Creativity Enclosed: Reusing Historic Safe Deposit Boxes

Call for Artists

April 2 – September 28

Introduction

The Montgomery Museum of Art and History is located in the former Bank of Christiansburg building, which was built in 1964. The building retains many original features including the steel safe deposit boxes in the main vault. Reusing these tiny historic spaces is the focus of this exhibit. The museum invites fine artists, hobby miniaturists, and all creative souls to contribute small works for this show.

Fees

Payment of the show-participation-fee of $25 will reserve your safe deposit box.  No photos is required to register. Two weeks  before the opening you will be asked to register your title and price (if any), and enter your bio and artist statement

Show Parameters
Appropriate pieces may include: original landscape dioramas or room vignettes that contain a majority of handmade components (limited use of ready-made pieces are acceptable); original miniature art, textile, or sculpture pieces.

Boxes are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. The sizes below are the maximum dimensions of items that will fit into the five differently-sized safe deposit boxes.

  • 10” wide x 9 ½” high (10 available)
  • 10” wide x 4 ¾” high (10 available)
  • 10” wide x 5” high (7 available)
  • 10” wide x 3 ¾” high (8 available)
  • 4 ¾” wide x 3 ¾” high (16 available)
10”  x 9 ½” 10”  x 5”

4 ¾”   x 3 ¾”

10” x 3 ¾”

Appropriate pieces may include: landscape or room vignettes or miniature art or sculpture pieces. If you need help with any aspect, please contact Becky Novy, specialprojects@montgomerymuseum.org or call: 540-382-5644

Example (C) Becky Novy 9”x 6”x 8“

Things to Consider
Depending on the depth of your work, a battery-powered lighting source that can be turned on outside the deposit box and operated without removing the art piece from the safe deposit box may be required.

Event Location

You are invited to visit the museum during normal business hours to view the various boxes. Please contact Becky, specialprojects@montgomerymuseum.org  if you would like a guided tour during museum open hours. All participating artists will be promoted on social media, the Museum website, press releases, and other marketing efforts.

 

Important Dates

Date Item

Example (c) Becky Novy 9”x 6”x 8“

3/1/2024 Registration/Payment deadline
3/14/2024 Register title and bio deadline: Information on how to enter this will be sent to all registrants.
3/23-3/28/2024 Drop-off art
4/2/2024 Opening
4/11/2024 Reception*
9/28/2024 Close
9/30/2024 Pick up information will be sent to exhibitors before the end of the exhibit..

*Note: The reception will also celebrate other exhibit openings.

Eligible Works

Submissions must be family-friendly.
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.   Appropriate pieces may include: original landscape dioramas or room vignettes that contain a majority of handmade components (limited use of ready-made pieces are acceptable); original miniature art, textile, or sculpture pieces. The museum staff and review committee reserve the right to reject any submission.

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. A signed contract will be a condition of acceptance.

 Insurance

Your artwork is insured for the retail price you have listed on the piece. The coverage is in effect during installations, exhibit, and removal. The Museum is not responsible for artwork in transit and is not responsible for actions of any Museum guest who may damage the artwork.

Commission and Taxes

It is not necessary  for the artwork on exhibit to be for sale. However, the Museum retains 25% commission on the sale of all artwork during the show. All sales will be handled by the Museum. A check for all work sold (minus the Museum commission) will be issued within two weeks after the end of the exhibit. Sold artwork may not be removed until the end of the show.

The Museum will be responsible for the sales tax on any items sold during the exhibit.

Personal taxes are the responsibility of the exhibitor