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Wearing Justice

May 4th, 2020 Commemoration Exhibition 


Wearing Justice is a juried exhibition using fashion to create dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution, and social justice. The Fashion School at Kent State University invites submissions of garments/artwork for this Kent State University Museum exhibition commemorating the 50th Anniversary of May 4th.  For further information about the events of May 4, 1970, see https://www.kent.edu/may-4-1970


Kent State University Museum is home to an outstanding collection of fashion, historic costumes and textiles and serves as a unique resource for excellence in exhibitions and scholarship.  The Museum is listed as one of the top ten fashion museums worldwide by Fashion and Textile Museums.com. https://www.kent.edu/museum


Single submissions or collaborative works, from faculty/researchers only, are welcome and must relate to the theme of the exhibition. Proposals are open to any media including 2D, 3D, video, etc. Proposals may not be duplicated for the larger IFFTI conference call Protests and Provocations. All participants are welcomed to submit two different proposals, one for Wearing Justice and the other for the conference “Protests and Provocations” (www.iffticonference.com).


Requirements to Submit Your Proposal:

 1.     All proposals must have the following. 

1)   Title of the artwork

2)   Abstract -300-word count. Relationship of the artwork to the theme of the exhibition should be clearly indicated. 

3)   Installation instructions -Maximum size of artwork is 7 feet high x 9 feet width (2 X 3 meters). Work must be ready for installation, including appropriate hanging devices.

4)   Up to 3 visuals/photographs to illustrate your design idea - High resolution images should be used. 


2.     The proposal must be submitted as a PDF file and saved as “The title of the artwork.pdf.” Please do NOT include your name in the proposal.


3.     Each proposal must be submitted via email (iffti2020@kent.edu

 In the main body of the email, list the following:

·     Designer name(s)

·     Email address(es)

·     Title of the Piece

·     Subject line of your email: Wearing Justice IFFTI


4.     November 1, 2019-Submissions due 

5.     November 15, 2019- Participants notified of acceptance

6.     Artwork can not arrive later than January 15, 2020- Artwork must include self-enclosed return shipping form pre-paid.

7.     Artwork will be returned in June 2020



Vincent Quevedo, Associate Professor Kent State University

Vince Quevedo is a national and international award-winning designer/artist in the areas of fashion design and wearable arts. Professor Quevedo received his Bachelor of Science degree in clothing and textiles and his Master's of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development with a focus on college teaching at Southern Illinois University. He received his Master of Fine Arts in textiles/fiber from University of Nebraska.


Nwaka Onwusa, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Rock Hall of Fame

Guided by the belief that “the past speaks to us through music and song," Nwaka develops exhibits that are informative, immersive and celebrate the diversity of musical expression. Hailing from Southern California, Nwaka began her curatorial career at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. There she specialized in exhibition development researching, developing and curating more than 20 unique and memorial exhibits.. In addition to exhibits presented at the museum’s campus, Nwaka has also curated satellite and traveling exhibits experienced by audiences across the U.S. and in the UK. Prior to becoming a curator, Nwaka worked in educational programs committed to inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies. Nwaka earned a Bachelors in Sociology at UC Riverside and a Masters of Leadership at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. In 2012, she was honored as a Museum Rising Star by the Museum of African American Art and in April 2018 was selected by American Express to participate in their Women in Music initiative identifying the industry’s rising leaders


On-site Faculty Curators:

Chanjuan Chen, Assistant Professor, Kent State University

Sue Yoder, Assistant Professor, Kent State University