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Emerging Voices

a 60 day art exhibit amplifying creative

expressions about diverse experiences

in our community. 

Once Rising Voices, now Emerging...

First conceived in 2018, planned in 2019 and launched (and swiftly paused) at the crux of a global pandemic in 2020, Rising Voices exhibit is being renamed and relaunched this fall. Enjoy a sneak peek at our March show at Front Street Studios. (music credit by bensounds.com)

All of us have been impacted by the year the world will never forget and we'd like to hold space for creative entries that may resonate with these two questions: 


What new world did you enter after 2020?

What new attention/s, priorities and/or alignments are showing up for you?


Welcome to Emerging Voices 2021 in Middletown and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Emerging Voices is a sixty (60) day traveling group art exhibit encouraging conversations and connections about diverse experiences in our community. Open to anyone who uses pronouns of "She/her/hers" and “They/their/theirs”.

Submission deadlines will be both firm and flexible for participants to join for 30 or 60 days of the exhibit. A participant cannot join mid month. However, an artist can submit after the opening in September and exhibit the following month in October.

To be considered for this exhibit, a creator’s statement must accompany each piece describing how the submission represents their personal journey. This information can be entered directly into the “Creator’s Statement”window or as an attachment by selecting "upload document."  These statements will be displayed with artwork.


In the spirit of community story telling the exhibit is non-juried with amateur and professional. Artists can submit up to three (3) pieces each. Artists can include a sale price or a “NFS” if item is not for sale. Art work will be displayed by hanging, on easels, tabletops or special displays.


Art submissions need to be suitable for by hanging on walls or display on table top or easels. Written submissions need to be suitable for hanging or tabletop easels. Journal submissions will be displayed on tables and will be interacted with the public.


Media categories accepted include acrylics, watercolor, drawing, fiber, mixed media, pastels, oils, 3 dimensional, 2 dimensional, photography, installations, written and performance. There is no submission fee.


September host Women Writing for (a) Change (WWfaC) in Cincinnati, Ohio

October host: Pendleton Art Center in Middletown, Ohio


SEPTEMBER 2021 hosted by Women Writing for (a) Change (WWfaC) in Cincinnati

🎉They are also celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2021! 🎉

RV open to public SEPT 3rd - 27th

RV official artist reception Friday, SEPT 10th

RV writing circle Saturday, SEPT 11th

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Call for Art: June 1- August 20, 2021

Drop off dates: August 16-20, 2021

Women Writing for (a) Change can accept submissions (by appointment) and their office hours: Monday through Thursday: 10am-5pm and Friday: Noon-5pm.


OCTOBER 2021 hosted by Pendleton Art Center (PAC) in Middletown

First Friday opening artist reception and month long exhibit 


Call for Art: June 1 - August 20, 2021

Drop off dates: August 16-20, 2021

PAC Artist Reception: Friday, October 1, 2021 6-8:30 PM


** An artist can submit for 30 days (September or October) or 60 days (September and October) of the exhibit. An artist cannot join mid month. However, they can submit after September opening and exhibit the following month in October.


Complete online submission below or if you would prefer not to do online submissions you can download, print and complete pdf forms:


Art Submission

Written / Performance Submission

Three ways to submit your art: 

Cincinnati: to arrange an appointment to drop off at Women Writing for (a) Change | 6906 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati 45236 contact 📲 WWfaC 513-272-1171. Office hours: Monday through Thursday: 10am-5pm and Friday: Noon-5pm.


Middletown: to arrange an appointment to drop off at Pendleton Art Center | Creative Communion Studio 106 | 1105 Central Ave, Middletown 45044 Contact Glenda 📲 937-405-7500 


Dayton area: to arrange an appointment to drop off with Rusty Harden | Rusty Harden Studio, 259 Fourth ST, Tipp City 45371 Contact  Rusty 📲 937-418-4284 


Additionally, submissions can be mailed to Rusty Harden Studio (contributors are responsible for return postage

Photo Credits: Front Street Buildings (Robin Feld) Women Writing for a Change (Lisa Rocklin) Pendleton Art Center (Glenda Miles)

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By  submitting I agree to the following: 

 -- I understand and accept that my work will be part of a traveling exhibit and will be transported to multiple venues. Rusty Harden Studio/Creative Communion will exercise ordinary care in transport, storage and display of the work, but cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.

-- I give non-exclusive permission to Rusty Harden Studio/Creative Communion to display my work and to use photographs or other depictions in news articles and promotional materials, including in print and electronic form.

-- It is not our desire to censor stories, however, we cannot accept works depicting graphic sexual violence.  I agree that my submission will comply with this condition.

Thank you for submitting to Emerging Voices 2021.We hope to see you at the artist receptions and writing circle.​