Inviting Student Photography Submissions For Exhibit about Our Diverse American Identity

By Imagining America | March 10, 2015

Here’s an example of a submission from Macalester College undergraduate student Will Matsuda. Will’s photograph illustrates an ongoing effort to explore his own identity through family, race, and nationality. He hopes to challenge the colonial practice of using photography to index race, and to document the complexity and individuality of the human experience.

Students, submit your photographs for a virtual exhibit about our diverse American identity! Considering the complicated DNA made visible by the mapping of the human genome, we invite student photography about your family’s cultural roots and how you think of your own diverse American identity in terms of race and ethnicity.

The submission window to be part of the physical exhibition in Manhattan’s Broadway district has now closed, but we are still accepting submissions for a virtual display of photographs. This web-based exhibit will coincide with the April 9-26 musical production of BETSY!, which tells the story of a Puerto Rican Latin Jazz singer forced to confront family secrets about her Scotch-Irish and Appalachian roots. Roadside Theater and Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater co-created the musical, and the Joy of Giving Something Foundation is generously sponsoring this exhibit.

Why Participate?

All photos received will be showcased on websites and social media of the participating organizations, which boast national audiences of more than ten thousand people.

Submit Your Photography

To participate, please complete the form below. Upload 1-3 images (saved as JPEG or JPG files, 1600 x 1200 minimum pixel resolution, and no larger than 5MB) and a short artist statement (less than 300 words) about the connection between your image(s) and the exhibit themes.

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Special consideration will be given to high school and college students in New York. For more information, contact Holly Zahn at

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More About the Organizations

The Official Logo-01Imagining America is a consortium of more than 100 colleges and universities across the country advancing publicly engaged arts, humanities, and design.




JGS_logo_compact-copyJoy of Giving Something Foundation has partnered with Imagining America since 2011 to elevate photography and digital media as a pathway for students to pursue their careers and make a difference in their communities.




PrintPregones Theater/ Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is home to a multigenerational network of Latino artists in the South Bronx and Manhattan that have developed more than 80 plays about Latino history, migration, and identity.





Roadside LogoRoadside Theater based at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, is one of a handful of professional rural theaters in the U.S. and has created more than 60 plays, including the single largest body of drama about Appalachia.


License, Representation and Warranty: By submitting a photograph for jurying, each artist grants Imagining America (“IA”) a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid-up license (i) to reproduce and to display the photograph in various sizes (and to modify the same through cropping, in IA’s sole discretion) for the purposes of publicizing the award and IA’s activities, (ii) to reproduce the photograph for purposes of distribution to the jury and (iii) to display the photograph on the IA, Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (“JGS”), Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and Roadside Theater websites. Artist grants the foregoing license without the requirement of further contact or compensation from IA. Artist represents and warrants that it has all rights necessary to grant the foregoing license to IA and, to the knowledge of the Artist, the exercise of the License by IA will not infringe the rights of any third party including any intellectual property rights, rights of privacy, rights of publicity or other proprietary or contractual rights.