Divinity from the Discarded: A Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design Exhibition

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

Once On This Island costume designer, Clint Ramos, was challenged to incorporate trash and found objects into his design due to the show’s allusions to post-storm Haiti. Ramos’ design hinged on a gradual evolution of its characters from hurricane-ravaged islanders into the gods in the unfolding fable. “The whole unifying thought of the design was: How do we create divinity from the discarded?”

Walton Arts Center is challenging local artists and makers to submit their own garments, made made from upcycled, recycled or found objects, to be evaluated and judged by a member of the Once on This Island creative team. A select number of winning designs will be showcased at Walton Arts Center from February 3-17.

Submission Requirements

  • Call Type: Exhibition
  • Eligibility: 18 years or older, statewide – Arkansas. Applicants must apply as individuals (Group applications are not permitted)
  • Entry Fee: N/A – no entry fee required
  • Entry Deadline: January 27, 2020 by 11:59 pm (CST)

Open to all artists 18 and older either living, studying or working in the state of Arkansas. Work must be original art, not copied from published photos or works by other artists. No installations or sets of works to make one entry will be accepted.

What to Present?

Artists and makers are challenged to design womenswear, menswear, or a unisex sustainable garment. When submitting to the Divinity From The Discarded competition keep in mind that your submission will be evaluated on multiple dimensions, your design is judged together with its design, realization techniques and successful use and application of found, upcycled and/or recycled materials of choice. Successful submissions should reclaim ‘waste’ in unexpected ways and re-invent fashion by using one or more design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. Artists should submit a high-resolution image of their design for consideration, but be prepared to display the actualized design on model forms in the lobby if selected.

How To Submit:

PLEASE NOTE: Submissions are no longer being accepted at this time.

Awarding Criteria

Members of the Once On This Island touring Broadway creative team will select the garments for display according to form, functional and emotional aspects of the apparels. The fashion designs are considered for their degree of innovation, aesthetic qualities, choice of materials and fabric, realization techniques and sustainability criteria.

Notification of Selection

Winning designs will be selected for exhibition in Walton Arts Center from February 3 – 17, 2020.

All artists selected will be notified by January 31, 2020, and will receive two tickets each to the show.

Selected artists are responsible for delivering to Walton Arts Center the final garments by February 3, 2020.

Winning garments will also be posted to the Walton Arts Center Blog in February, and an announcement of the winners will be included in the Walton Arts Center e-newsletter and social media.  Artists may not announce or publicize their selection prior to Walton Arts Center’s announcement.

Artist’s Rights

By submitting your design, you agree that Walton Arts Center:

  • Is under no obligation to publish your submission
  • May use your design, with proper credit given, in any marketing materials

By entering the call, you hereby grant to Walton Arts Center:

  • A nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and publicly display your design and photographs of your design at Walton Arts Center
  • The right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in promotions and other publications.

WAC will not allow third parties to use photos of your design without artist’s consent.