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.”

The WWAC’s goal is to have the first proposals 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 selected to have her/his sculpture included in The mARTian Project installations will receive a $1,000 honorarium to help defray costs of transportation and other expenses involved. 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

  • $1,000 honorarium to be paid after successful installation.
  • 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.

Background
On October 30, 1938, during artist and filmmaker 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. As the town in which the martians landed, we embrace this unique history and celebrate it as a  moment of true belief of life from outer space and the power and influence of the arts. 

Project Description
The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) is commemorating the 80th anniversary of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast with a day of activites on October 27, 2018.  We are starting the celebration at the West Windsor Farmers' Market with a Chalk Art display and contest. The Chalk Art Contest's theme will be "Out of this World."

Project Guidelines

  • The "Out of this World" Chalk Art Contest is open to everyone.   All skill levels welcome including children, adults, families, groups, friends, organizations and professional artists.  
  • We will do our best to provide spaces for everyone who registers. If a space is not available for you, you will be notified and your registration fee will be returned.
  • All entries must be original work.
  • Chalk Art must be inspired by space exploration, the possibility of life in outerspace, or relate to the “War of the Worlds.”  
  • We will confirm the overall size of your space before the event.
  • Chalk Art should be 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.
  • Materials, including chalk, must be provided by the artist, organization or group.  Please do not use any permanent art materials.  Only stick chalk, pastels, or charcoal will be permitted. No sprays of any kind will be allowed.
  • This is a rain or shine event.  Please plan accordingly and bring any tarps needed if it rains.
  • Artists, individuals, organizations and groups will be given a start and end time for the execution of their design.
     

Awards

At least 3 prizes will be awarded in all categories. Prize values total over $1,000!  Individual items include:

  • Amazon gift cards
  • Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park gift certificate
  • Morven Family Membership
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art general admission pass for 4
  • Bounce U gift certificate
  • Fine Art Kits valued at $140 each
  • Craft kits for children valued at approx $20 each

Professional Artists:

  • Best of Show - $300 Amazon Gift Card
  • Award of Excellence - two selected each receiving $50 Amazon Gift Card

Youth (age group 5 to 9, 10 to 14,  and 15 to 18):

  • Best of Show - one in each age group selected, each receiving a gift 
  • Award of Excellence - 1 in each age group selected, each receiving a gift 

Adults (Individuals, not professional artists):

  • Best of Show - $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • Award of Excellence - two selected each receiving $25 Amazon Gift Card

Organizations and Groups: 

  • Best of Show - $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • Award or Excellence - two selected each receiving $50 Amazon Gift Card 


Winning Design Selection Process:

The Chalk Art Contest will be judged by a committee that includes diverse business professionals and artists from the West Windsor area.  The artwork will be judged on originality and relation to the theme, and space considerations.  

When reviewing chalk designs, some of the important considerations for the judges will be:

  • connection to the theme
  • creativity/originality
  • artistic merit
  • appropriate for family-friendly audience


 For questions, please contact martianproject@westwindsorarts.org.

OFF THE WALL: An Affordable Art Exhibit 

LOCATION: West Windsor Arts Center Gallery, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

EXHIBIT DATES: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to Friday, Dec 21, 2018.

GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm and Saturday: 12-4pm

Opening Reception and Artisan Market: The opening for the show will be held the same days as our Artisan Market, November 17 and 18, 2018.  Hours for Nov 17 are 10am to 6pm.  Hours for Nov 18 are 11am to 5pm. 

Closing Party:  Friday, December 21, 2018, 4pm to 7pm.  Everyone welcome. Unsold work may be taken home at the end of the party.

THEME:  Off the Wall will showcase juried artwork in a variety of themes and media offered at prices not exceeding $300.00.  WWAC will be looking for art that will appeal to a broad audience, drawing in WWAC Members as well as the community of the Greater Princeton area during the holiday season.  Artwork may be literally taken off the wall at the time of purchase.  

MEDIUM: All works 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.  Giclee or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless original is a photograph/print.  Example: giclee of watercolor will not be accepted.

JURY: All artwork will be juried by WWAC OTW & Artisan Market Committee.  

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all artists.  All art entered must be original and new to WWAC, and offered for sale at prices not exceeding $300.  Work submitted for previous exhibitions at WWAC will NOT be accepted.  Art must be properly wired across the back to be accepted for jury review.

ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS:  Applicants are asked to pre-register their art, no image upload is necessary and then Artwork must be submitted in person.  

Applicants may deliver up to three pieces of artwork to the West Windsor Arts Center for jury review.   Please attach to back of your work: Artist name, title of work, medium, dimensions and sale price.  

WWAC will be accepting submissions on the following dates/times: 

Thursday and Friday, Nov 1 and 2, from 1 pm - 7 pm

Saturday, Nov 3, from 10 am - 4 pm.   

Please bring your art to the West Windsor Arts Center, 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.  

SUBMISSION FEES: $7.00 fee for each piece of artwork or you may submit three pieces of art for $20.00. Fees must be paid at the time of submission.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

1. Applicants have the option to pre-register their art through our website, from September 4 to November 3, 2018.  To preregister, please have ready: artwork title, medium, size, price and insurance value.  No images need to be uploaded.   Artists need to bring in the art for jury review and pay the submission fee in person at WWAC.  By pre-registering we hope to make your submission process  faster and easier.  

2. The maximum size for 2-D wall art, including frame is: 24” x 24”.

3. All works entered MUST be framed and properly wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wrapped, painted canvas is permissible. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. ONLY SUBMISSIONS MEETING THESE SPECIFICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!

ARTIST NOTIFICATION:  Emails will be sent out on Monday, November 5, 2018.  

Art not accepted will need to be picked up Monday - Friday, Nov 5 - 9, 10am - 6pm. 

CALENDAR:

  • Preregister art on Submittable: Sept 4 - Nov 3, 2018 
  • Drop off artwork: Thursday Nov 1 from 1pm - 7pm; Friday Nov 2 from 1pm - 7pm; Saturday Nov 3 from 10am - 4pm.
  • Accepted/declined entries will be sent an email: Monday, Nov 5, 2018
  • Pick up of declined artwork: Monday, Nov 5 - Friday, Nov 9, 2018 during office hours.
  • Dates of Show: Tuesday, Nov 6 - Friday, Dec 21, 2018
  • Opening reception and Artisan Market: Saturday, Nov 17 from 10am - 6pm, and Sudnay, Nov 18 from 11am - 5pm.
  • Show Closing  Event: Friday, Dec 21, 2018 from 4pm - 7pm
  • Pick up artwork not sold: Friday, Dec 21, 2018 after the party. (Please note: the West Windsor Arts Center will be closed from December 22 - January 1, opening on January 2.)

1. The jury reserves the right to reject any work submitted at their 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.

2.  No accepted artwork shall be returned after the installation nor before the final exhibit date.

3. Unless prior arrangements have been made, artwork not picked up on the pick-up dates will become the property of WWAC and, due to lack of storage space, may be disposed of after 7 days.

4.  Artist agrees that WWAC may use their artwork for off-site marketing and sales.

SALE OF ARTWORK

·         WWAC will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of Wall 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.


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