Queen Charlotte Day Exhibit: Call for Artists



What is Queen Charlotte Day?

Queen Sophia Charlotte, Born May 19, 1744, was the wife of King George III. She is the City of Charlottesville’s namesake. The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and The Fralin Museum of Art join the Queen Charlotte Society in celebrating the life of Queen Charlotte during the fifth annual Queen Charlotte Day this May 19, 2019. The celebration Takes place this year at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (209 Monticello Road). Expect costumes, music, food, poetry, art, and community!

Who was Queen Charlotte?

Queen Charlotte was a patron of The Arts, an amateur botanist, and a patron of orphanages and hospitals. Perhaps most relevant, she is widely believed to have African ancestry, leading many to claim Queen Charlotte as the first Black queen of Great Britain.

Queen Charlotte Day provides an opportunity for us to celebrate Black women throughout our community and throughout history who shape our world. It’s a chance to honor a once-forgotten aspect of our city’s rich history. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the “queen” in all of us.

Call For Contributors

We are seeking artists of all mediums to contribute to our celebration. We want to celebrate Queen Charlotte and the queen in all of us. The exhibition will be up from May 19th through the remainder of the month.

What will be included in the Queen Charlotte Day Art Exhibition?

    • All forms of creative expression are welcome. We want to fill the walls of the gallery with artwork. We welcome photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry, and anything you can think of.
    • There will be an opportunity for performance-based art as well. Music, dance, poetry and theatrical performance will all be accepted.
  • Some suggested topics to explore:
      • Portraits honoring Queen Charlotte.
      • What does it mean to be a queen?  
      • Interpretations on the theme of royalty.
    • Art that celebrates the culture and historical experience of Black Women.