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New Directions 2017
Barrett Art Center/DCAA
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 7/24/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (Barrett Art Center: New Directions 2017): $50.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00

New Directions 2017, 33rd Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition
Barrett Art Center (Dutchess County Art Association)
$1,000 Juror’s Prize

Juror: Ruth Erickson, Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Entry Deadline: July 24, 2017
Exhibition Dates: October 7 - November 4, 2017

New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art in all visual art media, showcasing the current work of established and emerging artists from across the United States working in a varied array of medium and genres. Now in its 33rd year, and juried by esteemed professionals from the country’s leading art museums, this exhibition brings contemporary art to an atypical venue - the intimate galleries of Barrett Art Center’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse. Former domestic spaces remodeled as galleries create a visually-compelling setting for contemporary and cutting-edge work. 

Juror Ruth Erickson is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. She co-curated the major exhibition “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” with Helen Molesworth and has organized exhibitions of the work of artists Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Ethan Murrow at the ICA/Boston. She is currently at work on the first U.S. survey of Mark Dion’s work to open in 2017. Erickson received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and has published and presented her writing widely. She serves as a visiting critic at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.                                     

ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, July 24, 2017

Juror’s Prize: $1,000. Second prize: $250; Third Prize, $175, two honorable merit awards.
Prizes are announced at the opening reception.

Notification of Acceptance:  no later than Wednesday August 9, 2017
Accepted Work Delivered to Barrett Art Center:   Saturday September 16. Noon to 3pm; Monday,
September 18 - Wednesday, September 20, 9am – 5pm

Exhibition Dates: October 7 - November 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 7, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

PUBLICITY for New Directions 2017:  A gallery of all selected works with links to artists’ websites will be posted on the Barrett Art Center website after the opening.  Each selected artist who attends the opening reception will be given a brief opportunity to talk about his or her work.  In addition to our website, The New Directions 2017 exhibition is publicized via the Barrett Art Center eNewsletter, in regional press releases and social media. . 

Open to all artists residing in the United States and age 18 or older.
Visual media eligible for entry in New Directions ‘17:  Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, installation art, glass, ceramics, fiber and mixed media.

Details regarding 2-Dimensional Work:  2-Dimensional work cannot exceed 72 inches along any side, including the frame, if applicable.   Work accepted for exhibition must be ready to hang and include all necessary hardware (no saw tooth hangers, please).  Framed work must use plastic or Plexiglass; frames larger than 12” on any side with glass will NOT be accepted for hanging. 

Details regarding 3-Dimensional Work:  Installation art, sculpture and other 3-Dimensional works must fit within a parameter of 72 in. high by 30 in. wide x 24 in. deep.  Work cannot be hung or installed from ceiling.  Gallery has limited pedestals and monitors for use; accepted artist may need to provide pedestal or monitor for accepted work. 

All work submitted must be original in design, concept and media. Submitted work must have been completed within the last three years.  Work previously exhibited in New Directions or other past Barrett Art Center exhibits is not eligible.

SUBMITTING ENTRIES:  Deadline for submission:  Monday July 24, 2017 (midnight Mountain Time). Submission of entries and the jurying process is conducted by CaFÉ, an easy-to-use online system, Payment of entry fees is conducted via the CaFÉ site linked to PayPal; personal checks are also accepted via CaFÉ.  Information on uploading images, artist information, and submitting an artist statement and biographical information is provided during the submission process at CaFÉ.  There is no additional cost to the artist (other than submission fees to a specific Call for Entry) to register and submit through CaFÉ.  The artist creates a unique login access which allows complete access to numerous open calls from any internet-connected computer. 

Please visit to view more details about the submission process, open a free artist account at CaFE, and complete the submission process to New Directions 2017.

ENTRY FEE for NEW DIRECTIONS '17:  Fees for submission are as follows:
For members of Barrett Art Center, entry fee is $40 for up to three works. There is a $5 fee for additional entries, with a maximum of 6 in total.
[Members, please email us at or call 845-471-2550 for password.]

For non-members of BAC, the entry fee is $50 for up to three works. There is a $5 fee for additional entries, with a maximum of 6 in total.

IMAGES:  Artists may submit one image for each work. For artists who wish to submit an alternate view or a detail image, please incorporate both views as a side-by-side comparison in one image file.

SALES:  Barrett Art Center will retain a commission fee for sales conducted during the exhibit and while work is housed at Barrett Art Center for New Directions ’17. Sales commission of 20% will apply to Barrett members, sales commission of 30% will apply to non-members.  Non-members are encouraged to sign up for membership to take advantage of commission rates and other membership benefits; please visit to become a member.  

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE:  All applicants will be notified of the juror’s decision via email through the CaFÉ system by Wednesday, August 9, 2015.

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS:  Accepted work must be received (via shipment or personal delivery) by Barrett Art Center on Saturday, September 16, Noon to 3pm, or Monday, September 18 through Wednesday September 20, 9am – 5pm.  (Detailed instructions for shipping/return shipping/insurance/personal delivery/etc. will be emailed to all accepted artists directly from Barrett Art Center after notification of acceptance in the exhibition.) 

QUESTIONS:  For more information, contact our staff at the Barrett Art Center by email: or call (845) 471-2550.  Visit our website:

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