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.

Monday, September 14, 2020

POST PAUSE: online arts exhibition presented by Easthampton City Arts

POST PAUSE is an online arts exhibition of works created during this time of pandemic in recognition of our expanded community of artists working in Western Massachusetts. Only works created after Friday, March 13, 2020 will be considered. Artists working in any media in Western Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. Selected artworks will be on display in Easthampton City Arts’ Virtual Gallery during Fall 2020. There is no submission fee or commission on work sold through this show. Support for the artists, exposure and connection is our primary goal. See the submission form for guidelines.
***BIPOC artists are strongly encouraged to apply***

DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 22, 2020

Easthampton City Arts Page:

Direct link to the submission form/guidelines:

Questions welcomed!:

This exhibition is made possible by support from Easthampton City Arts' Artist Grant Initiative.

Additional Information:
The creative practice of many artists and performers has inevitably been impacted by changes in our local and global realities since the emergence of COVID-19. Works included will overtly or quietly respond to the complexities of this moment.

The goal of this online exhibition is to amplify this shared moment and make visible a representation of diverse artists in our region, using the Easthampton City Arts website as a hub. The hope is to promote connection and creative momentum in this time of potential isolation now and moving forward, and to include many voices in this visual conversation. Viewers will directly be linked with artists to encourage the sale of works or to support artists in other ways. Artists are also encouraged to reach out to one another to form new dialogues and links within our community.

Ideas you might consider: how has the subject matter, form or scale of your work been influenced? Are you making more or less work than you had been prior to the pandemic? Does your work reflect notions of isolation, infection, police brutality, human rights, political leadership, unemployment, family life and relationships, spirituality, etc.? Perhaps your work responds to an altered pace of daily life? If your works has remained unchanged, that is important to note as well. Artists are encouraged to consider how their practices have been impacted and are asked to include a short description to accompany their submission
(up to 500 characters).

Artist Maggie Nowinski will be highlighting and curating groupings of selected artists via a takeover of the Easthampton City Arts Instagram account. The exhibition will be promoted through Easthampton City Arts networks, social media and news outlets from Springfield to the Berkshires. Press releases will go out prior to the exhibition going public.

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