21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art


August 29, 2020 - September 26, 2020 • 11:00AM - 5:00PM • Free Event | Contestants Register Online

The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville and Schwab Galleries are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art, scheduled to take place August 29-September 26, 2020.

The competition focuses on contemporary art, showcasing a wide variety of art forms, mediums and expressions. This national, juried show offers more than $4,000 in prize awards.

The Call

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The Calendar

Deadline to Enter: July 15, 2020
Artist Notification: July 31, 2020
Artwork Delivery: August 20-23, 2020
Exhibition Dates: August 29-September 26, 2020
Juror's Talk & Virtual Awards Presentation: Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 7:00PM-8:15PM
Artwork Pickup: September 26-27, 2020

COVID 19 Alert: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a traditional Public Opening will not take place. However, guests may view the exhibition in person at our galleries located at 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD, from Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00AM-5:00PM daily, or via our Digital Gallery.

The Juror

We are pleased to announce the 2020 juror for the 21st Annual Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art is Jessica Beck, Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Beck has curated many projects including: Andy Warhol: My Perfect Body in 2016 and Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby in 2018—the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which debuted at The Andy Warhol Museum to great acclaim from The New York Times and The Burlington Contemporary. In 2019, she co-curated Kim Gorodn’s first museum solo exhibition in North America, Kim Gordon: Lo-Fi Glamour. Beck has published widely with The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cantor Center for the Arts, Gagosian Quarterly, and Burlington Magazine.

In 2017 and 2018, Beck served as the visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon School of Art, where she taught critical studies and thesis writing seminars. She completed her MA with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

The Theme

The theme for this year's exhibition and competition is "Shelter".

Shelter can be defined as an establishment that affords protection, cover, food and safety for the homeless, orphaned, or abandoned. Shelter can also be synonymous with home—space to seek refuge from the erratic elements of mother nature, to raise a family or to create personal, private space. Shelter too can be found abstractly through intimacy, such as the familial bonds of a child finding safety in a mother’s arms or the warmth and reassurance of a lover’s embrace.

Climate change, public health crises, migration, have all undermined our collective sense of permanence and shelter. Once understood to be a fixed physical structure, the definition of shelter now feels precarious, subject to change, and boundaries of our private spaces have now become blurred as homes are becoming multifunctional spaces for living, working, schooling, and caring for immediate and extended family members. The habits, functions and fundamental conception of shelter—how we create it, understand it and see it—is now more than ever being redefined. This exhibition will offer various perspectives on shelter by straddling both physical realms of refuge and protection, and the psychological, emotional bonds constituted by human connection.

The Prizes

The 21st Will's Creek Exhibition of Fine Art will award $4000 in prize funds, including $1500 for Best in Show.

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