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, May 19, 2021

Seeking Submissions for the 2021 Visual Art and Poetry Biennial

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce an Unthemed Call for Artwork and Poems for submissions for their 2021 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 2nd through October 29th, 2021. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets who reside in Western Massachusetts counties; Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire. For the 2021 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asks artists and writers to submit their best work created between January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 which most closely represents their personal artistic vision.

All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council encourages submissions of large 3-dimensional, weather tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn. Artists may submit up to three pieces.

Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room, and accepted poems will be displayed in the form of poetry booklets, available for viewing by gallery visitors throughout the Hosmer Gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry was August 1, 2021, 11:59 pm.

The Arts Council is proud to announce a well rounded panel of professionals in the field who represent various aspects of the art community in western Massachusetts The visual art for the Biennial Exhibition will be selected by three jurors: Dean Brown of Pulp Gallery, Holyoke;, Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegria, Economics professor, Painter, Art curator and epresentative of the Institute of Puerto Rican art in museum installations and Public Art Artist; and Jessica Tam, artist and assistant professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. (Their selections will reflect their shared interest in experimentation, innovative use of materials, and an open-ended approach to narrative.)

Poetry jurors are Susan Kan, founder of Perugia Press; Enzo Silon Surin, Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher and social advocate; and Karen Skolfield, winner of the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award in poetry and Poet Laureate of Northampton.
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