Beyond the Mask: Creation in Isolation





Call to Artists, Writers, Performers
Deadline to submit: February 12, 2021
Open to female artists and those who identify as female from Kentucky
Virtual Exhibition Dates: March 6, 2021
Location: The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center Virtual Gallery Exhibition
​Contacts: Michelle Armstrong, Mercedes Harn, and Deborah Eller at womanrising2020@gmail.com
This virtual exhibit will be a prelude to the 3rd annual International Women’s Festival. The 2nd annual International Women’s festival was celebrated in person at the Lyric Theatre last year. It was a successful and well attended event and the last event hosted at the Lyric before many businesses, schools, and restaurants were closed due to COVID-19. We hope to see women respond to this theme and tell about their own experiences during the pandemic or perhaps what they hope for the future. All types and styles of work in any medium will be given consideration and artists can respond in a figurative, literal, whimsical or abstract way to the theme. This includes visual, performing, and written works of art.
When the Lyric Theatre reopens to the public, this will be the first in person gallery exhibit of 2021.

Exhibition Details and Guidelines
  • Deadline to submit registration and images: Friday, February 12, 2021.
  • Up to three images can be submitted for juried consideration.
  • Notification of acceptance will be emailed by Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • All work will be listed on Lyric Theatre’s website and priced for sale.
  • Artist's Commission 80% of sale. Lyric Theatre to charge Sales Tax and absorb credit card charges.
  • All work must be original, properly photographed and preferably cropped to the edges without a frame.
  • Images must be jpeg in format and in high resolution.
  • Optional Zoom reception for artists with invitation to the public to participate via link.
  • To register, submit up to 3 high quality images or a video of a performance and an image index to: womanrising2020@gmail.com
  • Image index should include: title, dimensions, media, price, brief artist statement about artwork.
  • Artists agree that images may be used by The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center for marketing purposes.

Meet our Jurors for Beyond the Mask
Mercedes Harn is a Spanish teacher at ACE elementary in Lexington, KY. She is also the president of Casa de la Cultura and a local artist and muralist. Mercedes curated the exhibit for the 1st annual International Women’s festival and curated the Woman Rising exhibit at the Lyric Theatre in 2019.
Deborah Cassidy Eller teaches art at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School in Lexington, KY. She is also a local artist. She co-authored a grant through the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the art exhibit for IWF in 2019 and curated the Woman Rising exhibit at the Lyric Theatre in 2019.
Michelle Newby Armstrong teaches art at Cardinal Valley Elementary school. She is also a local artist. She co-authored a grant through the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the art exhibit for IWF in 2019 and curated the Woman Rising exhibit at the Lyric Theatre in 2019.