Showing posts with label call to artists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label call to artists. Show all posts

Friday, August 10, 2012

You Have Less Than 12 Days to Expose Yourself

Call to artists: "Id - The Object of Self"

Deadline: August 22, 2012 - Midnight EST
Juror: You and Cig Harvey
Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Photographers strive to reveal something about their subjects. But what happens when the photographer is the subject? That's what "Id - The Object of Self" is all about.

With the self portrait, photographers are not only responsible for making a wonderful image but also take on the challenge of exposing themselves to the camera and final viewer. The photographer must offer some insight into themselves. Some find it easy; for others, it's difficult. If you try, you will learn. If you succeed, You can be transformed. If you seek inspiration, take a look at the work of Francesca Woodman. Her self-portraits are remarkably revealing.

The jury process for this exhibition will have two phases. For a week - probably the most critical jurors possible - the submitters, will choose a pool that will make up the exhibition. Then Juror Cig Harvey will select the juror's choice and honorable mentions from that pool. Details and to make a submission, read more here.

Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT 05452-3132
Open Every Day (11:00-16:00)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Amerigo Vespucci and Travel at Colori del Levante Fiorentino Online

Recently we got an intriguing email from a small non-profit community center for the visual arts in Italy called Colori del Levante Fiorentino. I have corresponded with Annalisa Bati, their president, and it looks like a good idea born of enthusiasm and with no money involved. Here is her original email communication, followed by a more structured call. Their language is Italian, so everything going back and forth between us has been filtered through Google Translate She sent her query in English, and, to be polite, I translated my response into Italian (with the English underneath) to send to her at I hope some Vermonters will want to get involved in her project. I think the idea is that they will put up images on their website and in their gallery, and she would be happy if someone here would do a corresponding online exhibit (which should be easy enough in Blogger or on Wordpress...). I am willing to be a point person for a bit, if you want to copy me at janetvanfleet @ fairpoint. net in your correspondance. – Ed.

We are a small non-profit association of painters, near Florence, Italy. Some of us are also plein air painters (most nonprofessional, amateur). During 2012 we want to organize an event about 500 years from the death of Amerigo Vespucci, the Florentine who gave the name to America, who died in Sevilla.

We would like to ask painters to express themselves on this theme, particularly on the theme of exploration and travel. We would like to find an association in America which will respond to the invitation with a similar project – a virtual twinning for this event. We are still defining the project, and we are open to suggestions. Of course it is not necessary to come in Tuscany, though we would be happy to have you come to Florence. We are not asking any money for this project; we do all this only for our pleasure to do a beautiful project.

You can contact us at this address


After Easter we will present our project, officially, to our friends and associates, in order to arrange an exposition after this summer (the place and the period is not yet decided).

The project, dedicated to Amerigo Vespucci, is named:

The big travels.

Plus ultra is the Latin for "go beyond, overcome the limitations, the things known to explore the unknown..."

We plan to divide the exposition in four sections:
  1. Vespucci and his world. In this section we will put all the works about this person, representationsof his house, of himself, etcetera...
  2. The new world. Section dedicated to America... and also to the Native Americans, in order to reflect on the difficult relationship with the other
  3. The big explorations.Section dedicated to all the efforts to discover new places, to the means of explorations (ships etc...), reminders of big enterprises...
  4. The meaning of the travel.All the reasons to travel: emigration, scientific travel (Darwin for example...), religion (pigrimage), imagined travels,and so on...

For now, these are our ideas. If you and some of your friends are inspired from one of these categories and want to participate. simply send a photo of the work which you have done to , and you are welcome in the group. If you have ideas for how to do a twin project in Vermont, we would like to have your ideas and involvement.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Annual Spring Members' Show at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center announces their Annual Spring Members' Show, May 19-July 1, 2012 at the Gallery, 259 Marble Street in West Rutland.

All members of the non-profit arts education organization have the opportunity to show their work in this popular exhibition. An eclectic mix of techniques and media are always represented and artists of all levels have the chance to exchange ideas after the often-solitary winter. There will be a reception for the artists, open to the public, on Saturday, May 19, 5-7 PM.

Space in the exhibit is limited, so members who plan to participate should let the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center know of their intentions as soon as possible. The deadline to receive works is Friday, May 11, 2012. Membership must be current to exhibit, please phone (802) 438-2097 or email to renew or become a member.

Image: Members and friends at the opening reception for the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Annual Members' Show in 2011.

CALL TO ARTISTS: s-EYE-nce: at Studio Place Arts in Barre

a science/visual arts fusion

Lots of the visuals that come out of scientific inquiry, like photomicrographs of the mouthparts of tiny insects or traces of elementary particles like quarks, are both beautiful and compelling. Some artists are using and modifying such images; others are using the techniques (recording transformations), processes (such as repeating sequences and patterns), and methods (observation and replication) of science to inform their art. Artists are encouraged to explore the evolution and discoveries of science from all sides: existing and emerging sciences and fantastical takes on science. Cool gadgets and equipment get bonus points!
Show Dates: June 5 - July 7, 2012
Deadline: April 20, 2012

Submitting to SPA
Applications should include:
  • " Artist name and contact information
  • Description of proposed work (dimensions, materials, date, retail price [65% to artist])
  • Images (send digital images via email [] - please use jpeg format and limit file size to less than 3MB total, slides, copies of drawings, prints, other relevant materials) of work. Please include a written summary of this information and label the images/slides for ease of review. Include dimensions, material, date & retail price.
  • SASE for return of materials
  • $10 application fee (waived for SPA members)
Mail to:
Studio Place Arts
201 N. Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
If you have questions, please send us an email at:

CALL TO ARTISTS: Art on Main in Bristol seeks exhibitors

Art on Main in Bristol, a welcoming, artist-friendly, non-profit cooperative Gallery seeks submissions for new exhibitors for the 2012-2013 season. Our spring 2012 Jury session is Saturday April 21, 10am-2pm. The application, as well as the consignment contract and fee information, is available for download at

All media are welcome, though we are particularly looking for sterling jewelry, metalwork, book arts, and home crafts (rugs, lamps, etc.) to add to our varied collection. Unfortunately, we do not have space to accept any new two-dimensional work at this time. We look forward to the opportunity to see your creative work and hope that it can find a place here with us.

Bristol is a thriving community with dedicated local shoppers, as well as visitors from around Addison County and beyond. We enjoy a busy tourist season from May through October, and are sustained by our loyal locals at the holidays and throughout the winter. Artist members who choose the working option help us staff the Gallery year-round by working one four-hour shift each month greeting, chatting with, and taking care of our customers.

Please RSVP ahead of the jury date, so that we can plan for our session. You are welcome to drop off or mail your application and work anytime in the 2 weeks leading up to a jury date. Winter Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-6pm. You may also both drop off and pick up your work on the day of the jury if you will be traveling from a distance; in this instance, it is helpful if you can send the paperwork ahead of time. Work is available to be picked up anytime after the jury is finished meeting.

If you have any questions, contact the Gallery Manager, Carolyn Ashby, at or 802-453-4032. You can learn more about Art on Main at our website or by visiting us on Facebook,

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Digital Art Show at Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery in St. Albans

Village Frame Shoppe & Gallery
72 North Main St.
St. Albans, Vt
Digital Art Show
June 5-JUNE 30
Go online now to register at

This show is open to artists creating their artwork in a digital environment. All artwork must have been produced on a computer. This is not a show for digital photography. iPhone and iPad work will be accepted. Please visit our website at for more info and registration form.

Theme: All artwork must have been made digitally on a computer.
Exhibition Dates: June 5 - June 30, 2012
Dropoff Dates: Friday and Saturday June 1,2 from 1:00-4:00pm
Reception Date: Friday June 15, 6-8pm
Pickup Dates: Saturday June 30, 1:00-4:00pm
Artwork Limit: 2 pieces no larger than 20" x 26" framed.

Image: Gossamer, 2012, by Melvin Harris

Friday, March 2, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Chaffee Art Center seeking artists for 2013 Featured Exhibits

The Chaffee Art Center invites artists residing in Vermont and within 50 miles of its borders to submit applications for juried membership, and 2013 Featured Exhibits. The Chaffee is a non-profit community arts organization with a mission to promote member artwork and educate the community. Chaffee members and non-members may apply. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday March 20, 2012. Applications can be found by visiting the juried member page of their website or by visiting the Chaffee Art Center at 16 South Main Street, Rutland, VT.

Submissions must include a completed application form, 6 images representing a cohesive body of work, an artist statement and resume. The application process is free, accepted artists will be required to join the Chaffee Art Center to receive membership benefits. Benefts of juried membership at the Chaffee Art Center include: invitations to exhibit artwork in the Annual Member Exhibits in the Summer and Winter, as well as other exhibition opportunities throughout the year, the opportunity to sell items in the Chaffee Gift Shop, advance notice of exhibit openings, special events, classes, and workshops, Chaffee Art Center newsletters, listing on the Chaffee Art Center website with link and contact information, discounted rates on Chaffee Studio School classes, and a 10% discount on all purchases.

For more information on becoming a juried member or applying to be a 2013 Featured Artist call 802-775-0356 or email

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Third Annual UV Photoslam 2012 at Photostop Gallery in White River Junction

Wanted: Students, Pros, Amateurs, & Photo fanatics!

PHOTOSTOP Gallery announces a call for entries to its third annual UV PhotoSlam 2012, which will be on exhibit in the Gallery from May 4-26, 2012. The PhotoSlam will be a community-wide photo happening for residents or part-time residents of the Upper Valley region. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to enter. PHOTOSTOP is planning to continue the tradition this unique exhibition for the Upper Valley by showcasing the wide variety of photographs residents of all ages from the area are making and to provide a way that photographers can share them with each other. Last year's PhotoSlam 2011 exhibited over 200 photographs submitted by more than 100 photographers aged 6 to 80 from all over the Upper Valley area!

Each photographer who enters work in the show will have at least one image printed and displayed in the Gallery. An Opening Reception with refreshments is scheduled for May 4 from 5-8 pm and a Closing party is planned for May 26.

Entry is by the submission of digital files and the Gallery will print the submitted photographs. The standard entry fee is $20 and $10 for photographers 17 and under, which will help defray the cost of the printed photographs and other exhibition expenses.

For an entry form and details go to: and download the application form, e-mail the gallery at for further details, or stop by the gallery. The deadline for entries is March 25th at midnight.

PHOTOSTOP Gallery is located in Suite 150 on the first floor of the Tip Top Media Arts Building, 85 North Main Street, White River Jct., VT 05001.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Mail Art and Stamp Art at SEABA in Burlington

A Call to Artists for We Deliver!, an unparalleled parallel exhibit of Mail Art and Stamp Art to celebrate the South End Arts District and benefit SEABA (South End Arts and Business District).

All Mail Art and Stamp Art must be postmarked by APRIL 27, 2012 and addressed to:

Artist Name c/o SEABA
404 Pine Street
south end arts district
Burlington, VT 05401

JPG files of Stamp Art may also be submitted by APRIL 27, 2012 for inclusion in the on-line gallery at SEABA website. Files should include the name of the Artist and are to be sent to the exhibit curators, Marie Davis and Bren Alvarez: Marie, and to Bren,

Please forward this to your artists and other friends of artists across the globe!

The exhibit will be at the SEABA Center gallery: Opening celebration reception will be on May 4th. We Deliver! will be exhibited for the month of May. A silent auction of the Mail Art and Stamp Art will be held on Thursday, May 17th. We thank you in advance for contributing your work.

Image: Gabrielle Dietzel, 2003 mail art from "CANCELLED" group exhibition of mail art

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: SculptFest2012 in West Rutland

SculptFest2012 -
Keep on Keepin' On

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites sculptors to submit proposals for SculptFest2012, September 8-October 21. The theme for this year's outdoor installation event is Keep on Keepin' On, guest curated by Adam Frelin, Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, SUNY University at Albany, whose call states:

"The grounds of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in central Vermont are not those of a manicured outdoor sculpture park. It is less a space for presentation than a site for practice. Unlike an empty lawn, this place reveals its history, in relation not only to what once took place here (quarrying marble), but also to what is taking place (making art). These grounds are not "composed" in the traditional sense of an exhibition space, but layered, conflicted, frugal, organic, and elemental. In other words, alive.

"As artists, many of us try to make the best of our situation. If the local industry collapses (steel, coal, marble, you name it) we salvage their equipment. We make paintings of their altered landscape. And we move into their abandoned buildings. When all the grants and financial awards dry up, we get another job and keep making art in our spare time. When the galleries, museums and non-profits that show our art close down, we invent our own shows: whenever, wherever, with whomever.

"We keep on keepin' on."

-Adam Frelin, February 2012

Proposals should include a project description on one or two pages, sketches or other visual representations, resume, optional statement and up to ten 35mm slides (or digital images on a CD) portraying previous site-specific work. Applications are due July 20, 2012. Materials will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Address submissions to "SculptFest2012," The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. For more information, please contact us at 802-438-2097 or

Thursday, February 9, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: Exposed 2012 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe

Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont invites artists to submit proposals for the 21st annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, Exposed.

Deadline: March 19th
Artists notified: April 15th
Exhibition dates: July 13 - October 13, 2012

Sculptors: Artists may apply in any medium that can endure the outdoors in a public setting for three months. All object-based sculptures must be securely mounted to the ground at the designated site, and all work must be made safe for children and pedestrian traffic.

In addition to sculptural objects, we encourage innovative and broad approaches to sculpture such as, but not limited to: site-specific installations or interventions, and participatory or exchange based works. There are also opportunities for artists to collaborate with local businesses.

Sculptures will be installed on the Helen Day Art Center property, on Main Street and neighboring streets, along the 5-mile recreational path, and in other highlighted sites in the town of Stowe, Vermont. The Exposed curator will assign the sites to the artists. The average audience for this area is 70,000.

Events: We are accepting proposals for inclusion in single-night events. Video artists, filmmakers, performers, writers, and those interested in lecturing about public art history or their own work should apply. We hold video screenings, readings, lectures, and performances Thursday nights throughout the duration of the exhibition.

We will be offering stipends to each sculptor for $300 to help offset transportation costs. Although there are no geographic restrictions, artists are responsible for transportation, installation, and de-installation of their work, as well as returning the site to its original condition. Event-based artists and writers will receive a stipend of $100.

For further information and to download an application, please see our website: Contact Rachel Moore, curator, at with any questions regarding the application process or to obtain more detailed information about sites and potential collaboration with businesses in order to create a more specific proposal. For non-object based work, prior consultation with the curator is encouraged.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Vermont Crafts Council Seeks Participants in Open Studio's 20th Year

The Vermont Crafts Council announces an open registration period for Vermont visual artists interested in participating in its 2012 Open Studio Weekend, May 26 & 27. This statewide event will mark its 20th year with a celebration of the central life of the studio in the lives of working artists. During Open Studio Weekend, artists open their studios to the public for the exhibit and sale of their work.

The intent of Open Studio Weekend is to provide visitors with an experience of an authentic studio/working environment for the purpose of informing them of the added value of hand made artwork. The Vermont Studio Tour Guide containing maps and directions to studios, is available to the public in advance of the weekend, as a hardcopy map and as a pdf available from our website.

Those artists interested in more information, or for registration materials, should visit our website at The deadline for registration is January 6, 2012.

Images: Mantle Clock from Blackthorne Forge
Pottery by Becca Van Fleet Webb and Nathan Webb

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Regional Arts Gallery at the Bennington Museum

The Bennington Museum is calling for regional artists to participate in the Regional Arts Program during the Spring and Summer of 2012. The Regional Arts Program is an ongoing series of juried exhibits, selected by a jury composed of local arts professionals. The museum welcomes applications in all media, from photography, illustration, and sculpture to traditional crafts and oil paintings. The jury is open to any and all art forms and styles. If you have submitted work before and have not been chosen, you are encouraged to re-submit as some exhibiting artists have been selected on a follow-up review. The panel will evaluate these submissions the week of December 19, so entries need to arrive at the museum by December 16.

A regional artist is defined as one who lives or works in southern Vermont or the adjacent areas of New York and Massachusetts. Artists must submit samples of their work either in slides, digital images, prints, or originals, an artist’s statement, and a one page proposal for gallery use. Successful applicants are given a six week showing in the Regional Arts Gallery of the Bennington Museum. The first show from the most recent group of selected artists will open February 4, with other sessions to follow. Applications can be picked up at the museum or by calling 802-447-1571.

Image shows a previous exhibit in the Regional Arts Gallery at the Bennington Museum.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Holidays in America

Art's Alive will present a 2 month group exhibition from Dec 1, 2011 until Jan 31, 2012 in both galleries at Main Street Landing's Union Station and Wing building of artwork representing Iconic images of the Holidays in America with a focus on the relationship between commercialism and belief.

We need at least 40 pieces! This exhibition will run for 2 First Fridays and have a closing reception tba in late January.

Artists who are interested in contributing to this exhibition should Intake is Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Union Station from 12:00-3pm.

2d or 3d mediums - ready to hang (must have wire and be able to be hung on s-hook and chain); 3d pieces must be delivered with pedestal - 2d pieces no larger than 40" x 60" - 1 piece per artist.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Call to Artists: Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield

Call to Artists: The Central Vermont Artists' Marketing Cooperative, which operates the Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield, VT, invites area artists to join the Cooperative and sell their work in the Gallery. The Cooperative is a ten-year old non-profit, community-focused organization whose mission is to help market and promote the work of area artists, authors and musicians in Central Vermont and neighboring areas. Work is offered for sale in the Gallery. Commissions are structured according to what category of work you are selling and the hours worked in the Gallery. Art exhibits, receptions and author readings are held throughout the year. The Gallery is operated entirely by members and volunteers and is open Thursday through Sunday. There is a simple jurying process for applicants. To inquire about

joining, call Helen at 802-454-7119 or e-mail

To learn more about the Gallery and view the work of some of our current

members, please go to

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Chandler Gallery "Art of the Chair” in Randolph

Chandler Gallery in Randolph seeks artists to be a part of the upcoming exhibit:
Art of the Chair; Process and Possibility

that will run from January 21 through March 6, 2012.

The subject is the chair; the concept is beyond the limits of sitting. It is about process, utility, history, sentiment - from representational to the obscure. Looking for innovative, multi-media submissions (digital, conceptual, 2-D, 3-D). Deadline for submission of concept: December 31. Submissions to include two digital images of previous work and a short statement of intent. For more submission information, please email: Chandler Gallery phone: 802-431-0204.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: 24-Hour Comic challenge in Montpelier

Montpelier will again host a 24-Hour Comic challenge on Saturday, Oct. 1st, following up from last year’s successful event. This year, the challenge moves from the local library to Montpelier City Hall, where participants will create a 24-page comic book – story, art and lettering – in a consecutive 24 -hour period.

The event – which occurs on International 24-Hour Comics Day – begins at 10am on Saturday, Oct. 1 and continues for the next 24 hours, concluding early Sunday morning, Oct. 2.

“It may sound hard, but completing a comic book in 24 hours is an amazing and rewarding experience,” said Daniel Barlow, the co-founder of Trees & Hills and one of the organizers of the event. “We're really looking forward to seeing City Hall filled with cartoonists engaged in a creative marathon.”

The 24-Hour Comic challenge has a unique connection to Vermont: It was created two decades ago by cartoonist Scott McCloud (“Understanding Comics”) as a creative challenge for artist Stephen R. Bissette, a Vermont artist who teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt.

“Scott invented the 24 Hour Comic as a challenge, a way of breaking logjams and freeing constrained energy by completing, sans preparation, an entire 24-page comic in a mere 24 hours, start to finish,” Bissette explained. “Whatever we did during that 24 hour stretch -- including distractions like eating, using the bathroom, napping, walking, whatever (in my case, it included making my two kids lunch and picking them up from school ), the clock was still ticking.”

McCloud drew the first 24-Hour comic on Aug. 31, 1990 and Bissette created his days later on Sept. 5. Since then, tens of thousands of others have taken on the challenge. Montpelier Alive, the city’s downtown organization, is one of the organizers of this year’s event. The program is also supported in part by the City of Montpelier Community Arts Fund, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is sponsored by The Drawing Board, and supported with donations from Bagitos, Cabot Cheese, Capitol Grounds, Julio’s and Positive Pie 2.

The event is free and open to cartoonists and artists who are at least 16 years old. Anyone interested in participating is asked to preregister by e-mailing their name, address and telephone number to

For younger cartoonists, Vermont cartoonist Denis St. John will lead a three-hour interactive teaching session on comic storytelling that same morning at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. That session begins at 10am and concludes at 1pm. To register for that event, please call 802-223-4665. St. John is a 2008 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction and the popular creator of the “Monsters and Girls” comics. Participants will conclude that session with a complete mini-comic to show off.

Image: Penny watches Marek draw comics, courtesy of Marek Bennett, from Phayvanh Luekhamhan’s website

CALL TO ARTISTS: Colors of the Kingdom Outdoor Street Exhibit

We received this call from Edward Kadunc:

Dear Artist,

The Northeast Chamber of Commerce with Atelier Kadunc School of Fine Arts is pleased to invite you to be a part of The Annual Colors of the Kingdom Celebration, and participate in the Street Arts Festival Saturday September 17, St. Johnsbury, VT.

As part of many activities and events, we are trying to promote and celebrate local Fine Artists,
Craft Artists, Sculptors, Photographers, Potters, Etc. and line downtown St. Johnsbury streets with Art and Craft Work, as an Outdoor Street Exhibit. This celebration promises to be an event with abundant activity and foot traffic, with practically all businesses and establishments participating in the activities.

The Northeast Kingdom is an area of extreme natural beauty and home to abundant talent in
the Arts, it is my hope to showcase, celebrate, and promote this talent in this Street Exhibit.
I sincerely hope you are able to be a part of this, an annual celebration of the Arts.

As for particulars: The sidewalks of Railroad Street, Eastern Ave, and Main Streets are open for your Exhibit. It was my thought that we lean Artwork up against store fronts, and windows and make this Street Exhibit as simple as possible. Nevertheless, should you need tables, easels, chairs, or racks to display your work, we will leave this up to the Artist, so bring what you need for display. In case of rain we leave this up to your judgment, as we certainly do not wish for any
artwork to be damaged.

As part of this celebration we are asking business owners to spill out onto the sidewalk as well, and be a part of the event. Therefore, it is my hope that we as displaying Artists do not block entrances of particular shops, or display artwork in front of Artwork Shops or Galleries, as I hope they will promote their own wares. I am hoping common sense and courtesy will make this an energetic day for the Arts, St Johnsbury Center, and the local Art Community.

In short, it is my hope that Artists of all mediums turn out and celebrate and promote the Arts of the kingdom.

Thank You,
Edward Kadunc

Image from J. Stephen Conn's Flickr photostream

Monday, August 8, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: "Natural Playground" at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction

Exhibit Dates: 10/11/11 - 11/4/11
Submission Deadline: 9/13/2011
Exhibit information web site:
Darkroom Gallery
12 Main St.
Essex Jct., VT
Any Questions call (802) 777-3686 or (802) 238 2647

Playgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, and they're likely the first place your sense of adventure was tested . . . and further cultivated.
For the outdoor aficionado, what first started as an obsession for see-saws, swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, and sandboxes, has since turned into an instinctive passion for adventure by means of a different type of playground -- the natural playground.

Whether by trail, rock, water, snow or air, where has your obsession for adventure taken you? What's your photographic definition of Living the Dream? Skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or at your local hill? Climbing in Thailand or at the backyard crag? Mountain Biking in British Columbia or on your neighborhood trails? Surfing pristine Tahiti barrels or a quiet home break? Kayaking through Patagonia or along your favorite coastline?
For those passionate about their adventure and their photography, show us the photographic moments you've captured that will inspire our next adventure . . . in The Natural Playground

Juror: Corey Rich

Corey Rich is a photographer, Filmmaker & Principal at Aurora Photos and one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes In The Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books.

Juror: Justin Gural

Justin Gural is a marketing and communications freelancer with photography playing a prominent role throughout his commercial and editorial work. He approached us in the Fall of 2010, proposing to prepare and curate a juried gallery exhibit focusing on sports, adventure, travel and the outdoor lifestyle. A concept that relates directly with the active, local Vermont community, as well as the global adventure landscape, we're excited to see "Natural Playgrounds" come to fruition.

As founder and director of Cortex Marketing Network, a full-service marketing and communications agency staffed by an influential group of freelancing professionals, Gural leads the network specializing in integrated brand strategy, design and creative, photo/video production, public relations and copywriting, and event management. He has spent nine years committed to industry-leading brands such as Burton Snowboards, Fuse Marketing, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gatorade/Pepsi Co., MasterCraft Boat Company, Bombardier Recreational Products, USA Swimming, Select Design and the Burlington Free Press.

Gural also leads the editorial team at, USA Today's adventure sports, active travel and outdoor lifestyle website. He directs the website's content flow, manages photography, writes and edits editorial features, as well as travels to unique destinations while documenting the adventure. He will be covering this exhibit on behalf of once it's underway, including photo galleries of selected submissions as well as a "Viewfinder" photographer profile of the winning

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CALL TO ARTISTS: Exhibition of Vermont Artists with Disabilities

A Statewide Exhibition
Featuring Vermont Artists
with Disabilities

Application Postmark Deadline:
September 30, 2011

VSA Vermont seeks artwork that is of high artistic quality, demonstrating originality, imagination, skillful use of materials, and quality of craft.

VSA Vermont invites established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in Engage, a touring juried exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with various disabilities.

The premiere exhibit will be held at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2012.

Participating cultural venues will be physically accessible and the exhibit, Engage, also will provide accessible program and communication features.

The Engage initiative will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicity, to build larger audiences for their work, and to receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentation of their work.

VSAVermont’s exhibit will bring people with and without disabilities together to Engage in the experience of art.

Who May Apply?
Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability. A disability, as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act, substantially limits one or more major life activity.

Technical Assistance with Digital Imagery
Artists who cannot provide digital photographs of their artwork are invited to attend one of three Technical Assistance sessions offered during the months of August and September. At the Technical Assistance sessions photographers will be available to take digital images of artwork. Appointments for Technical Assistance are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, and with limited availability. More information at

Application form and instructions at:

Image: VSA project O.N.E.der Dome at the Hyde Street Pocket Park in Burlington