Call to Artists for Rites of Spring exhibit



Joffrey Ballet's recreation of original Rite of Spring ballet

The Arts Council of the Morris Area is seeking fine art submissions in any medium for a juried group exhibition entitled Rites of Spring in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s influential orchestral composition and ballet.  The year 1913 also ushered in a revolutionary era in the visual arts with the unveiling of the controversial Armory Show in New York City — touted as the first International Exhibition of Modern Art.  The avant-garde nature of Stravinsky’s music introduced dramatically new approaches to tonality, meter and rhythm.  In a narrative sense, Stravinsky’s work draws upon Russian pagan rites in honor of spring.  Similarly, The Armory Show, which opened in March of that same year, reflected breaks with artistic traditions with the introduction of new visual languages such as Cubism, Fauvism and Futurism.  Both events caused an uproar with iconoclastic innovations in musical composition, dance, and visual arts.  The Arts Council of the Morris Area invites artists to submit work that similarly challenges conventional approaches in media, pushing the limits of traditional uses and processes while addressing themes of transformation, ritual and rebirth to herald the coming of spring.

Igor Stravinsky, composer

The exhibition will be displayed at the Arts Council’s Gallery at 14 Maple Avenue during our 40th Anniversary celebration.  The Arts Council of the Morris Area is located on the 3rd floor in the LEED certified “green” office building at 14 Maple Avenue in Morristown, NJ, home to both the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.  Gallery at 14 Maple is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established New Jersey artists.  Jeanne Brasile, Director of Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery is the guest curator.

ELIGIBILITY:  This show is open to all artists working in any medium who live or work in New Jersey.  Exhibiting in New Jersey alone does not qualify as working in New Jersey.  There is a limit of three (3) submissions per artist.  All accepted work must be professionally presented and ready for installation or hanging (by wire or D-rings); artists may be required to supply pedestals for 3D work.  Accepted work cannot be substituted or changed and must be available for the entire length of the exhibition.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:  Images (see below for presentation requirements), artist’s statement about the works submitted, up-to-date one page resume or c.v., and attached Submission Form with the Object List section fully completed, including for each image submitted, the title, year of work, medium, size (H x W x D), weight (even for 2D works), value for insurance/sale purposes, and whether the work is for sale.

DEADLINE for SUBMISSIONS:  Friday, February 1st at 5 pm; no exceptions.  Receipt of submissions will be confirmed.

IMAGE PRESENTATION:  Artwork shall be submitted by e-mail to: in the form of JPEG images (resolution of 300 dpi).  JPEGS must be named as follows: artistsname_titleofwork.jpg or jpeg.  Digital submissions must accurately represent the submitted work.  The Arts Council of the Morris Area has the right to exclude/refuse any work which differs significantly from the selected work.

DELIVERY AND PICK UP OF WORK:  All work accepted for exhibit must be delivered in person to, and picked up at the end of the exhibit from, the Arts Council of the Morris Area office at 14 Maple Avenue (3rd floor) in Morristown during one of the times set forth below in the Exhibition Calendar.

SALES:  The Arts Council of the Morris Area will retain a 20% commission on any work that is sold during the exhibit.


February 1, 2013                     Submission deadline

February 15, 2013                   Acceptance notification

March 7, 2013                         Delivery of accepted work (3:00 – 6:00pm)

March 8, 2013                         Delivery of accepted work (10:00am – 4:00pm)

March 9, 2013                         Delivery of accepted work (8:00 – 10:00am) ONLY

March 27, 2013                       Exhibit opens; opening reception (6:00 – 8:00 pm)- artists only at 5:30pm, prior to opening

September 4, 2013                 Exhibit Closes

Questions?  Call Rachel Cohen, Arts Council of the Morris Area, at (973) 285-5115, x 18.

Click  on Rites of Spring Submission Form to download the official submission form.