Visualizing the Past / Calls & Submissions

June 30, 2021

Organization Name: Mills Pond Gallery/Smithtown Township Arts Council

Organization Location: New York, NY

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $45 for three entries


VISUALIZING THE PAST-Juried Call for Artists
Deadline June 30, 2021 – National

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition August 7 – September 5, 2021. Juror: Carol Strickland. The exhibition is open to varied interpretations of the role of remembrance, suggesting what remains after a physical presence, event or emotion has vanished. Entry Fee $45/3 images Awards: $1200 Best in Show, $800 Second Place, $400 Third Place. Entry Deadline June 30, 2021.

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition on the theme of poet Emily Dickinson’s phrase: “Memory is a strange Bell—Jubilee, and Knell.” The exhibition is open to multiple responses to the metaphor: a bell that summons the public to a joyous celebration or rings mournfully to signal loss. Artists may explore the role of remembrance—from personal reflections to universal emotions—through abstract, representational, or mixed modalities. Visual evocations of past events, landscapes, people, scenes, objects, or structures can make intangible thoughts, emotions, and concepts visible to the mind’s eye. Images that preserve the past can retard decay and disappearance. Conversely, they could also give form to the inevitable ravages of time. Whether invoking the highs or lows of cultural memory, artists can suggest what remains after a physical presence, event, or emotion has vanished.

About our Juror Carol Strickland
Carol Strickland is an art critic and cultural journalist, author of four books on art, including the best-selling Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present and an introduction to architecture history, The Annotated Arch. Other books are The Illustrated Timeline of Art History, The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature, a historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan, and an enhanced eBook, Impressionism: A Legacy of Light. Strickland has contributed art criticism to the Clyde Fitch Report (, The New York Times, Art in America, Momus, Alta, and many other publications. She currently reviews art books for The Christian Science Monitor. More information and links can be found on her website

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