Call and Registration for Drawing

“I think of drawing as a dance and a dance is a drawing in space,” Romanian artist, Geta Bratescu.  Drawing, an elemental artistic prelude as well as respected visual art genre, is defined in many ways and continues to evolve as new technological and artistic processes are developed.

Drawing by Joan Strand

For this first Drawing exhibition at RiverArts, accepted works will be: original drawings created by direct linear or other mark making with ink, charcoal, graphite, pastel, colored pencils or markers on a surface such as paper, canvas, board, or other material.  Printed works and all other two- and three-process works will not be included, although preliminary drawings for such printed works will be accepted.  Questions concerning qualifying works should be addressed to:  or

In addition to submitting drawings, artists are invited to sketch student dancers during one of four Washington College dance classes listed below and held in the Johnson Fitness Center dance studio. A maximum of three artists will be accommodated in each class. Artists supply their own easels.  Interested artists are asked to contact RiverArts at    by January 21, 2019, to reserve a spot in one of the classes .  A lottery will be conducted if the number of interested artists exceeds the class limits.  A select number of sketches may be informally displayed during the March exhibit.

Tuesday, January 29, 4-5:15 p.m., Intermediate Modern Dance taught by Prof. A.T. Moffett

Thursday, January 31, 4-5:15 p.m., Intermediate Modern Dance taught by Prof. A.T. Moffett

Monday, February 4, 4-5:15, Beginning Ballet, taught by Prof. Benjamin Sterling Cannon

Wednesday, February 6, 4-5:15 p.m., Beginning Ballet, taught by Benjamin Sterling Cannon

Melinda Carl, Curator

Melinda began painting on her own as a teenager in Pennsylvania and now paints in her studio in the Barn at Cannon Street Studios in Chestertown. She retired as Chief of Public Affairs for Delaware’s Natural Resources and Environmental Control after a career in journalism, freelance writing and public information. Her love of the waterways that began during family outings is reflected in her paintings which focus on the land and seascape of the Eastern Shore and seas beyond. She exhibits widely throughout the area and is a member of Chestertown’s RiverArts, the Academy Museum of Art, and Biggs Museum of American Art.

Exhibition Dates: March 1–31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 5-8 pm
Creative Lives Talk by Professor A.T. Moffett and Dance Performance: March 7, 6:00  pm.
Gallery Talk, March 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Drop-off: Sunday, February 24, 2-4 p.m.
                Monday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pick-up: Sunday, March 31, 2-4 p.m.
                Monday, April 1, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Online registration is now closed. 

Submission Guidelines

Although online submission is not required, we highly encourage artists to pre-register using the online registration form below and payment.

  • Upon submission of the entry form, (see below) 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 (2 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.

Artist’s Agreement

  • 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.


NO COMPRESSED PHOTO SUBMISSIONS  – If your images are too large, you will not receive a submission receipt or be redirected to the payment page. If you would like assistance in resizing your images, please send the image in an email to

Please email with any questions
or call 410 778 6300