Since 2009, the Shenandoah Arts Council (ShenArts) has partnered with
the Old Town Advancement Commission (OTAC) to create an outdoor gallery in
the historic district of downtown Winchester, Virginia. Artists of all
ages are invited to participate in this juried art competition. Selected
works are reproduced on banners that hang on light posts throughout the
downtown area from April through December. The Museum of the Shenandoah
Valley provides support for this program as the host sponsor,
displaying the original works of art in its Art in the Halls program.
Why ArtScape in Winchester?
The objective of Artscape is to create an outdoor gallery experience
in the heart of the community. The colorful banners add interest and
intrigue to the downtown streetscape, encouraging pedestrians and
vehicle traffic to slow down and enjoy the display. Each banner
showcases local artists, highlighting the creativity and talent of
artists who live and work in the region.
How does it work?
Interested artists submit work for consideration to ShenArts. These
works are reviewed and selected by a jury. Participating artists
range in age and skill level, although many are amateur and professional
level. The chosen works are professionally photographed and designed
for printing on vinyl banners. The title of the work and name of the
artist are featured on the banner, along with the name of the sponsor
for that banner. At the end of the show, the banners are removed and
given to the sponsor. The sponsor does not receive reproduction rights
to the work. However, they are encouraged to display the banner in their
place of business, highlighting their support for enriching the
community through public art programs.
How can YOU submit art to be included on a banner?
Go to www.shenarts.org to complete the form, upload photograph images
of your art, and pay the non-refundable application fee. If you prefer,
you may also complete the attached form with a check payable to
ShenArts and submit photographs of your art by January 25, 2019.
18 and under $20
Adult ShenArts Member $35
Adult Non-Member $50
- Artists may submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.
- Each piece must be labeled on the back with your name, title of work, the medium used, and price.
- Artwork not already framed will need to be framed prior to the drop off date.
- Each piece must have a hanging mechanism on the back (wire hanger strongly preferred for stability).
- Artist of any age and level of expertise may apply.
- Artist does not have to be a resident of Winchester.
- The actual area on the banner is 30”H x
30”W. Artwork not meeting these dimensions will be professionally
cropped by the designer to fit the allotted space.
- Artwork imagery must be appropriate for a public community space.
- Artwork must be ORIGINAL. Images that have
a copyright will not be accepted, i.e. cartoon or Anime characters,
images published in magazines or newspapers, etc.
- Although all care will be taken to protect
your artwork, ShenArts, OTAC, and MSV will not be responsible for any
damage or breakage. We recommend that you deliver it wrapped or in a
carrying case and that you insure your art.
Dates to Remember
January 25- all art must be submitted for jury selection by 5 p.m.
January 25- all sponsorship commitments must be received
February 1- art will be selected and artists will be notified of the selection
Feb 2, 4 & 5 – artists drop off original artwork to ShenArts
Feb 6-11 – original artwork will be photographed and digital transfer to banner will begin
April 1- Images added to ShenArts website and brochure produced and distributed in the downtown area to businesses
April 15 – banners will be hung, original art will go on exhibit at MSV
April 16 – an opening reception will be held at MSV
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