open call to artists for a summer exhibition
July 10 – August 15
theme: Art in a Pandemic
featuring art and written oral histories exhibited at two Putnam County sites
Eric Arctander Gallery at the Putnam Arts Council, 521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac
and at Southeast Museum, 67 Main Street in the Village of Brewster.
The Putnam Arts Council and the Southeast Museum are sponsoring an exhibit of artwork created by local artists expressing their experiences during the pandemic, while residents’ voices will be shared through oral histories. This Partnership between the Putnam Arts Council and the Southeast Museum is intended to connect, showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists through exhibiting works in the galleries of both sites as well as online.
All genres and media will be accepted. The exhibition will be juried for cash awards by PAC’s Visual Arts Committee. PAC’s Visual Arts Committee reserves the right to refuse work that it considers inappropriate.
Oral histories artists 18 and older are invited to submit oral histories which will then be transcribed, formatted and printed to be displayed. Oral histories can be submitted with or without artwork and artists are invited but not required to include an oral history with their art. Size limitation for oral histories is one page with a maximum of 500 words.
Submission of Oral Histories: please e-mail your responses to: email@example.com by June 10, 2021.
Art: artists 18 years or older are invited to submit up to 2 pieces of original work created during the last year. All styles, up to 36 inches in any direction for 2-dimensional work, 3-dimensional work must be manageable by one person. Residents are encouraged to submit their personal histories during the times of the pandemic.
Submission of Artwork – Digital Images: Access can be gained through the Putnam Arts Council’s website at: https://putnamartscouncil.com where you will find further instructions. Artwork must be submitted by June 25, 2021. For questions: contact Carlos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash awards for art: Best of Show ($150), Second Place ($100) and Third Place ($75) will be awarded at the opening of the exhibition. Additionally, Public Choice ($50) and Artist Selection ($50) prizes will be awarded at the closing of the exhibition. Works that are for sale will also be promoted through the online exhibition. Promotional badges for the selected artwork will be sent to each artist to share on social media.
Entry Fees for Artwork: $25 for PAC members, $30 for non-members for up to two pieces (non-refundable). Oral Histories are free of charge.
Oral Histories Submission Deadline: June 10th, 2021 to: Director@southeastmuseum.org
Online (digital) Artwork Submission Deadline: June 25th, 2021
Artists Notified of location for drop-off July 2, 2021
Artwork hand delivery: July 6th and 7th, 2021, at the designated location
Exhibition Dates: July 10th to August 15th, 2021
Opening: Saturday, July 10th, 2021, 2:00pm-5:00pm, at Putnam Arts Council’s A. Eric Arctander Gallery @ the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, New York.
Closing: Sunday, August 15th, 2021, 2:00pm-5:00pm, at the Southeast Museum, 67 Main Street, Brewster, New York.
Pick up of art and oral histories at conclusion of exhibits:
Southeast Museum: Saturday, August 22, 10am-1pm
Putnam Arts Council: August 23, 2-5pm
Click here to download show prospectus.