Best of the West

October 14, 2016 - November 12, 2016

The Saville Gallery

Three Dimensional Art of Western Maryland

The concept for the Best of the West show is organized by the Arts Councils of Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. The exhibition will draw attention to the creative strength of Western Maryland artists. This collaborative effort of the Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett county arts councils will pull together a traveling exhibition featuring examples of the creative work being done in their respective counties. The focus of the first Best of the West show is three-dimensional artwork.

VenuesThe first venue for the show will be the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery in Cumberland. The show will open October 14 and run through Nov. 12.

The second venue for the show will be in Frederick at a yet to be determined location and yet to be determined dates. We do expect, however, that the show in Frederick will take place before the end of the holiday season.

Criteria for ArtworkThree-dimensional art is any artwork which, in its final form, is not flat. Given this definition, ceramics, woodworking, metal work, furniture, glasswork, 3D printing, fiber art, found-object sculpture, multidimensional photographic and installation art would all qualify. Printmaking, painting, and other forms of typically two-dimensional art which manipulated to be displayed in three-dimensions would also qualify. Framed or unframed two-dimensional art which hangs on a wall would not qualify.

What is a Western Maryland artist?For the purposes of this exhibition, any artist who resides at least part of the year or has a studio in Frederick, Washington, Allegany, or Garrett counties qualifies.

Deadline for EntriesEach county is sending out its own call for entries. The deadline for entries is July 30, 2016.

SelectionEach county will select 15 pieces representing the best 3D art entered through its call. An individual artist can be represented by up to 5 pieces. So the invited artists from a county could include as many as 15 artists or as few as three.

Drop-offAll artwork will be dropped off at the first venue (Saville Gallery) on Tuesday, October 11. The address is 9 N. Centre St., Cumberland. (Alternate drop-off dates may be arranged as necessary.)

TransportAll artwork will be packed and transported from Cumberland to Frederick by professional art handlers. Artists will be responsible for picking up their artwork from the last venue or will have arranged for it to be shipped with packing materials and prepaid shipping.

InsuranceInsurance for the artwork is the responsibility of the Allegany Arts Council and Frederick Arts Council.

For more informationContact Heidi Custer, Allegany Arts Council Program Manager, 301-777-2787 or [email protected]