Art Openings

VETS Gallery: The Seeing of Sound

Exhibition: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Friday, February 14, 2020

Opening Reception and Awards:
Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Art League Rhode Island / The VETS Gallery
One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 02903

View the online gallery of this exhibit.

For individuals blessed with auditory senses, we are immersed in sounds during our daily lives. Evidenced by those who enter a soundproof chamber, where even the noise of one’s heartbeat can be deafening, the expression “silence is golden” takes on a whole new connotation. 

The Seeing of Sound is looking for artwork that reflects ambient sounds through visual expression. Some visual artists choose to work accompanied by music, or indeed in direct response to it. Others preferring the relative silence afforded in the world, where maybe birds are chirping, wind rustling fallen leaves, cacophonic sounds or the random signals associated with white noise. For this call, the nature of the sound is less relevant than the seeing of that sound reflected in the artwork. 

All forms of visual media and processes are encouraged, including printmaking, painting, drawing, sculptures, fibers, recycled materials, mixed media, and assemblage. 

Due to limitations of resources, we are able to supply power, but not electronic equipment or internet access. Accordingly all artwork should be plug and play, self-contained and self-running.

Jurors: Karen Rand Anderson and Lisa Churchville 

Juror Bios:

Providence-based artist Karen Rand Anderson graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed-media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College graduate degree program in Johnson, VT. Karen also attended the School of Contemporary Music, Boston, MA with her musical debut at Boston Conservatory, classical works for piano and original works for guitar and dulcimer 1971. Anderson’s deep involvement with visual art has spanned many different mediums, including glass, ceramics, painting, and sculptural work with natural and found materials. Influenced by a connection with the natural world and a personal inquiry into mystery, she continues to explore multiple creative processes. As a painter, Karen’s recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape moving forward into abstraction, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. Her sculptural work utilizes natural materials combined with appropriated objects; large-format drawings often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually. Her work has won numerous awards and is shown in solo, invitational and juried shows throughout New England, as well as further afield. She has completed artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, I-Park Artists Enclave (CT) and in Bulgaria, and was awarded a 2018 artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux, France. Karen’s work can be found here

Lisa Churchville spent most of her career in broadcast television with NBC/GE. Her career included sales and marketing positions stints in New York, Chicago and Providence. A Six Sigma Black Belt, she has managed many significant projects including the digital television conversion. She retired from NBC as President and General Manager of WJAR, the leading television station in Providence. Lisa also served as the Director of College and Retirement Savings for the State of RI Office of the General Treasurer. She serves on the boards of Bryant University and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School since 2000 and served as the Board Chair (2004-2006). Lisa was chair of the Arts and Business Council, a not-for-profit sponsored by the Providence Chamber of Commerce. She is an adjunct professor at Showa Boston, teaching management, and is a graduate of Barnard College and Harvard Business School.

Congratulations to our Award Winners:

1st Prize $300 – Brian D. Cohen “Serenade”
2nd Prize $200 – A.M. Benz “Visualization”
3rd Prize $100 – Everett Kane “Untitled”
Honorable Mention –  Keith Prue “Tango Revisited”
Honorable Mention – Ruth Clegg “Symphonic Flight”
Honorable Mention – Maira Reinbergs “Baroque Passage #4”

Please read this prospectus carefully and only consider submitting work if you are able to comply with the requirements and timetable outlined in this document.


Registration Deadline: Sunday, October 27, 2019 October 13, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: On or before Friday November 8, 2019 via email. No inquires please. All decisions are final.

Drop off: Monday, November 25, 2019 (10am – 3pm) EDT and
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 (noon – 5pm) EDT

Exhibition: Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Friday, February 14, 2020

Opening Reception and Awards: Thursday, December 5, 2019 (5:30 – 8pm) EDT 

Pick up: Wednesday, February 19 between 10 AM and 3 PM and
Thursday, February 20 between 12 Noon and 5 PM

Submission Fee: Artists may submit up to 20 images. For non-ALRI members, the application entry fee, which includes the first image fee, is $40, and the fee for each subsequent image is $15. For current ALRI Members who use the discount code which will be e-mailed to them, the application entry fee is reduced to $30, and the fee for each subsequent image is $9. 

ALRI members should email for a coupon code. All CaFE fees are non-refundable, and must be paid by credit/debit card. Payment of those fees indicates the acknowledgement of the terms and conditions of the exhibition. 

Eligibility: Any artist who is at least 18 years or older may participate to the extent that their participation is allowed under law.

All 2D and 3D media is eligible. Artwork previously exhibited with ALRI is not permitted. All work must be original. Work found to be copied from copyrighted work will not be hung. Reprints are not permitted. All work must be exhibition ready to install with the appropriate hardware. No saw-tooth hangers or clips. Work requiring particular installation must include a detailed description of any electrical, lighting, or space requirements. Submitted art work should be properly prepared and should require no more than 30 minutes for installation. Work that does not adhere to the guidelines, or is deemed not to be a faithful representation of the image submitted, will not be exhibited.

Suitability of Work: As the artwork will hang in a public/government building, it should be appropriate for viewers of all ages, not contain overt nudity, sexually explicit material, profanity or subject matter and/or titles that may be deemed to be controversial. ALRI reserves the right at its sole discretion to refuse submission or not hang individual pieces of artwork. In the event that artwork is submitted but not hung, the artist will have no recourse to ALRI aside from the return of the artwork. 

Size Limit: Maximum size up to 36” wide and 48” high including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych etc.) to make up one work. 3D work may be moved on a regular basis for events. The overall footprint of 3D work should be 24″ x 24” or less, with a weight limit 35 lbs. 

Delivery of Artwork: All in-person deliveries should be made on dates and times listed above at The VETS Gallery on the 3rd Floor of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence. Access is provided via the street level entrance at 83 Park Street at the side of the building. Parking is available either on the street, or in the Providence Place Mall parking garage. Anyone delivering artwork in person must remove any packing materials used from the Gallery. Please DO NOT use styrofoam peanuts or their equivalents in packing. Accepted work MUST remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibit. 

Shipping Artwork: Artwork that is accepted by the juror and needs to be shipped to participate in the exhibition will be subject to a $15 storage and handling fee. The purpose of the fee is to cover the cost of storage at a UPS facility, delivery of artwork to the gallery, pick up for return to the artist once the exhibit has ended. Please note that the UPS facility will contact you directly to arrange for return shipping and associated costs. The $15 storage and handling fee can be via PayPal once notification of acceptance is received by the artist. The fee can also be paid via check payable to “Art League Rhode Island” and can be included with the shipped artwork. ALL ACCEPTED ARTWORK MUST BE SHIPPED VIA UPS ONLY. 

Return of Work: Participating artists who delivered their art in person should pick it up on the dates and times listed above. Those who shipped their art will have it returned to them in the packaging in which it was sent and as described in the section Shipping Artwork. The artist must notify ALRI in writing of any changes in their contact information, or their intended place or time of return of their art, prior to the end of the exhibition. The artist is solely responsible for any time, materials, storage, shipment, or other charges that may arise from inadequate packaging, delayed or redirected shipments, nonresponse of the artist, or any other artist requests. All additional charges must be paid prior to the return of the art. 

Sales & Commissions: Sales are encouraged. Work may be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS); however, no work may be listed as Price on Request (POR). Prices provided by the artist should reflect the 30% (members), 40% (non-members) commission taken by ALRI on all artwork sold. Artists will be paid their 70% (members), 60% (non-members) percentage of the sale by ALRI within 30 calendar days after the exhibition closes. 

Liability – Legal Agreement & Participant’s Waiver: Submission of work automatically waives any claim for damage or loss against ALRI, or The VETS, including the officers, members, employees, agents and volunteers. ALRI will exercise reasonable care in handling all artwork but will not assume any liability for loss or damage while in ALRI’s possession. Work should be independently insured by the artist. 

Usage Rights: The artist retains all copyright interests or claims that they have in their art. 

By submitting images, you give ALRI the right to use and reproduce the images to market and document the exhibition, and to enable the image to be part of an online exhibition. Artist’s recognition is provided with any use. 

Terms & Conditions: ALRI reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control. Payment of the submission fee indicates acknowledgement of all terms and conditions 

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