CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia


Exhibition title: CAFO Culture: Visualizing Factory Farming in Virginia

NEW VENUE: 1781 Jamestown Road and digital projections on College of William & Mary campus, Williamsburg, VA

Event Dates: 10/16/15-10/31/15

Media: Two-dimensional only (painting, prints, drawings, collage, low relief, photographs, video, digital, etc.)


No Entry Fee; open to Virginia residents and students in Virginia

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About the exhibition:

This interdisciplinary exhibition will explore various techniques in the arts and sciences for visualizing environmental impacts of factory farming in Virginia today, specifically concerning concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)—also known as factory farms—which produce enormous amounts of waste that adversely affects the Chesapeake Bay and other ecosystems.  The exhibition is part of a larger project at the College of William & Mary that seeks to open a conversation across disciplines about environmental problems related to CAFOs in Virginia and assess different strategies of visual representation in order to understand how to disseminate information about those problems to the public.  The exhibition will open on October 16, 2015, at 1781 Jamestown Road in Williamsburg, VA, and with digital projects around the campus of the College.  Jurors will accept entries from creators in any discipline, including but not limited to artists, scientists, geographers, graphic designers, activists, nonprofit organizations, humanists, posthumanists, or anyone else.  Entries selected for inclusion in the exhibition must in some way address environmental impacts of CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Food Operations), or factory farms, in Virginia.


  • Open to any resident of, or student attending a school in, Virginia.  Collaborative team projects are allowed and encouraged.  Please note: this is an interdisciplinary exhibition open to any and all disciplines.
  • Submissions must be two-dimensional (drawing, graphics, painting, photography, collage, video, digital, low relief) and limited in size to 36 inches maximum, including any framing.
  • Submissions must be original work of submitting creator(s).
  • Please note: this is an academic exhibition and the work will not be for sale.  If any sales inquiries are made during the exhibition, they will be re-routed to the creator of the image.
  • Entries must be entered electronically into, by midnight on Saturday, September 15, 2015.

Presentation Guidelines:

  • Only artwork of professional presentation accepted.
  • The CAFO Culture project reserves the right to reject any work not matching submission, or which is not properly presented for exhibit, or which it deems inappropriate for viewers.

Entry Requirements:

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Each artist may submit up to 5 entries.
  • All entries must be entered electronically at
  • Notification of accepted and rejected entries will be made by email.


  • Alan C. Braddock, Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History & American Studies
  • Lindsay Garcia, PhD Student, American Studies
  • Rachel Merriman-Goldring, CAFO Culture Research Assistant
  • Delaney Berman, CAFO Culture Research Assistant
  • Meagan Philips, CAFO Culture Research Assistant

***Applicants will be informed of the jurors’ decisions via email by September 17, 2015.


  • Accepted visual materials will be handled with care.  However, the CAFO Culture project or The College of William and Mary will NOT be responsible for any theft or damage to accepted works that may occur on the premises.  Contributors are encouraged to maintain their own insurance covering loses or damages that may occur during the transport or display of their work.


By submission of an entry, the submitter:

  • Waives any claim for loss or damage against the CAFO Culture project and The College of William and Mary.
  • Agrees to all conditions and rules set forth herein.
  • Agrees that organizers of the CAFO Culture project have the right to make final decisions as to marketing, display, and other conditions of and for the exhibition.
  • Authorizes the CAFO Culture project organizers to use any submitted image for purposes of advertising or promoting the exhibition as well as on project website.
  • Agrees to drop off or ship their work by September 30, 2015 at his/her/their own cost, to the following address: Prof. Alan C. Braddock, Department of Art & Art History, College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall Room 208, 605 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23187

Additional Information:

CAFO Culture Exhibition Calendar 2015:

  • September 15: Deadline for all entries to be complete via CAFÉ
  • September 17: Notification of acceptance sent by email
  • September 30: Physical artwork must be delivered or shipped to: Prof. Alan C. Braddock, Department of Art & Art History, College of William & Mary, Andrews Hall Room 208, 605 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA, 23187
  • October 16: Exhibition Opening (5-7pm)
  • October 31: Exhibition Closes


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