Throughout history, artists have used their creative spirit in the pursuit of catharsis – sometimes as an empathetic tool for the viewer, or as a very personal creative journey. This pursuit comes in many forms: social awareness, beauty, language, sadness and joy. All of these emotions can splash across a canvas, move in three dimensions, or emulate in sight, sound and movement. Most importantly, the inspiration – when manifested in form – creates the ability to heal, not only for the artist, but the viewer as well.

This thoughtful group exhibition will be juried by renowned Baltimore artist, puppeteer, and museum educator Schroeder Cherry, Ed.D. Each artist selected to participate encapsulates their creative process to find liberation in a variety of disciplines.

Art has the power to heal. Healing, as we all know is a broad and difficult journey. Art and healing are intrinsically intertwined, moving together to make a full life. This exhibition will explore this union and the creative conversations that unfold through different artmaking disciplines.


The exhibition is open to artists from Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.


All submissions MUST include a written artist’s statement that describes how your work and creative process are related to the healing process (max. 150 characters). All disciplines will be considered, but any work that includes audio must require headphones.


Call for artists opens: Friday, June 15

Call for artists deadline: Friday, July 20

Juror decision: Friday, July 27

Artwork Drop-off: August 27-29, 2018

Installation: September 4, 2018

Opening Reception: September 7, 2018

Show Closing: October 20, 2018

Artwork Pick-up: October 22-23, 2018


The juror will consider 5 images per artist or team of artists. Proposals (for works to be made), pre-existing works and video may be entered for the exhibition, plus supporting images of the artist/s previous works. All submissions must be uploaded to

If your piece is site or situation specific, please make it clear in your submission. We highly recommend that artists research the site and its history, and visit the Joan Hisaoka Gallery. The Gallery is open to the public Wednesdays – Fridays, 11am – 5pm, and Saturdays 11 – 3pm. The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM; gallery is open by appointment during those hours.

Work shown outside of the building in two designated areas must be able to endure extreme weather conditions and will not be considered if it may pose any safety concerns for visitors. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery insures works on-site for the duration of the exhibition.

Work must fit through doors measuring 35”x78” (front) or 40”x80” (from rear loading area). A variety of pedestals are available but should be arranged and selected early to insure readiness. Arrangements for installation should be made in advance by calling the gallery director at (202) 483-8600.

Gallery ceiling height is 118”. Artwork may be suspended from the ceiling with appropriate hardware. Please note the ceiling features white drywall “clouds,” as well as a gray concrete ceiling just above the clouds.

Outdoor courtyard is approximately 16 ft by 18 ft and has a loose stone floor.  There is an outdoor metal stairway to access the 2nd floor outdoor rooftop deck on which artwork must come up for installation.  The stair width to 2nd floor is 45 inches wide.  The outdoor deck is approximately 1,000 square feet.

Artists are solely responsible for delivery of their accepted work on the specified dates and removal on the pick-up date. Transportation insurance is the responsibility of the artist. Joan Hisoaka Gallery employs a professional installer, so please provide a proper hanging device and pack the piece for possible purchase. All work accepted must remain on display for the full duration of the show.


Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will insure work installed indoors. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will retain a 50% sales commission on work sold during the exhibition. Artworks will be listed as being for sale and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will handle the sales/invoicing and payment to artists. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery will send a check to artist, if artwork is sold, by the 15th of the month following sale.