Military inspired art

call for artists

Project Summary

Military Inspired Art, M.I.A. is returning for its 3rd year, July 22 – October 31, 2022. We are seeking submissions from any active and retired military personnel, their families, or artists who have been inspired by the military. All forms of visual and performing arts are welcome and encouraged. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your work at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, where art and the military experience coexists.

About the Buffalo Soldiers

African Americans have served proudly in every great American war since the American Revolution. In 1866, Congress passed the Army Organization Act, legislation to create six all African American Army units. Those six units were then consolidated to form 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments.

These men represented the first Black professional soldiers in a peacetime army. The recruits came from varied backgrounds including former enslaved men and veterans from the Civil War. Without them, western expansion would have been delayed by at least 50 years.

The nickname ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ began with the Cheyenne warriors in 1867. The actual Cheyenne translation was Wild Buffalo. The nickname was given out of respect and the fierce fighting ability of the 10th cavalry. Overtime, Buffalo Soldiers became a generic term for all African American soldiers.

About the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

The Center for African American Military History (CAAMH), inc., dba Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM), is dedicated to exploring and displaying the stories and contributions of African Americans in the military by way of performing and visual arts, educational programming. and exhibitions.


Deadline to Apply: Thursday, July 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Applicant Notification: Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Deadline for Art to Arrive: July 14, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 2022

Exhibition Run: July 22 – October 31, 2022


Eligible to work in the United States

Open to anyone 16 years of age or older

Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. Artists from BIPOC communities are especially encouraged to apply.

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Exhibit Submission Form

To be considered for participation in the 2022 M.I.A. Exhibit and Symposium, please submit a maximum of three (3) images of your work and complete the form below. You will receive an email acknowledgement of your submission within 48 hours. If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt, contact us at: Notifications for acceptance into the exhibit will be sent July 6, 2022.