The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the Hudson Valley.  

The 2017 edition of the Hudson Valley Artists series is titled Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor. It calls for works that address modernity by reflecting on the Hudson River: its history, its grandeur, and its singular ability to provide us with a roadmap for meeting the challenges we face in the course of everyday life.

The deadline for artist submissions to Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor / Hudson Valley Artists 2017 is Friday, March 24, 2017, at 12 midnight.

Submissions will be juried by Livia Straus, director and co-founder of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA) in Peekskill, N.Y., a non-profit organization dedicated to developing exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art and its relationship to social issues. 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

“Muhheakunnuk” is the Native American name for the Hudson River, referring to its tidal waters that ebb and flow between Haverstraw Bay near the tip of Manhattan and the Troy Dam just north of Albany.

Artists have long found in the Hudson River a metaphor for life and death, for human dreams and the obstacles we must overcome to attain them. The river seems at once to mirror contemporary social conditions and anticipate future upheavals.

This exhibition poses questions intended to document this work in our own time: What are the perspectives of contemporary artists living along the Hudson River, and how are they reflected in their art? Can we look to the history of the Hudson Valley to anchor our moral fiber? How can the river and the artists it inspires guide us through the ongoing process of adjusting to new norms and realities?

Undercurrents: The River as Metaphor will run from June 10 – July 30, 2017 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery.

GUIDELINES

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 had a major one-person museum exhibition and who are not currently represented by a commercial art gallery. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.

Artists are invited to submit a maximum of six images or files of work created in 2015 or later. Artworks created in traditional media as well as audio, video, film, and performance are welcome. Proposals and plans for new works, including installation or performance, to be created for this exhibition may also be submitted.

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. Media artists must be able to supply players, monitors/projectors, speakers/headphones, and cables as needed.  Artists will also be responsible for the pick-up of work at the end of the exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017, midnight.

For the eighth consecutive year, exhibited works will be eligible for acquisition into the museum’s permanent collection, thanks to the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award and the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Amy Talluto, Nestor Madalengoita, Richard Edelman, Deb Lucke, Holly Hughes, Stephen Niccolls, Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Elisa Pritzker, Charles Geiger, and Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, among others.