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Trauma-In-Place: Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition

October 5 – November 3, 2023

Public Reception: Thursday, October 12, 6–8PM

EKU Giles Gallery, in partnership with EKU Libraries, School of Art and Design, and the Institute for Creative and Collaborative Arts, is accepting submissions for Trauma-In-Place: Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition, scheduled for October 5 – November 3, 2023. Trauma-In-Place derives its title from the cold war era idiom “shelter-in-place.” The shelter-in-place phraseology experienced an unfortunate resurrection amid the pandemic, escalating mass shootings, increased natural disasters, and ongoing global conflict. Trauma-In-Place as a theme looks to provide an open-ended exhibit platform for artists working in the United States that inclusively explore the trauma as a universal human experience. Trauma-In-Place encourages broad interpretation on how art and artists can help us analyze, reconcile, and heal from trauma. Submissions may investigate, but are not limited to, discrimination, climate change, ecology, immigration, refugees, war, colonization, generational trauma, mental health, food insecurity, surviving violence, safe housing, and more optimistically recovery, love, autonomy, and rebirth. As the world sheltered in recent years, not surprisingly artists and designers continued their hard work under the influence of unparalleled global events. The distinctive ways in which artists examine and process trauma through creative scholarship has the power to bond us as we move past isolation towards healing. 



SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, August 27, 11:59PM MT


SHIPPING: September 20 – 26

IN-PERSON DELIVERY: September 25 & 26 

EXHIBIT: October 5 – November 3, 2023

RECEPTION & JUROR TALK: Thursday, October 5

* Estimated Dates


Azucena Trejo Williams is a concept and research-based interdisciplinary artist working in installation. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Photojournalism, holds a KY Professional Certification for Teaching Art – P-12, and holds a M.F.A. in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College of Art. Trejo Williams taught at the Dallas Museum of Art, Beijing University of Agriculture, and currently as an Associate Professor in Art and Design at Campbellsville University. She teaches courses in Art History, Printmaking, Photography, Installation, Ceramics, Sculpture, Art Education, and Senior Exhibitions. In 2019, she was awarded the 2019 Kentucky Higher Education Art Educator of the Year award by the Kentucky Art Education Association.

She has presented at various conferences including The Arts in Society’s International Conference on a collaborative project called “Sound of Music” based on a system to derive sound from a photograph, William Peace University Interdisciplinary Conference on the “Evolution of Post-Mortem Photography from Victorian to the Contemporary” and SECAC on “Collaborative Problem Solving in the Contemporary Classroom” for “The Next Ten Years: Preparing Students for the Students of 2030” panel. She co-authored “Pegasi and Beethoven: Sights and Sounds in Disney’s Fantasia,” in Mythological Equines in Film through Vernon Publication (2023).

Her work has been exhibited at the Chautauqua Visual Art School of Art, Downing Museum, and most recently as part of a 13-month traveling exhibition across Kentucky with the Kentucky Arts Council’s Our KY Home: Hispanic/Latin American Visual Art from the Commonwealth including at the Kentucky Rotunda, Kentucky Performance Center and LexArts. Her work continues to be exhibited nationally in both solo and group exhibitions.


EKU Giles Gallery is located on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. Serving campus and the commonwealth since its founding in 1973, the Fred Parker Giles Gallery recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a significant renovation. The newly renovated venue spotlights multidisciplinary creative scholarship from artists of regional and national renown. The gallery is named for Fred Parker Giles, a distinguished Professor of Art at EKU from 1939-1964. 

Giles Gallery is part of the EKU School of Art and Design (SoAD) and the Institute for Creative and Collaborative Arts (ICCA). The gallery is a multi-level, 2700 square foot exhibit venue, capable of hosting group and solo presentations concurrently. The impressive space offers an adaptable floor plan and striking architecture, featuring three floors of professional lighting, plywood backed drywall, moveable displays, and terrazzo flooring. Giles Gallery presents 7-8 exhibitions each academic year attracting thousands of visitors annually. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more details.


The Dr. Bruce MacLaren Chautauqua Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University is now entering its 24th year, now under the direction of EKU Libraries. Giles Gallery has collaborated with the Chautauqua Lecture Series for an annual exhibit since 2005, now a thematic nationwide juried exhibition. The EKU Chautauqua theme for the 2023/24 academic year is Trauma and Dis(place)ment. Invited campus guests will include scholars, writers, artists, and public figures that explore this theme from a diverse range of perspectives. 


A non-refundable $35 entry fee allows a minimum of 1, and a maximum of 3 entries per each submitting artist or collaborative artist group. Entry fees must be paid via credit card through


Trauma-In-Place: Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition is open to all artists and designers over the age of 18 residing in the US. All media, genres, and disciplines are welcome. Submissions failing to meet the outlined criteria will not be reviewed or exhibited.

• Submissions must accurately and truthfully represent the work submitted for juror review.

• Submissions must be the sole property of the entrant. 

• Submissions must be original and completed in the last 4 years.

• Submission via CaFÉ constitutes acceptance of all guidelines stated in this prospectus. 

• Submissions are only reviewed via CaFÉ. 

• Work previously exhibited at EKU Giles Gallery is ineligible for submission. 


EKU Giles Gallery will provide accepted artists with detailed instructions for hand delivery and shipping. All costs related to transportation, shipping, and insurance are the responsibility of the exhibitor. Work delivered late, or failing to meet the outlined requirements, will not be included. EKU Giles Gallery reserves the right to decline work if it differs from the original submission, breaches the guidelines set forth in this prospectus, or is deemed unsafe to exhibit at the discretion of the gallery director.

• All accepted work must be delivered by Tuesday, September 26 by 4PM for inclusion.

• Substitutions for accepted work are not allowed.

• No packing peanuts.

• No glass on shipped artwork. Please use Plexiglass or other acrylic glazing.

• Exhibited work must be professionally presented and installation ready upon arrival. Framing, mating, and glazing must be in good condition. Work must arrive with appropriate hardware (hanging wire etc.). No sawtooth hangers.

• Work necessitating complicated or time intensive installation, or that is extraordinarily fragile, will be the responsibility of the exhibitor.  

• Work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. 

• The exhibit will be photographed and shared on Giles Gallery web platforms to promote the artists and exhibit.

• All rights to work exhibited remain solely the artists. 

• Shipped work must be packed in well labeled, reusable shipping boxes/crates. 


• Shipped work via UPS or FedEx will not be returned until a prepaid shipping label is provided.

• Work left more than 30 days after the close of the exhibit will become the property of EKU Giles Gallery. 


Three awards will be selected by our juror after the installation of Trauma-In-Place in the amount of $300.00 each. Awards will be announced at the public reception.

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