Although the Festival is still months away, there is no time like the present to think about entering Images 2017, our juried gallery exhibition. Images 2017 will hang in in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and Downsbrough Room of the Schlow Centre Region Library during the month of July. The library is in the heart of the Festival zone.
Work eligible for exhibition in the show includes drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, and paper. The deadline to enter the exhibition is May 5, 2017.
The juror for Images 2017 is Kathryn Blake. Kathryn is Director of the Juniata College Museum of Art and oversees Juniata Presents, the college’s performing arts program. Prior to her current appointment, she worked for 24 years in the Education Department of Phoenix Art Museum, where she served as The Gerry Grout Education Director from 2007 to 2015. Kathryn served as a juror for the Festival’s Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition last year and did such a great job, we thought we’d have her back for Images. She has the keen eye of museum professional.
Images 2017 is open to artists whose primary residence is in Pennsylvania. Artists enter by submitting digital images of original work that they have produced within the last three years. Both adults and enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 may apply to the exhibition. Since we’re in a town built on the value of education, it’s especially appropriate that student work is welcome.
In addition to choosing the work in the show, Kathryn will award at least $1,500 in prizes. In addition to non media-specific awards, there will be awards for best pastel and best drawing.
The show is an excellent venue for both established and emerging artists. Last year’s Best in Show winner was Tina Hay of State College. She won for her photograph, Bhutanese Monk. Although Tina is an accomplished and enthusiastic photographer, she had never entered an art show. Obviously she’s been hiding her light under a bushel basket for too long. (Yes, I heard that metaphor in church.)
Don’t hide your light under a bushel basket, apply to Images 2017! I hope to see your work hanging in the gallery in July!