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.

2021 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial - Cancelled

BIENNIAL STATEMENT OF CANCELLATION

Due to the recent intervention of local Indigenous artists, it has been determined that not only did the 2021 NAC Biennial contain harmful genocidal art, but that the entire selection process did not include the voices and the art of this community. We also recognize that this is just the tip of a larger issue surrounding equity in exhibitions and that we need to find a more inclusive and representative way forward.

Therefore, the Council has voted to cancel the entire biennial. In the weeks ahead we are going to step back and re-examine our process with the goal of becoming more accountable and inclusive of each and all of our marginalized BIPOC communities.

The arts council board would like to thank the artists and poets who have submitted their work. We acknowledge the time, effort, and expense you have put into your submissions and to recognize the difficulty and disappointment we have generated by our sudden decision to cancel the Biennial this late in the process.
CALL for ENTRIES

Western Massachusetts Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial

Unthemed Call for Artwork and Poems

Deadline: August 1, 2021

(Open to Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin Counties)


To submit: visit https://westmassbiennial.artcall.org and create an account.

The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites 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 Northampton Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to submit for an Unthemed Call for Artwork and Poems. Artists and writers are asked to submit their best work that was created within the timeframe of January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, and most closely represents the artist’s or poet’s 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 also 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 may submit up to 3 poems; previously published poems or unpublished work written during this period may be submitted. Accepted poems will be displayed in a poetry chapbook in the Hosmer Gallery throughout the month of October.

In tandem with our Hosmer Gallery exhibition, the Northampton Arts Council will launch a virtual gallery of accepted artwork and poetry.

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2021 at 11:59PM.

Jurors:

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 2021 Biennial jurors for visual art will be Dean Brown of Pulp Gallery, Holyoke; Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegria, Economics professor, Painter, Art curator and representative 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.

Poetry jurors include 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.

By hosting the Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council hopes to nurture connections between artists, writers, and art lovers as well as contribute to a vital, sustaining, and inclusive art community in Western Massachusetts.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING HANGING WORK

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. All framed work must be ready for hanging. 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. Put a label on the back of each of your pieces with your name, the title, and price. ART DISPLAYED IN THE HOSMER GALLERY IS NOT INSURED!

Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, the artist will contribute 15% of the proceeds to Forbes Library.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission Deadline: August 1st, 2021, 11:59PM

Notification of work accepted: September 1, 2021

Delivery of accepted work (Visual Art): Wednesday, September 29th, 6:00PM - 8:30PM and Thursday, September 30th, 9:00AM - 3:00PM. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternate time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)

Exhibition Opens: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 8th, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Poetry Reading: TBD

Exhibition closes: Friday, October 29th, 5:00PM

Pick-up (Visual Art): Saturday, October 30th, 9:00AM - 4:00PM (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternate time for pick-up if the specified time does not work.)


How to submit for Visual Arts

1. Visit the link: https://westmassbiennial.artcall.org

2. Click “register” to register a free account with “artcall.org” (if you are not already registered)

3. Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address. (A brief artist statement will be shared with our jurors, but not your name and personal info.)

4. On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be prompted to select the category “Visual arts.”

5. Images for the Visual Arts Submissions: Users can upload the following image based file types as long as they are under 4mb file size: Jpeg, Png; Users can upload the following additional file formats as long as they are under 25mb file size: mp4, mov, avi, wav, mp3, aif, pdf, doc (If you need help resizing images watch this youtube video: How to Resize Your Images)

Questions for art and poetry submissions: Visit artcall’s youtube page https://www.youtube.com/c/ArtcallOrg/videos for help or email admin@northamptonartscouncil.org

How to submit for Poetry

1. Visit the link: https://westmassbiennial.artcall.org

2. Click “register” to register a free account with “artcall.org” (if you are not already registered)

3. Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address.

4. On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be prompted to select the category “Poetry.”

5. 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.”



Questions for art and poetry submissions: Visit artcall’s youtube page https://www.youtube.com/c/ArtcallOrg/videos for help or email admin@northamptonartscouncil.org

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