Call to artists: Show your barn art

The Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon is accepting submissions for the juried exhibit “Barn Art.” The exhibit will be on view from April 6 through June 16. All submissions are due by Feb. 23.
Barns are of course a regular sight on the Vermont landscape, serving a very necessary and functional purpose to farmers, but they have also become an iconic image for the state and a valuable tourist attraction. One barn in particular is also a big part of the Compass Center. Brandon Music, Compass’ concert venue, is a beautifully renovated 1820s New England barn which also happens to be the former studio of folk artist Warren Kimble. The Brandon Music barn will soon take on another purpose by hosting “Barn Opera,” operas performed by professional singers in an intimate and informal setting. With all of these connections, an exhibit which celebrates the barn as an icon seems most fitting.
Submissions for the exhibit will be considered by Vermont artists Denise Letendre, Susan Bull Riley and Stephanie Stouffer, and judged based on the submitting artist’s interpretation of the “Barn Art” theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.
Denise Letendre is a photographer from central Vermont. She escaped high paced suburban Connecticut for the beauty and slower pace of Vermont. Letendre was awarded Juror’s Choice in the Compass Center’s “Winter as Prism or Prison” exhibit in 2016.
Susan Bull Riley’s paintings have received honors in regional, national and international galleries and institutions. They have been sought by organizations such as The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and from many local land trusts. Her work can be found in public and private collections in this country and beyond.
Stephanie Stouffer has been a resident of Belmont for her 35-year career as a freelance illustrator, creating hundreds of designs which were licensed to high-end international companies like Caspari, Certified International and Peking Handicrafts. Previously, she worked for Hallmark for 10 years as an illustrator and studied sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
To learn more about submission guidelines and fees visit cmacvt.org or email [email protected].

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