Call for Art
Every year Fountain Street hosts an international call-for-art that invites a local curator, gallerist, critic, writer and/or artist to jury the artwork. The theme changes yearly and is decided by a group of Core members.
Themes are announced in early spring with an application period of summer to fall. Announcements of acceptance happen in late fall with the exhibition taking place in January.
Recent jurors include:
Karina Kelley & Bill Stelling, Kelley Stelling Contemporary, NH
Kelley Stelling Contemporary is a gallery dedicated to the presentation of works by emerging and mid-career artists in 2D and 3D formats. Drawing upon the deep pool of talent both in New England and the wider art world, the gallery is a locus for dialogue about art’s place in the community, and the need to nurture, educate and expose its possibilities to a broad mix of artists, collectors and art lovers. Based in downtown Manchester, Kelley Stelling Contemporary provides a much needed venue for an underserved audience. As part of downtown’s revival, Kelley Stelling Contemporary collaborates with area businesses and art institutions such as the Currier Museum of Art and the NH Institute of Art to expose residents and visitors to the rich cultural offerings of Manchester.
Samuel Rowlett is an artist and writer living in Western Massachusetts. Utilizing wayfinding techniques, his work synthesizes performance, sculpture, and digital media, through the lens of painting and drawing. His artwork has been exhibited widely and his writing has been featured in Hyperallergic and Boston’s art journal, Big, Red & Shiny. Rowlett has received fellowships from Yale University School of Art, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. His most recent curatorial projects include No Country For Old Men at Landmark College, Putney, VT, and The Known Universe, MASS MoCA Kidspace/Teenspace, North Adams, MA. Rowlett is an Associate Professor of Art at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont. His work can be viewed at samuelrowlett.com.
Jane Young, Chase Young Gallery
Jane Young, of Chase Young Gallery in Boston, has dedicated her career to the exhibition of exceptional contemporary painting, sculpture, and photography. Chase Young Gallery was originally established in 1990 as Chase Gallery in Boston’s Back Bay with a focus on figurative painting and sculpture. After moving to its current location in SoWa in 2009, the gallery has expanded its original aesthetic vision and services through the leadership of current Director, Kate Kostopoulos. The gallery is pleased to exhibit a wide variety of outstanding contemporary artists with a specific focus on innovative painting mediums.
CALL-FOR-ART the FINE PRINT
HOW TO APPLY
Application is online only at www.fsfaboston.com/apply. Artists can submit a maximum of 5 pieces and all work must be for sale. Entries not adhering to this procedure will not be juried. Size: 2D works must be no larger than 60” tall or wide. Diptychs/triptychs are considered one entry and should be united as one image for viewing by our jurors. 3D works can be no larger than 60” tall and 24” deep, and should weigh no more than 75 lbs. Sculpture artists may submit 2 images of each submitted work for consideration. The artist may be asked to provide pedestals, if needed.
Three-dimensional installation work is encouraged. If installation artwork is chosen by the juror the artist must be available during install dates.
All video or interactive submissions, or video details illustrating an entry, must be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work AND a single representative jpg image. The work should be shown online in its full length. It is understood that online versions of video files may be lower quality than those expected for exhibition in the gallery due to compression and internet formatting. If the spoken language in the video is not English, please provide a translated transcription. If work is accepted, artist is responsible for providing all necessary display and viewing equipment, including, but not limited to: tv/display monitor, media player, USB drive, mounting hardware, remote controls, batteries.
Note that a jpg still-image should still be submitted to represent the entry in addition to the video material, and this filename should include the term 'video'. (see below for example)
Video links should be provided on the entry form for each work in the VIDEO URL section, and should link directly to online or downloadable content that does NOT require a login, password or membership to view. These may be in the form of Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other similar links. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the juror viewing of the work.
Links to video entries must remain valid and active through the notification of jury results.
Only online submissions and payment will be considered. It is very important you spend time organizing your materials before you begin. You will not be able to make changes once they are submitted. And, you cannot save your progress as you fill out the form and return. It must be done in one sitting, which we anticipate should take 10-15 minutes if you are prepared.
Below is a list of materials you will need to be fully prepared:
1. Artist Contact Information. (REQUIRED)
2. A artist biography. The max word count is 75 words. An artist biography talks about your background and is written in 3rd person. (avoiding resume format) Your biography will be printed and displayed with your work if accepted. (REQUIRED)
3. A artist statement. The max word count is 150 words. The format is up to you, but we recommend you either speak about the work you are submitting or what drives your artistic practice as a whole. Your artist statement will be printed and displayed with your work if accepted. (REQUIRED)
4. Artist CV/Resume (OPTIONAL)
5. Up to five high resolution files (300 dpi, JPEG, CMYK, minimum of 1024 pixels wide).
6. Captions for the files, including Title, Medium, Dimensions (in inches) and Price. (REQUIRED)
7. Payment information (REQUIRED)
Before starting your application make sure you have all your information together. To apply you will need the following information:
Dimensions (L x W x H)
Image must be at least 1024 pixels wide and 300dpi.
Lastname_Firstname_Title.jpg (main image)
Lastname_Firstname_Title_Detail.jpg (additional supporting image - 3D work only)
Lastname_Firstname_Title_Video.jpg (for video still-image submissions only)
Accepted artists will be listed on the Fountain Street Fine Art website (http://www.fsfaboston.com/apply/). No phone calls or emails, please. Upon notification of acceptance: artists allow Fountain Street to use accepted images for promotional and press needs (including social media) for the exhibition. The artist retains all rights to their images.
All works selected for the exhibition must be dry, clean, finished, wired and ready to hang. No saw toothed hangers or clip frames will be accepted. Canvases need not have frames, but should have clean or finished edges and be wired for hanging. For accepted video work, the artist is responsible for providing all necessary display and viewing equipment, including, but not limited to: display monitor, DVD player, USB drive, mounting hardware, remote controls, batteries. Works not adhering to this protocol will not be hung, even if selected by our juror. The juror reserves the right to decline any work that differs markedly from its digital representation, including framing that the juror feels detracts from the overall cohesiveness of the exhibition.
Fountain Street receives 40% commission and the artist receives 60% on all sales of the work.
PICK UP OF UNSOLD WORKS
WORK MAY NOT BE REMOVED BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOW. The artist must arrange for pickup during the pick-up dates and times. Pickup times are Sunday evening after exhibition close between 6–8PM and the following Monday between 11AM–3PM. Artists are responsible for scheduling shipped artwork for pickup and must provide return shipping labels and materials. Artwork not retrieved by this deadline will incur a storage charge of $5 per day. After 30 days the work will be considered abandoned and become property of the gallery.
Fountain Street is insured for catastrophic damage, and will use the utmost care in handling artworks, but accepts no responsibility for damage or loss not covered by our policy. It is strongly advised that artists insure their own work.