Juried Art Program
Artists who are interested in exhibiting at the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY for approximately one month during 2019 are invited to submit samples of their artwork for review by a Juried Art Committee sponsored by the Harrison Council for the Arts.
Eleven artists will be awarded one person shows by our jury, with three alternate artists chosen as well, should unexpected circumstances prevent artists from exhibiting according to schedule. Group shows (2, 3 or 4 persons) will also be considered provided these artists register and submit work together. For group shows, all entrants must be chosen.
If you are interested in competing for one of these shows, please bring samples to the Harrison Public Library, Halperin Building, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, NY on Friday, May 18, 2018 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. All artists must pick up their samples on Saturday, May 19, 2018 between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Two-dimensional art only is eligible and the samples must be in the form of two different pieces of the actual art (preferably framed), 12 copies of the artist’s work either in the form of 35mm slides or photos or prints (all different/representational of the artist’s work), and a resume.
If you choose to participate, you will be notified of the jury’s decision by mail no later than June 30, 2018. If awarded exhibit time, you will be asked to call the Library (914/835-0324) and provide three choices for a monthly exhibit in 2019 (first come-first served; March is not available).
We will confirm your exhibit date by mail and at that time you will be asked to sign the Art Exhibit Agreement, which must be returned immediately. The applicable fee is due three months prior to the exhibit date.
TRACY GILMAN, a B.F.A. and M.S. graduate of Pratt Institute, currently teaches Studio Art and Ceramics at Harrison High School. Prior to teaching in Harrison, Ms. Gilman taught in various museums and alternative educational settings, joining the New York City public school system in 1999. She has been a working artist since 1995, having shown her work throughout Westchester, New York City, Detroit, Sweden and Japan. Ms. Gilman was a founding director and exhibiting member of the Rider Project, a mobile art gallery in New York City, as well as an original member of Fakework, an Artist Collective. Ms. Gilman is a Board Member of the Harrison Council for the Arts, the Castle Gallery of New Rochelle, and maintains active memberships in the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts, the National Arts Education Association and the New York State Art Teachers Association.
SARAH PALEFSKY received an M.A. in Teaching from Manhattanville College and B.S. in Advertising from Syracuse University. She teaches art at Purchase School. Prior to Purchase, Ms. Palefsky was a Literacy/Arts Teacher at P.S. 226 Nadia J. Pagan School, Bronx, NY. Her teaching credentials include many extracurricular activities such as leading parents and children in art workshops and trips to Broadway plays. Ms. Palefsky’s prior experience includes Graphic Design, Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing for various arts organizations. Her skills are put to good use in a family business called http://www.morphicism.com where she is involved with painting, marketing, editing and wholesaling of cards, books and framed artwork.
FRANK SIERZEGA, a graduate of Harrison High School, received his B.A. from Fredonia College. He continued his studies at the College of New Rochelle and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, with illustration being his main focus. Mr. Sierzega has worked as a freelance artist and was employed as a full-time graphic artist with J.A. Sexauer, Inc., Scarsdale, NY. He has been working with pastels for several years and has come to appreciate their immediacy and intensity of color. Mr. Sierzega uses a camera to capture images that interest and inspire him. Images and objects are also drawn upon from books, magazines, newspapers and real life. He then combines, alters and adjusts these images and objects with his imagination and artistic license, to create pictures.
Juried Art Program
The policy of the Harrison Public Library is to exhibit work by local artists, professional or amateur, which meets objective standards of excellence and artistic quality.
The purpose of the program is to make available to the community artistic experiences which will enhance its appreciation and understanding of various art forms and to give recognition to local artists whose talent and work are of such quality as to warrant the respect of their fellow artists and the general public.
All shows must meet these standards. Generally, acceptance for exhibit is considered the hallmark of excellence and prizes or awards are not given. Since the show is juried, the panel of jurors will also be local artists in the field whose reputation as leaders in their own field is generally acknowledged. Specific guidelines and rules for various kinds of shows follow. The Library reserves the right in all cases to veto any detail of or arrangement for any exhibit, which does not conform, to its policy.
The Library does not carry insurance on artwork loaned to the Library for exhibit. The exhibitor must arrange insurance, and if obtained, the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library must be named as additional insured on the policy. An exhibitor must sign an Agreement to exempt the Town-Village of Harrison and Harrison Public Library from all liability with respect to items on exhibit.
An exhibitor must provide a one-page typewritten price list of the work to be shown. This price list should include the name and contact information of the artist with a statement indicating that for those interested in purchasing any of the art, they must contact the artist directly. Twenty-five copies of this list will be supplied free.
Sales and Fees
Works may be sold from the Library. No commission is asked. Fees to exhibit are charged as follows and are payable three months prior to the exhibition date: One exhibitor, $75; two exhibitors, $40 each; group exhibitions $25 each exhibitor.
The appropriate staff member will be happy to schedule an Opening Reception for you. The exhibitor provides refreshments and paper goods. Mondays or Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. or Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. are recommended.
Supplied by exhibitor for personal record.
Display Card, Printed Announcements, Business Cards
An 8x10 display card stating the artist’s name, theme of exhibit, date of reception and duration of the exhibit is to be provided by the exhibitor. This card will be placed on the table in the Community Room. If provided by the artist, a supply of the artist’s printed announcements (postcards) and business cards will be placed on this table along with the price lists mentioned above.
The exhibitor is responsible for providing and mailing any printed announcements, and, if these are used, we request that some be provided to the Library for in-house distribution.
Contact the appropriate staff member to obtain information on the entry procedures. Artists from Westchester County and neighboring areas are encouraged to submit samples.
Artists are welcome to visit the Library’s Eric R. Smith Community Room where the exhibitions are held. The Community Room is used for Library programs as well as art exhibits and is furnished as is.
Exhibits are scheduled for a period of one month, usually from the first Saturday afternoon in a month, to the first Saturday morning of the following month, subject to holidays and special closings. Artwork may not be hung before 1:00 p.m. on the first day of an exhibition and must be removed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of exhibition.
Artists must arrange time for hanging and are responsible for proper and safe framing and hanging of work. Chains and S-hooks are provided by the Library to hang from picture moldings. NO TACKS, NAILS OR TAPES ARE PERMITTED ON LIBRARY WALLS.
The Library does not provide porter service, storage space, or special furnishings such as easels. Furnishings and decor in the Library proper are not available for use in the Community Room.
The appropriate staff member will write and submit publicity to the Library’s usual publicity outlets and to any others specifically requested by the artist. The exhibitor must provide a resume giving personal background, description of work, information on past exhibitions, etc. If supplied by the exhibitor, a sample of the artwork will be submitted with publicity. The appropriate staff member requires this material at least three months in advance of the exhibit.