*  Submission for this exhibit is now closed*

Call for Artists & Poets:
Art of Stewardship Juried Exhibition 
Convergence at the Edges

Exploring the dynamic intersections where land meets water, air meets earth, man meets nature, the built meets the wild, upland reaches lowland and the wood’s edge opens to fields.

Exhibition Dates: April 7 – April 26, 2017
Submission Deadline:  February 27, 2017
Entry Acceptance Notification: March 6
Drop-off: April 2,   1-3pm; April 3, 10am-1pm

Pick-up: April 27 and 28, 10am-4pm
Opening Reception & Awards: Friday, April 7, 5-8pm
Poetry Reading in the Gallery: Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7pm|
Curators & Jurors: Ellie Altman and Margo Tilghman

Judge – Artwork: Greg Mort
Judge – Poetry: Andrew McCown

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Butterfly Garden, photograph by John Gillespie

Each April, Chestertown’s RiverArts celebrates the community’s long tradition of environmental conservation by hosting The Art of Stewardship Exhibition. Artists and poets are invited to submit work that reflects a moment, experience, realization or vision of nature that inspires a new outlook or reflects on the theme of “Convergence at the Edges.” Poetry and all varieties of two- and three-dimensional artwork, which are relevant to the theme, will be considered.

The exhibit will be curated and juried by Chestertown residents Ellie Altman and Margo Tilghman, who have had extensive and varied professional and volunteer experience in overseeing art programs, including the visual arts, dance, music and theatre.

Judege: Painter Greg Mort will be the judge of the 2- and 3-dimensional work. His paintings are included in many distinguished private and public collections. Andrew McCown  will judge the poetry entries. He is an Associate Director at Echo Hill Outdoor School,  environmental educator, and a current and founding board member of the Chester River Association with  a passion for poetry.  Prizes of $200 for the winning artwork and $150 for the winning poem will be awarded. Second and Third Place artworks will also be recognized. Greg Mort and Mary Wood will present the awards at the Opening Reception which will be held on April 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in conjunction with Chestertown’s First Friday. The reception is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

ARTISTS must submit the following online:

  • Completed Entry Form (below). Limit: 2 artworks per artist.
  • Digital image of artwork in jpeg format for each entry (4 MB maximum size allowed), submitted with Entry Form. Attached files should only be named with the titles of the artworks.
  • $20 fee per each non-member entry; $10 fee per each RiverArts member entry and all student entries. Upon submission of your Entry Form, you will be directed to the fee payment page. (See below for alternative means of payment.)

POETS must submit the following 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.

Chestertown RiverArts Exhibit Submission Guidelines

  • Art to be hung on walls should be dry and securely wired for hanging.
  • Work must not have previously been shown locally in a Chestertown RiverArts sponsored event, and it should be work from the past two years.
  • Art should be original. Reproductions of paintings or drawings such as giclees printed on canvas or paper 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 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.
  • Works of art requiring special or unusual display structures should be submitted along with the structure for display.
  • 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- ie. no NFS
  • 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 check out dates and times. RiverArts does not have storage space adequate to protect art.
  •  All work sent to RiverArts via USPS, UPS or another carrier must have a prepaid return label included.

 

 

 

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