Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Brea Foley Art Program is looking for 15 outstanding teen artists who reside on Native reservations in the Southwest. High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply for this project that offers exciting opportunities to create, discuss and exhibit artwork. They’ll travel to New York City for a special reception at the National Museum of the American Indian, engage in an artist residency project at New York University, and exhibit their artwork at form & concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Indian Market in August 2018. The Brea Foley Art Program is run by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Soul of Nations.
Soul of Nations
Soul of Nations is a nonprofit that uplifts Native American youth through engagement in the arts, encouraging academic excellence, and inspiring business entrepreneurship. Established in 2015, Soul of Nations exists to inspire Native American youth to pursue and achieve their goals. We stress the importance of education and provide Tribal youth with a platform for free expression. Our programs help to foster the next generation of community leaders in the fields of art and business.
Brea Foley Art Program
The Brea Foley Art Program is an initiative created by Soul of Nations to help fulfill the organization’s mission to galvanize artistic zeal among Indigenous communities. It is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating cultural art created by Native American youth.
The program was conceived by the late co-founder of Soul of Nations, Brea Foley. Although she is no longer with us, her spirit lives on through the consciousness of art. Foley was a firm believer in the longevity of culturally infused artwork and wanted to inspire artistic talent among youth who live in displaced communities. The Brea Foley Art Program is designed to do just that.
The project aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence, challenge personal boundaries, and foster cultural continuity while reflecting artistic diversity. Soul of Nations wants to show the world that our nation’s first people are still here and thriving in the best ways possible. What better way to validate contemporary Native life and strength than through the arts? Soul of Nations believes that art is a universal language that carries the story of honesty, history, and belonging.
Completed applications for the 2017-18 program are due Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Once admitted, the artists will have from Friday, December 22, 2017 – Friday, February 23, 2018 to complete and submit their artwork. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, all artists and will gather to display their artwork at the Navajo Nation Museum in the form of an art showing. At the art showing, all work will be critiqued by a team of judges. These judges will range from renowned artists, curators, gallerists, and regional sponsors.
All 15 artists granted admission into the Brea Foley Art Program will have the opportunity to be exhibited at form & concept, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, August 17, 2018. Soul of Nations will also exhibit all artworks in an online exhibition for one year.
Judges will be responsible for selecting the top three artists of the competition who will be crowned as the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists. The three program finalists will travel to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to be celebrated at a reception held at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York and to engage in the artist residency project at New York University.
The reception event at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 and the artist residency project will be held from Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Friday, June 8, 2018. The top three 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists are scheduled to fly out to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Once arrived, the artists will be housed on the campus of New York University. The artists will also be chaperoned by members of the Soul of Nations Team.
2017/18 Program Theme
The theme of this years’ program is Honor the Earth. All submitted artwork must adhere to this theme, and artists may be expected to provide a description of the artwork.