Open Call for Juried Exhibition

July 26th, 2011  |  by Published in featured, inspiration


Follow the River: A Juried Exhibition Presented by the Northampton Arts Council

Deadline for Submissions: August 14, 2011

Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. –Leonardo da Vinci

Theme: Water

This October, the Northampton Arts Council and the city of Northampton invite area artists to celebrate and reflect on the essential qualities and importance of water in conjunction with a new public art project on the Route 9 railroad bridge. Artist and photographer David Teeple is creating this new installation titled ‘Water Music.’ The focus of the Northampton Arts Council’s juried exhibition at the Hosmer Gallery, ‘Follow the River,’ provides a conceptual framework that directly engages with the innovative power, beauty, and scope of art inspired by water.

Entries must be received on or before midnight, EST, Sunday, August 14, 2011.

Curatorial Statement:

“For the exhibition ‘Follow the River,’ I’m seeking artists whose work engages, inspires and celebrates the life-affirming properties of water, while also addressing the water challenges facing the planet. The goal of this exhibition is to initiate a dialogue between artists and the community, and to demystify and provoke the many facets of this most elusive and essential compound. Topics encouraged, but not limited to, include beauty, recreation, agriculture, energy, symbolism, mythology and weather. How can the science of water be communicated through a work of art? What impact is the global water crisis having on us locally? What impact does pollution have on our drinking water? What are the politics behind the water crisis, and can art make a difference? The undercurrent of the exhibition is one of inquiry and optimism. “

David Teeple

New York/Northampton

July 2011

Exhibition Dates:

Monday, October 3 through Saturday, October 29, 2011

Exhibition Location:

Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

To Submit Artwork for Consideration:

The Northampton Arts Council is streamlining this call for entry with a new process online. All artists must register first before completing online entry form. Up to three images may be submitted by each artist. A statement about the work is encouraged but not mandatory.

Start here:

Types of Artwork Accepted:

All two and three-dimensional media in any style (abstract, conceptual, representational, etc.) as well as video and performing arts will be considered. Allowed entry file types include: jpg, mp3, pdf, doc, mov, wmv


Exhibition is open to artists living in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.

Entries must be received on or before midnight, EST, Sunday, August 14, 2011.

Guest Juror: David Teeple

For over 20 years, David Teeple’s work has addressed the theme of water. A practicing and prolific artist since 1980, he has created work in sculpture, site-relative installation, photography and works on paper. His work can be found in the public collections of The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation in Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, The La Jolla Athenaeum, The Yuma Art Center and Hampshire College as well as many corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. Teeple was a finalist for the 2011 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation individual grant and for a national sculpture competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Recently, selected through a competitive process, Teeple’s public art proposal, Water Music, will replace Leland Johnston “Dream” mural on the Route 9 railroad bridge in Northampton in October 2011.

Submissions will be juried anonymously.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: Sunday, August 14, 2011

Notification of accepted artwork received by: Monday, August 26, 2011

Delivery of accepted artwork:  Friday, Sept. 30, 2-5pm and Sat., Oct. 1, 9am-12

Deliver to: Hosmer Gallery, Second Floor, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton

Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 14, 5-8pm

Exhibition closes: 5pm on Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pick up: Monday, October 31, 9-12pm


Work must be framed and ready to hang. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject any accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image. Works displayed in the Hosmer Gallery are insured to the limit of the Forbes Library policy.  Artists may offer works for sale. If work is sold, the library, not the Arts Council, expects a donation of 15% of the proceeds.

The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes.

This exhibition is presented by the Northampton Arts Council, in cooperation with the Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library.


The Northampton Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization and a department of the City, supports and nurtures arts activities in the community, allocates grants to artists, stimulates public awareness and support for the arts, and works to maintain the diverse cultural heritage of Northampton.


Email: or call 413-587-1069.

Please mention “juried show” in the subject line of the email.

Click here to submit artwork.

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