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Call for Artists: Between the Lines - The Vanishing Half

March 10 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm CST

Park Central Library and Springfield Regional Arts Council invite artists to create 2D and 3D artworks for an exhibition inspired by the 2022 One Read book selection: The Vanishing Half with themes centering on race and identity. An opening reception will be held during First Friday Art Walk at Park Central Library on April 1st, 2022, from 6:30-9:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and People's Choice Awards, as well as ribbons for honorable mentions.

  • Exhibition Dates April 1st - April 28th, 2022
  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 10th, 2022


Submission Process: 

Submit up to 3 digital images (JPGs) of actual works you hope to have selected for exhibition and list artwork dimensions and media used. It is also highly encourage to write a 100 max word narrative about the work.

  • All 2D art must have wire attached to the back for display and dimensions between 8”x10” – 18”x24”.
  • All 3D pieces must be stable and safe for public display and no larger than 12”w x 12”d x 24”h. 


Please email submissions to christie@springfieldarts.org by midnight, Thursday, March 10th, 2022.  


All submissions will be notified of acceptance or rejection by Friday, March 18th, 2022. All participating artists are expected to drop off their work at Park Central Library during open hours between Thursday, March 24th, 2022 – Saturday, March 26th, 2022. For more information, please email christie@springfieldarts.org or call Christie Snelson at (417) 862-2787.


Provided by Springfield-Greene County Library for artist inspiration: 


About the Book:

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Looking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.


Prominent Themes:

Race/racial identity, colorism, the formation of identity, passing, strained family relationships, class and privilege



“Her death hit in waves. Not a flood, but water lapping steadily at her ankles. You could drown in two inches of water. Maybe grief was the same.”

“The only difference between lying and acting was whether your audience was in on it, but it was all a performance just the same.”

“A body could be labeled but a person couldn’t, and the difference between the two depended on that muscle in your chest. That beloved organ, not sentient, not aware, not feeling, just pumping along, keeping you alive.”

“In the dark, you could never be too black. In the dark, everyone was the same color.”

“Lightness, like anything inherited at great cost, was a lonely gift [...] He imagined his children’s children’s children, lighter still, like a cup of coffee steadily diluted with cream. A more perfect Negro. Each generation lighter than the one before.

“As they grew, they no longer seemed like one body split in two, but two bodies poured into one, each pulling it her own way.”

“A town was jelly, forever molding around your memories.”


March 10
12:00 am - 11:59 pm CST
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The Springfield Regional Arts Council


Park Central Branch Library
128 Park Central Square
Springfield, MO 65806
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