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**OPEN CALL** Last Year On Earth

February 5, 2021 - March 13, 2021

Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 5pm
Notification of Acceptance: Sunday, January 3, 2021 by 5pm
Accepted Artwork Drop Off: January 13-15, 2021, 12-6pm
Exhibition Opens: Friday, February 5, 2021, 6-9pm
Pick Up Dates: March 14-15, 2021, 12-6pm
Jurors: Tanvi Asher, Kelly Cheatle, Alexa Guzmán
Eligibility: This call is open to anyone residing in the Rochester, NY region (including Buffalo, Syracuse, and Western & Central NY). Both 2D and 3D artworks are encouraged. Submissions must have been made after February 2020.

Submit your artworks here:

This is a call to all artists, makers, crafters, creatives, inventors and out-of-the-box thinkers! We’ve all experienced a year like no other and Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) wants to see what you’ve made in response. This February, RoCo will host a juried exhibition that aims to explore, document, reflect, and celebrate (yes, there things to celebrate) our individual and collective experience of the last twelve months.

We hope to receive the widest possible range of submissions including works that have been inspired by life in the last year, from topics like the pandemic, racial injustice, national and local politics, climate crisis; AND responses of healing, activism, empathy, innovation, community building, and hopefulness for the future.

This project aims to feature a diverse and inclusive representation of our community’s creative output since March 2020. We welcome and encourage submissions by all inventive and creative humans, not just those working in the fine arts. This call is limited to pieces made after February 2020. We will preference projects that haven’t previously been exhibited.

We encourage media/video submissions, however they will be handled separately. If you have a documentary or video artwork you’d like to submit please email (dropbox link, etc.) to:

If you have any other questions please contact us: or 585-461-2222

About the Jurors

Tanvi Asher is the Rochester-based designer behind Peppermint, an emerging contemporary women's boutique line. The Peppermint brand provides the perfect blend of quality, great tailoring, feminine detailing and inspired flourishes. Noticing a void, Tanvi decided to fill her newest collection with affordable sweet and feminine knits that fit into any woman’s closet with ease. All Peppermint garments are designed and manufactured exclusively in the United States. Born in India and raised in Oman, Tanvi earned her MFA in Industrial Design at RIT. She spent a few years working in the trenches as a packaging designer for various NYC & Upstate companies. She began making clothing as part of her MFA thesis & as a way to relieve stress after work, but before long, she had a full-fledged cult following, and after a year her hobby was her new career. On the fly, Tanvi taught herself everything about the business of clothing manufacturing. The endearing Peppermint line debuted in Fall 2011 with buyers in Dubai, Canada and the United States. In 2012, she moved operations from her basement studio to a retail location and studio (Rochester, NY) where now, on any given day, she is seen designing, making, photographing, shipping, and promoting the line.

Kelly Cheatle specializes in elegantly loud design and is a materials and process maven. Her artwork varies in scale by several orders of magnitude, from multi-story massive installations to sculptures small enough to sit comfortably on a penny. With over 20 years of experience in ideation, design, logistics, and marketing Kelly blends art and technology to engage community in conversation and wonder. Playful and powerfully executed, Kelly’s designs are both fun-loving and elegant. As partner and Artistic Director of Airigami she innovates and elevates balloons as an artistic medium. Kelly is a Guinness World Record holder and Silver Abby award winner whose work appears in Make and other magazines. She is also the co-author and illustrator of two children’s books, Artist Eyes and And He Puffed.

Alexa Guzman is a community organizer, activist, poet, and artist. Earlier this year she founded a nonprofit organization and has been president of Project A.I.R. ever since. Her mission is to use the organization to amplify the message of Black liberation and social equity for all marginalized identities through the arts.