Carriage Barn Arts Center

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Spectrum Contemporary Art Show

An exhibit of multiples highlighting the juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation between two or more pieces.

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Congratulations to this year’s “Artists To Watch” selected by
exhibit jurors Blair Clarke and Sarah Tortorich!

Debbie Smith – The simple elegance of Smith’s small, porcelain vessels make them both approachable and covetable. The groupings work harmoniously as a set, and each would also stand out individually.
Marina Dunbar – Dunbar’s compelling diptych, A Wind Within, portrays true creativity with the puddled reflection as the circular panel’s counterpart. Her work is easy on the eyes, but this piece raises the bar from just another pretty picture.
Ellen Hoverkamp – Hoverkamp’s pair of interwoven feathers is a sophisticated composition that investigates the power of presentation.  Without depicting the bird itself, Hoverkamp positions and presents elements of the creature to exude a clear and striking energy.
Margaret Lewis – Lewis’ mixed media triptych is visually and conceptually layered. The kitchen scene, family station wagon and woman with a longing expression are layered with nostalgic patterns and textiles. The overall effect seems to reference the idea of what it meant to be a woman during that time, and perhaps still today.

Carriage Barn Arts Center, home to the New Canaan Society for the Arts presents the 29th annual Spectrum Contemporary Art Show.  Spectrum is a juried exhibition of original, contemporary artwork in all media.

Through a partnership with Voltz Clarke Gallery, Blair Clarke and Sarah Tortorich are the selected jurors for DITTO.  Votlz Clarke is a New York City based gallery that maintains a roster of national and international emerging to mid-career artists.  This exhibit gives artists the opportunity to showcase multiples – a pair, diptych, triptych or group of pieces that relate to each other.  Selected works will highlight the juxtaposition, contrast, comparison, expansion, connection and separation between the pieces. Acceptable media includes painting, prints, drawing, photography and mixed media. In addition, sculpture that includes two or more different pieces that are thematically related and make sense when exhibited together.

From the accepted entries, the jurors will select 3-5 “Artists To Watch” who will be recognized at the opening and throughout the show and who will be invited to participate in a special presentation at the Carriage Barn Arts Center.

Submission deadline: Saturday, March 2, 2019 (PASSED)
Notification (by email and on our website): Friday, March 15, 2019
Drop off:  March 31 and April 1 between 10am-1pm
Opening reception: Saturday, April 6, 5-7pm (open to the public)
Gallery Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14 from 1-3pm (open to the public)
Cocktails with Patrons & Collectors: Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30-8pm (invite only)
Closes: Thursday May 9, 2019
Pickup: Friday, May 10, between 10am-2pm & Saturday, May 11, between 10-1pm
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-3pm & Sunday 1-5pm

About The Jurors:

Blair Clarke founded Voltz Clarke and saw immediate success with the pop up formula as executed with her first exhibition, Kaleidoscope. For this collaboration with Ingrao, an elegant townhouse in uptown Manhattan, Clarke placed contemporary works by then unknown British painter Natasha Law and eccentric ‘dripper’ Shane Bradford. Thus began her signature curatorial gesture of presenting emerging talent to sophisticated audiences in unexpected venues.  It was a natural progression for a flagship gallery to be opened after over a dozen years of private art advisory. Voltz Clarke Gallery held its first exhibition in the Fall of 2015 and has continued with rigorous programming ever since.

The Columbus, Georgia native has held positions as Director of Galerie Timothy Tew in Atlanta, Georgia and Exhibition Director at Sanford Smith & Associates in Manhattan. Blair Clarke is a member of Art Table, Save Venice, Young Collectors of the Guggenheim and The Young Friends of the Louvre.

Sarah Tortorich grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to New York City in 2017 to complete her Masters Degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. Prior to receiving her Masters, Tortorich earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans. From there, she gained over four years of experience working in the art world at Arthur Roger Gallery. After completing her internship at Artspace in Manhattan, the move to Voltz Clarke Gallery was a natural fit.

Up to six individual works may be submitted – for example three pairs, two groups of three or one group of five or six pieces.  There is no size limit, but dimensions of each individual piece must be noted.
Submission fees directly support our operations. Click here to become a member today for reduced entry fees.
members/students: $26 for up to 3 entries. $5 per additional entry (up to six)
non-members: $41 for up to 3 entries, $5 per additional entry (up to six)

Work delivered to the gallery must be installation-ready. All two-dimensional works and wall sculptures must be wired or cleated with a beveled edge on the cleat for hanging. We use the Walker hanging system (nails and screws are not drilled into the walls). Work must remain on exhibit for the entire show. Following the pickup dates after the close of the show, there will be storage charge of $10/day for any work left at the gallery. Note: We prefer to receive framed works in white or black frames with white or ivory tone mattes. Saw tooth hangers and small wire loops on the back of inexpensive frames are not acceptable along with scratched glass or plexi-glass, poorly constructed frames and poorly cut mats. We reserve the right to reject any work whose presentation is sub-standard.  Sculpture must be presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium. A limited number of pedestals are available.  The Walker Hanging System is used for wall sculpture. Sculpture must be delivered fully assembled and presented in a permanent, non-fragile medium.

We encourage exhibitors to enter works that are for sale. For any works sold, artists receive 60% of the sale price before tax. The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Society for the Arts retains the remaining 40% as a transaction fee. While the New Canaan Society for the Arts [NCSA] supports exhibitors who are seeking to sell their work, the determination of value and other terms of a sale remain a matter between the artist and the prospective buyer.

While all care will be taken while art is being exhibited in any NCSA sponsored exhibition, NCSA assumes no responsibility for any damage to the artwork during delivery, installation, and de-installation including, by way of example but not limitation, normal wear and tear, such as minor nicks to frames or scratches to Plexiglas. NCSA will not be liable for work not claimed after specified pick-up dates and times.

As a condition for exhibiting work in any NCSA exhibition, the exhibiting artist acknowledges by executing this agreement that NCSA assumes no responsibility for theft or other catastrophic loss beyond the applicable limits of NCSA’s insurance coverage. Except to the extent set forth in a separate written agreement signed by both the Exhibitor and NCSA, and subject to applicable deductions, insurance coverage cannot exceed 50% of the market value of any particular item, with the understanding that the exhibitor’s requested price may not be determinative with regard to market value for insurance purposes.

Image Usage Rights:
Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. By submission for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for the exhibition grant The Carriage Barn Arts Center the right to use their images for the purpose of promoting the artist, promoting the Center’s programs, promoting exhibitions and subsequent display on the Center’s website of current and past exhibitions. Promotions and images may also be placed on social networks with artist credit.