Call and Registration for Juried Fine Art & Contemporary Craft, June 2018

Leeuwenhoeck’s Dream, 2016. Breon Gilleran. Mixed media, found object, dry transfer images on aluminum, wood and steel

Call for Artists: “Art and Process:”  Juried Painting and Contemporary Craft

Many artists assume their creative power lies not in the “done,” the finished product, but in the “doing” or making. Artists who incorporate this philosophical approach are influenced by a movement from the 1960’s and 70’s known as Process Art. The originators of the movement, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse, Robert Morris among others, married the conceptual with the physical realities of working in the studio; that is, nothing is hidden. The viewer visually and viscerally participates in the artistic process, the response becomes part of the meaning of the work.

  • Does art just happen?
  • Where does my inspiration come from?
  • Why do artists make art?
  • Is it the product or the process that matters more?

RiverArts invites artists to submit work for the June 2018 exhibit, “Art and Process:”  Juried Fine Art and Contemporary Craft. “  The curator challenges you, the artist, to think about questions that might arise from this approach, about the stages of the evolution of your own work, what inspires you, what materials delight you? Are you open to incorporating new research and practices into your studio practice?

Artists may submit up to 3 works of art, whether painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, and fine craft (including metal, wood, fiber, ceramics, glass, and jewelry).

If your work is selected, you will be invited, though not required, to submit 3-5 images, (maximum size 4 MB), that depict your working process, such as studio shots, visual or reference research materials, or any images that best represent how you approach you work. These images will be assembled into a slide show and displayed on a video loop in the gallery during the opening and afterwards on the RiverArts website.

Those who do submit images will be eligible for the Hebe Award, an additional, one-time prize to be given to the artist who most effectively and creatively utilizes the idea of “process.”


Best in Show will be awarded $500.The Hebe award, an additional, one-time prize in the amount of $500 will be given to the artist who most effectively and creatively utilizes the idea of “process.” Creativity comes not only from imagination and invention, but ultimately depends on a sequence of decisions and effective problem solving.   In offering this additional award, the jurors hope to extend an invitation and a challenge to encourage both the local arts community as well as established artists outside Chestertown to participate.  Hebe graces the fountain in the town square and pours forth her life-giving water for all to partake.  We hope the Hebe Award will encourage a “pouring forth” of creativity in the RiverArts community. Other monetary awards include Excellence in 2D, 3D, and the Open Category as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Curator: Marcy Ramsey
Jurors: Connie and Larry Schroth
Judge: Breon Gilleran

Exhibition Dates: June 1 – July 1
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1,  5 –  8pm
Curators & Artists’ Talk: June 7, 5:30 – 7 pm

Online Submission Deadline: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Artist Acceptance Deadline:  MAY 3

Drop-off: Sunday, May 27,  2 -4pm
Monday, May 28, 10 am-1 pm

Pick-up: Sunday, July 1 , 2   – 4 pm
Monday, July 2,  10 am – 1 pm

Curator March Ramsey’s work has been exhibited in galleries and private collections both here at home and internationally.  She is a participant in the Art in the Embassies Program of the U.S. State Department, sending her work to Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and  Africa. Her work is currently exhibited at the Carla Massoni Gallery, in Chestertown, MD and the I. Pinckney Gallery in Beaufort, SC. She is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Easton, MD, and the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis where she also shows regularly. She has also been featured on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks This Week program.

Jurors Connie and Larry Schroth reside in Chestertown, MD.
Connie Schroth taught art in the NJ public schools for 16 years; after earning her Masters degree, she worked with gifted and talented students k-8 until 1998. She was a Director at Imagination Ally, a local arts venue for children and has provided in-school and after-school art programs in the area public schools. Since moving to Chestertown she has taught two Art History courses for WC-ALL. Connie has been the Academic DIrector of Horizons at Kent and Queen Anne’s since 2009.  Connie is a printmaker and fiber artist whose latest project was a 6×6′ embroidered huppah for her nephew’s wedding in NYC.

 Larry Schroth has exhibited original paintings and archival pigment prints at the Carla Massoni Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland since 1999. His work has also been shown at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, The Arts in Embassies Programs in

Bosnia/Hertzegovina and Luanda,  Angola, and the MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. Prints from the “Kalambaka” series are in the corporate collection of Hassett, Willis & Company, Washington, D.C.   Mr. Schroth spent 32 years teaching and administering arts programs in the public schools of New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.M. in Studio Art, Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. 

   Judge and award winning sculptor Breon Gilleran is an artist, curator, educator, volunteer, and co-founder of Baltimore Women’s Maker Collective. She has RN degree from Harbor College, San Pedro California and worked part time work as a nurse to support her art studies. She received a BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art 1981. After raising two children she returned to academic studies and obtained an MFA in sculpture from the University of Maryland College Park in 2002. She recently retired from teaching printmaking at Goucher College. She maintains a studio in the Station North Arts District in Baltimore, and in Chestertown Maryland: Fairlee Forge

  • Completed Entry Form (below). Limit: Three  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 (2MB maximum size allowed), submitted with Entry Form. 

Submission Guidelines 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.



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