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“Climate” an art show — in April 2019 — CALL FOR ENTRIES

Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm

The changing climate is one of the most pressing issues of our time.

For our April show, “Climate,” we invite you to choose a topic and create a work of art and short essay or description.

Choose a topic in one of three categories:

  1. Changes – What is happening, what is predicted to happen in the future, and causes: Coastal flooding, permafrost thaw, ocean acidification, severe weather, melting ice and rising sea level, impact on agriculture. Causes include deforestation, agricultural practices, and fossil fuel burning, which lead to increased CO2, CH4, N2O, and methane.
  2. Hazards – Effects of climate change on humans:
    Sickness and death, food production, shelter, air quality, water quality, economy, disease, pests, transportation systems.
  3. Adaptation and Mitigation – If we try, what can be done to adapt to and slow the pace of climate change:
    Green building innovations, infrastructure investment and redesign, global action and coordination, new jobs and industry, electric cars and biofuels, renewable energy production, long term growth and stability.

The process:

  • Read up a little about your area of interest;
  • Create your work of art, or use one that you have already made;
  • Write a one paragraph description, essay, or poem about your piece and how it relates to the topic;
  • Submit it to the show.

Call for Entries due to the Art Alliance by Wednesday, March 27 by 12pm NOON.

Click here for a PDF file of the entry form (mail or email to Art Alliance — details on PDF form)

Click here to enter online

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

You must submit your payment separately:

About the Juror

Peter Buckland is a lifelong central Pennsylvanian. Since childhood, he has loved the region’s forests, fields, and streams and the creatures–including humans–who rely on them. He nurtures this love through his work at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, his service as the Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and other governmental positions, as published poet, amateur photographer, and outdoor enthusiast. His climate-related work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals, a TEDxPSU talk, The Washington Post, Democracy Works, Dirt Rag, local press, and numerous presentations at state and national conferences. He loves to spend time with his wife Alexandra and son Sacha.

Peter Buckland—Academic Programs Manager, Penn State’s Sustainability Institute

“What’s the Future Hold? Ask A Metalhead.” TEDxPSU

Eligible Work

2D and 3D work created in the last 5 years that has not previously won an award in an Art Alliance show is eligible. Reproduction prints are not acceptable. 2D work must not exceed 48″ in any direction. Work must be ready to hang with hardware on the frame or stretched canvas. The Art Alliance reserves the right to reject any entry.

Entry Process and Fee

This exhibition is open to all and is not juried in. The entry form must be received in the Art Alliance office by 12pm, Wednesday, April 27.

Entry Fees: $30 member; $40 non-member; $20 student (high school / college)

Poetry & Climate Talk

The exhibition will include a special poetry and climate talk on Sunday afternoon, April 7th, from 4–5pm. Our Juror, Peter Buckland’s reading will intersperse poems with reflections on climate science, clean and dirty energy, land and soils, and organizing for a more convivial world.

Show Dates and Hours

“Climate” will open at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown on Friday, April 5, and run through Sunday, April 28. Art Alliance Downtown Gallery hours are Thursdays–Saturdays, 12–6pm, Sundays, 12–4pm.

Opening Reception

The opening reception will be held the evening of Friday, April 5, from 5–8pm. Contributing artists can contribute food or wine to the reception (please see entry form).

Prizes and Judging

Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. In addition, Honorable Mention awards will be given to other notable works.

Sales and Conditions

Works may be for sale. The Art Alliance has a commission of 20% of the selling price for work sold at the show. The Art Alliance is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork. Purchased pieces must remain in the gallery until the end of the show, April 28.

Receiving and Retrieving Work

Artwork must be delivered to the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown at 123 S. Fraser Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, March 31 between 4–6pm. Please attach a completed label to your work. Pick up your artwork on Sunday, April 28 from 4–6pm. The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown has no additional storage space for artwork, please honor the pickup date.

Sitting for the Show

In order to have the show open to the public, the artists are asked to Sit at the show. You will receive an email with a link for you to sign up for a time slot.


Mar 3
5:00 pm
Event Category:


Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania


Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
123 South Fraser Street
State College, PA 16801 United States
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