The Face Mask as a Canvas
A juried art exhibition for the Urban Arts Crawl

The face mask has become a highly charged symbol of defiance/solidarity, self-expression/disguise, and beauty/functionality. All in all, it has become the symbol of the COVID era. In this special exhibition, artists are called to create a wearable fine art face mask as a means of expression, displaying their view of these strange and intense times. The mask will serve as a canvas, and artists are encouraged to explore themes around self-protection, care for others, activism, hidden chronic illness, and identity, to name a few.



The Urban Arts Crawl committee is seeking design proposals from regional artists.

Only 1 proposal per artist will be accepted.
Amelia Harnas will act as lead coordinator; please send emails with any questions to

Artists may submit a design proposal for a face mask or covering created entirely from scratch or using existing masks.
The final work must be wearable. All types of media and disciplines are welcome. 

If accepted into the show, artists will receive a $100 stipend upon delivery of the final work for the exhibit.

The work will be displayed in the windows of participating locations in the Urban Arts Crawl
so that the work may be viewed safely from outside at any time.

Design Proposal Deadline:  August 14
Notification:  August 20
Drop off work:  September 17 – 22

Official exhibition runs from September 25 – October 25

Pick up work: October 26 – 29

Proudly presented by:
The Rockwell Museum, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and Urban Corning

Made possible with support from the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau