Brush Art Gallery & Studios and Lowell National Historical Park Seek entries for "Expressions of Culture and Identity" -- Exhibit Dates: June 10 to July 30, 2023
THEME: Expressions of Culture and Identity
Each cultural group has its own collection of symbols, traditions, clothing, food, and activities. Explore your culture and let it inspire you to express yourself through the visual arts. You may also wish to express your own identity which may be a combination of more than one culture. What resonates with you?
This is a national call for artists, at any stage in their careers. Artists may submit up to 3 images for consideration.
$500 in prizes will be awarded.
Non-refundable entry fee of $25 for up to 3 works, paid online to the Brush Art Gallery. Follow this link for payment information: www.thebrush.org/entryfee.htm.
Works in the following categories will be accepted for review -- painting, sculpture, mixed media, works on paper, and photography. Works should not exceed 36" in any direction or 30 pounds in weight.
All work selected for this show, intended to be hung on the walls must be framed (if applicable), professionally presented, and securely wired. Gallery wrap canvases are acceptable without frames. Artists are responsible for providing adequate instructions for handling of fragile work and/or unconventional installations of artwork, within reason.
Please keep in mind, Brush Art Gallery and Studios is open to the public. All submissions should be suitable for both children and adults. Submissions will be reviewed for exhibit suitability and response to show theme.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Entries must be submitted online and received no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, May 5, 2023. The required entry fee must also be received by this time. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. No late entries will be accepted.
All entries must be submitted online in jpeg format (300 dpi, no more than 6 inches in either direction). Please provide files of the highest available resolution and quality.
ABOUT THE JURORS
Rachel Vogel is the Assistant Curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art. Before joining the Addison, Rachel contributed to numerous exhibitions and publications at the Johnson-Kulukundis Gallery at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, including those of Gala Porras-Kim, Tomashi Jackson, and Dario Robleto, as well as curated exhibitions at Art League Houston and Rice University’s Media Center Gallery, among others. Her writing has been published in the Oxford Art Journal, Art Journal, caa.reviews, and is forthcoming in American Art.
Michael Roundy is an artist trained as a painter but continues to explore and work with many mediums including drawing, photography, lithography, woodworking, origami, kinetic sculpture, and many others. He has been teaching studio arts at UMass Lowell since 2002, was the Art Director at a residential summer camp in the Berkshires for 7 years and is the co-creator and co-director of the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, a human-powered, all-terrain art race, racing through the streets, a 50 foot long mud pit and a plunge into the Merrimack River.
Tessa Hite has been at the Addison Gallery of American Art since 2016 and has curated numerous exhibitions there including Photographers Among Us and ‘What Next?’ Camera Work and 291 Magazine. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at Boston University, where her research focused on American propaganda and photography in Germany, 1944-1949. She has also taught at courses on curating, American art, and the history of photography, and held curatorial positions in institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum.
IMPORTANT PROJECT DATES
Now – May 5, 2023 Open period for artist submissions
Friday, May 5, 2023 Deadline for submission of application materials
By May 12, 2023 Artists notified of selected works for exhibit
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 12-4 p.m. Delivery of selected works to Brush Gallery
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 12-4 p.m. Delivery of selected works to Brush Gallery
On or before May 13, 2023 Shipping of work
Saturday, June 10, 2023 Show opens/First day of exhibit (Or Sat. June 10)
Saturday, June 10, 2023 Reception for artists and jurors
Sunday, July 30, 2023 Show closes/Last day of exhibit
Monday, July 31, 2023, 12-4 p.m. Pick up of work at Brush Gallery
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023, 12-4 p.m. Pick up of work at Brush Gallery
Week of July 31, 2023 Work shipped back to out-of-state artists
Please see loan agreement for detailed information regarding shipping, photo reproduction, insurance, sales, and commission. https://thebrush.org/PDF/LOAN_AGREEMENTweb.pdf
ABOUT THE BRUSH ART GALLERY AND STUDIOS
The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is located in the Lowell National Historical Park across the courtyard from the Visitor Center. This dynamic and captivating place was originally founded by the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior in 1982. The Brush presents museum quality exhibitions, educational programs, and has collaborated with many other nonprofit groups. Artists occupy studio spaces to interact with and educate the public on a weekly basis. Currently, eleven studio artists produce paintings, illustration, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, and handwoven items. Associate artists display work in the common area. The Brush Art Gallery and Studios is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Brush is supported by Lowell National Historical Park and Eastern National. For more information, please visit: https://thebrush.org.
ABOUT LOWELL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Lowell National Historical Park is a unique urban national park, founded in 1978, dedicated to preserving and exploring Lowell’s continuing history as the nation’s first large-scale textile manufacturing city. The park works in partnership with community organizations, local residents, and visitors to tell stories of technology, labor, immigration, women’s rights, and the industrial economy in Lowell and beyond. Over 500,000 visitors annually visit Lowell National Historical Park museum sites, participate in interactive canal and trolley tours, view operating mill machinery, participate in hands-on family programs, attend special events, and more. For more information, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/lowe.
For more information or inquiries, please contact Jim Dyment, Executive Director, Brush Art Galleries and Studios, at (978) 459-7819 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.