LITTLE VALLEY - The Cattaraugus County Arts Council has announced a call for artists for the Southern Tier Biennial, a nine-county professionally juried contemporary art exhibition. The application deadline is June 7. Professional jurors from the Castellani Art Museum and the Erie Art Museum will review entered artwork on June 18, and artists will be notified of acceptance beginning July 3. Artists can read application guidelines and submit entries online at www.southerntierbiennial.com.
Past STB jurors have typically reviewed about 300 submitted works of art and accepted anywhere from 25 to 40 pieces. Accepted works are determined solely by the discretion of the two jurors, who only see images, titles, and dimensions. STB's scope, vision and number of accepted pieces are dependent on the judges' interpretation of what is "contemporary" art.
Juror Kate Koperski is Director of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, where she previously served as Curator of Folk Arts. She earned a Masters of Arts in Humanities from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an interdisciplinary degree combining studies in English and Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in visual material culture. Koperski has more than 15 years' experience producing exhibitions and related public programming, and has a special interest in artistic expressions that have historically been under-represented in museums.
Juror John Vanco is Director and Curator of the Erie Art Museum. Since 1968 he has organized more than 400 exhibitions. His most recent major project is the expansion of the Museum: a new LEED-certified building connecting five historic buildings into one complex that opened in October 2010. He is a frequent lecturer, essayist and exhibition juror and has served on advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the state arts agencies in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Montana.
As in past years, works created in all visual media are eligible and the exhibition is open to all artists, 18 years of age or older, who are currently residing in New York state's Southern Tier (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties). New for 2013, artwork will not be judged by media categories.
Accepted STB artists receive numerous benefits including the credibility and prestige of being included with some of the best contemporary artists in New York state. To add to their portfolio, each accepted artist will have their work reproduced in a color catalog. In addition, they will learn from the experience of competing in a professionally juried show as well as competing for cash prizes and a solo show.
Each artist accepted into the show will receive a $100 stipend to help defray costs associated with travel, shipping, and production. In addition, four cash awards totaling $2,500 will be presented: $1,000 to the Best of Show winner and $500 for three Honorable Mention winners. The Best of Show winner will also be presented with a solo show in the Fall of 2014 at the Olean Public Library Gallery with a four-color catalog, up to $1,000 for professional development, and up to $1,000 for show expenses.
A two-part artists' reception will take place on Sept. 21. The events will start at the Olean Public Library Gallery at 3 p.m., and continue at JCC's Center Gallery at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The STB show will hang through Oct. 25.
The Southern Tier Biennial was founded in 2005 and is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, in collaboration with the Olean Public Library, Jamestown Community College and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney.