Call to Artists

Call for Submissions

This exhibition calls for works by all artists who work in glass, in any technique, and including both functional and non-functional works. The show aims to reflect the best current explorations by contemporary artists who live in the Northeast.

Exhibit Dates: March 13-April 5, 2020

Juror: Amy Schwartz, Director of The Studio, The Corning Museum of Glass. Founding director of The Studio, Amy Schwartz has been the leader in making her museum home to one of the top-rated glassmaking schools in the country, as well as an international innovator in educating the general public and serious glassmaking students about the science, history, and art of glass. She has brought many of the world’s leading glass artists to teach and create work, and has forged ties with the Murano community, enriching programs across the Museum. She also has launched several residency programs, created video series used at museums and educational institutions around the globe, and created workshops for more than 60,000 annual museum visitors. A glass artist herself, Ms. Schwartz is a board member of the American Craft Council, BerlinGlass, Northlands Creative, among other organizations. She has a B.A. in mathematical science/computer science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Science in Leadership in Museum Education, Bank Street College of Education, in New York, NY.

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to works made of glass. Open to U.S. residents.

Awards: $300 in prizes to be awarded by the juror.

Entry Deadline: January 27, 2020

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Call for Submissions

Fiber works have evolved throughout history from utilitarian usage as clothing, for warmth and traditional décor, to innovative, “outside the box” and nonfunctional uses (sculptural, conceptual, installation-oriented), particularly in the realm of contemporary art and practice. This exhibition calls for works in all fiber media and techniques that reflect the best current explorations by contemporary American artists.

Exhibit Dates: June 12-July 19, 2020

Juror: Marcia Young, Publisher/Founder of Fiber Art Now, a quarterly print and digital magazine for the contemporary fiber art community, and the Fiber Art Network, which supports artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and leaders in the fiber art and textiles community.

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to works in all fiber media, including mixed media. Open to U.S. residents.

Awards: $500 in prizes to be awarded by the juror.

Entry Deadline: April 24, 2020

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February 21-March 6
Call for Submissions

Adult students who have taken a class between September 2018 and January 2020 are invited to show up to two pieces of artwork created in a Guilford Art Center class, or as a result of study in a GAC class. As many works as possible will be included in the exhibit, space permitting; students will be represented by at least one art work. Receiving dates: Thursday & Friday, February 13 & 14. GAC retains a 40% commission on sales.

QUESTIONS, please contact Maureen Belden, Executive Director.

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Guilford Art Center is looking for unique, high quality craft work in a variety of media including: basketry, clay, glass, leather, metal and non-metal jewelry, wearable and non-wearable fiber, leather, mixed media, metal and wood. In addition, applications in fine art categories such as photography, painting, printmaking, paper arts and sculpture are accepted. Any other original artwork not listed will also be accepted in the “other” category.

All work submitted for application must be original and made in North America. It must be created by hand or with the use of appropriate tools, by an individual artist and/or with help from a limited number of assistants/apprentices. Works must be of high quality, be well-designed, and convey artistic originality and vision.

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Emerging Artist Opportunity. Apply to become part of Craft Expo Emerging Artist program. Acceptance into our show will provide a pathway for emerging artists into a competitive fine craft show. EmergingArtists2020 for more information and eligibility. Application and booth fees have been reduced.

Guilford Art Center Pottery Residency Program

Guilford Art Center supports a pottery residency program for emerging artists. The residency is one year long, beginning September 2018. The position will provide opportunities, in the form of working time and space, for artists to develop their own ceramic art while contributing to the workings of a communal pottery studio in an educational environment. Click here for more information.

THE SHOP @ Guilford Art Center
Click here to download an application to show your work at THE SHOP.

Teaching Positions
Teaching positions are available for semester long classes and weekend workshops. Consideration is given to those with prior teaching experience and to curriculum that complements the programs at the Center. If you are interested in joining the faculty of the Guilford Art Center, please submit a cover letter and resume to: Executive Director, Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437. For more information, please contact us.