Dorsky Museum announces call for artists for Hudson Valley Artists 2011

NEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the mid Hudson Valley. This year’s exhibition—Hudson Valley Artists 2011: Exercises in Unnecessary Beauty—will be selected and organized by Dorsky Museum curator Brian Wallace. Artists are invited to submit images of existing work or to propose new works or site-specific installations. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 25, 2011.

Hudson Valley Artists 2011: Exercises in Unnecessary Beauty will feature selected works by artists living and working in the mid Hudson Valley who dare to address that most elusive of qualities: the beautiful. We welcome a wide range of submissions that range from beautiful images and craftsmanship to works that question the idea and/or ideal of beauty. The exhibition, which takes place in the museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery, will run from June 25 – November 13, 2011.

The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition series is open to artists from Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. This is the third year that a Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the Dorsky Museum’s permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible through the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work was purchased in 2010 are the Peekskill collaborative/public artist team Belshe/Prown and New Paltz photographer/book artist Francois Deschamps.


The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition is open to all emerging and mid-career artists with a permanent mailing address and active art practice in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester 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 in 2007 or later. Artworks created in traditional media as well as audio, video, film, etc., are welcome. Brief proposals

(100 words, 1-2 images) for new works (presentations, performances, etc.) to be created for this exhibition are also encouraged.

Work shall be submitted in the form of slides or CDs. For time-based works, a DVD or VHS tape cued to a two (2) minute sample is recommended. For each work, clearly indicate the artist’s name, artwork name, date, materials, and dimensions. We cannot accept submissions via email; we can accept a link to a website that has a clearly demarcated page/area with all the requested submission information; we highly recommend submitting materials by mail/hand; images should be approximately 1mb each.

The submission package must include image captions, an 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 upon or before the close of the exhibition.

Artists participating in the exhibition will be responsible for the delivery of selected works to the museum; works must be ready to install upon delivery. Installation of proposed new works will be discussed upon acceptance. Artists will also be responsible for the pick-up of work at the end of the exhibition.

Please send submissions to:

Attn: HVA 2011
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

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