Art in the Loft 2015 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

March 24, 2015

unnamed (5)Arts Mid-Hudson, in cooperation with Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, will once again curate the art exhibit in the loft space above the Winery’s main building. This project, known as ART in the LOFT, is a good opportunity for members of Arts Mid-Hudson to display and sell their work – last season over 50% of the arMillbrook Winery Wine Loft tworks were purchased by collectors.

We invite all AMH member artists to submit work to be juried for inclusion in Art in the Loft. There is no entry fee; however, you must be a member. Not a member? join or confirm member status by calling AMH offices: 845-454-3222.

Deadline for entries: Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, April 17, 2015.

Work must be delivered/shipped to the Millbrook Vineyards & Winery by May 8, 2015.

The exhibit will open to the public on May 18. A reception for opening will be planned when the artists have been selected.

The exhibit will close the first week in November, 2015 with a reception announcing the winner of the Wine Label Competition. Closing date will be planned when the artists are selected.

About Art in the Loft:
During the months of Mid-May through early November, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery has an average of 300-400 people per week through their tasting room. Art in the Loft is adjacent to the tasting room. People taking the winery tours, as well as other visitors, pass through the Art in the Loft gallery space, providing good exposure for artwork.
Arts Mid-Hudson and Millbrook Vineyards will promote the exhibition through press releases, social media, and printed announcements
Seventh Annual Wine Label Competition:
Artworks selected for Art in the Loft exhibit will be featured for the popular Wine Label Competition. Visitors to the Winery will have the opportunity to vote for the art they think makes the best wine label and simultaneous online voting will be available on the Arts Mid-Hudson website. The winner will be announced at a culminating event during early November, and the art with the most votes will be featured on bottles sold at the Winery. Millbrook Winery has the first option to purchase the winning art. A mixed case of wine with each artist’s label will also be available.
Important considerations regarding Art in the Loft:
The space at Art in the Loft is a long hallway running down the center of the loft of the barn. The “loft” is 95 feet long, 10.5 feet wide and 6 feet high. (The ceiling is much higher.) The wall space is not continuous. Windows, which look down into the pressing room, are set into the wall every 9 feet or so, breaking the exhibition space into 14 sections. There is adjustable track lighting.
Entries must be submitted through Submittable, an online submission system. There will be a simple form to complete asking for your contact information, 5 digital images of your proposed work, one attachment with information you would like to provide about your work (which can be used as quotes) and listing with artwork sizes and prices. One attachment for bio/résumé is welcome, but not required.
Begin your online application here.

Additional considerations:
Only AMH members may submit work for consideration. Non-member artists who wish to submit work are invited to join AMH – information on webpage:
Work must be suitable for exhibition (as determined by jury).
Work must be for sale.
Hanging work only. The space is too narrow for free-standing sculpture.
The space is not climate controlled
Artists are responsible for delivering/shipping work to the Winery.
Arts Mid-Hudson and the Millbrook Winery will take every caution with the artwork, however, artists must provide their own insurance if desired.
AMH commission on work sold as a result of the exhibition will be 20% – visitors to the exhibit can purchase work through the Winery.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have:
Arts Mid-Hudson | 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
845-454-3222 ·| Fax 845-454-6902 |· E-mail


The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson is to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Arts Mid-Hudson was established in 1964 as the Dutchess County Arts Council, a private, nonprofit arts service organization to promote cultural activity and development in Dutchess County. Arts Mid-Hudson engages and promotes the arts across the Mid-Hudson region through four initiatives: Cultural Development and Arts Services, Resource Development and Grant Making, Advocacy and Public Awareness, and Folk Arts Programs, providing best practices in the arts to ensure that our region retains its artists and arts organizations. Through our art partners, a diverse offering of arts and cultural programs, many free, attract a range of age groups, and are produced across a broad geographic area.

For more information on Arts Mid-Hudson:, visit AMH on Facebook or Tumblr, or call 845-454-3222.

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NYSCA Individual Artists Program Application Seminar

March 17, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Sanctuary for Independent Media

3361 6th Avenue
Troy, New York 12181

If you are thinking of attending, you should review the NYSCA Program guidelines here and the guidelines for the Individual Artists Program here. You can also view the home page of the New York State Council on the Arts, to see info about the deadline, as well as a list of FAQ’s, video tutorials and recorded conference calls about program guidelines and application process.

The seminar will provide information about opportunities for funding to individual artists from NYSCA, focusing upon support for Composer Commissions, Dance Commissions; Film, Media and New Technology Production and Theatre Artist Commissions through the Individual Artists Program. It will describe application procedures for individual artist applications through fiscal sponsors as well as general information about applying to NYSCA of interest to all applicants for funding.

During the meeting we will provide an overview of what you need to do to apply to NYSCA this year. We will also answer general application questions. The information we provide will be of particular interest to applicants making a complete (new for FY 16) application, including first-time applicants as well as those returning after completion of a multi-year grant.

The meeting will cover eligibility requirements for individual artist applications as well as all NYSCA applicants, new sponsored request forms for individual artists and fiscal sponsors, procedures for registering your application on the NYSCA web site and completing the application through Grants Gateway.

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Basic Grant Writing Certificate Program

March 15, 2015

6 Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm beginning April 8, 2015

In this class geared toward municipalities and non-profit community organizations, you will learn the fundamentals, communicate with funding sources, sell your program, acquire the skills you’ve always wanted to have, and develop and submit a grant application.
Computer Lab at Desmond Campus, Mount Saint Mary College.
The fee is $250.
Maximum registration: 7
Please call to register 845-565-2073
Or online:

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Compass Arts: Intro to the Graphic Novel – Kids + Adults

March 12, 2015


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Opportunity: Tina Dillman’s “Project Grant”

March 8, 2015

Cute Yellow House=Location of Project Grant

Cute Yellow House=Location of Project Grant

Summer 2015 Launch

Socially engaged artist residency program in Buffalo, NY

If you are an artist working in any media (dance, theatre, performance, installation, drawing/painting, sculpture, video, photography, etc…), living outside of the Western/Central NY area, and are interested in applying, please send an email to:, with a link to your work. For the first year I am accepting applications by invitation only. (more…)

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Opportunity: NYS Parks & Recreation Aide

March 7, 2015


National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

The following seasonal vacancy is announced in the Palisades Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation: (more…)

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ARTtalk Local – March

March 5, 2015

ARTtal116Click here to read the March Edition of ARTtalk Local.

News + Opportunities:

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Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz announces call for Hudson Valley Artists 2015

February 25, 2015

SUNY New PalzNEW PALTZ – The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of work by artists from the Hudson Valley. The Stories We Tell, the 2015 edition of the Hudson Valley Artists series, will be curated by Mary-Kay Lombino. An award-winning curator of contemporary art, Lombino is The Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

The deadline for artist submissions to The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015 is Monday, March 23, 2015, midnight.

The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015 takes as its focus the narrative form of contemporary art and examines how stories shape our experience and our understanding of the world. Instinctively, we are all storytellers merging fiction with non-fiction and conflating the real with the imagined.

The Hudson Valley has become known not only for its rich visual art but also for its strength in the literary arts. The region is steeped in its own narrative tales such as Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” T.C. Boyle’s novel World’s End, and factual accounts of Henry Hudson’s voyage.

The Stories We Tell provides a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which art and literature are closely related—both reflecting artistic practices of today as well as the role of the narrative structure in contemporary art. For Hudson Valley Artists 2015, artists are invited to submit work that considers the following questions. What is the difference between illustration and art that is shaped by narrative structure? How much is narrative a conscious or unconscious factor in an artist’s practice? How do stories factor into abstract art in which the narrative might be known only by the artist?

The exhibition will run from June 20–Nov. 8, 2015, in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. This is the seventh 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. Artists who work has been purchased in the past include Holly Hughes, Stephen Niccolls, Patrick Kelley, Adie Russell, Elisa Pritzker, Charles Geiger, and Curt Belshe and Lise Prown, among others.

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 do not have an exclusive contract with a commercial 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 2013 or later. Artworks created in traditional media as well as audio, video, film, and performance are welcome. Brief proposals for new works (including installation or performance) to be created for this exhibition may also be submitted.

Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015, midnight.

Artists’ submissions must be made online only through the following website:

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Far and Wide Open Call

far and wide open call

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Submission Deadline
Midnight, Sunday March 1, 2015

– The exhibition is open to artists from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Vermont who can hand deliver and pick up accepted works of art.
– Artists are invited to submit works in all media, any subject.

Susan Sayre Batton, the Managing Director at Dia:Beacon, and the Director of Administration for theDia Art Foundation

– The Arthur Harris Best in Show Award ($500)
– Nicholas Buhalis Award for Artistic Excellence in Abstract/Figurative or Figurative Work ($500)
– The Sam Spanier Award for Works on Paper ($150)

Media and Size Limitations
– All media are accepted.
– Works must not exceed 75 lbs. and 48″ x 48″ x 48″ (including frame).
– The base of 3-D work should be no greater than 24″ x 24″ or artists must supply their own pedestal.
– All work must be in good condition and ready to hang or install.
– Any special installation needs (ie. computer or video equipment) must be supplied by artist for the duration of the show and should be noted in submission.
– The WAAM reserves the right to reject works that do not comply with these guidelines.

To Enter
– Submit up to 12 digital images (jpgs) or 6 links to videos identified with artist’s last name, first name and sequential number (i.e: SmithJane1, SmithJane 2, etc) and a corresponding image/video list (see instructions on submission form).

Submission Fees
– First two images or links: $35 for artists who are not paid-up members of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM). $15 for WAAM members.
– $5 for each additional image or link submitted.
– Fees are non-refundable.

Delivery and Pick-up
All work and equipment (if needed) must be delivered and picked up in person. Shipments cannot be
accepted and will be rejected. No exceptions will be made. All work must arrive ready for hanging and installation.

Sales and Insurance
The WAAM will encourage sales and takes a 40% commission, however works of art need not be for sale. Artists should state retail price (including commission) or insurance value on image list. The WAAM provides insurance for works of art while on the premises.

– Sunday March 1, 2015: Submission deadline
– The week of March 23: Notifications to artists
– Mon, May 4, 12 – 6 pm: Delivery of Work
– May 9 – June 7: Exhibition Dates
– Sat, May 9, 4 – 6 pm: Reception. Awards announced.
– Mon, June 8, 12 – 6 pm: Pick up of work

If you have questions about the submission process contact
Carl Van Brunt, Gallery Director, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum
845-679-2940 or

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Beacon Music Factory: Adult Workshops

February 9, 2015



Announcing even more adult workshops and classes coming up this winter at the Beacon Music Factory! Registration is now open for a Mandolin Workshop with Steve Bernstein, a Group Harmonica Workshop with Michael Farkas, and The People’s Choir led by Cat Guthrie.

**Register for all classes online at or by calling 845-765-0472**


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