Founded in 2013, Vector Artist Initiative facilitates partnerships between exhibiting artists and arts organizations interested in using artwork as an educational opportunity for community engagement.


Vector Artists Initiative (VAI) is accepting submissions for an online group exhibit opening in mid-summer and is inviting artists of all faiths and cultures to submit their work for consideration. This is the fourth in a series of exhibits investigating the nature of hate speech and how we can respond to it.

Exhibition Statement

Words have always been a catalyst for civil discord and today our country is finally acknowledging the real and tragic consequences of hate speech. Since the founding of our nation, verbalized bigotry and racism has polluted every aspect of our society and fundamentally corrupted our country. We are witness to the corrosive effects such speech has had and continues to have on our public institutions, private workplaces, and even our citadels of education. Hate speech inculcates attitudes of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination in both children and adults and provides a major incitement to violence.

As artists, we have the ability to visually proclaim the traumatic results of hate-filled speech and advance the discussion of remedial efforts. This call for art proposes to illuminate hate speech, its historically destructive manifestations, and its consequences for humanity in both the physical and spiritual realms.

We hope you will join us in a creative response to this urgent social situation.

The exhibit was originally created by VAI Founders Robin Atlas and Nancy Current and features their narratives Lashon Hara and L’dor Vador. They continue to curate and sponsor new versions of OCHS.

ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF HATE SPEECH has toured Canada, The Bay Area, and New York City.

This next incarnation of OCHS is being expanded to create a larger community conversation and we encourage participation by artists of different faiths and cultures who are conscious of the issue of hate speech as part of daily life.


The Virtual Exhibit Opens: July 22, 2021 and is ongoing.
There is no fee for submission.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS: May 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (in your time zone).
Accepted artists will receive notification via email not later than June 15th.

Submission Guidelines

• 2d and 3d work in any medium (traditional and non-traditional) will be considered.
• Professional Artists at all stages in their art career are invited to submit.
• Work should be created within the last five (5) years.
• Images: Artists may submit up to three (3) digital images of their work. Please label your images as follows: lastname.firstname.title.
• Image Size and Label: Images should not exceed 10 MB per file.
• A title list with the artist’s name, title of artwork, creation date, medium and dimensions must accompany the images.

• Your CV/Resume
• A short bio
• A paragraph (100 words max) describing how each piece you are submitting relates to the theme.

Curators: Robin Atlas and Nancy Current

Questions? Email us at:

Robin Atlas
Robin Atlas
Robin Atlas is a visual artist, printmaker, fine arts consultant and curator whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada.  She creates contemporary visual midrash – the process of investigating Hebrew biblical and other sacred Jewish texts as well as halachic laws; adding her own artistic voice and vision to the ever-evolving anthology of commentary.

Her mixed media pieces combine dyed, manipulated and collaged fabric and other fibrous materials which have then been deconstructed and embellished with hand and machine embroidery, paper, paint, beadwork, trim and other elements.

Nancy Current
Nancy Current
Nancy Current has been a studio artist in Seattle since 1987, working on glass and paper using drawing, painting, monotype, and screen printing techniques. Her artwork visually interprets Jewish religious and cultural texts in the tradition of contemporary visual midrash. She exhibits nationally and in Canada, and has taught and lectured in the US, UK and Germany.

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