Exiled from…

Creative Submissions by Boston College Students

Exile, noun.

Senses connected with removal from a place, country, community, or culture manifested as

  1. an event or occasion;
  2. a state or condition; or
  3. a feeling of personal dissonance.

What does exile mean to you?

Exile is a pervasive experience. Some of us have been exiled from our countries, our homes, and/or our families without opportunities to return, while still more of us feel exiled from our own communities, public spaces, institutions, national interests, cultural norms, and/or individual dreams. Exiled from… is a project inviting BC students to submit photographs, videos, and text that explore personal interpretations and/or experiences of “exile,” be it literally or figuratively. The McMullen Museum invites you to take full creative freedom in interpreting “exile” and looks forward to seeing and displaying your work(s) in the Museum.

About Exiled from…

Exiled from… is an ongoing participatory project inviting Boston College students to explore the concept, effects, and/or personal experiences of “exile” through various creative formats. Submissions will be displayed on a monitor in the McMullen Museum atrium and on the Museum’s digital publication the Terrace through June 4, 2017.

Exiled from… is organized in association with the exhibition, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, on display in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries from January 30–June 4, 2017.

Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920–2015) was an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American origin like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 Soriano was exiled to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”

Featuring more than ninety paintings, pastels, and drawings from the Rafael Soriano Family Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Art Museum of the Americas, and Long Beach Museum of Art as well as other institutions and private collections, The Artist as Mystic begins with Soriano’s works in the Cuban geometric abstract style. It then moves to his transitional, experimental paintings from the 1960s and 1970s reminiscent of surrealist biomorphism. The exhibition concludes with luminous, mystical imagery in paintings from Soriano’s mature period.

Accompanied by a bilingual English-Spanish catalogue with contributions from American, Cuban-American, and Cuban scholars, The Artist as Mystic opens at the McMullen from January 30 to June 4, 2017. The exhibition then travels in June 2017 to the Long Beach Museum of Art and in October 2017 to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in conjunction with the Rafael Soriano Foundation, the exhibition has been curated by Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons of the McMullen Museum.

Official Submission Rules

  • Entrants must currently be enrolled at Boston College at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • To upload your files please log in using your BC email address.
  • While creative formats can range from photography, to poetry, to painting, to creative writing, to graphic design, to sculpture, to video, etc., all submissions must be in one of the following formats: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .mp4, .doc, .docx
  • Because the Museum will be using a high definition monitor, we request that all images and videos be HD quality.
  • For display in the McMullen Museum Atrium, videos should be limited to 5 minutes or less. Longer videos should be publically hosted on YouTube or Vimeo and will be displayed on the Terrace only.
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions each student may make.
  • All submissions that comply with these instructions will be posted online at: theterracebc.wordpress.com and on the monitor in the McMullen Museum.
  • By sending a submission to the Exiled from… project, entrants grant the McMullen Museum of Art permission to display their submission online and in the McMullen Museum without compensation.
  • Entrants may post an unlimited number of submissions via Instagram with the hashtags: #exiledfrom and #theTerraceBC; however, in order for works to be displayed at the McMullen and online, official submissions must be uploaded at www.theTerraceBC.wordpress.com
  • The McMullen Museum reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not conform to the stated rules and guidelines, as well as those that intend to cause harm or disparage others. It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has complied with these Official Submission Rules.

Ready to submit? Click here to go to the official Exiled From… Submission Form.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I participate?

  • Take a photo or a video, or write up your submission and upload it to our submission form on the Terrace. While the format is limited to images, videos, and text, you are entitled to creative freedom in how you interpret “exile.” Works do not need to be purely documentary or literal; they may be more figurative and/or abstract. For example, you may include abstract forms, text and/or sound clips in your work(s) if you’d like. You can also post an unlimited number of submissions via Instagram with the hashtags, #exiledfrom. In order for your works to be displayed on the Terrace and in the McMullen Museum, however, you will need to officially submit your works to the Museum via the Terrace. Please see the “Official Submission Rules” above.

How long will the McMullen accept submissions?

  • Exiled from… will accept submissions until May 30, 2017; however, the works will remain on display through the end of the exhibition Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, which closes on June 4, 2017.

    Can I submit more than one work?

  • You are welcome to submit as many as you’d like!

How closely do I need to follow the questions in the prompt?

  • The prompt was provided to inspire creativity and get you thinking about “exile”. We understand that this term engenders all manner of interpretations. Thus, please feel free to interpret it in your own way.

Is there a limit to the length of the title or accompanying statement?

  • Titles should remain under 25 words and accompanying text should be kept to 150 words or less; however, both are optional.

What types of images/video files do you accept?

ImagesAllowed file types: .jpeg, png, jpg

  • Files must be less than 8 MB
  • Images must be larger than 1920px x 1080px
  • Images must be smaller than 3840px x 2160px

VideoAllowed file types: .mp4, .gif

  • Must be 5 minutes or less to be hosted on Museum monitor; longer videos will only be display on the Terrace

TextAllowed file types: .doc, .docx

  • Must be no more than 500 words

How do I post my photo or video using Instagram?

  • First, you will need to have an Instagram account. Once you do, take a photo or video for the  Exiled from… project. In the description section of your photo/video, add the hashtag #exiledfrom. This will instantly connect you to others who have also tagged theirs. Finally, make sure your posts are public so that others can see your work.

I took a photo/video using Instagram; how do I officially submit it to the Terrace?

  • You should be able to access your photos via your phone. The original, unfiltered photos and videos will be in your camera photo album, while the filtered versions will be in the Instagram photo album. Simply upload your chosen file to the Submission Form on the Terrace following the submission guidelines.

If I have any questions, who do I contact?

  • Please contact Rachel Chamberlain at rachel.chamberlain@bc.edu.