Calls for Artists

North Adams Center for DeTourism

CALL FOR ENTRY! (postmark deadline MARCH 30)

Join the DeTourism Center and rework the circuits of bucolic tourism!

Calling all miscreant mailers, drunk walking tour guides, peripatetic monster truckers, wayward window displayers, hand-me-down postcard makers, failed theme park conceivers, bad news bumper sticker makers, and all ye who just have their doubts about the tourist economy...

Cultural tourism has been heralded as the saving grace of post-manufacturing towns, but what exactly are people touring? What is worth seeing and what isn't? Why would one travel three hours to feast ones eyes? What role do artists have in these efforts and what roles are boring? 'What,' asks the DeTourism Center, 'is interesting about touring?' And maybe even more importantly, who wins, who loses, who is worth looking at and who isn't? And how do we redirect attentions? The DeTourism Center is unorthodox in that it isn't interested in booming economies or pragmatic functionality. It won't get you from here to there and it won't necessarily find you the best vacation package. From field guides for divining water to alternative maps for finding love in North Adams, the DeTourism Center is almost mystical in its anti-intuitive, pro-meander methodologies.

Send proposals and artwork to:

The Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver Street
North Adams, MA 01247




Calls for Artist

Exhibition & Performance Opportunities: General Call

OPEN CALL! (postmark deadline NOVEMBER 1)

Our five galleries as well as downtown and site specific installations offer exhibition opportunities for local, national, and international artists. The CAC has an annual open call for artwork/performances to be considered for the upcoming season. All entries must be postmarked by Nov 1st.

To be considered please furnish at least five examples of your current or relevant work. Slides, photos, digital images, VHS and audio recordings are accepted. Please label all submissions and include a S.A.S.E if you wish them to be returned. A suggested $15 application fee is asked of each artist to contribute to our Artist Honorarium Fund. Additional specific exhibition opportunities occur throughout the year.

Artist Honorarium Fund:
Every season the CAC chooses one artist to create a new piece specifically for exhibition in North Adams (CAC Project Space, performance, or site specific). The artist will be awarded between $500-$1000 and an optional one to two week residency to complete this work.

Project Space:
This gallery is set aside specifically for artwork proposals of an experimental nature. The space is particularly suited for installation and time based work. When applying for this space please include images of past work, application fee and a one-page description and sketch of the project you would like to create.


Send all exhibition and performance applications to:

Contemporary Artists Center
189 Beaver St.
North Adams, MA 01247