SOHN FINE ART GALLERY IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSIONS FOR THE
7TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION
This is an open call for art for a Juried Photography and Sculpture Exhibition at Sohn Fine Art Gallery, located in the heart of the Berkshires in Lenox, MA. Any genre of photography can be submitted and all photographic mediums are eligible for submission. Sculptures in any medium for indoors are eligible for submission (size restrictions may apply). The 6th Annual Juried Exhibition will benefit Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, MA. This Exhibition will be curated and judged by the Museum’s Director and Curators: LAURIE NORTON MOFFATT (Director and CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum), STEPHANIE HABOUSH PLUNKETT (Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Norman Rockwell Museum), and JESSE KOWALSKI (Curator of Exhibitions at Norman Rockwell Museum).
CALL FOR ART
6TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION
The submission deadline is February 18th. The exhibition will be on view at Sohn Fine Art Gallery March 31 – May 29, with a Reception Saturday, April 22, where the winners will be announced. Approximately 20 photographs and 3-10 sculptures will be accepted into the exhibition. All work will be judged anonymously. The 1st Place Winner in the photography category will receive a private tour for two of Norman Rockwell Museum’s permanent collection with Curator Jesse Kowalski, as well as a family membership to the Museum for one year. The 1st Place Winner in the sculpture category will receive a private tour for two of Norman Rockwell Museum’s Peter Rockwell Sculpture Collection with a Museum Curator, as well as a family membership to the Museum for one year.
The People’s Choice Award Winner in Photography will receive one 24 x 36” (paper size) archival pigment print of their own work, produced by Sohn Fine Art, on a substrate of their choice. The People’s Choice Award Winner in Sculpture will receive an opportunity to exhibit one piece of their work (to be chosen by Sohn Fine Art) at Sohn Fine Art Gallery for July and August 2017.
2nd and 3rd Place will receive Honorable Mention and Norman Rockwell books.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 18
ACCEPTED ARTISTS NOTIFED: FEBRUARY 26
EXHIBITION AT SOHN FINE ART GALLERY: MARCH 31 – MAY 29
RECEPTION SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 4:00 – 6:30 (Where the winners will be announced)
THE 6TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION WILL BE ANONYMOUSLY JUDGED BY
2016 1st Place Winner Sue Palmer Stone
LAURIE NORTON MOFFATT I Director and CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum
Laurie Norton Moffatt is director and CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. A leading scholar of American illustration art, she authored the Norman Rockwell catalogue raisonné and led the growth of the museum from a small house in the artist’s hometown to be a global leader in illustration art exhibitions, scholarship and digital collections connectivity. She founded the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first art history scholarly institute in American illustration art which is a hub of illustration art collections, museums, libraries, universities, scholars, curators and professors across the country.
In recognition of the Museum’s national service, President George W. Bush bestowed the National Humanities Medal to the Museum and President Barack Obama invited her to the White House with Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. She was a cultural specialist to Ethiopia and Russia with the US State Department. A national arts leader, she has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums and Association of Art Museum Directors, and convenings with National Arts Strategy. Currently she serves on the boards of Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Health Systems and Connecticut College. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in art history from Connecticut College and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
STEPHANIE HABOUSH PLUNKETT I Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Norman Rockwell Museum
Stephanie Haboush Plunkett is the Deputy Director and Chief Curator where she has worked to inspire the appreciation and ongoing consideration of the art of Norman Rockwell and the field of illustration for the past twenty years. She and Laurie Norton Moffatt envisioned and launched, in 2009, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first center for scholarship relating to the art of illustration. She also originated the Museum’s Distinguished Illustrator Series, which celebrates the contributions of noted contemporary creators, and has helped to expand the Museum’s holdings of original illustration art.
The recipient of a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts and Bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute, Stephanie has written and spoken widely on the art of Norman Rockwell and the impact of illustrated images in our world. She is the curator of many exhibitions exploring the art of Norman Rockwell and the field of illustration, including Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World, The Unknown Hopper: Edward Hopper as Illustrator; Ice Age to the Digital Age:The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios; Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney; William Steig: Love & Laughter; Ephemeral Beauty: Al Parker and the American Women’s Magazine: 1940-1960; LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel; Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay, and The Art of The New Yorker: Eighty Years in the Vanguard, among others. In addition to her work at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie Plunkett is the author of two American Library Association Notable children’s books any many essays relating to the art of illustration. A recently completed book focusing on illustrators of the Famous Artists School and their working methods will soon be published by Quarry Books. Stephanie has also taught and lectured extensively, serving as Adjunct Professor for a series of graduate level seminar programs at the Maryland Institute Collect of Art (MICA), Baltimore, focused on illustration and visual culture. Stephanie has also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Heckscher Museum of Art.
JESSE KOWALSKI I Curator of Exhibitions at Norman Rockwell Museum
Jesse Kowalski, Curator of Exhibitions, joined Norman Rockwell Museum in 2015. Since coming on board, Jesse has curated Norman Rockwell: Heroes, Humor and Growing Up, and the Museum’s current exhibition, Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning and is currently preparing for travel outside of the Museum, an exhibition containing the comic book art of Alex Ross entitled, Superheroes and Superstars: The Work of Alex Ross.
Prior to joining Norman Rockwell Museum, Jesse served as Director of Exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, where he was employed for 18 of the Museum’s 20 years, curating many of the Warhol Museum’s popular traveling and in-house exhibitions over the last several years, including “Andy Warhol: Portraits” (the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s portraitures); “The Prints of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again;” and “Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross,” which traveled to the Norman Rockwell Museum in 2012. In addition, Kowalski has developed cultural partnerships with museums, corporations, and governments while designing and overseeing the installation of exhibitions at dozens of museums in 15 countries. Jesse also designed and supervised the reinstallation of The Andy Warhol Museum’s permanent collection galleries,
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Jesse began working at Andy Warhol Museum in 1996, as part of an internship through the College of the Atlantic, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1997.
2016 People's Choice Award and 2nd Place Winner
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
1ST PLACE WINNER: PHOTOGRAPHY l Will be awarded a private tour for two of Norman Rockwell Museum’s permanent collection with Curator Jesse Kowalski, as well as a family membership to the Museum for one year.
1ST PLACE WINNER: SCULPTURE l Will be awarded a private tour for two of Norman Rockwell Museum’s Peter Rockwell Sculpture Collection with a Museum Curator, as well as a family membership to the Museum for one year.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: PHOTOGRAPHY l Will be awarded one 24” x 36” (paper size) archival pigment print of their own work, produced by Sohn Fine Art, on a substrate of their choice.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER: SCULPTURE l Will be awarded an opportunity to exhibit one piece of their work (to be chosen by Sohn Fine Art) at Sohn Fine Art Gallery for July and August 2017.
2ND & 3RD PLACE: PHOTOGRAPHY & SCULPTURE l Will receive Honorable Mention and a Norman Rockwell book.
2016 3nd Place Winner Paul Murray
20% OF SALES WILL BE DONATED TO THE NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM
Norman Rockwell Museum, located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, holds the world’s largest and most significant collection of works by Norman Rockwell, including more than 800 paintings, drawings, and studies and an archive of more than 150,000 photographs, letters, and materials. The Museum’s campus includes the artist’s original Stockbridge studio, moved from the center of town, which stands today much as it did in Rockwell’s lifetime, complete with easel, brushes, books, and furnishings.
The Museum presents, preserves and studies the art of illustration and is a world resource for reflection, involvement and discovery inspired by Norman Rockwell and the power of visual images to shape and reflect society. The Museum advances social good through the civic values of learning, respect and inclusion and is committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all people through the universal messages of humanity and kindness portrayed by Norman Rockwell.
Norman Rockwell Museum is devoted to education and new scholarship that illuminates Rockwell and American illustration’s unique contribution to society, and popular culture. “Visual communication is the language and currency of contemporary culture – Norman Rockwell was among the most powerful and beloved communicators of the 20th century,” says Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt. “His paintings continue to touch people in a way that transcends age and culture. The goal of Norman Rockwell Museum is to take a broad view of Rockwell, showing his endurance as an important artist and an American icon.”
ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE REVIEWED ANONYMOUSLY
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Submit up to 12 images in digital format. Submissions must be in the photography genre. All photographic mediums are eligible for submission. Digital files must be uploaded through CaFÉ in jpeg format with a resolution of 72 ppi and a dimension of 1920 pixels on long side and not exceeding 5 MB. The filename must include the first letter of your last name and the title of the piece.
There is a one time, $25 Submission fee, which helps to cover our CAFÉ fees and benefits the Master Artist Series Program at Sohn Fine Art.
All entries must be received by February 18, 2017. If any of your work is accepted, you will be notified by February 26.
Accepted work must be of exhibition quality. Photography must be framed (or equivalent) and ready to hang. All artwork must be dropped off at the gallery by March 26. You are responsible for removing any unsold work at the end of the exhibition. The Gallery is located at 69 Church Street, Lenox, MA. If you are shipping work you are responsible for all shipping and packing costs to and from the Gallery. All work submitted must be limited editions or one-of-a-kinds. All artwork in the exhibition will be for sale. Sohn Fine Art Gallery will donate 20% of any sale to Norman Rockwell Museum and split the remainder 50/50 with the artist, essentially paying the artist 40% commission of the retail price.