Brush Gallery

PROSPECTUS & ON-LINE APPLICATION

Brush Art Gallery & Studios and
Lowell National Historical Park

Seek entries for:
What does community look like to you?”

 

THEME:

What does community look like to you? Exhibit Dates: May 1 to June 12, 2021

Community connections can be place-based (neighborhoods, businesses), practice-centered (sports, social clubs, virtual), and goal or belief-centered (religion, politics). Share what “community” looks like to you and show us how you represent it.

Why this theme? Lowell National Historical Park is currently partnering with community members to develop a future exhibit on Lowell’s cultural diversity. As another way to explore cultural expression we would like to see how artists from across the country experience or observe “community” for this juried exhibition at the Brush Art Gallery.

ELIGIBILITY

This is a national call for artists, at any stage in their careers. Artists may submit up to 3 images for consideration.

CASH AWARDS

$600 in prizes will be awarded.

ENTRY FEE

Non-refundable entry fee of $25 for up to 3 works, paid online to the Brush Art Gallery. $10 for students. Follow this link for payment information: https://www.thebrush.org/entryfee.htm

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Works in the following categories will be accepted for review – painting, sculpture, mixed-media, works on paper, and photography. Works must 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, March 26, 2021. The required entry fee must also be received by this time. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. No late entries will be accepted.

ENTRY PROCEDURE

All entries must be submitted online in jpeg format (300 dpi, no more than 6 inches in either direction). Please use the online entry form below.

MEDIUM

Works in the following categories will be accepted for review – painting, sculpture, mixed-media, works on paper, and photography. Works must not exceed 36” in any direction or 30 pounds in weight.

COMMISSION

30% commission for Brush members or 40% commission for non-members will be taken on all work sold.

METHOD OF SELECTION: Uploaded digital images only (no disks, slides or photographs)

JURORS:

Ekua Holmes

is an artist, illustrator, curator and an active member of Boston’s art community. A native of Roxbury, MA and a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she has devoted her practice to nurturing contemporary Black Art traditions in Boston, initially as the founder and director of The Great Black Art Collection in the 1980s, which provided a platform for emerging artists while introducing Black art to new audiences.

Holmes currently serves as Assistant Director of MassArt’s Center for Art and Community Partnerships, and directs sparc! the ArtMobile, the institution’s vehicle for community outreach pursuing a mission of “igniting art and design in the neighborhood!” Holmes has been honored with several artist residencies and awards, for her art, illustration, and in recognition of her community outreach and curatorial efforts. Holmes also serves as the Vice Chair of the Boston Art Commission, an appointed commission that oversees placement, installation and care of art on Boston's landscape.

Beth C. McLaughlin

is Artistic Director and Chief Curator of Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. McLaughlin has held leadership and curatorial roles in the arts and museum fields for over 25 years at institutions across the U.S., including Fuller Craft Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. She has organized and curated over fifty exhibitions and has served as a juror for a number of cultural organizations, including American Craft Council, Fiber Art Now, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the City of Worcester. She has been published in several books and periodicals, such as Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism, Fiber Art Now, Jackrabbit Speaks: Burning Man newsletter, and American Craft Magazine. McLaughlin is passionate about expanding awareness of the craft field, promoting the makers, and exploring the transformative powers of handmade objects.

Marjorie Rawle

is an emerging curator based in Greater Boston and is currently the Terrana Assistant Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) which is nationally recognized for its outstanding service to its community. At FAM, she has worked on exhibitions such as Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (where hand meets ground), After Spiritualism: Loss and Transcendence in Contemporary Art, and The BIG Picture: Giant Photographs and Powerful Portfolios, currently on view. She earned her MA in art history from Tulane University in 2019, with a focus in Post-war American art, and earned her BA in art history from the College of Charleston in 2016. Marjorie has held curatorial, editorial, and nonprofit management positions in New Orleans, LA at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Antenna Gallery, and Pelican Bomb and in Charleston, SC at Redux Contemporary Art Center, Art Mag, and Robert Lange Studios.

MAILING/DELIVERY ADDRESS:

The Brush Art Gallery & Studios
256 Market Street
Lowell, MA 01852

QUESTIONS?

IMPORTANT DATES:

Jan 18 – March 26, 2021: Open period for artist submissions

Friday, March 26, 2021: Deadline for submission of application materials

By April 5, 2021: Artists notified of selected works for exhibit

Monday, April 19, 2021, 12-4 p.m.: Hand delivery of selected works to Brush Gallery

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12-4 p.m:. Hand delivery of selected works to Brush Gallery

On or before April 16, 2021: Shipping of work

Saturday, May 1, 2021: Show opens/First day of exhibit

Saturday, May 8, 2021: Virtual reception for artists and jurors

Saturday, June 12, 2021: Show closes/Last day of exhibit

Monday, June 14, 2021, 12-4 p.m.: Pick up of work at Brush Gallery

Tuesday, June 152021, 12-4 p.m. Pick up of work at Brush Gallery

Week of June 14, 2021 Work shipped back to out-of-state artists

 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE/REQUIREMENTS: Artists may submit up to three entries (two views each for a total of 6 images). A $25 non-refundable entry fee paid via PayPal or check ($10 for students). You will receive an e-mailed confirmation/invoice with instructions on how to pay this entry fee.


Please take care with accuracy, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. The information you type in below will appear exactly as you enter it. Your name might appear on the postcard, in publicity and definitely on exhibition wall labels. PLEASE DO NOT enter your name in all lower case or all upper case. Titles, materials and prices will appear on exhibition wall labels exactly as you enter them.

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ENTRY 1  
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ENTRY 2  
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Selling Price:
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ENTRY 3  
Title:
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Upload Image 3 (View 2):
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Medium:
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Dimensions:
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Insurance Value:
(Not sure? Make the same as selling price)
Selling Price:
(Factor in 30%/40% commission. NFS is OK)