Dixon said artists are uniquely able to highlight social issues because they “don’t have editors and can be a little more controversial with their art and the perspective they give to that issue.”
In recent years he has seen art activism — “trying to say something or make a change” — become more visible in public settings.
He cited conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose works reflecting American history, race and culture are on permanent display around the country, and Zoë Buckman, an English artist who created a mural in New York City displaying sexist remarks made by President Donald Trump.
“We’re Doing it ALL Wrong” will open in May and run for three months. Artists have until Feb. 28 to submit original artwork entries.
More information about the show and how to submit an entry can be found on the Edward A. Dixon Gallery website.
Ed Dixon, owner and curator of Edward A. Dixon Gallery at 118 W. First St., has make an international call for artwork entries around the theme, “We’re Doing it ALL Wrong.”
Dozens of submissions have already arrived at Dixon’s gallery from across the country and from Canada and Italy.
Dixon hopes the exhibition will encourage people to think more deeply about how to solve issues in our society.
“So many of us are busy and just trying to make it work for ourselves in our daily lives. Sometimes we don’t have time to think or want to dive into these problems,” he said.
“I think more of us need to wake up to the fact that more needs to be done, and we all have some individual responsibility. If we all do a little, that’s going to add up to a lot.”