The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Friday, May 31, 2019

CALL FOR ENTRY: Western Massachusetts 2019 Biennial “From seed to Fruition”

“From seed to Fruition”
Western Massachusetts 2019 Biennial
October 3rd - 28th, 2019
Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 10am to 5pm, Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

To submit visit to access the link or visit and create an account

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the 2019 Northampton Biennial. This is the third Northampton Biennial to include both poetry and visual arts. Our opening celebration will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out at Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library on Friday, October 11th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For the 2019 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asked artists and writers who live and work in Western Massachusetts to submit work that interprets the theme “from seed to fruition” in a literal form or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represent the artist’s personal artistic vision.

The visual art for the Biennial Exhibition was selected by three jurors: Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The Clark art Institute. The jurors selected work in a wide variety of styles and media from # artists, including painting, printmaking, book arts, photography, video, and sculpture. Their selections reflect their shared interest in experimentation, innovative use of materials, and an open-ended approach to narrative.

Poetry jurors include Nellie Prior, Co organizer of Departure Reading series; Karen Skolfield, current poet laureate of Northampton and professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Catherine Weiss, Organizer of Northampton Poetry.

How to submit for Visual Arts and Poetry:
Visit the link:
Click “register” to register a free account with “” (if you are not already registered)
Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address.
On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be prompted to select a category for either Poetry or Visual arts.

Up to three poems may be submitted. Poems must be combined into a single file in a .doc or .docx (Word), or PDF format. All identifying information (name and address) must be removed from the file name and from within the file. Submitted poems may be previously published or unpublished. In regards to the size of the work, when submitting poetry please fill these fields with “0.”

Images for the Visual Arts Submissions should have a minimal pixel dimension of 540px and a maximum of 1920px

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