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CALL TO ARTISTS – INCLUSIVE ARTS VERMONT NOW SEEKING WORK FOR ANEW, OUR 2020 EXHIBITION

Inclusive Arts Vermont invites established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in ANEW, an exhibition showcasing works by Vermont artists with disabilities to travel statewide through the 2020 calendar year. The exhibition will begin its statewide tour at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington on February 15, 2020. Artists are asked to submit works that represent their interpretation of the theme of ANEW, highlighting beginnings, openings, doorways, and new starts.

ANEW will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicity, build larger audiences for their work, and receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentation of their work. All exhibition host galleries are physically accessible and the exhibition will provide accessible program and communication features coordinated by Inclusive Arts Vermont. This includes, but is not limited to: verbal descriptions, audio tours, large print, braille, and gallery tours.

Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability.

Vermont artists may obtain assistance with the application form from a support person, family member, or friend. Artists should have direct involvement in the completion of an application when assistance is used, and artwork should only be produced by the applicant.

Katie Miller, Executive Director of Inclusive Arts Vermont, will curate the show in conjunction with a volunteer panel. Katie’s previous curatorial experience includes community and private galleries.

Download the complete call to artists and instructions here. (PDF)

Click here to apply online or click here download and mail a paper application by September 30, 2019.

To receive this application in an alternate format such as large print, braille, or PDF, or for assistance completing the application, please contact Inclusive Arts Vermont at
802-871-5002 or email exhibitions@inclusiveartsvermont.org


In 2019, Inclusive Arts Vermont made a commitment to host biennial exhibitions of work by Vermont artists with disabilities to further our mission. These exhibitions are an opportunity for artists to showcase their work to a broad audience. The first of these exhibitions will launch at the Flynn Center’s gallery in early 2020. After that, the exhibition will be available to show at galleries statewide. We are currently looking for host sites and hope you will bring this exciting show to your gallery or location!

Sites interested in hosting the 2020 exhibition should contact Katie Miller, Executive Director:
katie@inclusiveartsvermont.org
802-871-5002

History

In 2012, we hosted Engage, a traveling, statewide exhibition of work by Vermont artists with disabilities. In 2018, we again partnered with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the VT Association for the Blind to present FLOURISH, an exhibition the work of 36 artists with disabilities. The show was on view at the Flynn’s Tarrant gallery for 3 months and featured works in acrylic, oil, and watercolor; drawings in ink, pastel, crayon, and charcoal; photographs, ceramics, weaving, and mixed-media sculpture and assemblages. The exhibition received an overwhelmingly positive response, with the opening reception welcoming hundreds of visitors.

“I was validated, and with quiet breath, am able to finally at least whisper tomyself, that perhaps I am an ‘artist’. The experience was exhilarating, fun, and has given me a great deal more confidence in my artistic ability than ever before. I am so grateful to VSA for all the opportunities granted to me with this experience.”

Gail Wheeler, Participant Artist

As part of these exhibitions, we offer a full range of accessibility services including print materials in braille and large print, an audio tour, verbal descriptions of every work in the show, and specialized tours for people with low vision or blindness and memory loss.

For more information about exhibitions, contact Heidi Swevens, Director of Community Partnerships or Katie Miller, Executive Director.

A crowd gathers for the opening of "FLOURISH." At right, artworks line the wall. At left, individuals are engaged in conversation. A viewer in a teal scarf looks directly at the work on the wall.
A crowd gathers for the opening of “FLOURISH.” At right, artworks line the wall. At left, individuals are engaged in conversation. A viewer in a teal scarf looks directly at the work on the wall.
Two hands enter from either side of the frame. They touch a 3-D printing of artwork by Sasha Ross-Becker.
Two hands enter from either side of the frame. They touch a 3-D printing of artwork by Sasha Ross-Becker.
A group of students from the LEAP program gathered in a group while smiling at the camera after a gallery tour of "FLOURISH."
A group of students from the LEAP program gathered in a group while smiling at the camera after a gallery tour of “FLOURISH.”