Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and necessity to maintain social distancing to stay safe, the Phillips Mill Community Association will present the 91st annual juried art exhibition, from Sept. 25 to Nov. 1.
While the opportunity to view art in the scenic, historic mill, located on River Road just north of New Hope, will be missed this year, the first-time-ever online exhibit will be available for all to enjoy. This means the exhibit will be far-reaching, sustained through an extensive social media campaign, and available for thousands of people to view. The show will feature honored artists, awards and exciting new online artist interviews and videos, news and views of the mill’s rich history, and more.
The decision was not made lightly, but with deep consideration for the health and well-being of artists, patrons, members, committee volunteers and the many people who enjoy the show.
Artists who live within a 25-mile radius of Phillips Mill are invited to submit their work online through Saturday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. Thorough instructions for entering can be found at phillipsmill.org. All work will be submitted through Smarter Entry. Directions for using Smarter Entry can be found on the website.
The jury process will take place via Smarter Entry. A list of accepted works will be posted by Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 9 .m. at phillipsmill.org/juried-art-show/call-for-art. In recognition of this year’s challenges due to COVID-19, PMCA has eliminated the entry fee for members, and reduced the entry fee for non-members to $15. Entry fees must be paid at the time of registration and submission. Visit PMCA’s website and visit the membership page to learn more.
Artists’ physical residence or studio must be located within a 25-mile radius of Phillips’ Mill. Post office addresses will not be accepted as evidence of meeting this requirement. Work must be by a living artist, completed within the last five years, and never have been exhibited at the Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition. Artists must be at least 18 years old. The Art Committee retains the right to refuse work that in its judgement does not meet the eligibility requirements. Up to four artworks may be submitted. Categories are:
– Framed or with finished edges – one piece: Artists may submit one image of one framed or with finished edges painting, graphic or other medium (excluding photographs, computer-generated art or giclee print reproductions) wired and ready for hanging and able to be stacked upright with protective cardboard without damage. (This will be required for pick-up purposes for all art sold). Maximum size is 50” on the longest side, including frame. Minimum size is 8” x 10” including frame. No sawtooth hangers. Sold works delivered in fragile condition, wet or improperly framed or mounted will be returned to the artist at their expense for repair. Buyer may choose to cancel the sale.
– Sculpture – one piece: Artists submitting sculpture must submit images of three views of their work. The sculpture must be free-standing (not wall-hanging) and not require electrical support. Weight limit is 300 pounds. Crafts will not be accepted. Sculptor must handle their own work. Please specify whether sculpture includes a pedestal.
– Portfolio – up to two pieces: Artists may submit images of two unframed, matted prints, drawings, watercolors, oils, acrylics or other media. Works on a ragged substrate such as canvas board or panels need not be matted and must not be more than ¼” thick. Photography, computer-generated art, or giclee print reproductions will not be accepted. All portfolio pieces must be protected with plastic. No stretched canvases will be accepted. Minimum size is 11” x 14”; maximum size is 24” x 30”.
– Biography: Artists are required to submit (upload to Smarter Entry) a biography when entering the show.
– Sales: All entered art must be for sale with realistic prices, and if accepted, must be shown exclusively on the Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibit website online for the duration of the show. In consideration of the challenges caused by this year’s COVID-19 situation, the Art Committee has reduced the mill’s commission by 25 percent. The normal 40 percent rate will instead be 30 percent for works accepted into the show and sold before closing on the final day of the show, Nov. 1. The artist will receive 70 percent of the sale price. For works accepted into the show and sold within 60 days after closing on Nov. 1, the artist will remit 30 percent of the purchase price to the Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition. All works will be available for purchase directly through the PMAE online show. Details regarding delivery of sold works can be found online.
Visit phillipsmill.org for more information.