The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Historic Northampton announces Call to Artists for Contemporary Art Program, 2016

Historic Northampton announces
Call to Artists for Contemporary Art Program, 2016.

Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E., welcomes proposals from artists to exhibit work inspired by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. This successful program is in its third year, marking Historic Northampton as a destination for art and history lovers alike.
Submissions may be for solo or group shows/installations; and two and three dimensional work in all mediums will be considered. Shows run approximately one month (beginning September 2016 through June 2016) and opening receptions are held on Northampton's Arts Night Out.

Before applying, please consult the museum’s online catalogue of its permanent collection of photographs, documents, manuscripts, fine art, furniture, ceramics, glass, metals, toys, tools, textiles and costumes from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

It is also essential that you visit Historic Northampton to view both the designated gallery space and selections from the collection. (The gallery dimensions are 10.5’ x 22.75’ and there is a 5’ wide doorway into the gallery at one end of one of the long walls.  Artists whose proposals are accepted will be given access to the entire collection.) Museum hours are Wed.-Sat. 10-4 and Sunday, 12-5.

The deadline for all submissions is March 15, 2016.
Your submission should include the following:
  • A written proposal and/or Artist/Curator statement.
  • Approximately 8-10 digital images on CD (more accepted for group shows). CDs must be readable in both Mac and PC format. Images must be JPEGS at 72dpi with the largest dimension set to 1500 pixels.  Please label the CD with your name, address, phone number or email address, and a list of images. 
  • Your resume.
  • Any other appropriate supporting material.
  • Please indicate in your application whether you wish to have your
    work returned.

For all questions please contact:  Stan Sherer at:

All submissions should be emailed to, or snail mailed or dropped off at Historic Northampton, labeled Attention: Contemporary Art Proposal. 

Decisions will be made, and artists notified, by April 15, 2016.

Caption for above photo:
Historic Northampton’s art gallery interior: Christin Couture and William Hosie’s recent exhibition Toyz n’ Totz

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