Dear Friends and Artists

On behalf of the Lao American Writers Summit we invite you to submit artwork that addresses the community-driven topic: Lao’d and Clear – How Lao Identity influences the views, perception, and interpretation of artistic creation through writing, art, and media.

The deadline for submissions is: May 10, 2017


The Lao American Writers Summit is pleased to be working in partnership with Highline College’s Asian Americans Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program Director, Ekkarath Sisavatdy, to develop our community-based exhibition for the LAWS commemorative exhibition titled: We are here, Lao’d and Clear.


LAWS is looking for artworks by individuals and collaborating artists that directly and indirectly relate to the topic:

  • How does your Lao American identity influence your views, perception, and interpretation of media/art?
  • What does it mean to be Lao American and how could you leverage your identity to amplify and empower (Lao’d and Clear) your narrative?

Potential themes for artworks include but are not limited to:

  • Everyone has a story to tell, a story line, a time-line, personal experiences
  • Key words: war, refugee camp, travel, arrival, family, assimilation, language, work, roots
  • Different shades of the Lao American experience: ie American born/Asian born, new immigrants, refugees, 2nd/3rd/4th generation
  • Lao American in the arts; defying stereotypes, contemporary vs traditional
  • Experience of race, racism; prejudice within community
  • Who is Lao/Laotian American?
  • Context of Lao American in the broader community of APIA identity
  • Lao in Asian American Studies; historical inclusions; political intellectualization


Submissions are open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who identify as Lao and/or Laotian American, ethnicities originating from the country of Laos (Hmong, Khmu, and Lu Mien, etc.) or those who have a connection to Lao neighborhoods, and Lao/Laotian American communities at large. All contemporary visual artworks will be considered, including digital media, performance (in video format) and social practices, such as community-based engagement workshops. In addition to providing and original work or works for the exhibition, selected artists may be asked to participate in a moderated discussion about their work or other supplemental public programming.


Please send all materials electronically to

Please submit no more than five separate works (a series of related works may be considered). Artists attending the previous LAWS must submit new material.

Contact Info: Your first and last name, phone number, email address, mailing address on each page of materials and artist website address (if any).

A brief statement: with a maximum of 1 page, submit your proposal as a PDF. Please include:

  1. Your connection to the Lao/Laotian American community
  2. How your submission relates to the exhibition theme(s)
  3. A description of artwork images and/or submitted files
  4. Technical and material needs for exhibition (if any)

Artist Info: with a maximum of 1 page, submit an artist statement and bio as a PDF.

Work samples: Add as an attachment or link, submit images of artwork in the following image formats in 2550 x 3300 pixels or less::

  • .JPG
  • .PNG

Submit multimedia artwork, with a maximum of 5 minutes each, via online link only. Please generate the following for each image or file:

  1. Title
  2. Date
  3. Medium/media
  4. Size
  5. Brief Description


All submissions must be received via email by 11:59 PST on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Notification: Submitted work will be reviewed shortly after submission. Artists will be notified by email if their work has been selected by May 19th.

Delivery: LAWS has a limited budget for shipping/transporting artworks that are selected for the exhibition. If your work is selected, you may be asked to cover a portion of this expense (with the exception of digital prints, to be produced locally in Des Moines by the Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution – AANAPISI program).

Publication: Images of selected work may be displayed on LAW’S website and social media channels, as well as by LAWS sponsors and partners in promotional and educational materials.

Thank you!

2017 LAWS Exhibition Curators