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FLOURISH: A statewide exhibition of artwork by Vermont artists with disabilities

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017
Application materials and more information: www.vsavt.org/flourish

VSA Vermont and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts invite established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in FLOURISH, an exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with various disabilities. The exhibition is to be held at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, April 7 – June 30, 2018. 

FLOURISH will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicity, build larger audiences for their work, and receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentation of their work. The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center is physically accessible and the exhibition will provide accessible program and communication features coordinated by VSA Vermont.  

About the Curator:
John Killacky, Executive Director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts who curates the Flynn’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery will be the curator for FLOURISH. Previously, John was Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Performing Arts Curator of Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

We are seeking artwork of high artistic quality, demonstrating originality, imagination, skillful use of materials, and quality of craft.

Who may apply?

Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability. A disability, as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act, substantially limits one or more major life activity. 

Vermont artists may obtain assistance with the Application Form found at the end of this document, from a support person, family member, or friend. Artists should have direct involvement in the completion of an application when assistance is used.

Eligible Artwork:
  • Acceptable media includes but is not limited to painting and drawing in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil and charcoal, digital art, photographs, collage, fiber art or computer-generated prints.
  • Works of art must be completed during the past five years.
  • All works of art must be able to be hung on a wall.
  • Works of art must be original or numbered fine art prints in limited editions of 50 or less.
  • Acceptable size for works of art is within 40 inches in either dimension.
  • The artist’s name should be visible on the front or back of the work. 
The chosen artwork must:
  • Demonstrate originality, imagination, skillful use of materials, and quality of craft.
  • Meet the requirements for Eligible Artwork. 
  • The curator will have final authority to define what constitutes an acceptable entry. 
  • All decisions made by the curator are final.
We Cannot Accept Artwork That Is:
  • Fragile or contains precious materials that cannot withstand handling, storage and transportation.
  • Free standing or cannot be hung on a wall.
  • Not original or that suggests plagiarism.
Works of art do not have to be framed to be considered. If the artwork selected is not yet framed, the Flynn Center will prepare the work for exhibition, including framing when appropriate, with screw eyes and wire attached. 

How to Apply:
For a complete copy of the Call to Artists and Application, visit http://www.vsavt.org/flourish/

An application form, digital images of artwork, and a detailed list of images must be postmarked or emailed on or before September 29, 2017.

To request a paper or large print format for the application and instructions, contact VSA Vermont. 
Braille is available upon request for reference only. Applications cannot be submitted in Braille.

Technical Assistance for digital imagery is availble for applicants:
Artists who cannot provide digital photographs of their artwork are invited to attend one of three Technical Assistance sessions offered during the months of August and September. At the Technical Assistance sessions photographers will be available to take digital images of artwork. 

TA Session Dates:
  • September 18, 3:30 - 6:00 PM - Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro
  • September 19, 3:30 - 7:30 PM - The Generator, Burlington
Applicants are responsible for bringing their own works of art to and from the technical assistance sessions. 

Appointments for Technical Assistance are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, and with limited availability, reservations are required. Appointments must be made no later than September 5, 2017 - please call early for the best chance to receive an appointment. Please do not make an appointment for artwork that you cannot commit to this application process.  

Accessibility Information SymbolAccommodations:
To make a reservation, request accommodations, or to ask questions about technical assistance appointments, contact:
Heidi Swevens
Exhibition Coordinator
802- 238- 5170
Voice and relay calls welcome
When scheduling an appointment, please let us know of specific accommodations you will need to facilitate your participation in the technical assistance session, including sign language interpreters, Braille and Large Print formats, physical access or other. We will make every effort to honor your requests when made by September 5. 
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  • Call to Artist Announced - August 21, 2017
  • Digital Documentation Technical Assistance September 18-19 2017
  • Postmark Deadline for Submissions - September 29, 2017
  • Submission Review by Curator  - October, 2017
  • Artists Notification - November 3, 2017
  • Exhibition Preparation - November 2017 – February 2018
  • Flourish premier at the Flynn Center - April 7, 2018

Presenting Organizations:


VSA Vermont is a statewide nonprofit 501.c.3 organization dedicated to making the arts accessible to Vermonters of all abilities. Through arts programming in education, professional development, cultural access and public awareness, Vermonters with diverse abilities take leadership roles in creating strong, inclusive communities where everyone’s voice is heard. VSA Vermont is a member of VSA: The International Organization on Arts and Disability, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

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The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts fosters the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the arts in Vermont through diverse and engaging experiences.

At the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) we believe that every Vermonter with a visual impairment can achieve everyday independence. We are the only private non-profit organization in the state to provide free-of-charge comprehensive support services to adults with visual impairment in all of Vermont’s 14 counties. VABVI provides services to over 300 children (birth to age 22) and over 1,300 adults (55+) each year. For every dollar spent, 91 cents goes directly to our client services.



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Flourish is made possible through funding provided by the Ford Foundation,
Vermont Arts Council, and the Vermont Community Foundation.

For more information:

Heidi Swevens        



802- 238-5170

Voice and relay calls welcome.


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