calls to artists
We invite artists to submit their artwork for consideration for future exhibits. The following are exhibits scheduled for 2017- we look forward to hearing from you.
Seeing the Forests for the Trees
Forests and their tree populations vary widely. Sunlight patterns and shadows change as you move through the forest structure. Aged, blocky bark contrasts with smooth bark. Branching patterns optimize the capture of life-giving sunlight. Leaves offer astonishing diversity. Root patterns sometimes mimic the branching patterns of trees with loose, netlike fingers and in other cases we find tight, woody root wads. This show reflects the diversity of woody plants and forests and the feeling of forests (including abstracted works); it will include work depicting the beauty of bark, branching systems, roots, seeds and trees of all ages and varieties. We are looking for nontraditional and traditional media, small installations, artwork that grows, and of course, work made from actual roots, branches, cones and bark; we are less interested in traditional photography.
Deadline: March 20, 2017
Show Dates: April 25 – May 27, 2017
This show is about art that invites viewers to engage and interact with the work. Some of the art will include manual interactive devices, such as cranks, buttons and levers. Other artwork will be electronic and make use of computers or sensors. The show includes kinetic sculptural works and small installations that invite viewers to step inside or onto the work to be involved in a creative process or merge with the art itself. The show includes nontraditional and traditional media; the interactive artwork should be safe (and sturdy) for a respectful, multi-aged viewing audience.
Deadline: April 28, 2017
Exhibit Dates: June 6 – July 8, 2017
What do shoes, doors, sticks and hens have in common? They are linked together in the old counting nursery rhyme, “One, two buckle my shoe …” and they will be linked together this summer in the SPA gallery. This show will include artwork inspired by the various objects described in the rhyme, counting to ten:
Buckle my shoe;
Open the door;
Pick up sticks;
Lay them straight:
A big, fat hen;
Deadline: June 2, 2017
Exhibit Dates: July 18 – August 24, 2017
Inviting 2018 Solo & Small Group Shows
SPA uses its second and third floor space for solo and small group shows. We encourage artists to submit a proposal to SPA for consideration of such a show. Please send SPA: A brief written statement about yourself or the artist group and what you want to accomplish with a show, a CD or DVD with 8-12 images of representative work (please label this information carefully with the name, media, size, price and date of your work). (2nd/3rd fl galleries)
Deadline: June 9, 2017
For the seventeenth year, area artists are invited to share their most compelling stone sculptures and assemblages. The show includes a small number of paintings, etchings and photographs that depict the beautiful qualities of stone.
Deadline: August 11, 2017
Exhibit Dates: September 19 – November 4, 2017
Celebrate: SPA Annual Members Show
Member artists of SPA are invited to share their work in a major show during the holiday gift-giving season – our Annual Members Show called “Celebrate.” A beautiful, diverse selection of fine art and crafts will be displayed creatively on all 3 floors of the SPA building.
Mark Your Calendar:
Contact SPA by Oct. 13, 2017, if you are interested in showing a selection of your work in the show (your SPA membership needs to be current). The reception is: Sat., Nov 18, 2017, 4-6PM.
Members who would like to display 2-D work: You may enter 2 large-sized works, 3 medium-sized works or 4 small-sized works. Members who would like to display a group of crafts – please speak to staff.
Deadline: October 13, 2017
Exhibit Dates: November 15 – December 28, 2017
Submitting artwork to SPA
Applications should include:
(NOTE: Sometimes emails do not reach us; please ask for a confirmation on your application.)
Studio Place Arts
201 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
Call (802) 479-7069
Click here for the SPA Freedom of Expression Policy