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.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Call to Artists: Windows Into Art presented by Amherst Center Cultural District



The Amherst Center Cultural District (ACCD) is transforming downtown Amherst into an art gallery. You are invited to showcase your works of art throughout the town center in windows on streets, walkways, and municipal areas in downtown Amherst. Installations will be on view for 3 months, from June through Labor Day Weekend.

Businesses, property owners and property managers will host artists in their windows to help us create a dynamic showcase of the work of area artists while many galleries and museums remain closed. Display areas vary in size and shape. ACCD can provide easels, blocks, and tension rods to help support art displays, but you are also welcome to provide your own installation materials.

The ACCD aims to include work from as many artists as possible, as long as display space is available. All decisions regarding which art is displayed in which windows is at the discretion of the ACCD committee. These decisions are informed by the installation needs of each artwork and the display infrastructure in place at each site. The ACCD committee reserves the right to decline work that is not suited for this exhibition. You will be contacted after the review process on the status of your submission.

We'll use maps, signage, and social media to help visitors connect with participating artists's websites and social media accounts. There will also be space for artist statements and contact information alongside window displays.

This project is funded in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural District grant to help revitalize town centers impacted by the restrictions of the pandemic.


TO APPLY

• Complete this Windows Into Art Application Form by April 20th. If you have difficulty using this form please answer the questions in an email to info@amherstcenterculturaldistrict.org

• Up to three works may be submitted per artist

• Please email images and/or links to artworks you'd like to display to: info@amherstcenterculturaldistrict.org with Windows Into Art and your last name in the subject line.

• We encourage you to submit larger images that will have the most visual impact in the windows. Please specify all dimensions of your art in the form below so we can best match windows.

• Art will be in the windows for 3 months. Please consider the impact of the sun when choosing works to submit. Arrangements can be made to substitute the artwork if needed.

• We strongly encourage Black and Indigenous People of Color and artists who hold other historically marginalized identities to apply.

• There is no fee to apply.



REQUIREMENTS FOR SELECTED ARTISTS

• By submitting your work to this exhibit, you agree that loss or damages to the artwork are not the responsibility of the Amherst Center Cultural District or participating businesses. Care will be taken to safeguard featured artwork, and we will be happy to address questions with you prior to submission.

• Participating artists agree to install their artworks with the assistance of ACCD members and volunteers. We will coordinate introductions between artists and venues.

• If you need to substitute works of art on view because they have been sold or for other reasons, you agree to communicate directly with the ACCD and site managers to access window displays during business hours or at a prearranged time.

• Participating artists agree to pick-up their artworks in a timely manner after the installation is complete. Artists must pick-up work from the window during business hours or at a prearranged time in coordination with site managers after Labor Day Weekend.

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