Opportunities for Visual Artists

The Adams County Arts Council announces its 17th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, to take place May 28 through June 19 at the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College. Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to submit work for consideration by juror William Crow, PhD. Director of the Lehigh University Art Galleries and Professor of Practice, Dept of Art, Architecture, and design.Over $2500 in awards will be presented. Each artist may submit up to 3 entries, for an entry fee of $30 for ACAC members and $45 for non-members. The entry deadline is March 6, 2020; entry forms and membership information are available online at www.adamsarts.org or by contacting the Arts Council at [email protected] or (717) 334-5006.
Art of the State, open to Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople, is an annual juried exhibition that will be held at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg June 14-Sept. 13, 2020. Entry deadline February 28; entries will be accepted in the categories of Painting,on Paper, Photography & Digital Arts,and Craft. The entry fee is $30 for up to 3 works of art and additional worksart are $10 each: the following will be awarded in all five categories: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $200, plus Additional Awards: the William D. Davis Memorial Award for Drawing: $250; The State Museum Purchase Award: Amount Varies; and The State Museum Art Docents’ Choice Award: $250. Winners will be notified at the opening reception/awards ceremony on June 14, 2020. Complete information is available at www.statemuseumpa.org. For more information contact Amy Hammond, Curator, at [email protected] or (717) 772-2840.


Chambersburg’s Artists’ Co-op, The Foundry, now in its 4th year at 100 South Main Street, continues to welcome applications from new artists. Annual membership fee is now just $120 per year plus a $25 application fee which is applied to overall cost upon acceptance. Commission is 40% on sales, but artists can receive lower commission rates if they choose to fulfill workshare hours: 4 hours per month = $35% commission; 8 hours per month = 30% commission, 12 hours per month = 20% commission. The annual fee goes toward overhead costs of paying rent, utilities, insurance, etc., and commission helps cover day-to-day costs of sales, like swipe fees, promotion, administrative work, etc. Visit www.FoundryArtsCoop.com and scroll down under Membership, or better yet, stop by and meet a Foundry Artist. Many are members of the Alliance who enjoy the networking and collaborative aspects of Foundry membership – and having lots of their work in a gallery with a growing audience. The shop is a busy place, open Thursday through Sunday, especially during festival days in downtown Chambersburg!

The Charles Brightbill Environmental Center, at the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Project, 4881 Fort Loudon Road in Mercersburg, is hosting an art show in the spring, where students at the area high schools and middle schools are invited to participate. Area artists are invited to come and paint during that Open House with the hope that the young artists will be able to see artists at work. The Open House is on Sunday, April 5 from 2-4pm. If you’re interested, contact Sheila Snider at Tuscarora Wildlife: [email protected] .

Northgate Commons at Menno Haven Retirement Community is putting out a call to artists to display work on their art walls. The dimensions are 4’ vertical space by 22’ horizontal space, with a second wall at 4’ vertical space by 10’ horizontal space. You may offer your pieces for sale with no commission charge (though a donation to the Menno Haven Auxiliary is welcome!). AND they would greatly welcome a talk/lecture about your art! The displays may be put up at the beginning of the month and removed at the end of the month. Please contact Tresa Day at [email protected] or 717-261-2328.

Figure Drawing at the Mansion House Art Gallery: The Valley Art Association offers figure drawing each Monday from 10am-1pm, January 6-March 30. If you are interested in attending, please contact Elaine Wolfe at [email protected] or at 304-754-5116 (landline). The sessions usually begin with a sequence of brief poses, followed by 25 minute or longer poses with short breaks every half hour. There will also be sessions when there is one long pose, and participants can change locations around the models/select details, e.g., hands, for closer study, if they prefer to do several studies. The professional model fee is $20/hour; shared among six that would be $10 per artist. The maximum cost per artist will not be more than $15 per artist.

The Engine Room Art Space, 36 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD is currently accepting proposals for 2020, to include the artist’s name, address, contact information, website/social media site, several possible months for showing, work samples, proposal, and resume. The application can be found here: https://www.engineroomartspace.com/submissions For more information: [email protected] or 301-739-8577, x. 116

The beautifully renovated Coyle Library, 102 North Main Street in Chambersburg, has a large and well-lit art display space; contact Lou Cowles at 717-263-1054 ext.1003 if you would like to be on the schedule for a month-long show in 2020. Lou asks that you leave a message with your complete contact information if she is not at her desk!

Grove Family Library, located on Ragged Edge Road South, just east of Chambersburg, has a very nice exhibit space, with monthly shows by local artists coordinated by staff member Carol Rinehart. There is no commission fee, although donations are gratefully accepted.  In addition, there are three locked cases for display of 3D items, whether sculptures, handmade books, crafts, or just a collection of whatever is important to you. Please email [email protected], or call 264-9663, if you are interested in any of their display possibilities.

FCAA Plein Air Painting Group:  Alliance member Jean Frey organizes a group of artists who would like to paint outside in the warmer months. Contact her if you have questions, or if you’d like to join in the fun! She is at: 703-347-1172 or [email protected]

Wallspace Gallery: Jim Beam at Wallspace Gallery & Framing, 1769 Lincoln Way E, Chambersburg, is looking for artists to exhibit, or to list original works on his newly redesigned website, where he has a section for original art.  It’s designed to be an online gallery for people to see available original artwork by local artists.  It would be similar to exhibiting, with no fee to put items on the website, only a commission if something is sold. Contact Jim at [email protected] .

Destination Arts! Waynesboro
Destination Arts will soon be 5 years old and has gone through many changes since opening July 2013. “Gallery 50”, the flagship gallery, features: Wind Down Fridays with music every Friday night from 5-8pm, Uncorked Inspiration paint nights, artist’s demo every Thursday with Marjorie Tressler, a Writers Forum and Song Writers Forum once a month. The “Music Makers-Our Community Music Center” next door to Gallery 50 is where area and regional musicians gather to jam and hold musical performances.  Gallery 50 has been joined by 42 West Arts, a co-op gallery; The Ceramic Center, a co-op of potters with pottery for sale plus classes. The latest gallery to open, “Through the Lens and Beyond”, features photography and fine art with classes in digital photography.  All galleries can be found on Waynesboro’s Main Street plus South Church St. Hours of operation are Thursday 1-4pm, Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 12-6pm, and Sunday 1-4pm. For more information, call the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro at 717-655-2500 or email [email protected]