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New Directions 18: 34th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition
Barrett Art Center/DCAA
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 7/27/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Entry Fee (New Directions 2018): $50.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00

 New Directions 2018: 34th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition 

Juror: Jennifer Inacio, Assistant Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami

Entry Deadline: July 27, 2018
Exhibition Dates: October 6 - November 18, 2018

New Directions is a premier national exhibition of contemporary art. Artists are encouraged to submit works that provide a juxtaposition of traditional styles and cutting-edge practices in all 2D media, sculpture, video, and installation.

Now in its 34th year, New Directions 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.

 The exhibition is visited and appreciated by art enthusiasts and collectors from the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas, including New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New England states. 

Juror Jennifer Inacio is Assistant Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where she has curated the film series Black Audio Film Collective at PAMM (2017); the museum’s first Augmented Reality exhibition Felice Grodin: Invasive Species (2017–18); and Sid Grossman: Photography, Politics, and the Ethical Image (2018). She has co-curated from the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from PAMM’s Collection (2017–18, with René Morales); The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art (2018, with Franklin Sirmans); and has worked on Julio Le Parc: Form into Action (2016, curated by Estrellita B. Brodsky), the first major retrospective of Le Parc’s work in the United States. Inacio is currently organizing the first US solo museum exhibition of the work of Pedro Neves Marques (b. 1984, Lisbon), which will open in December 2018. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London (2014).

Entry fee: $50.00

Discounted Members Fee: $40.00

Entry Fee includes up to three (3) images. $5 each additional image, up to seven (7)

  ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, July 27, 2018

 AWARDS:Juror’s Prize: $500; Second prize: $250; $100 honorable merit award. Prizes are announced at the opening reception. 


Notification of Acceptance:  no later than Friday, August 10, 2018

Accepted Work Delivered to Barrett Art Center:   SATURDAY, September 15: Noon – 3PM; WEDNESDAY, September 19, THURSDAY September 20, FRIDAY, September 21: 9AM – 4pm

Exhibition Dates: October 6 - November 17, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. 

PUBLICITY for New Directions 2018:  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 2018 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 ’18:  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).  Framed work must use plastic or Plexiglass; frames larger than 18” 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. in height and width and 30 in deep. (Or, able to fit through doorway for delivery.) 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:  Friday, July 27, 2018 (11:59pm MDT). 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 2018.

 ENTRY FEE for NEW DIRECTIONS '18:  Fees for submission are as follows:

For members of Barrett Art Center, entry fee is $40 for up to three works.  [Members, please email us at or call 845-471-2550 during office hours for password.]

For non-members of BAC, the entry fee is $50 for up to three works.

$5 for each additional image, up to 7 additional images.

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 ’18. 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 email system by Friday, August 10, 2018.

 DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS:  Accepted Work Delivered to Barrett Art Center:   SATURDAY, September 15: Noon – 3PM; WEDNESDAY, September 19, THURSDAY September 20, FRIDAY, September 21: 10AM – 4pm or by appointment.

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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