Call for Artists & Poets
Listening to the Earth
Art of Stewardship Juried Exhibition
Art should bristle with energy and keep tugging at your thoughts. When the creating of a painting or a poem becomes such an intimate process that the artist seamlessly experiences the subject, a landscape is not only seen—we hear its rustling leaves, rasping crow calls and the whoosh of jet overhead. There’s the smell of green grasses and the stink of mud at low tide, the taste of the river’s salty tang and the slap of wind on your cheek. When the artist immerses the viewer, when the seer becomes the seen, art has a unique power to refresh vision, to open our understanding, to bring the world into focus in fresh and vibrant ways. Engaging with such close attention to the world around us, there is no question about stewardship, it arises spontaneously.
2D & 3D artists may submit up to 2 pieces of artwork.
Poets may submit up to 3 poems.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
2D & 3D: Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place, Merit, People’s Choice
Poetry: Pat Nielsen Poetry Award, Merit, People’s Choice
Curators, 2D & 3D: Howard and Mary McCoy
Curator, Poetry: Ellie Altman
Judge, 2D & 3D: Greg Mort
Judge, Poetry: Wendy Mitman Clarke
The McCoy’s collaborative work has focused on environmental themes for over 30 years. They have exhibited in galleries, arts centers, colleges, universities and outdoor venues, most recently including Adkins Arboretum, Lake Roland Park and Montpelier Art Center.
Ellie Altman has had extensive and varied professional and volunteer experience in overseeing art programs, including the visual arts, dance, music and theatre.
Painter Greg Mort’s paintings are included in many distinguished private and public collections. The Art of Stewardship Project is a foundation created by the Mort family. The primary mission of The Art of Stewardship Project is to encourage individual artists and or their associated arts groups to commit time, talent or treasure in a form that yields direct benefit to a specific environmental organization.
Poetry Judge Wendy Mitman Clarke is a freelance journalist, fiction and poetry writer.
There will be a separate Poetry Reading on Tuesday, April 17 at 5:30. All are welcome to attend. Nancy Mugele, Head of School at The Kent School will emcee the event.
The Pat Nielsen Poetry Award was initiated by the Chester River Association (CRA) in 2010 as a tribute to the late Pat Herold Nielsen, a founding member of the CRA. An accomplished poet and an award-winning filmmaker, Pat was a woman of many talents and unceasingly engaged in protecting our environment.
Open to all media
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – 25
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-8pm
Poetry Reading: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30
Online Submission Deadline: Extended to March 5- NOON
Artist Acceptance Deadline: March 9
Drop-off: Sunday, April 1 2pm-4pm and Monday, April 2, 10am-1pm
Pick-up: Thursday, April 26, 10 am – 3 pm and Friday, April 27, 10 am – 3 pm
Online submission is now closed.
2D & 3 D ARTISTS MUST SUBMIT ONLINE
- Completed Entry Form (below). Limit: Two pieces of art.
- Upon submission of the entry form, you will be redirected to a payment page. Entries will not be accepted until payment is received.
Digital image of artwork should be in jpeg format for each entry (4 MB maximum size allowed), submitted with Entry Form.
Requirements for Art
- Art to be hung on walls should be dry and securely wired for hanging. Works on paper should be framed behind glass or plexiglass. Unframed works of fine art, e.g. paintings on canvas, are accepted if appropriately wired for hanging.
- Reproductions such as giclees are not accepted.
- Lithographs, etchings and other printmaking works of art should be created by the artist, numbered and signed.
- Photographic prints, digital and film, should be printed from the artists’ negative or digital file, ideally by or under the direction of the artist, and signed.
- Works of art requiring special or unusual display structures should be submitted along with the structure for display.
- Work should not have previously been shown in Chestertown.
- Artists submitting work will be asked to sign a contract at the time of submission giving permission for the work to remain at the gallery until the end of the show unless special circumstances warrant otherwise.
- All work must be for sale. A 35% commission is taken by RiverArts for all sales.
- Artists pay hanging fees of $10 per piece of art if a member and $20 per piece if not a member.
- Artists submitting work must pick up (or arrange with a friend to pick up) art at the end of the show during the checkout dates and times. RiverArts does not have adequate storage space to protect art.
- All work sent to RiverArts via USPS, UPS or another carrier must have a prepaid return label included.
- PLEASE NOTE IMAGES MUST BE IN JPEG FORM AND NO LARGER THAN 4 MB
POETRY ARTISTS MUST SUBMIT ONLINE
- Completed Entry Form (below). Limit: One entry of up to 3 poems. $20 fee for non-member; $10 fee for members and students.
- Submit a digital image of each poem in pdf format. Attached files should only be named with the titles of the poems.
POETS PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING FORM FOR SUBMISSION. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT WILL TAKE UP TO A MINUTE FOR YOU TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE PAYMENT PAGE. DO NOT HIT SUBMIT TWICE
ONLINE SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED
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