Criminales Todos: A Travelling Community Art Exhibit
December 10th -17th, 2010
Opening Reception: Dec. 1st, 2010
Bohemia Art Gallery: 511 N. Tillamook , Portland, OR 97227 (N. Interstate and Tillamook).
Submissions Deadline: Dec. 3, 2010

CRIMINALES TODOS is a travelling community art exhibit aiming to inspire an ongoing dialogue and examination of the social, political and cultural issues related to the criminalization of communities of color. From post-Civil War vagrancy laws targeting newly freed African Americans in the South, to police rounding up Japanese Americans and sending them to internment camps during WWII to SB1070 targeting Latinos in Arizona, the history of police targeting communities of color has deep roots in American history.

In times of increased policing surveillance, tightened border control and the implementation of anti-immigrant and racist laws across the country, we encourage artists to engage in a conversation about the devastating repercussions of policing and the militarization in our local communities.

We invite artists of all backgrounds to help create a space of conversation against long standing practices of repression and the impact of unjust and discriminatory practices. The exhibit is an space to explore the marginalization of communities of color and how to build solidarity and resistance to discrimination and oppression. Everyone is encouraged to participate and collaborate.

Related topics include, but not restricted to:
– Effects of local enforcement programs in our local communities.
– Personal and/or collective experiences with detention and deportation systems.
– Racial profiling and institutionalized racism.
– Intersection of criminalization of resident communities of color and newly arrived immigrants.
– Anti-immigrant sentiment.
– Historical and contemporary forms of popular resistance to human rights abuses.


  • All mediums are welcome. Artwork may include, but is not limited to painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, performance art, interactive art, design, and other site-specific installations.
  • Please include with your submissions: Artists’ Full Name, Artists’ Biography (1 paragraph), Statement of Intent (1-2 paragraphs).
  • Photos of artwork and video and audio submissions should be emailed to brenda(at)  If files are too large, materials should be submitted by mail to:  Brenda Salas Neves, PCASC, 2249 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214.


  • Submissions must be received no later than Wednesday, December 1st, 2010.
  • Submissions will be reviewed artists invited to participate in the show will be notified and will receive instructions regarding installation procedures on Friday, December 3rd, 2010.

If you have any questions contact: Brenda Salas Neves at 503-236-9716.


PCASC is a grassroots organization with the mission to educate and mobilize community members, workers and students around struggles for human rights and social justice throughout the Americas.

The Safe Communities Project is a coalition of immigrant and civil rights organizations, working to end local law enforcement collaboration with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Visit: