Call Detail

Margins: National Juried Exhibition
55 Noxon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: New York
Entry Deadline: 3/10/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 16
Entry Fee (Margins: National Juried Exhibition): $40.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00

Margins, National Juried Exhibition, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York
Juror: Anthony Elms, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator, ICA Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania.
Entry Deadline: March 10, 2020
$500 Juror’s Prize, $200 Second Prize, $125 Honorable Mention
Exhibition Dates:   Saturday, May 16 - June 21, 2020
Opening Reception, Sat., May 16, 3-6pm
Artist Talks, May 30 & Jun 13, 3-4pm 

This national exhibit features work that engages with the idea of Margins. The scope of exploration includes genders, orientations, classes, abilities, races and cultures that are subject to marginalization in contemporary society, while also questioning the margins of borders and migration.  The call is open to all mediums including drawing, painting, pastel, printmaking, photography, collage, sculpture, fiber, mixed-media, new media, and installation. Individual works should not exceed 72” in any dimension. We invite proposals of both contemporary and traditional pieces that create a visually-compelling complement, or counterpoint, to Barrett Art Center’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse interior.

BAC is honored to partner with curator Anthony Elms, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator, ICA Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania and Curator of the Whitney Biennial, 2014. Elms edits and is the curator of WhiteWalls, an alternative space for artists’ publication projects founded in the 1970s.

 Submitting Entries:
BAC Members: $30 for the first three images plus $5 for each additional image,up to ten.
Non-members: $40 for the first three images plus $5 for each additional image up to ten. .

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About the Juror
Anthony Elms is the Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania. Since joining ICA’s staff in 2011, Elms has organized the exhibitions Karyn Olivier: Everything That’s Alive Moves (2020), Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It (2018), Endless Shout (2016-7), Rodney McMillian: The Black Show (2016), Christopher Knowles: In a Word with writer Hilton Als (2015), White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart (2013), and coordinated several other exhibitions and projects. He is also a writer and editor of the publishing imprint White Walls Inc. Elms’s writings have appeared in various periodicals, including Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, ART PAPERS, Cakewalk, May Revue, Modern Painters, and New Art Examiner.

Elms has written essays for catalogues and edited collections such as Cosey Complex (Koenig Books), Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pleasures (Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art),Terry Adkins: Recital (Prestel), and Among Others: Blackness at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). He has independently curated many exhibitions, including: Interstellar Low Ways (with Huey Copeland); A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns (with Philip von Zweck); and Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-68 (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis). He was one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Marketing strategies employed for exhibitions include: Press releases submitted to more than print and electronic media outlets in the Hudson Valley with consistent local newspaper coverage; Online: weekly BAC newsletter; website (; Facebook; Instagram. The BAC e-newsletter has nearly 3000 subscribers.  Exhibition artwork is posted in an online exhibition during the show and archived on the site after the show closes.  Social media and eNewsletters emphasize “action links” to drive traffic to the BAC website and connect viewers to artist contact information and website  in the online gallery for each exhibition. 

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