Artist Robert Hummel specializes in cartoon-y paintings of familiar scenes in our region — Princeton, Cranbury, Kingston and Hightstown. His “War of the Worlds” painting (left) hangs in Grover’s Mill Coffee Shop in West Windsor, and would be an ideal submission to the West Windsor Arts Council’s opening exhibit, Community Collage: West Windsor Then & Now. (see prospectus, below) West Windsor has a rich history, not only because War of the Worlds took place in Grovers Mill. When the Battle of Princeton was fought, the battlefield — now Princeton — was West Windsor.
It was once a vibrant farming community. Ethan Hawke and Bryan Singer grew up here, and John Nash continues to live in a house near the Princeton Junction train station. One of the town’s famous, more recent landmarks was Lick It, a favorite outdoor ice cream stop that was only open in the summer months. Perhaps Robert Hummel has some local scenes and will submit to the West Windsor Arts Council exhibit!
OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS
West Windsor Arts Council will open the new West Windsor Arts Center in the historic Alexander Road firehouse in fall 2010 with a premiere season of performing and visual arts.
We are seeking artwork for our first art exhibition that will be part of our Grand Opening Celebration scheduled for Sept. 25. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place Oct. 2, and the exhibit will run through Oct. 29.
The theme of our first art show is Community Collage: West Windsor Then and Now.* We are looking for artwork that speaks to the cultural and historic diversity in West Windsor and the immediate region. Remember, the idea of Community Collage doesn’t have to be taken literally, but conveys people bringing their stories together, each adding a piece to the community fabric.
We are seeking artwork framed and ready to be hung from wire. Artwork can be up to 5 linear feet in any direction, and can weigh up to 50 pounds. Artists may submit up to three works, one image per work. There is an entry fee of $5 per image submitted.
As a gift to the artist community, WWAC will waive its usual 30 percent commission on art sales for this opening exhibit only; artists will receive 100 percent of the sale of artwork, although artwork does not have to be for sale. West Windsor Arts Council will promote the exhibit with press releases, email marketing and on our website. Artwork will be insured by WWAC from time of delivery to time of pick up by the artist or the artist’s representative.
Our juror for this exhibition, Tricia Fagan, is curator of the Gallery at Mercer County Community College and a West Windsor resident. As a co-founder of Trenton Avant Garde, she directed the annual Women’s History Month art shows, including the original Dangerous Women exhibit. She is a grantwriter and historic preservation specialist for Mercer County’s Division of Culture and Heritage.
To submit work, please send to West Windsor Arts Council, PO Box 952, West Windsor, NJ 08550:
- A CD or a USB key with images of the artwork. One image per work, please. Jpeg images should be high quality, no larger than 4-by-6 inches with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
- A check for the entry fee payable to West Windsor Art Council ($5 per entry).
- An “image sheet” listing your images in the following format: Title, medium, year produced, dimensions (height x width), price. This list must exactly match the order and titles of the works on the CD.
- Contact information, email address and website (if applicable).
- A two-sentence bio.
- Artist statement about your work.
- A self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your material returned.
Deadline for application: July 30, 2010
Accepted artists will be notified by e-mail Aug. 20
Accepted artwork is to be delivered to the West Windsor Arts Center, Alexander Road, Sept. 17, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., and 18, 10 a.m.-noon.
Sept. 25 – West Windsor Arts Center opens
Oct. 2 – Opening reception for Community Collage exhibit
Pickup of unsold artwork after the show: Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-noon.
If you have any questions, please email info@WestWindsorArts.org.