Call for Artists

40th Annual Philosophy Symposium: Political Rights and the Animal World


Cheryl Agulnick Hochberg 
Last to Leave 
Watercolor and pastel on collaged layers of paper


In celebration of the 40th Annual Philosophy Symposium, the Department of Philosophy at Salisbury University invites students, alumni and community members to submit works of art for a juried show that engages conceptually with the Symposium theme.


This year’s theme is a celebration of philosopher William Kymlicka and journalist Sue Donaldson and their work Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. Themes include the tensions between our personal, moral, economic and political relationships with animals; the barriers and/or areas of overlap between the animal and the human; how inclusion of animals would change our sense of political rights; how the animal world informs our sense of ecology and environmental concerns, and what current political and moral duties we have to engage with and protect that world.


Works will be reviewed by a panel of faculty from SU’s Art and Philosophy departments as well as the Galleries and finalists’ work will be displayed at the Philosophy House during the Philosophy Symposium. The Department of Philosophy will select one work to be included in the permanent collection at the Philosophy House. Works submitted should be valued no higher than $300.


To receive full consideration, submissions must be received by February 28, 2020. Finalists will be announced by March 23, 2020. Work must be on campus no later than April 13th, 2020, and will be displayed until the Philosophy Symposium event on May 9th, 2020. Unpurchased work may be picked up any time after this date but no later than May 22nd 2020.


Submission Guide
Submissions are open to all media excluding performance and installation.
Special preference will be given to students and alumni of Salisbury University, but the competition is open to all artists.


Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration. To enter, each artist must fully complete this google form and upload images of their work. Artists should upload a digital image no larger than 2mb of each submitted work for review. Each uploaded file should be in jpeg format and be named with the artist’s last name and the number corresponding to entry number on the application form (e.g. Smith_01.jpg).