The GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is planning to host a new virtual art show titled “Astro American” as a way to promote local, young, and talented artists.

GoggleWorks says it has chosen to be a facilitator of change and is collaborating with studio artist Chris Tanis to curate an art show that will provide a platform for local artists to express themselves about what’s going on in the world.

All artists from throughout Berks County are invited to participate. “Astro American” will give young artists of color the chance to have their ideas and statements seen on a large scale by fellow artists and art lovers across the globe.

“After years of systemic racism, economical tyranny and unjust laws, it seems the world has had an awakening” said Chris Tanis, GoggleWorks Studio Artist.

“Since the tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, creative outlets worldwide are stepping up to help Black people and those of color who fight the same oppression.”

What is an Astro American you ask? It’s anyone born after the moon landing that spends their life following the stars…

The GoggleWorks is asking artists to submit images of their original work to be displayed in an online-only exhibition. Works should express feelings about current social issues and events, personal experiences or expressions of identity, or relate in some way to the interpretation of the theme “Astro American.”

Artists may submit more than one work, all mediums welcome. Entries must be received by Tuesday, June 30, 2020. According to the GoggleWorks, photos must be clear and well-lit. Images will not be included if they are blurry or too dark.

To participate in the “Astro American” online exhibition, email the following information to: kegan@goggleworks.org

One image of each original artwork in .jpeg format, including: artist name, title of artwork, materials used, and size (Height x Length x Width, please specify inches or feet).

The artwork will not be listed for sale through GoggleWorks, but we will include links for patrons to contact the artists directly.