Call for PLEASE TOUCH: Touchable Art Exhibition

TOUCH FB imagePLEASE TOUCH, an exhibition of tactile and touchable artwork is seeking submissions of all media for an exhibit focused on expanding the experience of art for people of all visual abilities. The exhibition will serve art audiences on the wide spectrum of visual abilities, as well as exploring issues of visual vs. experiential art, what is tactile art, and more.

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts is a unique South Seattle art center that focuses on creating high-quality art experiences for all and showcasing artists with disabilities and from underserved populations of Seattle. MBNCA is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.


All media and artists of all levels (emerging to established) are open to apply.

  1. 3 jpg images of artwork to be considered (or proposal for artwork to be created)
  2. Short description of the ‘tactile’ experience of your work
  3. Artist biography and/or resume in Word or PDF format.

Send all submissions to by September 12, 2015!

Artwork in PLEASE TOUCH will be handled by the public, in a supervised gallery setting. Artists submitting their work must be prepared for the artwork to be carefully touched and handled.

Because 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), MBNCA will be hosting a wide variety of special events in conjunction with PLEASE TOUCH. Artists and audiences of all abilities will experience art in a new way. Poets, musicians, and other disciplines who are interested in participating in these events to create non-visual experiences for audiences are welcome to contact the exhibition organizers.

PLEASE TOUCH is being co-organized and juried by a panel of arts professionals on the wide spectrum of visual abilities.

As the jury is sensitive to the fact that tactile artwork may not be able to be fully judged via email submission, an extra round of studio visits will be arranged during September 25-27.
The jury will contact artists to arrange specifics. A studio visit does not indicate final inclusion, nor does lack of a studio visit indicate non-inclusion. The jury will visit artworks that they feel need tactile experience in order to fully evaluate. If the jury would like to arrange a visit, you will be contacted on September 20-21 to make arrangements.


Deadline for submissions: September 12
Studio visits: September 25-27
Final Notification of Acceptance: September 28
Artwork drop off: October 1 – 6
Exhibition Opening: Oct 9, 5-8pm and Oct 11, noon – 5pm


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