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.
Curators, 2D & 3D: Mary and Howard McCoy
Curators, Poetry: Ellie Altman, Mary and Howard McCoy,
Open to all media
Exhibition Dates: April 4 – 25
Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 5-8pm
Online Submission Deadline: March 2
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
Mary and Howard McCoy, 2D & 3D and poetry curators
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, Poetry Curator
Online submission is required for this show.
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.
REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN JANUARY 12 FOR THIS SHOW
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
or call 410 778 6300