Chaffey College
Hip Hop Studies Summit


Juried Online Community Exhibition:


“Kill the ego. Make it about the art." - Nas


DUE Friday, December 15, 2023 until 11:59pm PST
No late submissions will be accepted. 


The 5th Annual Hip Hop Studies Summit celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop by honoring its 5th pillar.

50 years of creativity, collaboration, culture, consciousness, community. 50 years of defining and building all five pillars of hip hop—MCing, DJing, Graffiti, Breakdancing, all culminating in the fifth and most important element: Knowledge of Self. Knowledge of Self requires us to look inward and recognize our own gifts, and then respect and honor those gifts by sharing them with others. Knowledge of Self also celebrates the collective self, as wisdom is shared and received as part of the collective intelligence of the community. Knowledge is the glue that holds the culture of hip hop together.

To survive, Hip Hop focused less on its ego and more on creating. To thrive, Hip Hop had to be willing to adapt and be flexible, to innovate and evolve. With Knowledge, Hip Hop was unafraid to express its authentic self, regardless of what others said it should be. With Knowledge, we can be unafraid to express our own authentic self.

“5:55” celebrates the creative process. We invite you to look inward and create something that reflects your authentic self, fully and fearlessly. In the spirit of Knowledge of Self, we encourage you to share your unique gifts in order to uplift the collective intelligence of the culture.

Kill the ego. Make the art.


Submissions will be reviewed by guest juror Robert Newman.

Robert L. Newman III is a self-taught Black American multidisciplinary artist, best known for his expressionist portraits. Currently living and working in Harlem, New York, Newman's work primarily follows and examines the narrative of Black Folks through a post-Civil War Reconstruction era lens. Newman's artistic journey began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the window of his grandmother's doll store. Since then, Newman has traveled and lived throughout the United States with a significant amount of his time situated in what is known as the "Jim Crow South." Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. Newman utilizes his intimate and life-long experiences within Black culture to showcase the continued liberation efforts of Black Folks in America, evoking and honoring his ancestors throughout each piece he creates.

Visit 2022 Hip Hop Studies Summit Artist Spotlight on the work of Robert Newman at (scroll down to 2022).


2024 Hip Hop Studies Summit:
This ONLINE exhibition opens February 2024 and will remain on view until 2025.
Not all submissions will be included in the exhibition. Only artworks selected by the juror will be featured.


  • This is an online "virtual" project.
  • Open to all media and practices that can be shared online using photographic, video, or other digital file formats.
  • Please, no albums, no mixtapes. Submissions should be based in visual art practices (including still and/or video images).


  • Submissions will be accepted via
  • Artists may be required to set up a profile on
  • By submitting original work, artists acknowledge and agree to allow their work (and the reproduction of their work) to be used for marketing this exhibition.
  • By submitting original work, artists acknowledge and agree to allow their work to be shared online, including, but not limited to:,, YouTube, and/or other hosting sites.
  • Limit of no more than 1 application per user with a maximum of 5 attachments.
  • Based on the number of submissions, we may be unable to accept more than 1 image per artist.
  • All submissions must be original work and executed solely by the artist(s) to be considered for inclusion. Artworks may be excluded if there is suspected copyright infringement (including the use of music in video submissions).
  • Artist collaborations are acceptable.


  • Maximum file size under 4MB and 4800px. If these size constraints are too limited, we can accept links to media hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, personal website, DropBox, etc. Please note that final display may be resized to1920px on the longest side. 
  • Minimum image dimension 540px on the longest side for all submission.
  • For optimal image quality, recommended size is 1920px on the longest side. 
  • Please ensure that you submit good quality images of your work. The Wignall Museum reserves the right to exclude work with images that are not clear, in focus, or well lit. Good judgement will be exercised to determine intentional photographic processes versus insufficient documentation. 
  • If your work is a series or diptych, and needs to be displayed as such, please ensure you submit an image that contains the entire work in one image. Otherwise, a single image may be selected from the attachments.


  • The Wignall Museum may host video or sound work on the Chaffey College website, Wignall Museum YouTube channel, or other hosting site.
  • There is no size limit, but short video is preferable.
  • Video size should be 1920 x 1080 resolution. If the file is too large it will be compressed. If the file is too small it will be upscaled.
  • Audio may be compressed as necessary in order to share it as part of the exhibition.
  • By submitting original artworks, artists agree that the Wignall Museum may present the work with any necessary accessibility features, as required by Chaffey College (this may include closed captions, audio descriptions, or other any other necessary accessibility features).

The Wignall Museum will reject work that employs hate speech, that incites violence, or attacks protected persons or groups. Hate speech can be an image submission which incites violence or prejudicial action, or disparages or intimidates a protected group or individual on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.