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OPEN CALL- Military BRATS: Art About the Military Child Experience

March 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am - March 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

No one knows where the term “military brat” exactly originated, but some believe it was an early 1920s reference to the British army’s use of the acronym, “BRAT” as the status of “British Regiment Attached Traveler”, a term applied to families who would travel with the soldier. The WMAI invites all children of active duty or retired service members, veterans and reservists (ages 5+) to submit a single artwork. The exhibition features work representing military children, affectionately known as “military brats,” a badge of honor that describes life in a military family—multiple moves, new beginnings, stressors, deployments—an overall culturally unique  experience differing from civilian life as expressed through original artwork in various art media, materials and processes.

WMAI would like to provide insight into the lives of military children by opening the conversation about who they are and have become  because of their military childhood. The purpose of the show is to create a space for expression and reflection for military children while sharing and engaging with the campus and larger community. A short bio will be included with the artwork highlighting the child’s military and artistic background. We open this exhibition during the month of April, Military Child Month and National  Military Brats Day (April 30) to raise awareness about the ongoing sacrifices and service military children contribute to society and the artistic community.


  • DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: March 22nd, 2019
  • Only original artwork, no reproductions, from children of active duty or retired service members, veterans, and reservists will be considered.
  • Images must be digitally sent to registrar@workhousearts.org for review.
  • Every submission must include a completed and signed submission form.





March 7, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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