The seventh call for submissions for the winter issue is now closed. Selected artists will be notified before January 15th. Thank you, and have a great start in 2019!


Southwest Detroit

Barbed is pleased to present the seventh call for submissions, entitled Southwest Detroit.

Fifteen artists will be selected to be featured in the seventh issue. The selection will include local artists living in the area, and, although priority will be given to artists living in Southwest Detroit - Mexican Town, artists living in the surrounding regions, including Windsor in Canada, are encouraged to apply.

For this issue, we invite artists to submit work related to the history of and their relationship with the area. Southwest Detroit has had a rich Mexican heritage owing to people who moved to Detroit in the 1900s, and, while its population was predominantly from Mexico originally, it is now a thriving multicultural neighborhood. The call for submissions is intended to inspire artists to share their stories and works about their experiences living in, working in, passing through, and visiting Mexican Town. The issue wants to represent an alternative narrative based on personal experiences not only from artists but also from business owners, cultural trailblazers, and ordinary citizens with the aim of cultivating an authentic vision of the neighborhood. Submissions should include artwork that is experimental, including anecdotes, confessionals, personal and love notes, and classifieds, to mention a few samples.

All mediums will be considered, but works must have been created within the last two years. These could include works in painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, video, sound, 3D printing, poetry, or drawing. Works in progress, documentation, continuing series, and experiential works are highly favored. The deadline for submission is December 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Artists selected for the seventh issue of Barbed will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine and an artist's fee.** 

  • Please submit 1-5 images of your work along with a brief statement of 150 - 300 words. This should include an artist's statement and a description of the work being submitted
  • All material should be sent electronically to hola@artdossier.us with the  subject line: Barbed Submission - South West Detroit. For larger files please provide a link to download the files via DropBox or another online server service
  • File formats accepted: JPG, PDF, PSD, TIFF, PNG, DOC, MP3
  • Deadline for submissions: December 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM

*Image: Inside-look of Tamalería Nuevo Leon, a local business selling traditional-style tamales, where featured artist Elton Monroy Durán, was commissioned to do a mural on the exterior of the building located at 2669 Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI.

**Upon grant confirmation. Fees will be based on the fee category table established by Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE), which advocates for fair payment standards for artists.