISSION | CD’s and submission form should be mailed to:
The Art Center
1 Washington Street Suite 1177
Dover NH 03820

The gallery will send an email confirmation upon receiving the submission and payment.