Welcome to Art Sanctuary! Celebration of Black Arts ( CBA) is July 1- 31, 2018.

Check out our events schedule for more details!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Join in the Process!

CALLING ALL ARTISTS: Join in the Process! Submit your work to be considered for a group show, lecture, public critique, and solo exhibition.

Theme: We Are Stronger Together


The Barnes Foundation is partnering with Art Sanctuary and Rush Arts Philly to facilitate a competition and public dialogue with emerging artists within the tri-state area. Over the next 12 months, a series of events will foster a unique opportunity for aspiring artists of all backgrounds and media to display and discuss their work.

Once the submissions deadline has passed, 25 semifinalists will be selected and notified by mid-June 2017. These individuals will exhibit together in a group show at Rush Arts Philly in August 2017. Prior to the close of the group exhibition, Art Sanctuary will host a lecture and announce the two finalists who will take part in a public critique at the Barnes Foundation during Free First Sunday, generously sponsored by PECO, on December 3, 2017. Respondents will include Philadelphia art critics and representatives of Art Sanctuary and Rush Arts. Each of the two finalists will be awarded a stipend from the Barnes Foundation, as well as a 2018 solo exhibition in the project space at Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, New York.

Submission Process

Submissions are accepted from April 15–June 2, 2017. To be considered for this competition, please submit the following information in one multi-page PDF:

  1. Contact information
  2. Artist résumé (one page)
  3. Artist statement connecting your work to the theme (one paragraph) 4–6 images including medium, title, and dimensions

File-naming format: NAME.ArtistSub.year.pdf Example: maryJONES.ArtistSub.2017.pdf Please direct your submission to submissions@artsanctuary.org. Indicate “Process Entry” in the subject of the email.

NOTE: Separate unnamed images and mislabeled files will disqualify the submission. Please do not call the gallery to inquire about your submission. Do not mail CDs, flash drives, or printed materials to the gallery.

Submission Deadline: Midnight on Friday, June 2, 2017

Calendar Snapshot

August 2017: Group exhibition featuring the 25 semi-finalists at Rush Arts Philly, Philadelphia, PA Lecture and two finalists announced at Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA

December 2017: Public critique of the two finalists’ work at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

TBD in 2018: Solo exhibitions at Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea, New York, NY

Participating Institutions

ART SANCTUARY is dedicated to bringing Philadelphians together through the transformative, community-building power of black art. The sanctuary serves as a haven for creative expression and for the development of community and self.

THE BARNES FOUNDATION was established by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with works by Renoir Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso; old master paintings; important examples of African sculpture; Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles; decorative arts and ironwork; and antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia.

RUSH ARTS PHILLY is a new art gallery presented by Daniel Simmons, Jr. Reflecting the mission of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation—founded in 1995 by Danny and his brothers, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and media mogul Russell Simmons—Rush Art Philly aims to support emerging artists and provide space for exhibitions and cultural programs for underserved communities. 

About Us

Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding.

Stay Connected on:

Next Event

See newsletter for our partner events!


For general information about the CBA festival, or our organization, please contact us at:

Art Sanctuary Hours

Gallery Hours

  • Sun & Mon: Closed
  • Tues-Thu: 12pm – 4pm​
  • Fri: Closed
  • Sat: 12- 4pm

Office Hours

  • Tue-Thu: 12pm - 4pm