CALL FOR ART & PROGRAMS:
2017-2018 Programming

Contact: Sally Deskins, Arts Monongahela Board Gallery Committee Chair, sallydeskins@yahoo.com

Arts Monongahela’s mission is to advance the arts and enhance the community.  Arts Monongahela Gallery fulfills this mission through multi-media and collaborative exhibitions with a focus on community enrichment, encouraging the public to visit and support all Morgantown arts organizations.  Artists, arts organizations and curators of all genres, media and level from the region are invited to submit work for inclusion in solo, group of curated monthly or extended exhibitions for May 2017-January 2018. Proposals which include collaborations and/or complementary events such as performance, literary, musical, dance, historical presentations or panels are encouraged.

Arts Mon will coordinate and promote events and artists through online and traditional media, including postcards and one poster, press release to 100+ regional media contacts, social media, and potential for more with ideas from participants. Arts Monongahela will organize artist reception on the first Friday of the exhibition including providing light food and drink.

Arts Monongahela Gallery is located in downtown Morgantown at 201 High Street. The area is a popular shopping district including three other galleries, two of which also hold artist receptions on first Fridays, making it a community event.

Exhibition information:  Arts Monongahela retains a 30% on sale of artwork.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and by appointment. Gallery can be staffed by artist or artists’ volunteers at request.  Arts Monongahela holds insurance for art while it is in the space.  There is a gallery-hanging system which works well with wire-ready 2-dimensional works, but walls are also able to be nailed/worked with. There are twelve narrow, various-sized pedestals for three-dimensional work. There is a street-facing window space for 2 or 3-dimensional work and promotional material. Installation is the week-days before the Friday opening reception, and an art list must be emailed to the gallery committee for insurance and labels the Friday before. (Gallery will already have images, statement and bio for promotions with submission.) Artist is responsible for delivery and pick-up of work, though there is a small budget for shipping, if requested. There is help with installation and de-installation; specific schedule will be arranged.

Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2017
Submissions Reviewed by Arts Monongahela Gallery Committee: March 1-31, 2017
Artist Notification:  April  2, 2017
Commitment from Artists: April 15, 2017

To Submit: There is No Fee to submit or exhibit, present or host an exhibit with Arts Mon. Arts Monongahela invites all professional artists and creatives to submit, in West Virginia and the neighboring region (if you are from outside the region and have means to travel, submit away!). Financial assistance may be available for shipping with request in email submission.

Information to Submit: With your proposal items listed below, send an abbreviated (1-2 page) .doc resume including name, address, phone number, email, website and past exhibitions/publications.  Include in email a short (50-100 words) artist statement. Include in email a short (1-2 sentences) statement about why this is important to the Morgantown community and audiences you are reaching with your proposal, including a nonprofit of your choice you could promote with complementary programming or promotional ideas (such as inviting in-kind donations, etc.). Collaborative submissions are encouraged.

Submit 5-10 .jpg images saved with title names. Include media, date, size and price. If submitting performance or installation work, or work that is not finished, submit 1-200 word description of your plan.

Submit to sallydeskins@yahoo.com by February 28, 2017.

Artist and curator proposals will be reviewed by the gallery committee, and grouped into themed exhibitions, solo exhibitions or scheduled curated shows and notified by April 2, 2017.


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Overlay, digital collage by Crystal Ann Brown and Robert Howsare, 2016

OVERLAY at Arts Mon, January 6 to 27, 2017
Artwork by Robert Howsare & Crystal Ann Brown
TABLE 9 Artist Reception with gallery talk: Friday, January 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
Artist Demonstration: Friday, January 27, 12 to1 p.m.

Arts Monongahela Gallery welcomes Buckhannon, West Virginia-based interdisciplinary artists Crystal Ann Brown and Robert Howsare, for a collaborative exhibit entitled Overlay. Both artists work to re-investigate and reconfigure aesthetics and concepts in art via two-dimensional serigraphs, cyanotypes, and mixed media. Table 9, Morgantown’s fine craft and food restaurant that uses local farmers, is sponsoring an artists’ reception Friday, January 13, 6 to 8 p.m., providing light appetizers and refreshments. The artists will give an informal talk at 6:30 p.m.

Brown’s role as mother/artist inspires much of her work: “I am committed to my role as a successful artist and dedicated parent. I do not believe that the two roles are mutually exclusive endeavors but that they shape and influence each other, constantly informing my studio practice and parenting style.”

Howsare looks to his background in psychology and commercial printing to investigate the correlation between the printmaking process and human perception: “Serving as the point of entry into my current research, the moiré pattern simultaneously represents errors occurring during the printing process, while also demonstrating the limitations of our perceptual systems. This inability of our eyes to process moiré patterns causes a discrepancy between actual and perceived vision; creating the illusion of movement within a static image.”

As part of Arts Monongahela’s mission to serve the community, Brown and Howshare are inviting in-kind donations of new and gently used books throughout the month to benefit their chosen charity, Upshur County Public Libraries.

The exhibit will kick-off with a reception Friday, January 13, 6 to 8 p.m., with light food and refreshments by sponsors to be confirmed.  The artist will also host a printmaking demonstration Friday, January 27 from noon to1 p.m., the day the exhibition closes.

Crystal Ann Brown is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Buckhannon, West Virginia. In 2012 she earned her MFA in sculpture and expanded practice from Ohio University School of Art.  In 2015 Crystal had a solo exhibition at the Sleeth Gallery in Buckhannon West Virgina and in 2013 her work was included in Chasing Horizons, an exhibition at the Charles Allis Museum of Decorative Arts in Milwaukee.  She founded The Hown’s Den: A Nomadic + Domestic Exhibition Space and has curated multiple events from the fall of 2013 to the Summer of 2016.  Crystal has been asked to participate as a guest critic in the sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an adjunct professor at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia and the director of the Sleeth Gallery at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, West Virginia. crystalannbrown.com

Informed by a background in psychology and commercial printing, Robert Howsare’s interdisciplinary work highlights the glitches occurring in systems.  He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; selected venues include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art and the International Print Center of New York.  Howsare’s work has been recognized by WIRED MagazineAbi­tare International Design MagazineHOW, and other publications.  Most recently his work has appeared in The Art of TinkeringMeggs’ History of Graphic Design and on Adult Swim.  Howsare currently lives and works in West Virginia. roberthowsare.com

Focusing on the craft of food and drinktable-9-logo, Table 9 is a celebration of the seasons and local farms in West Virginia.  Using fresh local ingredients from local farmers, there is always something new and exciting at Table 9. The menu changes daily, incorporating seasonal ingredients. Chef and owner Mark Tasker focuses on new American cuisine, creating inventive and whimsical small plate meals.  Table 9 offers an extensive catalogue of wines, and craft beers on tap are rotated out regularly.  Table 9’s mission is to provide you with a fresh take on dining. We strive to be very accommodating with all of our guests’ needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Table 9 is located at 40 Donley Street in Morgantown, open daily 11 a.m. ro 10 p.m. Dinetable9.com.

morgantown-blueprint-logoMorgantown Blueprint and copy center generously supported Arts Monongahela’s copy needs for this exhibition.
One stop shop for all your printing, drafting, and surveying supply needs. Morgantownblueprint.com

 


SUGAR POP PRESS Exhibit Opens Dec. 2 with kick-off Reception

For the holiday month, Arts Monongahela Gallery welcomes Morgantown-based printmaker Leslie Norris, who will exhibit her delightful and colorful prints, pins and zines from Sugar Pop Press.

Leslie Norris’ work often plays with societal conventions and childhood innocence. Leslie’s work is a mishmash of the images that she grew up with: toys, films, commercial packaging and the modern variations of these things. Her work is at once retro and socially subversive. It is as if her work comes from the leavings, the rags and bones, the detritus of a cultural parade that has just gone by.

With Norris’ playful spirit in mind, Arts Monongahela invites in-kind donations of canned and packaged foods and personal care items throughout the month to benefit Rosenbaum Family House.

The exhibit will kick-off with a reception Friday, Dec. 2, 6-8pm, with light food and refreshments by sponsors to be confirmed. The artist will also host a printmaking demonstration later in the month.

The exhibit will close December 28, 2016.


March 2017: Celebrate Women’s History Month with Arts Monongahela
CALL FOR ART & PROGRAMS
Facilitator: Sally Deskins, Arts Monongahela Board, sallydeskins@yahoo.com
Curators: Sally Deskins, Eliza Newland, Danielle Petrak

In March 2017, Arts Mon will celebrate National Women’s History Month, with an exhibit and series of events dedicated to women in West Virginia’s history.  Artists and arts organizations of all genres, media and level are invited to submit visual, performance, literary, musical, dance, historical presentation or panel proposals to be featured in this curated series.

The goal is to further educate and excite Morgantown residents and visitors about the rich history and contribution of women, as well as encourage them to visit and support all arts organizations.  This may be just a few events, or it may grow to several.

Arts Mon will coordinate and promote events and artists through online and traditional media, including a print and online guide of events, with potential for more with ideas from participants.

Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: December 30, 2016
Artist Notification:  January 7, 2017
Commitment from Artists: January 15, 2017
Meeting in ArtsMon space to set event dates:  Monday, January 23, 12:00pm
Promotions designed by: February 2, 2017
Promotions finalized/out by: February 7, 2017
Installation of Visual Art Exhibit: Feb. 22-March 2, 2017
First Friday Opening Reception for Visual Exhibit: March 3, 2017: 5-7pm
Events throughout the month TBD
To Submit: There is No Fee to submit or exhibit, present or host an exhibit with Arts Mon. Arts Monongahela invites all professional artists and creatives to submit, however you identify, in West Virginia and the region. Financial assistance may be available for shipping with request in email submission.

From well-known artists from West Virginia like Modernist Blanche Lazzell to lesser known artists like portrait and landscape painter and glass designer Virginia B. Evans, there are many artists who are women to take inspiration from the Mountain State. Beyond the visual arts, what women have been movers and shakers in the region? Visit the Morgantown History Museum, Art Museum of West Virginia University, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Monongalia Art Center, West Virginia & Regional History Center, Morgantown Public Library, take in a show at MT Pockets, Metropolitan Theatre or WVU Theatre; or a musical performance with WVU Music, Monongalia Art Center or 123 Pleasant Street. Find your inspiration from the visual to the historical, musical or familial and create or plan something to share!

Information to Submit: With your proposal items listed below, send an abbreviated (1-2 page) .doc resume including name, address, phone number, email and website if you have one.  Include in email a short (50-100 words) statement about how your work/proposal is inspired by a woman/women in West Virginia history. Include in email a short (1-2 sentences) statement about why this is important to the Morgantown community and audiences you are reaching with your proposal.

Visual Artists: Submit 5-7 .jpg images saved with title names. Include media, date, size and price.

Performance, literary, historical, other presentation proposals: 1-300 words plan for your event including necessary time, set-up, items/technology needed.

Submit to sallydeskins@yahoo.com by December 30, 2016.

NOTE: Arts Mon would like to invite a non-arts organization to benefit; gallery visitors could be invited to bring in-kind donations to benefit a woman’s shelter or organization. Inquire to Sally at the email above.

Curators:

Sally Deskins obtained an MA in art history from West Virginia University in May of 2016 where she won two awards for her research on Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. After spending a decade in Omaha, Nebraska, working in arts administration, curating independent exhibits and panels geared toward women and feminist artists, and keeping a weekly column in the local paper on arts, she moved to Morgantown with her family.  She continues to write and curate independently with a focus on contemporary women and feminist artists and issues. Her recent writing has been published in Hyperallergic and n.paradoxa, among others, and she is a regular arts writer for Morgantown’s Zackquill. She curated Contemporary Terrain: Glass Artists from the Mountain State in conjunction with the Watts’ Museum, now on view in Nutting Gallery inside the WVU Alumni Center in Morgantown. She is founder of Les Femmes Folles, an organization dedicated to women in art. She is a new board member with Arts Monongahela.

Eliza Newland is a small museum professional and alumna of West Virginia University’s Masters in Public History Program, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia AmeriCorps, Oglethorpe University, and Suzanne Snider’s Oral History Summer School. She is currently the Collections and Program Manager at the Watts Museum. She also serves on the program committee of the Southeastern Museums Conference and is the co-founder of Mountaineer Country Museums.

Danielle Petrak is the curator of the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum at West Virginia University where she works to carry out the museum’s mission of preserving and promoting the history of West Virginia’s mineral resources and their related industries. Danielle serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Association of Museums and is the organization’s treasurer. She is also a regional team leader for the American Association of State and Local History. Danielle was previously employed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Frick Pittsburgh, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. She holds an MA in Art History and Arts Administration from Temple University and a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in History at West Virginia University.