Unspoken : Survivor Stories V

The 5th Annual Unspoken: Survivor Stories
September 7-29, 2024
Call for Art


The 5th Annual Unspoken: Survivor Stories exhibition features artwork by visual artists who have been affected by suicide. This exhibit provides a platform for survivors of suicide loss and suicide attempts to share their stories and raise awareness. The exhibition will showcase original two- and three-dimensional works, including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, collage, sculpture, and group art projects. There are no fees to enter, and up to three works may be submitted.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. If you have been affected by suicide, know that you are not alone. Please join us in raising awareness by participating in this exhibit.


This exhibition is open to anyone worldwide whose life has been affected by suicide, whether through personal loss, a suicide attempt, or through professional or volunteer work in the field. Artwork from outside Arizona will be exhibited virtually unless prior arrangements are made.


The Mood Room (for Arizona-based artists) 3121 N 3rd Ave STE 100, Phoenix, AZ 85013.  This is an international call for art.  Artwork made by artists living outside Az will be included in the virtual exhibition.

Virtual Exhibition Hosted by Your Art Your Story and Arizona Art Alliance on their websites, with promotion on social media channels. Artists are encouraged to share these posts to help raise awareness.

Note: Artists outside Arizona may ship their artwork for inclusion in the in-person exhibition by making prior arrangements. All shipping costs and responsibilities lie with the artist. Return shipping must be prepaid by the artist, and artwork will be returned in the same packaging.


We aim to create an exhibit that can be appreciated by people of all ages, genders, backgrounds, and cultures. Using a trauma-informed approach, we accept artwork that supports or raises awareness, however, we will not accept artwork that depicts or glorifies violence, death, or harm toward self or others.

Specifications for the Mood Room Exhibition:

  • 3D Artwork: Small enough to display on a pedestal approximately 16” across. Large 3D artwork must be installed and moved by the artist.
  • 2D Artwork: No greater than 40 inches on the longest side.
  • Framing Requirements:
    • Must be framed with adequate support wire (no saw-tooth hangers).
    • Wire should be no more than one-quarter of the way down the length of the piece.
    • Mats and glass must be clean.
    • Gallery wrap canvases must be at least 1.25” deep with painted sides and no visible staples. Canvases less than 1.25” deep must be framed.

How to Enter

  • Submit artwork through the online entry form on the AzAA website.
  • Original two- and three-dimensional works, including painting, drawing, photography, digital art, collage, and sculpture, may be submitted. Giclee prints are not allowed.
  • Up to three works per artist.
  • Complete the entry form with the following details: name, title, medium, dimensions, and price (or NFS if not for sale), phone number, mailing address, email address, social media links, and website (if applicable).
  • Take photos of your work, cropped to remove the background and/or frame.
  • Image file size should not exceed 5MB or 6 inches on the longest side.
  • Label image files with your last name and entry number (e.g., Smith1, Smith2, Smith3).
  • No substitutes or additional images after submission.
  • Do not submit works shown in previous Unspoken: Survivor Stories exhibitions.

Questions?  Contact Tess Mosko Scherer at info@AzArtAlliance.com


Artists may list their work for sale. Sales are handled through the Mood Room, which will retain a 30% commission from each sale.

Important Notes

Artists retain all rights, including copyright, to their artwork. However, artists grant the exhibition partners permission to publish images of the artwork for this and future exhibitions, including use on websites, social media, and other promotional materials.


David L. Bradley and Tess Mosko Scherer, Arizona Art Alliance; Kristel Nielsen, Your Art Your Story.

This is a non-juried show. The exhibition partners reserve the right to exclude artwork deemed inappropriate.

click here for the printable prospectus

Important Dates:

  • June 15 – August 10, 2024: Entries accepted through the Arizona Art Alliance website.
  • Exhibition: September 7-29, 2024.
  • Drop-off: September 5, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Other times by appointment.
  • Closing Reception: September 29, 2024, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Artists can pick up their artwork immediately following the reception.
  • Artwork Pick-up: September 29, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and September 30, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Submissions open June 15, 2024
Click on the button below to enter the show.

Exhibition Workshops and Schedule of Events

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, AzAA and YAYS will host events at the Mood Room.

  • Resilience through Mandala Drawing
  • Kintsugi
  • Zen Drawing

The Dove Project:
Throughout the duration of the show, visitors, artists, and guests are invited to add their fingerprints to the dove in paint colors that represent the way they have been affected by suicide.