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From Seed to Fruition: Western Massachusetts Visual Arts Biennial


The Northampton Arts Council enthusiastically invites submissions for their 2019 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial, to be held at Forbes Library’s Hosmer Gallery from October 1st through October 30th, 2019. The Arts Council Biennial is a juried art exhibit and poetry event with free entry, open to artists and poets from Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. Artists and writers are asked to interpret the theme "from seed to fruition" in a literal form or as a work/body of work that has been fully developed and most closely represent their personal artistic vision.


All two and three-dimensional art in any style, as well as video and performance art will be considered for the visual arts component. The Arts Council also encourages submissions of performance art, and large 3-dimensional, weather tolerant art for the outdoor exhibition space on the Forbes Library lawn.


Poets can submit up to 3 poems and previously published work will be accepted. Accepted poems will be displayed in the form of a poetry booklet in Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery. Throughout the Biennial for viewing by the public. The Northampton Arts Council will host the Biennial Poetry Reading, held at Forbes Library’s Calvin Coolidge Reading Room


The submission deadline for visual arts and poetry is August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm.


The Arts Council is proud to announce a well rounded panel of professionals in the field who represent various aspects of the art community in western Massachusetts. The 2019 Biennial jurors for visual art will be Donna Gates, Gallery Director and Curator, Salmon Falls Gallery; Jameson Johnson, Founder and Editor in chief, The Boston Art Review; Robert Wiesenburger, the Associate Curator of Contemporary Projects for The Clark art Institute. Poetry jurors include Nellie Prior, co-organizer of the Depature Reading Series; Karen Skolfield, poet laurete of Northampton; and spoken word poet Catherine Weiss, co organizer of Northampton Poetry and founder of the community arts space, The Endopolis Poetry Room.


By hosting the Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council hopes to nurture connections between artist, writers and art lovers and contribute to a vital, sustaining art community in Western Massachusetts.




Conditions: The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to use any accepted image for promotional purposes. The Northampton Arts Council reserves the right to reject an accepted artwork if it is misrepresented by the submitted digital image.


Hanging in the Hosmer Gallery: 2 Dimensional work is hung from molding hooks and heavy weight monofilament. All framed work must be wired for hanging. Work without hanging wire will not be exhibited. The walls do not support nails. Pedestals and glass display cases are available for sculpture and small works. Using these guidelines, please frame and prepare your work to be hung in a professional manner. Put a label on the back of your piece with your name, the title, and price. ART DISPLAYED IN THE HOSMER GALLERY IS NOT INSURED!


Artists may offer their work for sale. If a piece is sold, a donation of 15% of the proceeds goes directly to forbes library.



Submission Deadline: August 1, 2019, 11:59 pm

Notification of work accepted (Visual Art): Early September

Notification of work accepted (Poetry): mid-September, 2019

Delivery of accepted work (Visual Art): Sat. September 28th 10AM - 1PM, Mon September 30th 5PM - 8PM
(Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for drop-off if the specified time does not work.)

Reception: In conjunction with Arts Night Out, Friday, October 11th, 5:00 - 8:00PM

Poetry Reading: TBA

Exhibition closes: Tuesday, October 29thth

Pick-up (Visual Art): Wedesday October 30th 5:00PM - 8:00PM, Thursday, October 31st 12:00PM - 3:00PM, specific times to be announced. (Please be in touch with us directly to arrange an alternative time for pick-up if the specified time does not work.)

1. Click “register” to register a free account with “” (if you are not already registered) at the top right of this page.

2.  Fill out the “Profile Data” page accordingly including your Bio, phone number, and address

3. On the “User Dashboard” click “Add New Application”; you will then be brought to the "edit submission details page" and prompted to select a category and fill out the appropriate word boxes/fields. NOTE: YOU MUST FILL ALL WORD BOXES/FIELDS TO PROCEED WITH YOUR APPLICATION. If you are applying for poetry be sure to enter "N/A" or "0" for any fields that may not apply to you. ie. dimensions, price, etc. Each applicant is allowed 3 "applications" each work must be submitted in a different application to be considered serparatly. 

4. Up to three poems may be submitted. Poems must be combined into a single file in a .doc or .docx (Word), or PDF format. All identifying information (name and address) must be removed from the file name and from within the file. Submitted poems may be previously published or unpublished. In regards to the size of the work, when submitting poetry please fill these fields with “0.” ALL SUBMISSIONS THAT INCLUDING APPLICANT'S NAME WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AS THIS IS A BLIND JURIED BIENNIAL  

Images for the Visual Arts Submissions should have a minimal pixel dimension of 540px and a maximum of 1920px and need to be at 4MB or smaller. All video and MP3 submissions need to be sized at 25MB or under.