The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Submit Your Work Here: “Be Here Now”: A Juried Exhibition

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2013, 11:59 pm
Hosted by the Northampton Arts Council
“It's all real and it's all illusory: that's Awareness!” -Ram Dass 
"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit." -John Updike

THEME: “Be Here Now”
The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2013 Biennial.
This year’s theme, “Be Here Now” can be interpreted freely by 2D, 3D, video, and performance artists. We encourage submissions of large 3-dimensional and performative weather-tolerant art for our expanded outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.
EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 through Thursday, October 31st.
EXHIBITION LOCATION: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
ELIGIBILITY: We invite all artists residing in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire Counties to submit.
TYPES OF ARTWORK ACCEPTED: All two and three dimensional media in any style (abstract, conceptual, representational, etc) as well as video and performing arts will be considered.
A brief explanation (75 words or less) of how the work relates to the theme will be requested with accepted work.
Please submit only work that has been completed in the last three years.
GUEST JURORS: (Submissions will be juried anonymously)
Gordon Thorne is a visual artist. He is the Director of A.P.E. which he founded in 1977 and the Open Field Foundation, created in 1996.
“I was born in 1941 and ended a totally undistinguished academic career in 1966 with an MFA from the Yale School of Art & Architecture. Since then I have been studying the various ways that things, myself included, evolve. These studies fall into several “categories”: Liz/the box, The Burning Woman, The Burning Suit/man, The Burning Boat, The Burning House, The Portfolios, The Library. These “categories” often overlap, and have resulted in my ‘making’ a fair amount of stuff in the last 50 years, some of it art. All the stuff, including the art, tends to have a story either embedded in it or hiding near by. Stories help me understand the trajectory of my life.”
UMASS MFA Student - T.B.D.
Mara Williams is the Chief Curator of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Her curatorial area of expertise is modern and contemporary art.  As an independent curator her exhibits have been seen by audiences at Tufts University Art Gallery, Florence Griswold Museum, Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, as well as a number of galleries in New York City.  As a partner in Arts Bridge LLC, Ms. Williams leads exhibition teams for institutions developing large-scale new museum projects. Arts Bridge is dedicated to the principle that the arts and humanities are not only intrinsically valuable but are potent forces for strengthening civil society. Arts Bridge brings an interdisciplinary approach to creating audience-centered shows, from concept development through final design.  Prior to forming Arts Bridge, Ms. Williams spent a decade as the director of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Vermont. BMAC is a progressive, audience-friendly, non-collecting institution with the mission of “exploring the art of our time.” Ms. Williams holds an A.B. in theatre from Boston College; an MFA in museology from Syracuse University; and has completed her doctoral course work and exams in comparative arts at New York University. She has served as chair of the Vermont Arts Council board and as a board member of the New England Museum Association.
Conditions: The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject an accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image.
Hanging in the Hosmer Gallery: 2 Dimensional work is hung from molding hooks and heavy weight monofilament. If framing, place hanging hardware near the top of the sides. The walls do not support nails. Pedestals and glass display cases are available for sculpture and small works.
Using these guidelines, please frame and prepare your work to be hung in a professional manner.
Art displayed in the Hosmer Gallery is not insured.
Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, a donation of 15% of the proceeds goes directly to Forbes Library.
How to submit:
Please read instructions for uploading images before beginning your submission.
Artists may include up to 3 images. On this page and the next pages, follow the instructions. Complete and accurate information about your artwork will help in the jury process.
You have now completed Steps 1 and 2 and may continue on to Step 3.
Step 3--UPLOAD Digital Files:  
Format: JPG
Resolution: 72 dpi, approximately 1920 in largest dimension
Size: No more than 2.0 MB for each image
Up to three digital images may be submitted per artist.
Submit only one digital image for diptychs, triptychs, etc.
Do not hit the submit button until you have uploaded and reviewed in the next step all of your images.
The maximum file size is 400mb, the minimum file size is 150mb, and the minimum image width is 700 pixels.
Step 4 REVIEW: After uploading all your digital files, you may view your entry files by clicking on the link 'see jury view'. You may also print out a copy of your entry by clicking on 'print entry.'
Step 5 SUBMIT: If satisfied with your images, go on to Step 5 and submit your entry. Do not hit the 'submit this entry' button until you are satisfied with the way your images look. You will not be able to change your entry files after hitting the submit button.
Mission: The Northampton Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization and a department of the City, supports and nurtures arts activities in the community, allocates grants to artists, stimulates public awareness and support for the arts, and works to maintain the diverse cultural heritage of Northampton.
Email: Ellen Augarten
Email: Brian Foote
Brian Foote at 413-587-1069.

Submission Deadline: August 1, 2013, 11:59pm
Notification of work accepted: August 15, 2013
Delivery of accepted work: Monday, September 30, 4:00-8:00pm
(Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)
Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 11th, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibition closes: Thursday, October 31, 5:00pm.
Pick-up: Friday, November 1, 9:00am - 12:00pm
(Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for pick-up if the specified time does not work.)
This exhibition is proudly hosted by the Northampton Arts Council, in cooperation with the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.

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