Whats Your Elephant art exhibit 2017



July 15th – August 11th 2017

#nikilopezpresents 9th Annual Art Exhibit

What’s Your Elephant: Art + Performance + Community Outreach

Produced: Niki Lopez of Niki Art Studio, Alana DaCosta & at 1310 Gallery

Deadline for entry: May 31, 2017
Artwork drop off dates: July 11-13. 2017
Opening night: Saturday July 15, 2017
Location: 1310 Gallery, Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts

Submission donation of $25 for up to 5 pieces,payable through paypal (paypal.me/nikilopezcreative)

Open to:  all mediums. Paintings, Sculpture, Installation art, Video art, Mixed media, 2D & 3D works.  Preference given to interactive & installation pieces.

Submitted artwork should fit or complement the theme “Elephant in the Room” which can be either conceptual or literal in context:

Media themes seeking: controversial, hidden agenda, taboos, secrets, discrimination, inequality, privileges,  challenges to social norms,  masks,  cover -ups and other uncomfortable issues we sometimes choose to hide.

Let’s go there again! “What’s Your Elephant” as in ‘the elephant in the room’ is metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss, It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have chosen to avoid dealing with the looming big issue.

An important and obvious topic, which everyone present is aware of, but which isn’t discussed, as such discussion is considered to be uncomfortable.

  • There will be an Artists Talk panel &  workshop as well as a two month-long interactive piece inviting the community to share their ‘elephant’. 
  • Artists are welcomed to participate in a artists talk & community outreach art project.
  • Artists who are interested in volunteering in the art project please contact the producers of the show. 
  • All participating artists are encouraged to participate in all of the events; however, the only requirement is to be available the opening night.
  • All work must be original artwork – ready to hang or be displayed. Artwork must include short narrative that will be displayed with work 

Submission donation of $25 for up to 5 pieces,payable through paypal (paypal.me/nikilopezcreative)

Curated & programed by Niki Lopez

100% of any artwork sales goes to the artist.


Opening night will include DJ, live performance. Performers, please send an email to nikilopez@gmail ((dot)) com with links to music


Months long exhibit  will include: performance, drink & draw night, artists talk, Thou Art Woman open mic, and workshop. Dates TBA


Artists/Organization wishing to collaborate or partner, please contact curator.


Event Sponsors:



Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

Select vendors will be available during opening night.  There is a $30 donation & vendor application required.  Payable through paypal (paypal.me/nikilopezcreative)

Request Vendors Form


 Want to help with this event?  Click here

Contact producers:

Niki Lopez



Websites: www.nikilopez.comwww.nikiartstudio.com


Alana DaCosta



Website: alanadacosta.com

Previous shows

This will be the 9th  annual exhibit curated & programed by Niki Lopez. Some clips from previous events include:




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  • Saturday, July 15th – Opening Night + Performance
  • Other Dates – TBA- please check back shortly.

Submission donation of $25 for up to 5 pieces,payable through paypal (paypal.me/nikilopezcreative)

100% of any artwork sales goes to artist.


(Click to open up artists submission form)

Up to -5 pieces $25 DONATE HERE

For consideration, email images (no larger than 2mb)

to the curator Niki Lopez (nikilopez@gmail((dont))com)

Include on the subject line “What’s Your Elephant exhibit 2017“

-Name each JPG with your first initial, your last name and image number. (Example: JSmith1.jpg, JSmith2.jpg, JSmith3.jpg).

If you need to make special accommodations for submission of your work, please email nikilopez@gmail((dot))com

Preference given to interactive & installation pieces.

All work must be original artwork – ready to hang or be displayed.

Artwork must include story about
the work.

About the curator:


Niki Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and activist who is best known for her vibrant color palate and often “other-worldly” art. Her unique pieces have been exhibited across South Florida, New York and California. Lopez has been curating and programming avant-garde art shows and creative events since 2008, including her signature annual art exhibits at Fort Lauderdale’s 1310 Gallery.

Lopez’s representational work allows her to share and explore stories, symbols and concepts from ancient cultures and ideologies, as well as provoke thought about the probability of life in other dimensions, multiple universes and galaxies… showing how they are all inter-connected with us here on earth.

She is a core team member, pre-visualization artist and producer of the 1310 Bandits, an award-winning women-lead team of visionary filmmakers creating stories that advocate consciousness and social responsibility.

Lopez founded “What’s Your Elephant,” a movement that creates a safe space for people to use expressive arts. It includes visual and performing arts, creative community building, hands-on projects, workshops and events.

Lopez is one of 4 members of the Artists for Black Lives Matter collective.  Artists for Black Lives Matter #a4blm is a space to express yourself creatively around issues pertaining to Black Lives Matter. A4BLM combines exhibits, workshops, social engagement & peaceful awareness campaigns surrounding Black Lives Matter issues including police brutality and the loss of life due to racial injustice.

A well-rounded curator, Lopez has used her skills for various private group exhibits within South Florida, including working with cultural groups, grassroots initiatives and nonprofits such as Arts United, Drag It Out, LadyFest Miami and Spoken Soul Festival.

Known for her community spirit and advocacy, Lopez has donated artwork for fundraising initiatives to support breast cancer awareness and help orphanages in Haiti and Rwanda.

In addition, Lopez runs her independent, award-winning Graphic Design company, Niki Lopez Creative.

About 1310 Gallery: A 37 unit live/work art community housing multi-disciplinary visual & performing artist.  The Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts hosts monthly shows since 2008.


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