“Expressions of Hope” Call for Artists

  • Event: “Expressions of Hope”
  • Where: Montville Senior House, 365 Main Road, Montville, NJ 07045
  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2pm-6pm
  • What: Original Artwork
  • How much: Free to both public and participating artists

The Montville Stigma-Free Task Force (MSFTF), whose mission is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders, is seeking visual artists for “Expressions of Hope”, their free annual community art event. This event seeks to raise awareness, encourage hope, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. We are seeking art that expresses the complex emotions, experiences, and stories surrounding mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and the stigma associated with them.

All artists, both professional and amateur, are encouraged to submit their work to the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force for consideration.

Please note: the receipt of notification that a submitted artwork has been accepted to the event will constitute an agreement by the artist with all conditions set forth in this call for artists.

Important Dates/Times:

  • Submission deadline – midnight, August 15, 2018.
  • Notifications announced – September 20, 2018.
  • Artwork delivery/setup – October 13, 2018 between 11am and 1pm only.
  • Event – Saturday, October 13, 2018, between 2pm and 6pm.
  • Artwork pickup/breakdown – October 13, 2018 between 6pm and 8pm only.

Artwork Specifications:

  • Submissions may be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional.
  • Submissions are limited to fine art, which includes, but is not limited to, the following mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, photography, computer-generated, collage, mixed media, clay, and fiber.
  • Submissions must be completely original works created by the applicant, owned/copyrighted by the applicant.
  • Submissions must not infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Submissions depicting any recognizable person or persons must be accompanied by a signed model release.
  • Submissions must not depict/contain/represent any content deemed offensive, sexually explicit, and/or inappropriate. The MSFTF has the final authority to define what constitutes offensive, sexually explicit, and/or inappropriate.
  • Each submission must not exceed 50 pounds in weight, 6 feet in height, or 3 feet in width.

Artist Specifications:

  • Applicants must be 13 years of age or older.
  •  Applicants must reside in the continental United States. Preference will be given to artists residing in Montville Township, elsewhere within Morris County, or elsewhere within New Jersey (in that order).

Event specifications:

  • All artworks displayed are limited to those which were accepted by, and which the artist received notification of acceptance from, the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force.
  • Artists are responsible for delivery/setup and pickup/breakdown of all of their artworks.
  • All artworks must be set up on Saturday, October 13, 2018, between the hours of 11am and 1pm.
  • All artworks must remain on display for the entire duration of the event on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm.
  • All artworks must be picked-up/broken down on Saturday, October 13, 2018, between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.
  • Artworks remaining unclaimed after 9pm on October 13, 2018 will become the property of the MSFTF.
  • At a maximum, each artist will have 2 panels or racks (each 3×7 feet), or one 6-ft flat surface (table) to display their work. Final allocation of space may be reduced, and is dependent upon the number of artists accepted.
  • All artworks must arrive at the event completely ready for display – a neat, clean, professional presentation with a secure hanging method. If subject to damage, artwork should be framed under plexiglass. Artworks not ready for display as described may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Sales of artworks are allowed and encouraged. A commission of 5% shall be charged on all sales occurring at the event. Artists are responsible for handling sales and reporting sales tax. Works that are not for sale must be clearly marked.
  • Any artwork that is deemed unsafe to the public, presents complex installation problems, requires electrical extension cords, requires a supply of running water, or generates liquid or solid waste may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Any artwork deemed by the MSFTF to appear significantly different from the approved submission may be excluded from the event, at the sole discretion of the MSFTF.
  • Artists are fully responsible for the transportation of accepted artworks, and must carry their own insurance. The Township of Montville, the Montville Senior House, the Montville Stigma-Free Task Force and any staff and/or volunteers at the event are not responsible for any loss or damages to any artwork during transportation to the event, at the event, or during transportation after the event.
  • For all artworks accepted to the event, the artist agrees to allow the artwork to be
    reproduced by the MSFTF for promotional purposes.

How to Submit Artworks for Consideration:

  • Take a high-resolution digital photo or scan the work. Up to two (2) digital images of the work may be submitted for each artwork. Each image must show a different detail or view of the artwork.
  • Email the digital image(s) of the artwork to health@montvillenj.org prior to midnight, August 15, 2018.
  • All images must be submitted in digital JPEG format. Each image must be 72 dpi, sized between 1024 and 1280 pixels on its longest side, and must not exceed 2 megabytes.
  • If video is incorporated in the artwork, do not email the video file. Instead, in the submission email, provide a link to where the video can be viewed online.
  • Each artwork may only be submitted for consideration once.
  • Each artwork must be submitted via its own separate email – multiple artworks included in one email may not be accepted.
  • Each email submission must include:
    • Artists first and last name
    • Artist’s full residential address
    • Artist’s phone number
    • Title of artwork
    • Artwork medium
    • Brief (no more than 2-5 sentences maximum) artist biography (headshots not required but encouraged)
    • Brief (no more than 2-5 sentences maximum) description of how the artwork relates to mental health disorders, substance use disorders, and/or the stigma associated with these disorders
    • If applicable, agent/assistant name, address, phone number, and email
    • If applicable, artists website and/or social media links
  • There is no fee to submit artwork for consideration.

Should you require more information, or have any questions, please contact Shanice Johnson via phone at (973) 682-4940 or via email at shjohnson@co.morris.nj.us.