Call for Submissions. The Brown Dog Affair: 100 Years Later
Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery in the Fulton Market Gallery District of Chicago is now
accepting submissions from artists in the mediums of oil, acrylic, mixed media, and
photography for a group exhibition to be held from November 1-December 31, 2010. The
title of this group exhibition is The Brown Dog Affair: 100 Years Later and will feature the
artwork of artists from around the world who believe in the undeniable rights of all living
creatures and are proponents of anti-cruelty towards animals. Submission deadline is May
Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery is curating this exhibit in remembrance of one of the
seminal occurrences of the animal rights/anti-vivisection movement. The Brown Dog Affair
opened the eyes of the Western world to the practice of vivisection (the dissection of a living
animal without the use of anesthesia) and medical testing on defenseless animals. The year
2010 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the disappearance of the original Brown
Dog statue in the Battersea neighborhood in London, erected in memory of the small brown
terrier who in 1903 at a University of London medical lecture hall had been stretched on his back on an operating board with
his legs bound, his head clamped, and his mouth muzzled. His pancreas had been removed, his pancreatic duct ligated, and
his salivary glands subjected to electrical shock—all of this, according to witnesses, without any anesthesia having been
administered. The dog’s vocal chord nerves had been cut to keep it from barking or howling and for the duration of the
demonstrative lecture it writhed in agony, fully conscious. At the end of the lecture a laboratory assistant killed it with a knife.
The news of this occurrence spurred much controversy throughout Europe and North America and large scale demonstrations
and riots took place in London. The bronze stature in honor of the dog was unveiled in 1906. On the statue read the words,
“Men and women of England, how long shall these things be?” The ensuing four years saw the statue rioted against by
vivisection proponents and eventually the statue was secretly removed in the pre-dawn hours of March 10, 1910.
The Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery wishes to remember the Brown Dog Affair a century later with the hope that the ones
who have suffered and died are remembered, and the ones who will suffer can perhaps be saved.
A substantial amount of publicity from numerous media outlets and attendance from many civic, cultural, and corporate
institutions is expected for this exhibit. All artwork included in The Brown Dog Affair: 100 Years Later will thematically center on
animal rights and all submissions should be reflective of the same. Submissions inspired by the Brown Dog Affair are
encouraged. The genre of artwork displayed in this exhibit will be varied--all genres will be considered.
In order to make a submission for this exhibit, please email two to five jpegs of artwork to be considered to
email@example.com The title of each jpg should include the title, size, and medium of the piece. Include a CV
and a bio with the submission along with a general statement explaining your interest in the exhibit. If proposing a piece(s) for
the exhibit not yet completed, please forward an accurate description of the piece to be considered and include jpeg's of other
completed pieces that will reflect the artistic style/technique of the proposed piece. Make sure all contact information
(telephone number, email address, and mailing address) is included with your submission. Submission deadline is August
30th, 2010 and artists will be contacted no later than September 15th, 2010. However, Black Walnut/Robert Wayner
Gallery may contact artists immediately after submission with questions/comments and may extend acceptance
into the exhibit before Sept 15th.
Any questions regarding the exhibit should be directed to Black Walnut/Robert Wayner Gallery at 312.286.2307.
To learn more about the history of the Brown Dog Affair, please visit the Encyclopedia Britannica's webpage at