Museum curator Brian Wallace will select approximately twenty artists/artist teams from the mid-Hudson Valley and organize an exhibition that will feature artwork, information, presentations, activities, and other projects that will connect global issues such as sustainability, ecological awareness, and bioethics to our immediate surroundings. The exhibit Hudson Valley Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones will be on view from June 13 - Sept. 6, 2009. Submission deadline is April 17. More details can be found at the Dorsky Museum website.
New Paltz is an ecotone, a place where overlapping natural and social ecologies – the river and the mountains, the cosmopolitan and the rural – exist in a fragile tension. The artworks and art historical narratives associated with this region suggest the great opportunities (and responsibilities) that area artists, residents, and visitors have to visualize and act upon opportunities to contribute to a better world.
Key terms: intensive speciation and accelerated mutation; wide margins and slow transitions; thick thresholds and overlapping domains.
The exhibition is open to all emerging and mid-career artists living in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Columbia, and Greene Counties who have not yet had a major one-person museum exhibition and who do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial gallery. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.
Artists are invited to submit a maximum of six images of work created since the beginning of 2006. Traditional media as well as audio, video, film, etc. welcome. Brief proposals (100 words, 1-2 images) for new work, presentations, performances, etc., related to the exhibition are also welcome.
Slides or CDs equally welcome; VHS /DVD cued to a 2 minute sample accepted. For each work, clearly indicate artist’s name, artwork name, date, materials, and dimensions.
The submission package must include image captions, artist’s biography/CV, contact information, and SASE for return of materials. It may not be possible to review incomplete submissions. All materials will be returned.
Artists participating in the exhibition will be responsible for the delivery of selected works to the museum; works must be ready to install (proposed new works will be dealt with upon acceptance). Artists will also be responsible for the return of work at the end of the exhibition.
*One component of the exhibition, Habitat for Artists, will offer temporary studio space in repurposed structures in several locations in New Paltz; if you would like more information as it becomes available, put "HFA" and your contact information, including email, on a separate sheet.