CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia

Botetourt Gallery, Swem Library

Entry Deadline: Sep. 1

College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia

Location: Botetourt Gallery, Swem Library, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Media: Two-dimensional only (painting, prints, drawings, photographs, video, etc.)
Entry Deadline: 9/1/15
Event Dates: 10/16/15-12/15/15
No Entry Fee, but open to Virginia residents only

Digital reproductions – Minimum 1, Maximum 5

About the exhibition:

This interdisciplinary exhibition will explore various techniques in the arts and sciences for visualizing environmental impacts of factory farming in Virginia today, specifically concerning confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—also known as factory farms—which produce enormous amounts of waste that adversely affects the Chesapeake Bay and other ecosystems.  The exhibition is part of a larger project at the College of William & Mary that seeks to open a conversation across disciplines about environmental problems related to CAFOs in Virginia and assess different strategies of visual representation in order to understand how to disseminate information about those problems to the public.  The exhibition will open on October 16, 2015, in the Botetourt Gallery at Swem Library on the campus of the College.  Jurors will accept entries from creators in any discipline, including but not limited to artists, scientists, geographers, graphic designers, activists, nonprofit organizations, humanists, posthumanists, or anyone else.  Entries selected for inclusion in the exhibition must in some way address environmental impacts of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Food Operations), or factory farms, in Virginia.

•    Open to any resident of Virginia.  Collaborative team projects are allowed and encouraged.  Please note: this is an interdisciplinary exhibition open to any and all disciplines.
•    Submissions must be two-dimensional (drawing, graphics, painting, photography, collage, video, digital, low relief) and limited in size to maximum of 36 inches, including any framing.
•    Submissions must be original work of submitting creator(s).
•    Please note: this is an academic exhibition and the work will not be for sale.  If any sales inquiries are made during the exhibition, they will be re-routed to the creator of the image.
•    Entries must be entered electronically into, by midnight on Saturday, September 1, 2015.

Presentation Guidelines:
•    Only artwork of professional presentation accepted.
•    The CAFO Culture project reserves the right to reject any work not matching submission, or which is not properly presented for exhibit, or which it deems inappropriate for the Swem Library setting or its visitors.

Entry Requirements:
•    There is no entry fee.
•    Each artist may submit up to 5 entries.
•    All entries must be entered electronically at
•    Notification of accepted and rejected entries will be made by email.

Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies
Lindsay Garcia, PhD Student, American Studies
Rachel Merriman-Goldring, CAFO Culture Research Assistant
Delaney Berman, CAFO Culture Research Assistant
Meagan Philips, CAFO Culture Research Assistant
***Applicants will be informed of the jurors’ decisions via email by September 5, 2015.

Accepted visual materials will be handled with care.  However, the CAFO Culture project, Swem Library, The College of William and Mary, or the City of Williamsburg will NOT be responsible for any theft or damage to accepted works that may occur on the premises.  Contributors are encouraged to maintain their own insurance covering loses or damages that may occur during the transport or display of their work.

By submission of an entry, the submitter:
•    Waives any claim for loss or damage against the CAFO Culture project, Swem Library, The College of William and Mary, and the City of Williamsburg.
•    Agrees to all conditions and rules set forth herein.
•    Agrees that organizers of the CAFO Culture project have the right to make final decisions as to marketing, display, and other conditions of and for the exhibition.
•    Authorizes the CAFO Culture project organizers to use any submitted image for purposes of advertising or promoting the exhibition as well as on project website.
•    Agrees to drop off or ship their work by September 30, 2015 at his/her/their own cost, to the following address:
o    Prof. Alan C. Braddock, Department of Art & Art History, College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall Room 208, 605 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23187

Additional Information:
Swem Library’s regular hours are Monday-Thursday: 8am-2am; Fridays 8am-8pm; Saturdays: 10am-8pm; Sundays: 10am-2am
If you have questions about the CAFO Culture exhibition project, please contact
Alan C. Braddock, [email protected], or Lindsay Garcia, [email protected]

CAFO Culture Exhibition Calendar 2015:

September 1 Deadline for all entries to be complete via CAFÉ

September 5 Notification of acceptance sent by email

September 30 Artwork must be delivered or shipped to: Prof. Alan C. Braddock, Department of Art & Art History, College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall Room 208, 605 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23187

October 16 Exhibition Opening (5-7pm)

December 16 Exhibition Closes

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