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Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

The Susquehanna Art Museum announces a call for artists for Creating Joy: Art Inspired By Music, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault to be held Friday, May 1 to Sunday, August 2, 2020. Sonic experience has long been a powerful influence on artistic expression. Practicing the visualization of music helped Modernist artists break free of traditional subject matter and begin to think abstractly. Artists such as Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg were directly inspired by the music they listened to in their studios, while musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Patti Smith collaborated with iconic artists to create art for their albums.

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Deadline: 30 Mar 2020

In a divisive contemporary world, music is one of the best ways to cultivate joy in our daily lives. Susquehanna Art Museum is interested in how you, as an artist, find joy at the intersection of music and art. Works selected for this exhibition will provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.

Creating Joy Artists Benefits

Chosen artists will be eligible for one of two prizes totaling $650. Juror’s Choice Prize is $400 and Viewer’s Choice Prize is $250. The Museum partners with other local organizations regularly to increase their reach. They take part in a city-wide monthly event, Third in the Burg, which offers free admission to all from 5 – 8 pm. This event significantly increases regular traffic, hosting between 150 – 400 people within a span of four hours. All artists are invited to submit an exhibition proposal to the Director of Exhibitions for a solo or group exhibition.

About Susquehanna Art Museum

The Susquehanna Art Museum, located in the historic Midtown district, is the only dedicated art museum in Pennsylvania’s capital city. They strive to inspire life-long learning in visitors of all ages through unique educational experiences with original and significant artworks. The Museum seeks to build community, both within the walls of the museum and the region. They strive to encourage partnering with other artistic academic, cultural, and professional communities to more effectively utilize shared resources and better serve the community at large. As Harrisburg’s only dedicated art museum, they take seriously the responsibility of presenting innovative approaches to art and lifelong learning.

For more information, contact lnye@susquehannaartmuseum.org.

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2019 HBG Mural Fest (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

2019 HBG Mural Fest (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

Sprocket Mural Works, a city-wide mural project in Harrisburg, PA, seeks artists interested in producing an original piece of public art during their second mural festival. 2019 HBG Mural Fest is a focused surge of city beautification through the creation of 10 murals in 10 days. The mural festival will run in Harrisburg, PA, from August 30 – September 8, 2019. The first mural festival in 2017 was an incredible success. Sprocket Mural Works is looking for artists who are excited to be a part of the second effort and make their mark on the city landscape.

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Deadline: 25 Mar 2019

Prior pubic art experience is appreciated, but not required. Preference will be given to local and regional artists, although national and international artists may be selected. Artists will be notified of their acceptance the week of April 15. The murals will be produced during the 10-day period of August 30 – September 8. Artists must be able to produce a mural within that 10-day period. Starting prior to August 30 may be acceptable, but would need to be coordinated with Sprocket Mural Works in advance.

During the 2017 event, Sprocket added 18 public murals to the face of Harrisburg. In doing so, they created the initial framework of a walkable mural tour. In 2019, they aim to fill the gaps in this trail, ultimately making Harrisburg a mural-dense city.

2017 HBG Mural Fest By-The-Numbers:

  • 18 new individual pieces of public art were produced (the original plan was 10)
  • 16 artists contributed and were paid for their talents
  • 75+ neighbors painted artwork that beautified blighted homes at the Community Paint Day
  • 100+ tweed-clad cyclists saw the murals by bicycle during the Stylish Bike Tour
  • 2000+ party-goers joined us at the festival-closing block party
  • 10+ local photographers and videographers volunteered their time and skills to capture the entire festival
  • 35 local businesses sponsored the event and donated towards making the city a more beautiful place
  • 150 volunteers helped pull it all off

2019 HBG Mural Fest Artist Benefits

2019 HBG Mural Fest artists will make a permanent, public mark on Pennsylvania’s capital city that will be visible to residents and visitors for years to come. Chosen artists will receive a stipend for their participation and, if required, travel expenses will be covered. Mural materials will be supplied. Walls will be prepped prior to the artist’s arrival.

About Sproket Mural Works

Sprocket Mural Works is a citywide mural project that works with neighborhoods, artists, and organizations to create vibrant community murals across Harrisburg. Their mission is to increase community pride and civic engagement in Harrisburg through creative action.

Over the last 5 years, Sprocket has added more than 25 murals to the cityscape of Harrisburg plus a number of additional privately commissioned murals. They have overseen projects for painting utility boxes, planters, and person-sized ducks which, combined, gave more than 20 additional artists an opportunity to be featured around town.

Key Principles

  • Art uplifts the human spirit
  • Art should be accessible to all
  • Public art contributes to the health of communities
  • Collaboration can ignite a group of people
  • Collaboration can solidify a common goal
  • Art has an economic impact
  • Artists should be paid for their work

For more information, contact hello@sprocketmuralworks.com.

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Inspired – Call For Artists

Inspired – Call For Artists

The Susquehanna Art Museum announces a call for artists for Inspired: Contemporary Responses to a Legacy of Courage, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault. June 28 – July 1, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising. The uprising, a series of violent demonstrations, was a spontaneous moment of courageous activism by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world. To recognize and commemorate this historic moment, Susquehanna Art Museum is partnering with the LGBT Center of Central PA and Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to open the LGBTQ+ history project collection to artists and creators. The collection documents the stories and history of LGBTQ+ life and activism in Central PA.

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Deadline: 4 Apr 2019

Susquehanna Art Museum’s 2019 juried exhibition provides an opportunity for artists to visit the collection at the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections. Artists are tasked with creating original works of art inspired by the items in the collection. Works selected for this exhibition should provide a contemporary reflection on a pivotal moment in American LGBTQ+ history. Submissions may consider the history of the LGBTQ+ community, the continued search for equity and inclusion both nationally and globally, social justice for marginalized groups, or other expressions of creativity inspired by the collection. These works may include, but are not limited to: ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, video, the written word, and graphic design.

Jurors: Barry Loveland, Chair of the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project and Lauren Nye, Director of Exhibitions, Susquehanna Art Museum.

Fees: Submissions to this year’s juried exhibition are free to commemorate the unique partnership of Central Pennsylvania organizations. Each artist may submit up to three pieces.

Prize: Viewer’s Choice – $250, voting takes place at the exhibition

About The Susquehanna Art Museum

Nestled within the Capital City’s emerging midtown neighborhood in a newly reclaimed building, the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) serves as a catalyst in the Commonwealth to offer superior educational programming and diverse exhibitions. As a non-collecting institution, SAM has the ability to create a rotating schedule of exhibitions through the year to address both historic and contemporary movements in art and art history. As the only dedicated art museum in the capital region, they believe that the emotional response to art has the ability to foster human connectedness. They are committed to engaging diverse audiences through exhibitions and experiences that promote understanding and social discourse.

For more information, contact LNye@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.

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Identity Spectrum – Call For Artists

Identity Spectrum – Call For Artists

The Susquehanna Art Museum announces a call for artists for Identity Spectrum, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and Vault. Event to be held from Friday May 4 – Sunday August 5, 2018.

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Deadline: 4 Apr 2018

Free entry for current Susquehanna Art Museum members, up to three pieces. Entry fee for non-members is $15 per artwork, up to three pieces.

As one of the fundamental aspects of personal identity, gender has been examined by artists throughout history. Society is experiencing the increased politicization of identity expression while contemporary boundaries and norms are constantly shifting. Works selected for this exhibition will provide unique perspectives on individual expression and the definition of gender, both visually and conceptually. These works may include, but are not limited to, ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, video, and graphic design.

Identity Spectrum Juror

Dr. Christine Fillipone, Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at Millersville University, specializes in contemporary and 20th century art. She is Coordinator of The Women’s and Gender Studies program at Millersville University. Recipient of the 2017 SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication, her book Science, Technology, and Utopias: Women Artists and Cold War America (Routledge Press, 2017) examines feminist aesthetic approaches to science and technology.

Her research has been supported by a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship, an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and a Guggenheim Fellowship from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Filippone has served as Executive Director of The Print Center in Philadelphia, an art gallery and store dedicated to contemporary printmaking and photography. She has worked in curatorial departments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, International Center of Photography in New York, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

There are two prizes available for Identity Spectrum: Juror’s Choice for Best in Show, a $400 prize and Viewer’s Choice, a $250 prize. Artists who are accepted in the juried exhibition are encourage to develop a long-term relationship with the Museum’s curator, submit their work for future opportunities, and/or create an exhibition proposal for a solo or group exhibition in the future.

About the Susquehanna Art Museum

The Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) is unique in a number of ways. Located in a historic bank building. With a large contemporary addition, it fuses early 20th century architecture with modern sleek galleries. One of the visitor’s favorite spaces is the converted bank vault which holds intimate solo and group exhibitions. As a non-collecting museum, the exhibitions in all four galleries change numerous times throughout the year. This provides members, visitors, and school tours the opportunity to visit multiple times each season for a new experience. SAM is the capitol city of Pennsylvania’s only dedicated art museum. It has a long history of exhibiting nationally and internationally recognized artists working in all media.

For more information, contact lnye@susquehannaartmuseum.org.

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