Poe & Puck
The 27th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition

Artwork inspired by the magic and macabre in the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and William Shakespeare.

SUBMIT APPLICATION HERE by September 30, 11:59pm


Strathmore invites artists to submit original artwork inspired by magical scenes or mysterious themes in the literary work of these beloved authors. Artwork may be of any style and medium either pulling directly and literally from work, created in the mood or vein of the writers’ oeuvres, or inspired by the authors themselves.

Judith Nordin, President, Arts Club of Washington 
Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Owner and Curator, Adah Rose Gallery

Submissions will be considered through a blind jurying process and juried on mastery of craft and relevance to the exhibition theme.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, Second Place, and Third Place at the opening reception. Honorable Mentions will also be recognized.

All media are eligible (see category section below). Any artwork previously exhibited or for sale at Strathmore is not eligible. All artwork must be matted, framed, or otherwise made exhibition-ready. The Mansion at Strathmore uses the cable based Arakawa hanging system. All hanging artworks must be fitted with ¾” d-rings or larger, or use screw eyes with a 1/4” diameter opening or larger. If using a metal frame, omni or screw hangers must be fitted to the frame. All d-rings, screw eyes, and omni or screw hangers should be installed at ¼ or less of the total height down from the top of the artwork to ensure that the artwork hangs flush to the wall. Cleats, sawtooth hangers, steel plates and wire, or any other hanging device requiring a nail in the wall are not acceptable hanging mechanisms. 

All accepted video works will be displayed on an 11.5” monitor. Maximum size for 2D work is 56" by 48" framed. Maximum size for 3D work is 48" by 48" by 48". Larger installations will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email gtillenburg@strathmore.org with any questions regarding larger installations.

Any accepted artwork will not be exhibited if not exhibition-ready upon drop-off.

Strathmore will receive a 40% commission on all artwork sold. Strathmore will pay the artist 60% of the retail price of sold artwork within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. All artwork must be for sale and priced at a fair market value, and prices reported in the application should take into consideration the commission split. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.

A submission fee of $32 is required for each artist submitting up to 8 works. Submission fees are non-refundable, but they are tax-deductible.

PAYMENT OPTION #1: Submission fees are collected through PayPal with any major credit or debit card at the end of the submission process.

PAYMENT OPTION #2: Checks can be sent to Strathmore at the address below to receive a payment-accepted code that will allow you to submit your application online. THE DUE DATE FOR CHECK PAYMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 20th. Please post the check in the mail by September 20th to receive a payment-accepted code in time to submit by the deadline.

Attn: Gabrielle Tillenburg
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda MD, 20852

Checks must be payable to Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. Please include 'Call for Entry' on your check memo and a separate document with your name, phone number, and email address listed. This document should not be handwritten, but printed. A payment-accepted code will be emailed to you within 5-7 business days of receiving the check. This entry form cannot be completed until a payment-accepted code is received if paying by check.

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2017, 11:59pm
Notification of Acceptance: October 31, 2017 by 5pm
Completed Contracts from Accepted Artists Deadline: November 5, 2017, 11:59pm
Drop-off of All Accepted Work:  January 4–6, 2018 11am–5pm*
Exhibition Opens to the Public:  January 13, 2018
Opening Reception:  January 18, 2018 7–9pm
Exhibition Closes to the Public:  March 4, 2018
Required Art Pickup: March 4, 2018 4–8pm*^

*subject to change
The artist is responsible for all arrangements, costs, and execution of the delivery and pickup of artwork to and from Strathmore.
^All artwork on exhibition must remain on the Strathmore site throughout the entire exhibition. Early removal of artwork is prohibited.

The following materials and information will be needed to complete your submission when the call for entry opens in June.

All media are eligible. Please specify the category most closely associated with the majority of the works in your application.

  • Drawing (including pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, ink)
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Mixed media (2D)
  • Painting (including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.)
  • Performance art*
  • Photography/Video/Digital arts (including digital illustration, sound art, and .gifs)
  • Printmaking (excluding hand-printed photography)  
  • Sculpture (3D, including functional craft works and jewelry)
  • Other

*Artists submitting performance artworks should first email Gabrielle Tillenburg at gtillenburg@strathmore.org with performance specifications to determine if the piece is suitable for the physical space.

Artwork Information:
Each artist may submit up to 8 pieces and must provide Title, Material, Price, Dimensions/Running Time (for video), and Year Completed for each piece entered. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.

Artists must submit high resolution images. Images must be a .jpg file, at least 1200 pixels wide and 300 dpi (or 4 inches wide at 300 dpi.) Artists with 3D pieces may submit up to 3 additional images per piece. Artists may also submit .gif, .mp3, .mov, or .mp4 files for video, sound, or digital pieces. All submitted files must be at least 90 kb but no more than 999 mb in size.

Artists must submit an artist statement in first person outlining their background, artistic interests, processes, and scope of their work, up to 300 words in length.

Artists must submit a resume, no longer than two pages. Please do not include unrelated experience.

Description of Work
Artists must include a brief description of their work up to 220 characters. Please discuss specific inspirations pertaining to the exhibition theme and/or unique processes used to create the work.

Please contact Gabrielle Tillenburg, Visual Arts Coordinator, at gtillenburg@strathmore.org.

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