Call For Artists

We are excited to offer you the unique opportunity of displaying your work at the Montgomery Museum of Art and History. The museum has moved into the old bank building next to the Post Office in downtown Blacksburg. The main lobby is marble-floored, with the old marble teller counter and wrought-iron-work still in place! 

We are offering 10’x10′ outside booths, 8’x8′ inside booths, 6′ table spaces and several whole rooms/areas with hanging rails.

 

Click here to see the various options for booths

As a reminder:

All vendors must provide their own tables,  display setup, and any additional lighting needed. Outdoor vendors must bring their own tents, weights, stakes, and lighting for evening hours.  The museum will provide folding chairs. Please note that not all spaces have access to electricity so make sure you specify when you apply if you need it. The  overhead lighting in the museum will be enough for most displays. There will be food trucks, a wine garden, live music, demonstrations and a special paint/wine night after the market on Friday night. 

You are invited to visit the museum during normal business hours to view the various spaces. Please contact info@artsnrv.org if you want a guided tour. All accepted artists will be promoted on social media, the Museum website, press releases, and other marketing efforts.

Booths must remain open and the artist present during all show hours on Friday and Saturday.

Load in will begin at 8 am Friday April 28 and booths are to be completed by 11am. Market hours 12pm – 7pm

Saturday, April 29, 10am to 4pm. Booths may not be broken down until the event closes. Load out will start at 4pm and not before.

Eligible Works

Examples, representative of all work, should be presented for the jury process. All exhibited works must be of the same quality, category, and body of work shown in the example images juried. NO work may be exhibited for which the artist did NOT have example works juried. New work may be submitted for consideration by the jury, after your acceptance. Jurors on site may ask for evidence of the displaying artists’ involvement in the work or process.

Not Acceptable: No buy/sell, mass produced, production or manufactured items, gourmet foods, kits, or work other than that produced by the artist are permitted.

  • Examples
  • Paintings:  Oils, acrylics, watercolor, encaustic, fresco, gouache, tempura, fluid media of inks and washes applied by pen or brush, etc.
  • Drawings:  Chalk, charcoal, pastel, pencil, conte, graphite, wax crayon, etc.
  • Jewelry:  Jewelry of any material. No commercial casts, kits, molds or production studio work, commercial pendants, brooches & commercially made items, loose stones, or catalogue merchandise.
  • Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry.
  • Photography:   Photographic print from the artist’s original image, processed & printed by artist, or under their direct supervision.  
  • Digital Art:  Original work for which the base image, or the manipulation of other source material, is executed by applying artist w/computer software.
  • Graphics/Printmaking:  Printed works for which the artists’ hands manipulated the plates, stones, or screens.
  • Sculpture:  Clay, wood, metal, stone, fiber, etc.
  • Woodworking:  Hand-crafted furniture, wood turnings, etc  
  • Fiber/Leather:  High-end hand-crafted textiles, wearable art, and leather artwork.
  • Glass:  High-end glass artwork such hand-blown glass, leaded glass, fused, etc.
  • Mixed Media:  Work incorporating more than one type of physical material or process in production, e.g, painted etching or collage combining handmade paper and photography.
  • Other Media:  All other fine crafts and art works considered to be in the Fine Arts category will be considered.

Applications must be received by February 15  2023. Applications will be juried by a panel of art professionals for artistic execution, creativity, and a well-balanced professional presentation as criteria for this show. Applicants will be notified of their status by email by March 1, 2023.  

A wait list will be maintained and notifications of status will be sent on March 15th.

Booth Assignment/Fees

By March 15, artists wishing to accept their invitation to exhibit must pay for the assigned booth fee of $75-$200 (depending on booth selected).  Booth assignments will be made on a first-come/first-served basis, as payment is received. Failure to submit payment for a booth assignment by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation, and immediate invitation of an alternate on the waiting list. The booth fee is non-refundable. (If you are unable to attend, your booth fee will be considered a donation to the Museum)

Release of Liability

Exhibitors agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless, The Montgomery Museum of Art & History, and/or their officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, heirs and assigns, from all liability, costs, damages and attorneys’ fees resulting from or relating to any claims in any way connected with this Event. This provision extends to damages, including but not limited to theft, breakage, vandalism, accident or any other damages caused by the Client and/or guests or attendees in connection with this Event. The Montgomery Museum of Art and History assumes no responsibility for any food, beverages, artwork, and/or any other items whatsoever brought by anyone to the Event prior to, during, or after the Event.

Insurance

While artists are not required to carry liability insurance, coverage is a growing trend among exhibitors. Participating artists are fully and solely responsible for the safety and security of their own exhibit areas and damages or injuries to other exhibits or persons caused by their exhibit area

Taxes

Vendors are responsible for the collection and filing of all local and state sales taxes.  Booths must remain open and the artist present during all show hours on Friday and Saturday.