Black Doll Show / November 2016

Call for Dolls- 36th Annual Black Doll Show – Submission Deadline Extended to November 18!

The 2016-17 theme is “Paper, Plastic, Ceramics, and Wood”

The William Grant Still Arts Center seeks artists’ Black Doll submissions for consideration for its 36th Annual Black Doll Show! This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, artistic exhibit of Black Dolls in the United States, founded in the early 1980s.


Image: Paper Dolls by Dale Guy Madison

The 2016-17 theme for the Black Doll Show explores the use of natural elements and recycled materials in dollmaking. We invite artists and collectors to create and submit Black Dolls made from these materials, new and/or recycled, for consideration for the show.

As an activist/artist, curator Rosalyn Myles has always been interested in reusing materials, reducing waste and exploring the different methods that are used around the world. Her idea for the 2016 show’s theme is influenced by artwork from African countries containing recycled materials, dried shells and seeds, repurposed rubber, vinyl, tin cans, old wood and even repurposed items of war. In sculptures, masks and furniture, one often finds household items, plastics ties and bits of metal, even human hair. This approach both serves the artist economically while being caring of the planet. Hopefully, artists will be excited to participate and search their studios and closets before running to the store. Perhaps everything needed is at home or in the studio, yard or alley next door!

Please read the submission guidelines for all the key details prior to submitting:
Submission Guidelines – How to Submit – 2016 Black Doll Show

Note that the submission deadline has been extended to November 18. 


  1. Send a JPEG photo of your doll/dolls/related artwork to by November 18 with a short description and introduction to your work.
  2. Doll artists whose work is accepted to the show will be notified and receive next steps for delivery to the William Grant Still Arts Center.

If you have any questions, just give us a call at 323/734-1165!