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AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: The Real and The Imagined

America the Beautiful

In conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

An exhibition of photography, paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, video,
and 3-D works, 
landscapes, cityscapes and peoplescapes

Curated by Joel Simpson and Larry Szycher
Sat. September 18 – Sat. October 30, 2021
Deadline: Sat. Sept. 4, 2021

Recently we have experienced a life-threatening Covid pandemic and another critical social pandemic of a divided nation, both of which have darkened our recent life so much that we’ve sometimes felt “the end of life is nearing.” 

Recently we have experienced a life-threatening Covid pandemic and another critical social pandemic of a divided nation, both of which have darkened our recent life so much that we’ve sometimes felt “the end of life is nearing.” 

Looking back my long over 50 years in America, I am overwhelmed by the positive side of American life that shines so brightly that I cannot help feeling that Americans should see great hope for better future. There has been damage done to some people and to mother nature, but we cannot continue to dwell in misery forever. We humans have created many problems, and we humans can and should remove the impediments to happiness and togetherness from our life. We need to try harder to reflect upon where we are and try to improve our way of thinking and our behavior. 

I feel an urgent necessity to preserve miraculous mother nature for the world citizens for many years to come. Picturing the Grand Beauty of this county’s awesome landscapes I have seen with my own eyes, I am reminded of the familiar song, “America, the Beautiful.”

Oh beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!

This show “America the Beautiful: The Real & The Imagined” is the third part of the WAH Center’s sequence of shows that start with “Lockdown,” (November 7, 2020 – January 17,  2021) followed by “Togetherness and Oneness,” (May 22 – July 10, 2021). So, we would like to present this time is “America the Beautiful: The Real and The Imagined”: the exhibition of photography, paintings, and 3-D works: landscapes, cityscapes and peoplescapes to show the glory that we hold in our hands in America. We want that beauty and potential to resonate among all peoples, encouraging them to work together to appreciate and share the variety of peoples and cultures, the art, in the great landscape that is our beautiful America.  The potential for peace, harmony, and unity far outdistances the grievances we have. Too often we only dwell on our dislikes and fail to appreciate the many things are so good. Let us then celebrate “America the Beautiful: The Real and the Imagined!” 

Submission Instructions:

“AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: The Real and Imagined”
Juried by Joel Simpson & Larry Szycher
Sat. Sept. 18 – Sat. Oct. 30, 2021

Deadline: Sat. Sept. 4, 2021

Opening Reception: Sat. Sept. 18, 1-5pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 – 5 pm

A) Submission Requirements: Deadline: Sat. Sept. 4, 2021

1) SUBMISSION FEE: $45 (check payable to WAH Center at 135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 or PayPal at

2) ENTRY FORM and IMAGES OF ARTWORK (upto 3 images, JPEG, printable, high resolution, big images) send to: wahthebeautiful@gmail.comDOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM HERE:<Entry-Form-America-the-Beautiful>

3) STATEMENT & RESUME: a one- page resume & statement combined together less than 600 words (word.doc or JPEG), send to

Statement: statement about the work submitted to this show

Resume: We need your RESUME, not BIO. Please read below to know the difference between Bio and Resume

The difference between Bio and Resume:

Bio is a biography, which states one’s story with wordy explanation in sentences.

Resume is to list one’s historical background, and for this catalogue, we need your resume listed in a chronological order from your education to current and in the categorical order.

* in chronological order means to start listing with the oldest item first and the most recent item last. If your resume is too long to list, you have to eliminate some of the unimportant items in order to make a one page resume & statement combined together with less than 600 words.

* in categorical order: Please list each separate category in the following order:    

1) Birth Place (option)

       2) Education (list schools attended start with the oldest year first and the most recent one at the bottom)

        3) Solo Shows (the oldest one first: show title, gallery name, city, state, country)

        4) Group Shows (the oldest one first: show title, gallery name, city, state, country)

        5) Achievements & Awards (the oldest one first, award name, show title, location)

        6) Publications ( the same order…)

        7) Permanent Collections, etc.

       B) Complete Instructions: Artists are responsible for delivery of their work.


1. No elevator to the 2nd Floor Main Gallery.

2. Actual work must have the signature on the front.

3. Work must be wired and ready for hanging in a professional manner. We do not accept work too fragile to handle. It must be framed. No clip frames or taped


4 No ceiling mounts or special installation requirements without the WAH Centerʼs approval.

5. Sculptors may provide their own pedestals, or may use those provided by The WAH Center.

6. A label must be affixed to the back of the work, indicating which end is the top and write the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, Date, and Sale Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on the application form.

7. All artwork must be priced for sale with no exception.

8. Work cannot be withdrawn before the end of the exhibition.

JUDGING: The WAH Center reserves the right to maintain exhibition quality. In case there is a significant discrepancy between the submitted image and actual

work, we may not accept art that does not meet our standards.

ACCEPTANCE: Acceptance notification will be sent by Wed. Sept. 9, 2021, 

DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS: All works must be received on the dates specified below.

HAND DELIVERY DATES:  Sat. Sept. 11 & Sun. Sept. 12, 1:00 – 5:00pm

Deliver work to side entrance on Bedford Avenue:

1. Ring bell for admittance.

2. Bring artwork to 2nd floor gallery & check in at reception desk.

3. Artwork must be clearly labeled on the back and front—name, title, date, medium, size, sale price.

4. Take all wrapping with you, as we do not have extra storage space.


Please bring the following in plastic protective sheets (8.5×11”, 3-hole punch) on the delivery date:

1. Current resume (limit 2 pages).

2. Statement (limit 1 page).

3. Additional 2 images of your work not in the exhibition.

Please include your full name on each sheet, no personal contact information such as mailing address, email an web-site addresses.

PICK UP DATES: Sat. Oct 30, 5- 7 pm

                              Sun. Oct 31,1 – 4 pm

Director: Yuko Nii:, 917-648-4290

Coordinator: Terrance Lindall:, 917-974-6096

Assistant: Germania Reyes:, 718-486-7372



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