Call for Artists

Installation view of 19th Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, 1975. Delaware Art Museum, Institutional Archives.

Juried Craft Exhibition Call for Submissions

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About the Juried Craft Exhibition

For over 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has been showcasing contemporary craft in its temporary exhibitions by artists working locally and throughout the region. Capitalizing on the Museum’s popular annual shows of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and watercolors, the first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was formally established in 1958. Since then, a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, glass, enamel, and leather has been selected by preeminent jurors from museums and universities located throughout the United States. Selected by Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Director Paul Sacaridiz, the 2018 Juried Craft Exhibition will celebrate this long history and present arguably one of the most vital modes of artistic production today.

About the juror

Paul Sacaridiz is the Executive Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine. Prior to his appointment there in 2015, Sacaridiz was professor and chair of the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An accomplished sculptor and leader in higher education and arts administration, he has been recognized by the National Council of Arts Administrators and the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland. Sacaridiz has served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and the Arts/Industry Program at Kohler Company.

About the Delaware Art Museum

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complimented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.

The Museum is home to the largest and most significant British Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Museum is also famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art—spanning more than 200 years—from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, which features large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.

For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.

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Eligibility

The Juried Craft Exhibition (“Exhibition”) is open to artists ages 18 and over currently residing within 150 miles of the Delaware Art Museum (“Museum”).

Media

Artists are invited to submit up to three works of contemporary craft created within the last ten years. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional craft—including installations—in any medium that can be viewed by digital image (at least 8 inches at 300 dpi) is eligible. Work submitted must be available for exhibition.

Work submitted must be innovative and original in design. Work derivative of other artists or work created in a class or workshop with the aid of an instructor is not acceptable.

Collaborative work is accepted. Please include all artists’ names in the application.

Selected works of art will be displayed within the Museum. The artist is responsible for all material, production, and display costs related to the selected work(s) of art including mounting and hanging hardware (if applicable).

The Museum reserves the right to reject, upon receipt, any accepted artwork that does not meet the aforementioned standards, is deemed unsafe, differs from artist’s photo(s) and/or description, or for any other reason. Please include information for Museum is the work of art is excessively large and/or a complex installation. If the work requires carpentry and/or painting to the gallery walls or a specially built pedestal/armature or installation request, these additional expenses will be paid by the artist.

Application procedure

Submissions for the Exhibition will only be accepted though the Museum’s online application. This application is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week and is compatible with Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Complete submissions include up to three works of art, a current résumé, and an artist statement no longer than 150 words.

SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS JANUARY 1, 2018

Entry deadline

Submissions must be completed online by March 4, 2018. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Entry fee

A non-refundable fee of $35 for Museum Members and $45 for all others entitles the artist to submit up to three works of art to the Exhibition. This fee assists with the application process and Exhibition realization.

Selection notification

Notification of inclusion in the Exhibition will be made by April 16, 2018 through email.

Transport

Artists are responsible for the transportation of selected works of art to and from the Museum. Artwork may be hand‐delivered or shipped. All delivery and/or shipping costs are at the expense of the exhibiting artist. All artists whose work is accepted for the exhibition will be required to fill out a Museum loan agreement prior to the exhibition.

The Museum will not insure the work in transit. The artist must provide insurance for any and all transportation to and from the Museum. Work damaged in shipping of hand delivery may not be exhibited based on extent of deterioration. Artist will be contacted immediately by the Museum if damage is recorded. Further delivery details will be arranged following notification of inclusion in the Exhibition.

Insurance

The Museum will insure the artwork under its Fine Arts Policy, which contains the usual and customary exclusions, for physical loss or damage while on location during the Exhibition. Works of art will not be insured for physical loss or damage while in transit.

Works for sale

Artists must indicate prior to the Exhibition if a work of art is for sale. The Museum will retain a commission of 20% on all works of art sold during the Exhibition. Any work of art sold during the Exhibition must remain on view through January 27, 2019.

Exhibition calendar

January 1, 2018 Submission portal opens
March 4, 2018 Deadline for submissions
April 16, 2018 Selections announced
September 24, 2018 Begin delivery and installation
October 19, 2018 Members opening reception
October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019 Exhibition on view to the public
Week of January 28, 2019 Begin pick up

For further information email JURIED@delart.org.