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Juried Documentary Photography – Call For Artists

Juried Documentary Photography – Call For Artists

Smithtown Township Arts Council invites submissions for its upcoming juried documentary photography exhibition at the Mills Pond Gallery. Juror: Kevin C. Downs. Open to photographers age 18 and older using visual narratives in their photos.

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Deadline: 13 Mar 2018

The entry fee is $45 for up to three project entries (two to four images per project).

Juried Documentary Photography Exhibit Dates: April 28 – May 19. 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780.

An important quality of entries should be the intent to tell a visual story about the subject of your photographs. Style may be documentary, personal, or photo-journalism. Each entry may consist of between two and four images that convey a story around a particular theme. Smithtown Township Arts Council is looking for work that focuses on visual storytelling rather than fine art photography, work that compels us to think about life outside our own little worlds, teaches us something we didn’t know, or helps us understand a situation from a new point of view.

Selected artists for the Juried Documentary Photography exhibit will have opportunity to win $500 first place or $200 second place awards. Winning artists are invited to future winners showcase exhibit. Accepted artists have an opportunity to exhibit with documentary photography artists from across the US and be judged by a documentary photographer who is among the top in his field.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Smithtown Township Arts Council operates Mills Pond Gallery in an historic Greek Revival building built in 1838. Adaptation of Mills Pond House for public use has introduced modern mechanical systems to the structure without impairing its historic integrity. Gallery lighting and handicapped access have been designed to complement the original building. Notable among the ca. 1838 Grecian details are the gold-veined marble mantelpieces, ornamental plater “centres” applied to the ceilings, and front and rear stoops supported by wooden Doric columns.

Mills Pond house preserves the locality’s name, but departs from tradition in other respects. Its high-style Grecian design is unusual on Long Island and the hand of an accomplished architect is nearly unique at this early date. Pollard’s influence is seen in the use of imported materials: Albany boards, Carolina yellow pine, English glass, Connecticut stone, and Santo Domingan mahogany. The silvered hardware, decorative plaster, and carpeting were bought in New York City shops. William Wickham Mills died in 1865. His home descended in the family until its gift to the Town of Smithtown in 1976. Today, it is preserved for use as an arts-related facility.

By exhibiting contemporary works of art from local to national sources, Mills Pond Gallery brings art and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the nation’s rich and diverse artistic heritage. Exhibitions reach local communities through classes, special events, and community outreach programs that focus on active and collaborative learning.

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Colors Of The Night – Call For Artists

Colors Of The Night – Call For Artists

Smithtown Township Arts Council invites submissions for its upcoming 2017 national juried fine art exhibition, Colors of the Night at Mills Pond Gallery.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Jun 2017

Exhibition Dates: August 19 -Sept. 30

Juror/Judge Tim Newton. This exhibition/competition will encompass all varieties of nocturnal art including twilight/dusk, dawn, urban, interiors, landscapes, and figures. No subject is off limits. Judging will be based on originality/creativity, good design, and skillful execution within your medium. Open to USA artists age 18 or older. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Entry fee $45 for up to three images.

Colors Of The Night awards:

  • $1,000 Best of Show
  • $500 Second Place
  • $250 Third Place.

Selected artists will have their work posted on the Smithtown Township Arts Council website and in the gallery. The exhibition will be widely marketed on Long Island and in NY press.

About Smithtown Township Arts Council

Smithtown Township Arts Council is a 501 c 3 non profit organization. Proceeds from entry fees are invested back into local communities to present art exhibits, teach art classes, and present art programs. The gallery is in a historic building which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Smithtown Township Arts Council exists to integrate the arts into the fabric of everyday life on Long Island. A fundamental goal of this organization is to show how the arts inspire, educate, cause positive change, and generally improve the quality of life for the residents of the communities we serve.

Adding an important dimension to our lives, the arts make us unique, record our lives, provide forum for debate, improve education, create community engagement, and encourage multicultural expression. The Historic Mills Pond House provides a creative outlet and the opportunity to experience, investigate, and discover contemporary art cultural issues which are engaging and relevant to the public’s daily lives and civic responsibilities. The Arts Council offers programs for families and children that invite active and collaborative learning through the arts. They engage participants in arts experiences that connect them to the performers and creative minds who enrich their lives.

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