Welcome to the West Windsor Arts Council's online art submissions page.

 Click on the More button below for individual prospectus details and to begin. Please read the full prospectus. For most gallery shows, you will need to have the following ready before beginning the submission process:
  •              Title of Artwork
  •              Medium 
  •              Dimensions or size range (WxH) of pieces 
  •              Price and Insurance Value
  •              Short Bio *
  •              Short Artist Statement *
  •              Images of your work *
  •              Credit card for submission fee (if applicable) *

    *Please note these items are not required for Off the Wall registration for 2019.


Thank you for submitting your work for consideration in a West Windsor Arts Council exhibition!

Community Description

West Windsor Township is located in central New Jersey, 4 miles from Princeton University, 48 miles from Philadelphia and 60 miles from Manhattan. West Windsor was established initially in 1682. The West Windsor train station is served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. Its cultural activities and attractions include the West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor Farmers’ Market, summer concerts, community festivals and organizations, and several town parks.

On October 30, 1938, during Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast of the “War of the Worlds,” local residents, and a nationwide audience, heard that an alien spacecraft had landed in Grover’s Mill (a farming village in West Windsor), Martians had emerged, and were planning to invade the United States. Although the broadcast was a radio drama based on H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, “The War of the Worlds,” many people believed it was a factual newscast, which sparked widespread public panic and media outrage. Today, a monument stands near Grover’s Mill Pond in Van Nest Park to commemorate this exciting historic event.

Project Description

The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) wants to commemorate the War of the Worlds radio broadcast with a permanent, outdoor, township-wide, family-friendly, series of public sculpture installations, collectively called The mARTian Project. Multiple sculptures will be installed in various highly trafficked locations in historic West Windsor. When complete, these installations will help build a stronger sense of community identity, encourage people to learn about the township’s history and create permanent outdoor sculpture installations for all to enjoy. The Mission of the Project is: 

“The mARTian Project is a public art initiative to enhance the quality of life in West Windsor with art and cultural activities to promote a connection between our community and its unique history as the town portrayed in the infamous 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.”

WWAC installed the first sculpture in time to be featured in the West Windsor Township celebration of the 80th anniversary of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast to will be held on the weekend of October 27, 2018. 

Additional sculptures will be added on an ongoing basis.

Project Guidelines

  • The mARTian Project is open to all sculptors who are at least 18 years of age, regardless of location.  
  • All entries must be original work and of safe design and construction.
  • A sculpture is defined as a visual work of art in two- or three-dimensions, which can be viewed from multiple sides.
  • Sculptures must be Martian-like images or related to the “War of the Worlds,” of any size, that are family-friendly and aesthetically appropriate for display in public places.  Some examples of the family-friendly criterion include absence of violence, nudity, bias, and hate.
  • The sculpture must be able to be structurally secured to a concrete pad or the exterior surface (e.g., wall or roof) of a building.
  • Sculptors are responsible for providing specific requirements for mounting a sculpture (e.g., types of fasteners or adhesives).
  • Materials may include but are not limited to: metal, plastic, stone, ceramic or any other durable material that can withstand varying temperatures (approximately 22 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit), humidity (approximately 50 – 100% relative humidity), hurricanes, blizzards and other outdoor elements.
  • Sculptors are responsible for transporting the artwork to West Windsor, NJ. The WWAC will be responsible for sculpture installation, in consultation with the sculptor.
  • Each sculptor must submit a budget for the development, production, and installation of their sculpture. WWAC will seek funding to support accepted projects. The source of funding for The mARTian Project is donations from individuals and organizations.
  • The sculptures included in The mARTian Project will become the property of the West Windsor Arts Council.
  • The schedule for installation of each sculpture will be mutually determined by the artist and WWAC.

When reviewing sculpture proposals, some of the important considerations will be:

  • safety to the public (i.e., no sharp edges, no points, no breakable or bendable components, no climbing hazards, no barbed wire, etc.)
  • outdoor durability
  • appropriate for family-friendly audience
  • connection to War of the Worlds theme

Multiple sculpture proposals may be submitted for consideration. 

Selection Process

Sculpture proposals will be reviewed by a committee that includes diverse business professionals and artists from the West Windsor area.  The artwork will be judged on artistic merit, originality, technical quality and durability, in addition to the important considerations listed above.  The selected sculptors may be interviewed by phone to further discuss their proposed sculpture.  Selected sculptors must enter into a contractual agreement approved by the West Windsor Arts Council.

Benefits to the Sculptor

  • Sculpture exhibited at high visibility sites in West Windsor, NJ.
  • A plaque with the sculptor’s and sculpture name posted near the artwork.
  • An ongoing promotional campaign that will include print media and electronic media on a website dedicated to the project. The website will have information about each sculptor and sculpture, and a map guiding visitors to the locations of all the March of the mARTians sculptures.

For questions, please contact martianproject@westwindsorarts.org.

Member Show:  Built Environment

Exhibition Dates:  March 23 – May 15, 2020

Open Call to Member Artists.  Submission is open from Dec 9, 2019 to February 23, 2020.

Statement of concept:

Our horizons often change as new structures are built and old structures are renovated or decay.  In the visual arts  cityscape is an artistic representation, such as a painting, drawing, print, or photography, of the physical aspects of a town or urban area.  This kind of art considers structures as a source of inspiration, because it reflects different sides of the towns or cities like its identity, ancientness, modernity, interstitial space-built forms, and of course the architectural design. 

Giovanni Antonio Canal, commonly known as Canaletto was an Italian painter of city views. In the period from 1746 to 1756 he worked in England where he painted many views of London and other sites including Warwick Castle and Alnwick Castle.  James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), perhaps the most prominent nineteenth century American painter, is also the most important figure in American cityscape painting of that century.  American painter Edward Hopper, who stayed loyal to figurative painting, created intriguing images of the American scene.  Well-known living cityscape painters are Rackstraw Downes, Antonio López García, and Richard Estes.  American artist Yvonne Jacquette has made a specialty of aerial cityscapes.  

We as artists can push the envelope and bend the rules in order to explore the less restrictive outer realms of creativity.  We invite artists to submit pieces that showcase how they incorporate structures into their work.  


JUROR: TBA


ELIGIBILITY: Open to all current WWAC members. Artists may join as a WWAC member (membership fees are $25 senior, $40 individual, $50 artist, $75 household). For membership information and to join, please visit www.westwindsorarts.org or call (609)716-1931 for more information.
In order to celebrate and encourage our member artists, WWAC will be awarding cash prizes to 3 works of art selected by the juror that exemplify standards of excellence including:

  • Competent use of media and artistic technical skill
  • Artistic sensitivity and emotional impact
  • Creative and innovative work to educate the public
  • Wall appeal to attract the public
  • Relevance to show theme

 PRIZES:

  • Best in Show: $100
  • 2nd Prize: $50
  • 3rd Prize: One Free Year of WWAC Artist Membership ($50 value)

 ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • A maximum of three pieces can be submitted per artist
  • All art must be original and new to WWAC.
  • Size of artwork: We recommend a maximum size of 30 x 30" but the juror will judge larger works on a case-by-case basis.
  • All work that can be hung on the wall including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, printmaking, or fiber will be considered. 
  • Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted. 
  • All works entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. All work must be properly wired across the back with picture hanging wire. 
Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. WWAC reserves the right to reject any work that is not ready to hang.
  • All pieces must be labeled on the back with the artist's name and the title of the artwork.

 CALENDAR: 

  • Exhibit dates:  Monday, March 23 – May 15, 2020
  • Submission deadline:  Sunday, February 23, 2020 at midnight
  • Accepted art drop-off date:  Sunday, March 22, 2020 between 10am – 12pm
  • Opening reception:  Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 4pm – 6pm
  • Pick up of Artwork – Sunday, May 17, 2020 between 10am – 12pm

 ACCEPTED ARTWORK: Submission of artwork and submitted application for jury review constitutes an agreement between the artist and West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) to the conditions set forth:
1. Insurance coverage for accepted artwork begins upon completion of drop-off procedure on the designated date and time at the West Windsor Arts Center and for the duration of the show.
2. The juror reserves the right to reject any work submitted at her discretion. The exhibit will be hung in the gallery and foyer in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
3. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
4. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show.
5. If the artist is not able to pick up the artwork at the designated time, please contact the WWAC main office to make other arrangements.
 

SALE OF ARTWORK

  • WWAC will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
  • WWAC will retain 30% of the retail price of Wall Art as commission and pay the balance of 70% of sale. Artist Members receive preferred split on gallery sales (75/25)
  • Payment for Wall Art will be made by check within 21 business days of close of the exhibit.
  • The West Windsor Arts Council retains the right to use artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.

 Contact West Windsor Arts Council:
Phone: (609) 716-1931 

Exhibitions Email: wwacexhibits@gmail.com 

Mailing address: 952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

2020 Artisan Display Cabinet

Now seeking handmade and handcrafted items to sell in our locked display cabinet in the West Windsor Arts Center lobby.  

Presenting a changing display of work by Artisans who are WWAC Members. Each session will feature varied works, all handmade.  Items to include jewelry, pottery, fiber and textile, note cards, journals, and more.  All items should be made of the finest quality, with care, and by expert crafts-people in their field. 

SELECTIONS: WWAC Staff

GUIDELINES FOR ARTISANS: 

  • All items must be handmade by the submitting artist.
  • Artisan must provide 6 to 10 items that will fit in our display case, along with any necessary stands, etc to display the items.
  • No single item can be larger than 11 x 11 x 11 inches.
  • Artisans will be accepted for a 7 to 8 weeks time period or "session."  Upcoming sessions include:

                  January 6, 2020 to February 28, 2020 (drop off date for items January 5, 2020)

                  March 23, 2020 to May 15, 2020 (drop off date for items March 22, 2020)

                  May 18, 2020 to July 10, 2020 (drop off date for items May 17, 2020)

                  July 13, 2020 to August 28, 2020 (drop off date for items July 12, 2020)

                  August 31, 2020 to October 23, 2020 (drop off date for items August 30, 2020)

                  October 26, 2020 to December 18, 2020 (drop off date for items October 25, 2020)

  • Accepted artisans will be given a contract which will include the session information as well as all terms for the agreement.  

    ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artisans who are WWAC Members. Artisans may become Members at any time to be considered for inclusion. Work must be original and handcrafted by the Artisan, and may include jewelry, pottery/ceramics, glass, fiber and textile items, leather goods, paper crafts and journals, metal arts, basketry, and woodworking items.

    SALE OF MERCHANDISE: West Windsor Arts Center will handle the sales of all items.  The sales split for all items is 70% to Artisan and 30% to WWAC (Artist Level Members will receive the preferred split of 75%/25%).  Artisans will be responsible for paying sales tax for their merchandise, if applicable.  It is the Artisan's responsibility to obtain any licenses or permits necessary by state and local laws for the sale of handmade items and food to the public.

    Note: The West Windsor Arts Council retains the right to use artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.


     
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