The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition of work from around the region.
The title of the 2019 edition of the series is Madness in Vegetables: Hudson Valley Artists 2019, referencing a poem by the French writer Francis Jammes.
This exhibition invites artists and artisans to address the enticing beauty and repellent brutality of nature; the political and civic implications of choosing a rural life; our ever-changing climate; the wild character of plants, gardens, forests, and fauna; the relevance, power and forms of anthropomorphic mythmaking; and poetic and fantastical interpretations of the woodlands.
The deadline for artist submissions to Madness in Vegetables is Sunday, March 24, at 12 midnight. All submissions must be made online using this link: https://dorskymuseum.submittable.com/submit/134477/madness-in-vegetableshudson-valley-artists-2019.
Submissions will be juried by Alyson Baker and Candice Madey of the newly-formed River Valley Arts Collective.
Madness in Vegetables will run from June 15 – Nov. 10, 2019 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery.
Exhibited works will be eligible for acquisition into the museum’s permanent collection, thanks to the Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award supported by the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund.
About the Exhibition
“I am dreaming of the trees that devote themselves to an unending search for aerial balance … Such is the life of a fig tree, like a poet’s: the search for light and the difficulty of remaining in it. There are apple trees that prefer the beauty of their fruit to the maintenance of their balance and so they break. They are mad.” – Francis Jammes, “Pensées des Jardins”
Jammes (1868 – 1938) is best known for poetry that turns towards a more direct expression of the natural world, drawing inspiration from rustic themes far removed from the decadent center of Parisian literary life.
He locates the vertical nature of the tree as a site for the imagination, connecting us to the mystery of the subterranean earth where roots converge and pulse with energy, and the determined ascent towards air and light.
Madness in Vegetables: Hudson Valley Artists 2019 shares Jammes’ interest in our otherworldly entanglements with vegetal life, and the endless potential for imagination that is found in the darkness of the underbrush and lightness of the overstory.
The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition is open to all emerging and mid-career artists and artisans 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 one-person museum exhibition and do not currently have representation with a large commercial gallery. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art staff and board members and their immediate families are not eligible. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.
The deadline for artist submissions is Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 12 midnight.
Artists are invited to submit a maximum of six images or files of work created in 2016 or later. In addition to traditional fine art and craft—in particular those made from locally sourced materials—audio, video, film, and performance works are eligible for this exhibition.
Brief proposals for new works to be created for this exhibition, including installation or performance works, may also be submitted.
All works selected for display must be framed or delivered in a manner ready for installation. For works having complicated or entailed installation and deinstallation procedures, it is the responsibility of the artist to complete all necessary tasks.
While The Dorsky Museum has a limited supply of equipment, it is the responsibility of the artist to supply any equipment for video projects, performance pieces and the like.
Delivery of Accepted Work:
All works must be hand-delivered by the artist, or a representative of the artist according to the following schedule:
Drop Off: The Week of May 28 – May 31, 2019
Pick Up: The week of November 11 – November 15, 2019
Accepted artists will be advised of specific drop off and pick up times.
Please note that all accepted works must be delivered in person. The museum can not accept works from delivery services, FedEx, UPS or USPS.
Any works left in the museum after November 15, 2019 will be subject to a storage fee.