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Ends on 3/21/2016

CAMPSITE seeks artists who engage in a spirit of play and who create artworks that are in touch with the seriousness of playful exploration. The exhibition draws inspiration from the traditions and aesthetics associated with the region’s rich history of summer camps. From sleepaway camps for kids to pleasure palace resorts for adults, these sites conjure up the promise of new adventures, diversions, libidinal pursuits, and unfettered experimentation. Historically, this experience spans race, class, and culture. Summer camp can be an escape, a state of mind, or a metaphor by which to confront emotional longings and dislocations of contemporary life.

CAMPSITE is an opportunity for artists to channel summer traditions and rituals associated with camp, resorts, and festivals—such as craft projects, wilderness encounters, improvised games, talent shows, and more. Artists may wish to revisit the naive impulses and emotional connections associated with their earliest handiwork and preferred materials or envision what summer camp means to them now. Moving freely across artistic disciplines and mediums, including performance, textiles, ceramics, painting, drawing, installation, video, and photography, CAMPSITE promises to transform the museum space into a locus of visual pleasures and unexpected activities where playful exploration leads to more serious engagement with the larger contemporary world.

The exhibition will run from June 18–Nov. 13, 2016 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. This is the eighth year that the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the museum’s permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible through the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund.


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 2014 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.

Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2016, midnight.