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A. Eric Arctander Visual Arts Grant for 2019

The A. Eric Arctander Artist Scholarship was created by family and friends. The award is to honor Eric not only as an artist but as a teacher, mentor and friend of younger artists who assisted them in pursuing a life in art.

A. Eric Arctander was a visual artist who has been widely exhibited as a painter and the creator of site-specific public art for which he received the Municipal Art Society Certificate of Merit. He was co-founder and President of Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, non-membership organization that has facilitated exhibitions since 2000. He initiated that organization’s Program for Advanced Environmental Art for college level art students.

Eric Arctander was Professor of Art History for more than 15 years at Pratt Institute as well as on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts for over 25 years. He has published many articles and written critical catalog essays on advanced art.

Image: A. Eric Arctander,Oculus Series

“During the night some of the mountains moved.
Presumably to higher ground.

Now our valley seemed so low, but it still looked like home. It is where my family has been for generations. Only my grandmother was an outsider. She came from another valley. All her life she would regale us with the marvels of her valley. Like ours, it had a river dividing it and thus, like us, there are people from the other side. I have never been there as the journey is both dangerous and boring.

When I was a child the most extraordinary event occurred. A plane landed in our valley. The glittering wings stacked upon wings stood out among the cows in the field. Although foul smelling, the pilot was a dashing figure in a white scarf. Where he came from and where he was going, was a mystery to all. And because he spoke French it was never learned. I knew then what my destiny was to be. To Fly! To fly from valley to valley.

In my life, however, I have not been bitter or disappointed that such a fate would elude me (although I continue to study French). So it was that I came to be an artist. And still I paint those valleys of my dreams and take flight over distant mountains.”


Grant Overview

  • The purpose of the GRANT is to support a VISUAL ARTIST.  The application process begins March 15, 2019.
  • The scholarship stipend is $1,000.00 and will be awarded by August 15th, 2019.
  • Work of the selected artist will be shown at the discretion of the Putnam Arts Council at the Belle Levine Arts Center, Mahopac, New York.

Who Can Apply:

  • You must be a visual artist, 25 to 45 years old, involved with one or more of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media (2D) and (3D), Installation Art and Sculpture.
  • The grant can be used for exploring materials, techniques and direction for your personal and professional, artistic development.
  • You must be a resident of either Dutchess, Westchester or Putnam County in New York State.
  • You must have an e-mail address.

Questions: ask at artema@optonline.net

About The Award Process
Evaluation and selection of Awards Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: Artistic merit based on the quality of work submitted and on the applicant’s written intent to expand on their artistic development. The selection of the award will be decided by a panel of arts professionals. All materials and information involved in the selection process are kept confidential and are viewed by the panelists. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines, will render an application ineligible.

Award Selection
Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants approximately one month after the deadline date of July 15th 2019. A payment of $1,000 will awarded through the Putnam Arts Council. The award is subject to verification of information submitted and proof of residency in one of the three counties specified. A sample of the artist’s work will also be requested and included in a show at the Putnam Arts Council in the fall of 2019.

General Submission Information
Work submitted must have been created between 2014 and 2019.  Panelists are asked to evaluate work based on the materials submitted. Poor quality submission materials could affect the panel’s evaluation.  Your website with additional artwork is important but only supplemental to the images that must be submitted by the artist.

Online Application Requirements to be completed at: www.entrythingy.com/d=collaborativeconcepts.org  All lines of the application with (*) must be filled out.
For assistance contact: collaborativeconcepts@optonline.net

Application Guidelines: Fill in all required fields at this website. Only entries thru this website will be considered. See items 1-5.
1. Provide a personal artist’s statement of 400 words or less.
2. Provide the purpose of the scholarship and how it will advance your development in the arts.
3. Provide a one page summary of your professional and educational art background.
4. Provide Five (5) images to be email submitted using the following specifications. You must list Size, Medium and Title for each.
Image size: 1240 pixels x 1240 pixels maximum, 300dpi resolution.
File size: no larger than 4 MB each. Image Format:  JPG or JPEG only.
5. Applicant must also include their website for any additional artwork and documentation of their work.
6. Upon selection, the 2019 winner will be asked to submit a valid Soc. Sec. number and Proof of age & residency.

Award Winners

2014     Matthew Keeney
2016     Lance Johnson & Kendra Shedenhelm
2017     Daniel Willner
2018     Stefani Wolfson
2019     Natalia Arbelaez

Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Community Grant Program

Call to Cultural Organizations and Community Non-Profits 2020 Funding Opportunity for Art Projects in Putnam County, NY.
Guidelines and Application are posted under the “Grants” link in the top menu of this webpage. Start with the grants overview here www.putnamartscouncil.com/arts-link-grant-program-overview.
Contact our Grants Coordinator: grants@putnamartscouncil.com or contact PAC at 845-803-8622.

Putnam Arts Council
Open Call to artists 18 +

2019 Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibit
 A. Eric Arctander Gallery at the Belle Levine Art Center

October 12 – November 3, 2019

Reception & Presentation of Awards:  Saturday, October 12, 3-5pm
Gallery hours:  Tuesday through Friday 12:30-3:30 or by appointment
Special closing Event on Sunday, November 3 from 2:30-4pm.


Exhibit Prospectus
PAC invites artists 18 and over to submit a maximum of two pieces of ORIGINAL fine art for consideration in any of the following media: oil or acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, pastel, graphics, sculpture, printmaking, collage, photography, etc.  Work must have been created within the past three years and not previously exhibited at the Putnam Arts Council’s A. Eric Arctander Gallery. Artists are responsible for any copyright infringements.


Specifications:  All work must be finished and completely dried.  2D work cannot exceed a maximum measurement of 48” and must be suitably framed, wired and ready to hang.  2D works that are not ready to hang will not be accepted. 3D work must be manageable by one person.  PAC has pedestals available for sculptures.


Jurors of selection & awards: Barbara Smith Gioia, Gallery Coordinator, Garrison Art Center and
Margaret Zeitlin, award winning visual artist whose work has been widely exhibited and collected.


AWARDS:  The Juror will select the following awards:

Best in Show, Second Place and Third Place.  Honorable mentions will be selected at the discretion of the juror.  Awards will be announced and presented at the opening reception on Sunday, October 12 at 4pm.

Hand delivery of artwork to 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac:  Wednesday, September 25 from 4-7pm, Saturday, September 28 from 2-5pm, Sunday, September 29 from 4-6pm and Wednesday, October 2 from 2-5pm. Submission forms will be provided to artists when they drop off.


Identify your work: with a label on the back or bottom that includes: your name, the work’s title, and price.  If the work is not for sale, please include a NFS designation and a value for insurance purposes.

Non-refundable submission fee per artist:  
PAC members $25.00; non-members $30.  Please note that your submission fee does NOT guarantee acceptance into the show and is non-refundable.

Want to renew or Join? Artists may join at drop off or @ putnamartscouncil.org

Our membership fees are very reasonable with an annual rate for artists at $25 and seniors 62+ at $15 a year.
Members receive discounts, advance announcements and more and support the work of the Arts Council.

Sales: The Putnam Arts Council retains a 35% commission on all sales.

Pick up of unaccepted work:
Tuesday, October 8, 4-6pm or by appointment.


Pick-up of artwork at conclusion of exhibit:  Sunday, November 3, 4-5:30pm, or or by appointment.

Click here for downloadable Fine Arts show prospectus.

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The Craft & Gift Showcase and sale ended on Friday, December 21.
All artisans featured can pick up their remaining work after January 2nd.

Thanks to those who enjoyed our sale and to those who shared their work.

See you in the New Year, we return to the work on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 11:30am.

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