“At Work” Call and Registration Page


RiverArt’s May exhibition “At Work” celebrates the work we do and have

Evie Baskin painting

done in this community through art and stories.  “At Work” is a companion exhibit to the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “The Way We Worked,” on display at Sumner Hall from March 31 through May 19.  Artists are invited to submit art in any 2 or 3-dimensional media that depicts folks at work.  Our goal is to show a wide diversity of work including working on farms, on the water, in factories and businesses, in the arts and in the service field. Attached are some submissions that illustrate the theme.  Though art depicting local work is preferred, art depicting work in any geographic area and in any media which is relevant to the theme will be considered.  The exhibit will also include photographs and stories from Vita Foods, a pickling plant where many African Americans worked in the 1940’s through 1973.

“At Work” will be curated by Lani Seikaly, longstanding RiverArts curator and Leslie Raimond, Director of the Kent County Arts Council, both of whom have been active oral historians of Kent County residents.

Opening Reception will be held on May 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in conjunction with Chestertown’s First Friday. The reception is free and open to the public.

Exhibition Dates: May 4 – May 27, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 5-8 pm
Online Submission Deadline:  April 28, 2017
Drop-off: April 30, 2-4 pm and May 1, 10 am-1 pm
Pick-up: May 28, 1-3 pm and May 29, 10 am- 1 pm

Artist may submit up to TWO pieces of art in any 2 or 3-dimensional media that depicts folks at work


Artists must submit the following:

  • Completed Entry Form (below)
  • Digital image of artwork in JPEG format (4 MB maximum size allowed) for each entry, submitted with Entry Form. Be sure image file names are labeled only with “Title of Entry.”
  • $20 entry fee per piece; $10 entry fee per piece for RiverArts members.
  • Upon submission of the entry form, you will be
    redirected to a payment page.  Entries will not be accepted until payment is received.

Chestertown RiverArts Exhibit Submission Guidelines

  • Art to be hung on walls MUST BE SECURELY WIRED FOR HANGING  and dry.
  • 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 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.