Small Works

Bristol Art Museum

Entry Deadline: Oct. 17

525 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809
PHONE 401-253-4400

The Bristol Art Museum in partnership with the Rogers Free Library announces a call for artists for a juried, community exhibit, Small Works, featuring two-dimensional works of drawings, paintings, photography, prints or collage. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration is Monday, October 17 at midnight.

For more information, and to submit artwork, please click here,

Small Works are two-dimensional works of art limited to 12 inches on either side. Large in imagination, but small in size, Small Works provides artists the opportunity to share a wide variety of styles, media, and subject matter. The exhibit will be on view in the Community Galleries at Rogers Free Library. The exhibit, which will be judged by Rhode Island artist Rina Naik, will be on view in the Community Galleries at the Rogers Free Library from November 7 to December 16, 2022.

“As an artist myself I can relate to all the hard work and effort that the submitting artists are going through, said Naik. “As a juror, I will be looking for a wide variety of things which includes technical skills, a good understanding of the design principles, clear concept/idea, adept material handling and some elements of visual energy. I think of this visual energy as something different/ unique that the artist has done. Something that captures your attention and then retains it with an invitation for more exploration. Pushing the conceptual and material boundaries and breaking the rules also add to the interest.”

“The Bristol Art Museum is pleased to provide this opportunity to local artists to have their work available for public view and enjoyment,” said Bristol Art Museum Curator, Mary Dondero. “The Museum’s partnership with Rogers Free Library is a wonderful example of how Bristol’s nonprofit organizations can collaborate to make meaningful contributions to the local arts and culture offerings in our town. I look forward to viewing the works of art selected by Rina Naik and exhibited in the Library’s community gallery.”

All works of art from artists at least 18 years old must be original and no longer than 12 inches on the longest side (frame included). Chosen artwork must be ready to install with a wire on the backside of the frame and artists must insure their work, if desired.

Artists whose work is chosen for the exhibit are invited to make their work available for sale, all sales are negotiated between the artist and the collector. No commissions are taken by the Museum. Those interested in purchasing art are invited to contact the artist by email, which will be included on the exhibit label.

There is a minimal $10 submission fee – payable by credit card – and artists are welcome to submit up to five pieces of art for consideration. Submission fee: $10 per submission. Up to 5 submissions are welcome. Artists whose work is selected will be notified by email no later than Wednesday, October 26.
“As an artist who paints on the smaller scale most of the time, I can attest to the challenge of creating compelling pieces of artwork at a small scale,” added Naik. “Small scale adds an element of preciousness and intimacy to the artwork. I will be looking for pieces to have all the elements mentioned above and hold the viewers’ visual interest at a smaller scale.”

​Naik, the juror, is an Asian Indian-American artist who primarily focuses on oil painting using the cold wax medium. As of late, she has been exploring mixed media pieces on paper and panel with sumi ink, acrylic inks, asemic writing, Japanese papers, etc. She draws inspiration from the New England Landscapes, in particular, plein air painting on the Cape. Naik shares “New England landscapes are magical in their beauty,” and created a series of mini paintings called Truro wanderings.

Ms. Naik holds a certificate in drawing and painting from RISDce and an MFA in Interior design from Endicott College. She lives and works in Plainville, Massachusetts and has participated in numerous shows, receiving awards of merit and excellence. Her work can be found in private collections. Naik was awarded the Best Emerging Artist Award at the Art Providence Holiday show in 2018; Viewer’s Choice Award, second place, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Member Show; Merit Award, Attleboro Museum Member Show, Attleboro Arts Museum; and Distinction of Excellence, National Juried Show, IMAGO Gallery, Warren, RI.

Naik is a member of IFA Imago Foundation for the Arts, Fort Point Arts Community; Monotype Guild of New England; Attleboro Arts Museum; Pawtucket Arts Collaborative; and the Concord Center for Visual Art, Concord.

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