As I Recall Her: Artists Expand the Legacy of the Douglass Women

Visual Arts
Organization Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo)
Deadline January 22, 2023

Artist Submissions Due: Sunday, January 22, 5pm
Submission Website:
Exhibition Opens: Friday, March 3, 2023, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – May 6

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) will host a juried exhibition inspired by Anna Murray Douglass, Rosetta Douglass Sprague, and Annie Douglass. This is a call to artists of all media and creative practices to submit individual or collaborative works. This exhibition builds upon several other initiatives dedicated to the Douglass Women and it will constitute a collective effort to expand their legacy and inspire the community. As I Recall Her… is presented in partnership with collaborating organizations 540WMain, Inc. and Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and will open in March, International Woman’s Month.

We invite submissions of all media related to, or inspired by, the Douglass Women. We welcome artworks that help expand public awareness of these figures within the Douglass family and those that creatively interpret their lives. We also encourage projects that highlight the stories and voices of other Black women who make significant, but overlooked, contributions to the world. We are especially interested in creative and challenging efforts to shift our collective memory, inspire new narratives, center Black women, offer alternative monuments, and invite a deeper understanding of our shared history. This call is NOT limited to portraits.

Submissions could include, for example, written or audio recordings of spoken words inspired by these women. Or a photo essay that would offer insight to how these women continue to impact Rochester or beyond.

All submissions will be handled through this website:

We welcome and encourage submissions by humans of all backgrounds, professions, and abilities. We especially encourage BIPOC artists and artists who identify as women. We will preference artworks that haven’t previously been exhibited publicly.

We encourage electronic media and video submissions, however they will be handled separately. If you have a media based artwork you’d like to submit please email it to: [email protected]

We also welcome and encourage augmented reality/virtual reality submissions and RoCo has some equipment for the public display of these projects. If you would like to submit a VR or AR artwork using this equipment please contact us.

This call is open to anyone residing in the Western & Central NY region (including Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse). Artists living beyond the region, please contact us before submitting.

If you have any other questions please contact us: [email protected] or 585-461-2222

Call for Art / Submissions Announced: Early November
Artist Submissions Due: Sunday January 22, 5pm
Artists Notified: January 31
Delivery of Artworks: February 20
Exhibition Opens: Friday, March 3, 2023, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 3 – May 6
Pick Up Dates: May 7-8
Jurors: Erica Mock & Quajay Donnell

Photograph of Annie Douglass (1849-1860), second daughter of Anna and Frederick Douglass, died at age 10.
Photograph of Anna Murray Douglass (1813–1882), the first wife of Frederick Douglass
Photograph of Rosetta Douglass Sprague (1839-1906), was the first child of Anna and Frederick Douglass.
Annie Douglass photograph – Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
Anna and Rosetta Douglass photograph National Park Services