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Resilience, Sustainability, and Creativity will be a fine art, folk art, and craft exhibition in the Cultural Hall of the Schoharie River Center, located in Esperance, New York.  In recognition of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, and the resulting community change, as well as current events engendered by the Black Lives Matter, “Me Too” Movements, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for this exhibition is Resilience, Sustainability, and Creativity. Each submitted piece must reflect at least one of these concepts. The exhibition will be on display from August 29 - September 30, 2021.

Following COVID-19 precautions and safety procedures, an opening reception is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 29, 2021, between 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Please read the full guidelines and terms before completing the application process. Please review the dates and deadlines at the bottom of this page. Entries can only be submitted online. A separate application must be filled out for each exhibit.   

Each submission must be accompanied by a short (no more than 250 word) statement connecting the art to a personal biography, traditional art form, experience, or worldview, in order to provide a context for the submission regarding the themes of resilience, sustainability, and creativity.


Accepting all contemporary folk art, fine art, and craft submissions.  Work that is from folk or traditional artists working in traditional or fine artforms and craft is especially encouraged. All work must have been completed within the years 2015-2021. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: folk and contemporary craft in all forms and from all cultural heritages, drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, oil/chalk pastels, block/ink print, sculpture or assemblage, collage, metal work, fiber/textile art, glass, wood work.  If a genre, medium or material you specialize in is not listed, please email to provide specifics about your work.


Each artist is limited to two (2) images per submission. There is a $25 (USD) non-refundable/non-transferable fee, for up to two (2) images. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application. Deadline to submit work is no later than Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM.  Only one piece of art will be accepted per artist.


All work must be ready for installation/ready to hang. All canvas and/or framed works MUST be wired to hang, with D-rings; no saw tooth hangers. Submissions are restricted to a weight limit of no more than 25 pounds. Works cannot exceed 48 inches in any direction (including frame). Schoharie River Center reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex/overly complicated installation or assembly problems. Sculptures may be installed by the artist.


Accepted artists will be notified no later than Friday, July 30, 2021 via their provided email.  Those artists not accepted will be offered an online opportunity to exhibit in a virtual catalog.


All sales will be completed via the Schoharie River Center. A commission of 30% will be retained of artist original sales. All accepted works must be available for sale.


Juror: Stephen Spretnjak is an artist and writer (collage, mixed media, poetry) based in New York City and the Schoharie Valley.  His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, winning awards from the Krasny-Pollock Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation and others.

Juror:  Miki Conn is an artist and writer based in the Capital District, born in Brooklyn, NY, her African and Native American heritage inspired an interest in indigenous arts and multiculturalism. Her travels and independent studies prompted her exploration of the myths, legends, belief systems and arts of many lands. These influences can be seen in her artwork as well as in her approaches to education and training projects. In her work, Ms. Conn strives to increase understanding between races and cultures.

Juror: Dr. Jaqueline Smith is a geologist and wildlife artist. She is an adjunct and research professor at Union College in Schenectady.  Dr. Smith’s environmental geoscience research includes her current research on microplastics in the Mohawk River.  Her drawings can be purchased at the Schooner Gallery in Milbridge, ME, and The Dunbar Store in Sullivan, Maine. 

Each juror will honor one artist with a ribbon of excellence determined by that juror, for a total of three “Juror’s Awards” made for the show.  A fourth “People’s Choice Award” will also be awarded by secret ballot of audience members over the month of the show.


Artists may hand deliver art work to the gallery between August 21-22, between 12 - 5 PM.
Artists may ship their work to the Schoharie River Center, 2025 Burtonville Road, Esperance, NY 12006.

Any work shipped by an artist to the  Schoharie River Center MUST arrive no later than Friday, August 20, 2021, and MUST include a paid return shipping label. If no return shipping label is provided, the artist will be charged for shipping / handling.

Artists are responsible for the delivery of all work. Artists are responsible for their own expenses accrued for shipment of their art. Accepted works must be delivered or shipped according to the instructions provided by the Schoharie River Center.


All delivered art work must be retrieved from the gallery on Saturday, October 1, 2021 or Sunday, October 2, between 3 - 5 PM. No art work or property may be stored at the gallery after the conclusion of the exhibit. Schoharie River Center will not be held responsible for and will not store any art work or property.
All shipped art work will be returned in original packaging.


Artists must sign a waiver upon delivery/shipping of their work. Schoharie River Center will not be held responsible for lost, damaged or stolen property. Schoharie River Center suggests artists independently insure their work. No work may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. Sending an entry or work to the art drop off location and/or the exhibition shall imply an agreement on the part of the sender to all conditions above.


The exhibition will be publicized locally, regionally and nationally via our social media platforms, email, and press release. Schoharie River Center reserves the right to use photographs and/or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity for either the exhibit, gallery or artist.

An online catalog of all submissions will be available on the website of the Schoharie River Center.

                                                                             Terms & Conditions
We agree to thoughtfully review any and all Artist submissions to the Schoharie River Center. We agree that every artist’s work(s) will be carefully considered based on the fully completed required submission form as well as the principle criteria, including but not limited to, technique, originality, use of media, skill, composition and presentation upon submission.  Also under consideration will be a short (250 word) statement by the artist about the work and its context.  How does the work reflect the artists’ experience (including heritage, experience, gender, sense of place, etc)? The Artist understands that submission of art work does not guarantee the works admittance to said exhibit. The following types of submissions are prohibited and will not be considered for the exhibit:

• Fan Art

• Abusive, threatening, obscene, defamatory, and otherwise offensive statements/material (this includes but is not limited to political or religious statements or beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other theme that is designed to “target” any person, place, thing or idea negatively)

• Promotion of illegal activities 

• Explicitly lewd or sexual material, pornography, violent acts

• Misrepresentation/False or misleading information 

• Collecting information for commercial or unlawful purposes from other artists/persons 

• Material that contains software viruses, files or programs designed to interrupt, damage, destroy or limit functionality

Images/Intellectual Property:
All artists retain the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in any artwork or other content in their submission. By completing the submission form and uploading images, artists grant Schoharie River Center a non-exclusive, royalty-free, limited license to copy image, distribute, re-format if necessary, store, and display the artwork or content. By uploading your images and completing the required submission form, the artist agrees to allow Schoharie River Center to share any or all works of art and/or artist information, eg; name, website information, etc., to further promote said artist via our various online portals, including but not limited to the website, online exhibition catalog, and/or social media channels. Artists may revoke this license at any time by contacting us by email via the website. Artists will submit/upload any artwork, images and content at their own risk and agree that Schoharie River Center will not be held liable for the misrepresentation of their art and/or information by another party. Please note that Schoharie River Center presents artist/art work information and labels exactly as presented upon submission.


All artist submissions require a non-refundable, non-transferable $25 jury fee for physical exhibitions. Schoharie River Center does not charge artists a booth/vendor/space fee of any kind. We do not require artists to sell tickets. Schoharie River Center retains a 30% commission on sales.


Schoharie River Center is committed to helping and representing artists -folk and fine artists,  emerging and established - so we have partnered with several like-minded individuals to jury our exhibits!

Schoharie River Center agrees to provide all selected artists with display space sufficient for the approved, jury-selected works. This is including, but not limited to floor space, wall space, easels, tables, pedestals or vertical display. Schoharie River Center will be responsible for installation and reserves to right to make changes to any set up, display or arrangement of art in the exhibit. The Artist must agree to drop off art (on time and on date) at the designated location, or risk losing their space in the exhibit.


Cancellations and No Shows:
Schoharie River Center exhibitions will continue for each weekend in September 2021, rain or shine. All exhibits are held indoors. If for any reason, the exhibit is to be rescheduled, the artist will be notified of the new date and/or time. If for any reason, an artist is unable to participate, or must cancel their participation in the exhibit, the artist is expected to contact us by email. If an artist is a no show for art drop off, the artist risks losing the opportunity to show. There are no refunds and/or transfers.


Privacy Policy:
Your privacy is important to us. Schoharie River Center will never share or sell your personal information to a third party and we protect the information and/or personal properties we obtain from you. We may collect personal identification information, including but not limited to, when artists respond to a survey, fill out the submission form, fill out the contact form, and other services/features/resources on the website. Artists may be asked for name, email address, mailing address, phone number, credit/debit card information, as is appropriate for artist submission/exhibit purposes. This notice describes our privacy policy as it relates to the collection, protection and disclosure of such information resulting from credit card transactions and artist registrations and profiles. Schoharie River Center has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. By using our website and completing the artist submission form, you agree and signify your acceptance of this policy and all other terms and conditions.


Artists are responsible for their own expenses accrued for travel/lodging and/or shipment of their art. Accepted works must be delivered or shipped according to the instructions provided by Schoharie River Center. ALL ART THAT IS SHIPPED MUST INCLUDE A PAID RETURN SHIPPING LABEL. Any artwork not sold during exhibit will be returned to the artist in original shipping packaging. Any shipment of art that does not include a paid return shipping label will accrue an $18 fee for shipment quote retrieval and invoice.


Changes / Amendments:
Schoharie River Center reserves the right, at its discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of the terms/website/publication/submission guidelines/any and other Schoharie River Center material at any time. Please check the website periodically for changes. Your continued use of the Schoharie River Center services constitutes the artists binding acceptance of such changes.


Release & Waiver of Liability:
The artist hereby fully and forever release, discharge, and agree not to sue Schoharie River Center, or any of its affiliates/representatives/successors for any and all claims, causes of action or liability for any injury, loss or damage sustained or incurred by artist or guests arising out of or in any way associated with attendance at or participation in the exhibit. Schoharie River Center does not provide liability insurance for the protection of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, spectators, or others who may participate in the exhibit. Schoharie River Center, nor any of its affiliates/representatives/successors, will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen property at any time during exhibit, install, de-install, art drop off or any other time relating to exhibit.


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