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Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Entry Deadline: 3/12/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10

Entry Fee (Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $5.00

Fun House 2018: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre, a National Juried Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
Two $500 Juror’s Prizes, two $150 Distinguished Recognition Prizes.  

Entry Deadline: March 12, 2018
Exhibition Dates:   Saturday, May 12 – Saturday June 23, 2018

Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre is a national juried art exhibition. Fun House invites artwork submissions that celebrate all that a Fun House offers: the marvelous, disorienting, seductive, disquieting, and surreal. Fun House seeks works that engage with the real/unreal, the miniature and the gigantic, optics and illusion, and/or the politics of display. Fun House welcomes the quirky, the absurd,  and the unconventional

Artists are invited to provide a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting-edge practices. In addition to 2D works in all media, sculpture. installation, digital, video and interactive works are all encouraged.  Galleries are located in our restored landmark 1840s brick Greek Revival townhouse, which provides a compelling backdrop to contemporary and nontraditional works.  For previous Fun House installation photos, see: and for previous exhibition archives:

Fun House is jurored by two leading arts professionals:
Danijela Krha Purssey, Co-Founder and Editor, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine,
Istvan Banyai, illustrator, animator, and designer

Submitting Entries:
BAC Members: $25 for the first three images plus $5 for each additional image.
Non-members: $35 for the first three images plus $5 for each additional image.
Members, please email or call us at 845-471-2550 for coupon code.  To become a member, visit,

Promotion for Selected Artists
Marketing strategies employed for exhibitions include: Press releases submitted to more than 80 print and electronic media outlets in the Hudson Valley with consistent local newspaper coverage; Online: weekly DCAA newsletter; website (; Facebook; Instagram; Twitter. The DCAA e-newsletter has over 2,600 subscribers. Information emphasizes “action links” to drive traffic to the DCAA website and connect readers to artist website and contact information through our online galleries for each exhibition, all of which are archived on the site. The website attracts over 2,000 unique visitors on average each month.

About the Jurors
Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international new contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Danijela founded Beautiful Bizarre Magazine in 2013 with her husband, Richard Purssey. In the 4+ years since the launch of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, she has released 17 print issues, published over 1,200 web articles, developed and launched the interactive digital magazine, curated numerous exhibitions in three countries, and shared the work of countless creatives from all corners of the globe across the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine social media platforms which have grown to over 800,000 followers.

Beautiful Bizarre Magazine has inspired creatives to pursue a life and career in the arts and helped careers grow via the exposure of their work. Danijela has given artists and photographers, many of whose work is not widely accepted by the fine art establishment, a voice, a platform, and a tribe.

In late 2016 Danijela was awarded the prestigious AMP Foundation ‘Tomorrow Makers’ Award, and grant funding to expand Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

Istvan Banyai is an illustrator, animator, and designer who received his BFA from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, in Budapest. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Time, Fortune, O, Readers Digest, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Reuters. In 1995 Banyai produced his first wordless children's book, Zoom. Honored as one of the best children's books of the year by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, Zoom was soon published in 18 languages.

Banyai continues to produce; cover art for Sony and Verve Records; and animated short films for Nickelodeon and MTV Europe. He is internationally respected for his unique philosophical and iconoclastic vision. Banyai describes his art as "an organic combination of turn-of-the-century Viennese retro, interjected with American pop, some European absurdity added for flavor, served on a cartoon-style color palette... no social realism added."