August 1, 2019

Call to Artists: Western Massachusetts Visual & Poetry Biennial

Call to Artists: Western Massachusetts Visual & Poetry Biennial

Date(s) - Thursday, August 1, 2019
12:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Northampton Arts Council

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The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2019 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 1st through October 30th, 2019.

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The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to interpret the theme “from seed to fruition” in a literal form or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represent their personal artistic vision.

All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council also encourages submissions of performance art, and large 3-dimensional, weather tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.

Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. Accepted poems will be displayed in the form of a poetry booklet in Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery. Throughout the Biennial for viewing by the public. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room.

The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm.

The Arts Council is proud to announce a well rounded panel of professionals in the field who represent various aspects of the art community in Western Massachusetts. The 2019 Biennial jurors for visual art will be Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The @Clark Art Institute. Poetry jurors include Northampton Poet Laureate Karen Skolfield, Nellie Prior of Departure Reading Series, and Catherine Weiss.

By hosting the Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council hopes to nurture connections between artist, writers and art lovers and contribute to a vital, sustaining art community in Western Massachusetts.


Conditions: The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject an accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image.

Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, a donation of 15% of the proceeds goes directly to Forbes Library.


Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm

Notification of work accepted (Visual Art): September 1, 2019

Notification of work accepted (Poetry): mid-September, 2019

Delivery of accepted work (Visual Art): Sunday, September 29, Saturday, September 30. Specific times to be announced. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)

Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 11th, 5:00 – 8:00PM

Poetry Reading:

Exhibition closes: Wednesday, October 30th, 5:00pm