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Call to Artists Ode to New Jersey New Jersey art show

Call to Artists for Ode to New Jersey

Seeking artwork for our open call to artists for the Fall exhibition, Ode to New Jersey. New Jersey was given the nickname of The Garden State almost spontaneously back in the 1920s however lately it has been referred to as the Diner capital of the world. It has been etched in history as being at ‘Crossroads of Revolution’ with Battle of Trenton being one of the pivotal moments in the American Revolutionary War. It holds the distinction of having the first complete dinosaur skeleton ever found to be in Haddonfield, and loves to brag about having the longest ever boardwalk (located in Atlantic City). It is famous for the Jersey tomato, cranberry bogs and growing blueberries (the state’s official fruit). The state is dynamic and ever changing. 

The heritage and vibe of this place has vastly different meanings to each one of us. West Windsor Arts invites you to explore your connection to this state by crafting this open call to artists for Ode to Jersey.

Deadline to submit work: Monday July 31
Drop off/send work: week of August 21 to 26
Exhibition dates: Aug 29 to Oct 28
Reception: Friday, Sept 8

Weird NJ   

 Mark Sceurman & Mark Moran Publishers, Editors, Everything for Weird NJ
Jurors: Weird NJ creators Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran
Mark and Mark corresponded for a few years by mail regarding weird NJ places and New Jersey in general. Sceurman thought Mora’s stories were perfect fodder for his fanzine, and when Mora sent him some of his photography, he was really impressed. It was dark, moody and captured that eerie feeling that was missing in WNJ. Sceurman gave him a call and said “let’s take a road trip,” and spent the day photographing various New Jersey weirdities. They ended up drunk at the Franklin Tavern in West Orange where we decided to spearhead the occasional issue of Weird NJ into something they thought would really give the Department Of Tourism a run for its money.


  • Open to artists over 18 years of age. 
  • You do not need to be a New Jersey resident to enter your art.
  • Art must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclée or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless the original is a photograph/print. Example: giclée of watercolor will not be accepted.
  • Art to be considered include paintings, drawings, sculpture, digital media, mixed media, photography or print making. Also works with pop-ups and lift flaps are acceptable. West Windsor Arts will work with the accepted artists to accommodate the mediums submitted.  
  • Art must be new to WWA and not have been displayed in previous shows.

Details and Art Specifications 

  • Submission Fees:  $20 for WWA members, $25 for all other
  • A maximum of 3 works may be submitted.
  • Art will be displayed at West Windsor Arts in the gallery, foyer, and online. 
  • There is no size limitation for art, however, size will be taken into consideration by the juror.
  • All artworks entered MUST include finished edges or be framed. Alternative presentations that are part of the artwork will be accepted however we must be able to hang or display the art. Typically all work must be wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Wire must be approximately 1/3 from top of frame. Saw-tooth hooks, ribbon, etc. will NOT be accepted. All pieces should be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the artwork.
  • For videos and other digital media, we will need a version that can be downloaded.

Accepted Art

Entry of artwork and application for jury review constitutes an agreement between the artist and West Windsor Arts Council to the conditions set forth:

  1. Insurance coverage for accepted artwork begins upon completion of drop-off procedure on the designated date and time at West Windsor Arts and for the duration of the show.
  2. The juror and West Windsor Arts reserves the right to reject any work submitted at their discretion. The exhibit will be hung in the gallery and foyer at West Windsor Arts in a way that best showcases all the artists and art to be exhibited. Note: depending on size and space restrictions, not all work selected may be hung. Artists will be notified immediately following final installation of the exhibit if a selected work is not included or if any work submitted is not properly framed for hanging.
  3. Work not matching the digital images submitted will not be accepted.
  4. All artwork must remain in the show for the duration of the show.
  5. There will be set dates and times for drop off and pick up of accepted artwork. If you are shipping your art, prior arrangements must be made. Artwork must be sent with prepaid return postage and insurance coverage.

Sale of Art

  • West Windsor Arts will be responsible for processing and collecting the sale proceeds of art.
  • West Windsor Arts will retain 30% of the retail price as commission and pay the balance of 70% of sale. Artist Level Members receive a preferred split on gallery sales (75/25).
  • Payment for sold work will be made by check within 21 business days of close of the exhibit.

Note: West Windsor Arts retains the right to use the artist’s name and digital images of accepted artwork.


*It may be helpful to have the following information ready before you begin the form:
— Artist info: name as it will appear on wall labels, contact information, website (if applicable),
— Bio

For each artwork:
—Title, medium, dimensions, sale price or not for sale, insurance value (usually the same as the sale price)
—Artist statement about each artwork. (This might include why you created this piece of art, your inspiration, materials used and/or your process, anything you would like to share about this work.)
– New Jersey location or inspiration for the artwork
—Upload image (An image of each piece of artwork will need to be uploaded.  Make sure it is in focus and square to the frame.  Please rename the image file you are uploading to the following format: last name_first name_title of art.jpg.  Do not send us an image file name that is just a string of numbers.  If you need help to rename your image files, please call us.)
—WWA will work with the accepted artists to accommodate the mediums submitted. Artwork must be in its original form for the medium being submitted.

Image credit: “NJ Diamond Map #3” by John Rounds.