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Open Call: Arte Corajosa Celebrating Azorean Creativity – Bristol Art Museum, RI

Open Call:  Arte Corajosa Celebrating Azorean Creativity – Bristol Art Museum, RI

With the support of a grant from the RI Foundation, the Bristol Art Museum (BAM) announced an open call for Rhode Island area Portuguese artists to participate in the “Arte Corajosa” [Courageous Art] project celebrating Azorean creativity.

The goal is to “providing the East Bay and greater Rhode Island community with the opportunity to experience traditional, contemporary and historical Portuguese culture through the presentation of visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and educational workshops.”

According to the source, eligibility includes art work created by an artist of Portuguese heritage; The artist should reside in Rhode Island and South East New England; All work must be original, no commercial work considered; All work must be hand delivered, no artwork accepted if shipped; All work must be properly framed and ready for display among other requirements.

The guidelines for the entry and selection process include that all entries are submitted online (up to 4 submissions per artist) and the submitting artist must be at least 18 years old.

Deadline for entry is March 18, 2018 (11:59pm). The jury selection is scheduled for April 15, 2018. Exhibition dates are June 15 through August 26, 2018.

Nancy Whipple Grinnell, the assigned juror, is Curator Emerita at the Newport Art Museum, where she served for 18 years. During that time she produced over 200 exhibitions, expanded the permanent collection by 800 works, oversaw accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, established endowments for conservation and acquisitions and organized the Archives dating back to 1912. She also wrote a biography of the Museum’s founder, Carrying the Torch: Maud Howe Elliott and the American Renaissance, and authored numerous Museum catalogues and brochures.
Grinnell’s curatorial strength is in her ability to see quality in diversity. Her curatorial work at the Newport Art Museum was always distinctive, adventurous and fresh bringing the museum admiration and respect. Nancy is known for finding and promoting artists creating quality work whether they are well known or not.

The Bristol Art Museum, located in Downtown Bristol, Rhode Island, was established in 1963 to encourage the creation, promotion and appreciation of the arts through exhibitions and educational opportunities. Community outreach programs and partnerships are central to its goal of engaging diverse audiences in the arts of our time. The aim is to enrich the cultural life of the community and region through eclectic exhibitions and educational programs, and to be an accessible presence for future generations.