Call To Artists

Hudson Valley Artists 2020

Dorsky Museum announces call for Hudson Valley Artists 2020


The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art invites artists working in all media to submit proposals for its annual exhibition of contemporary art made by artists in the Hudson Valley. New Folk, the thirteenth annual Hudson Valley Artists exhibition, will be curated by Anna Conlan, the Dorsky Museum’s Curator and Exhibitions Manager.


The deadline for artist submissions to New Folk: Hudson Valley Artists 2020 is Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, midnight. Artist submissions must be made online only through the following website:


Folk is where old cultural traditions meet contemporary conditions. Often, folk art affords insight into our communal cultural heritage as well as the unique expression of individual makers. New Folk invites artists and artisans to submit work that captures the spirit of contemporary folk practice in the Hudson Valley today, or proposes a new vision of what folk art can be—utilitarian, highly skilled, self-taught, locally sourced, inventive, unschooled, crafty, idiosyncratic, decorative, outsider, and resourceful.


New Folk is also a catch-all for the long history of visitors and immigrants to the Hudson Valley, from weekenders, agricultural migrants, tourists, and many other kinds of “new folk” that come to this area. We seek artists who’ve experienced this transition or who engage with the ongoing dialogue between old and new communities; local legacies’ of colonialism and the impact of recent gentrification; the power of belonging and the lure of nostalgia; the inherited traditions and techniques people carry with them; and the creative, and sometimes contentious, shifts in our cultural landscape. We welcome artwork in any medium and encourage submissions that challenge traditional hierarchies of craft and fine art.


The exhibition will run from June 13 – November 8, 2020 in the Dorsky Museum’s Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery. The Hudson Valley Artists Annual Purchase Award of $3,000 will be used to acquire one or more artworks from the exhibition for the Museum’s permanent collection. This Purchase Award is made possible thanks to the Alice and Horace Chandler Art Acquisition Fund. Artists whose work has been purchased in the past include Laura Cannamela, Richard Edelman, Charles Geiger, Holly Hughes, Patrick Kelley, Deb Lucke, Nestor Madalengoita, Stephen Niccolls, Libby Paloma, Elisa Pritzker, Adie Russell, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak, among others.



The Hudson Valley Artists exhibition is open to all artists and artisans with a permanent mailing address and active art practice in the counties of Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rennsselaer, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester who have not had a one-person major museum exhibition and who are not currently represented by a large commercial art gallery. The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art staff, board members, and their immediate families are not eligible. Students are not eligible. There is no application fee.


Artists are invited to submit a maximum of six images or files of work created in 2017 or later. In addition to traditional fine art and craft mediums, audio, video, film, and performance works are eligible for this exhibition. Brief proposals for new works to be created for this exhibition, including installation, social practice, or performance works, may also be submitted.


Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020, midnight.


Artists’ submissions must be made online only through the following website:

About the Dorsky Museum

Through its collections, exhibitions and public programs, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz supports and enriches the academic programs at the College, presents a broad range of world art for study and enjoyment and serves as a center for Hudson Valley arts and culture. The museum is widely recognized as the premier public showplace for exhibition, education and cultural scholarship about the Hudson Valley region’s art and artists from yesterday and today. With more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries, The Dorsky Museum is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system. Since its official dedication on Oct. 20, 2001, The Dorsky has presented more than 100 exhibitions, including commissions, collection-based projects and in-depth studies of contemporary artists including Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Judy Pfaff, Carolee Schneemann and Ushio Shinohara.

NOTE: In response to the many artists who have asked to be notified of Artist Calls for the museum’s annual Hudson Valley Artist exhibition, the museum will add to its e-blast list emails from artists who submit their work to or exhibit at the museum as well as those who have added their names to the museum’s e-mail list. Those who do not wish to receive these e-mails are welcome to unsubscribe.

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