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 
  •              Prices 
  •              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 2018.


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.

Fiction: The Art Show 

THEME: This year’s member show pulls its theme from our resident theater company, Pegasus, and its spring performance of Fiction by Steven Dietz , a play that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, life and the written word.  The West Windsor Arts Center invites all members to submit artwork based on the concept of real vs imaginary and the merging of visual arts and literary arts, the image with the written word.  This could include work using a quote, book or favorite literature as an inspiration or as part of your creation, personal views of fact vs fiction, and book art. We encourage the exploration of the topic through philosophical theory to material concept. All materials and methods of expression that can be hung on the wall are welcome. Movement, gesture, literature, and a sense of exploration should be considered.

JUROR: Michael Joseph, Rare Books Librarian at Rutgers University and the Founding Director of the New Jersey Book Arts  Symposium (1995-Present), an annual conference on all things pertaining  to book arts with a heavy emphasis on artists' books, and the editor of Gravesiana: The Journal of the Robert Graves Society.  Michael has published in the fields of children's literature, book arts, and  poetry, in particular the poetry of the Anglo-Irish poet, novelist,  translator, critic and mythographer, Robert Graves. In collaboration with various artists, he has written fourteen artists books, text for a  series of lyrical compositions by the late Herber Rothgarber, and exhibited original artwork in group shows.

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163 brings his considerable knowledge and background in the arts to his role as the juror for this year's WWAC Member Show: Visual Art and Literature

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all current WWAC members. Artists may join as a WWAC member (membership fees are $25 senior, $40 individual, $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 Individual Membership ($40 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: March 25– May 17, 2019
  • Submission deadline: February 24, 2019, 11:59pm 
  • Art drop-off: March 24, 10am-12pm
  • Opening Reception: March 31, 4-6pm
  • Art pick up: May 19, 10am-12pm

ACCEPTED ARTWORK: Submission of artwork and written 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.
  • 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




2019 Cultural Heritage Exhibition

THEME: How has your cultural heritage influenced your art? This show seeks to examine the expression of cultural heritage through art.  How does the past affect our view on the contemporary world? Whether it is the food, textiles, festivals, or family traditions, the art in this show will demonstrate how these experiences can be shared through visual art.

LOCATION: The West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Rd., Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

JUROR:  TBA

ELIGIBILITY: Open call to all artists age 16 and older.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submission deadline: April 21, 2019 at 12 midnight

Please have the following information ready when submitting:

  • Title of artwork(s)
  • Dimensions
  • Medium
  • Sale price 
  • Insurance value 
  • Images of the art ready to be uploaded
  • Short artist statement 
  • Short artist bio

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”x30” 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: May 20 to July 12, 2019

Submission deadline: April 21, 2019 at midnight

Artist Reception: Sunday June 2, 2019 from 4 – 6 pm

Art pick up: Sunday July 14, 2019 10am to 12 noon

West Windsor Arts Council