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"Restoring Hope" Art Exhibit

“The visual arts have the power to recall and retell unsayable traumas, paving a potential path toward recovery.” – Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain

A Community Call for Galleries and Artists!

The purpose of this art exhibit is to increase awareness about child abuse in our region and to nurture a stronger community of caring by increasing understanding and response to this social issue. It is our hope that through this visual representation, it will connect us all at a deeper level in ways that cannot be put into words, Restoring Hope.

We are looking for art in a wide range of forms that represent themes of

Hope, Healing, and Justice.

Call for Art

Your participation will offer an opportunity for the community to purchase your art. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the First Witness Restoring Hope Capital Campaign furthering our vision of ending child abuse. Please see Artist Submission Form for details.

Please note: Artists may submit up to two pieces. This is a juried show.


Fiber/Textiles to include Quilts, Weaving, Sewing, Felt, Stitchery, Knitting, & Crochet
Metal/Wood & Leather
Graphic Art
Other Mediums


  • March 1 – Call for Artists begins
  • June 15 (revised date)  – Artists submit intent to participate
    • Art cannot exceed 50lbs and cannot be larger than 40” X 40”
    • Questions about concept or other details to be directed to:
      Patty Salo Downs at psdowns@cpinternet.com or 218-349-3645
      Katie Hawkins at kathryn.g.fry@gmail.com or 779-537-9963
  • By July 1 – Artists to submit photo of completed piece to be juried with title and narrative to smurphy@firstwitness.org or mail to address above.
  • July 1-31 – Jurors review and select
  • August 1 – Artists notified
  • September 18 – Art drop-off: 8am – 6pm Depot Great Hall
  • September 19 – Art installation
  • September 21 – Public Opening – pieces stay on display through September 26