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Exhibitions

About BCAT

Brockway Center for Arts and Technology offers artist-in-residence programs in both our ceramics and metals studio. Our residency program is designed for developing, emerging, or established artists seeking to further develop their craft, concepts, and/or teaching skills. Preferred applicants may have a BFA or Bachelor’s degree with equivalent life experience in their craft or teaching, but it is not mandatory. Our residency program is unique in that it offers teaching experience within your time here through our after-school programming for 9th-12th grade, as well as paid teaching opportunities.

About Our Gallery

Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is a nonprofit organization located in central Pennsylvania whose mission is to educate and inspire youth through the arts. As the first rural replication of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, BCAT serves as a space for individuals in a historically underserved area to explore their creativity and engage meaningfully with the arts. BCAT operates state-of-the-art studios for both ceramics and metals, which are open for high school students to receive fine arts instruction at no cost through BCAT’s after-school Apprenticeship Training Program. In addition to fully-equipped art studios, BCAT is home to a gallery that continuously presents exhibitions of compelling artwork by notable local, national, and international artists. BCAT’s gallery exists as a space for individuals to explore new ideas and concepts, access high caliber contemporary artwork, and forge connections with a broad artistic community. We aim to host interesting, thoughtful exhibitions that hold relevance to both our surrounding community and the vast network of contemporary craft artists.

Big Softies: Open Call

Big Softies aims to showcase the substantial fiber artist community in central Pennsylvania and the exceptional works of fiber art made by established regional artists, in conjunction with metal and ceramic artists who are utilizing fiber in their work to push the bounds of their respective mediums. Through this exhibition, we hope to highlight the significance of fiber arts, both as it exists regionally, and as it is adopted by artists within other craft disciplines. In part, Big Softies will feature the work of fiber artists located in and around BCAT’s central Pennsylvania home. We hope that this exhibition will put a spotlight on the rich regional community of fiber artists whose work is rooted in traditional processes and stems from a rich history of fiber craft. With the understanding that artwork from rural regions is historically overlooked and undervalued, we want to provide a space for it to receive the inclusion and recognition it deserves. In addition, Big Softies will exhibit work from ceramicists and metalsmiths who incorporate fiber into their practices. These artists are contributing to the advancement of robust, flourishing craft fields by creating innovative work that challenges the traditional expectations of their mediums. We are seeking submissions of work from regional fiber artists and North American ceramic and metal artists. Please carefully read the entry details below. Note that there are two distinct submission categories. Please follow the entry instructions for the category that pertains to your work.

Category 1: Fiber Artist Submission

Open to fiber artists based in central Pennsylvania. We are seeking works of fiber art, and welcome submissions of works created using any fiber art technique. This can include, but is not limited to, weaving, quilting, felting, and needle crafts.

Please complete the application form through this link. Artist statements for this application should describe your fiber arts practice and the specific processes you utilize in your work (up to 250 words). Once you submit the application form, please email images of your submitted works to [email protected] You may submit up to three images of each piece. Image file names should be formatted, TitleLastName.jpg or TitleLastNameDetail1.jpg for each piece with multiple corresponding images. Please include “Big Softies Images, Last Name” in the email subject line.

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Category 2: Ceramic and Metal Artist Submission

Open to artists located in North America who primarily work in ceramic or metal. We are seeking works of ceramic and/or metal that include fiber as an additional material. There are no restrictions on the format that fiber must take in your work, though it must be a visible component of each piece submitted. We welcome submissions of work that incorporates fiber using any existing or individually-developed method, including, but not limited to, sewing, flocking, weaving, tufting, and felting.

Please complete the application form through this link. Artist statements for this application should describe how you utilize fiber in your work and why you have chosen to incorporate it into your practice (up to 250 words). Once you submit the application form, please email images of your submitted works to [email protected] You may submit up to three images of each piece. Image file names should be formatted, TitleLastName.jpg or TitleLastNameDetail1.jpg for each piece with multiple corresponding images. Please include “Big Softies Images, Last Name” in the email subject line.

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Calendar

February 24: Application deadline, 11:59 PM EST.
March 3: Applicants will be notified of acceptance.
March 17: Work due to BCAT.
March 24-May 12: Exhibition dates.
March 24: Opening reception will be held in the BCAT gallery from 6-8 PM.
May 15-19: Unsold artwork will be mailed back to artists. Hand-delivered artwork must be picked up.

Additional Info

Work may be shipped upon notification of acceptance to:

Brockway Center for Arts and Technology
ATTN: Mary Kay Palazzo
1200 Wood St. Ste. B
Brockway, PA 15824

Accepted applicants will receive an email containing an artist agreement and shipping instructions. Artists are responsible for shipping their work to BCAT. Work must be securely packaged, and must contain a signed artist agreement, as well as instructions for installing and handling each piece if necessary. BCAT will be responsible for costs of return shipping to artists. Artists wishing to hand deliver their work should email [email protected] to make arrangements for drop off. Work is to remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

We will be promoting this exhibition through social media and our website. Images of accepted work may be used for relevant marketing and promotional materials. All work will be shared with credit given to the artist, and the artists’ social media will be tagged when applicable.

Artists who choose to place their work for sale will receive 60% of the sale profit, with the remaining 40% retained by BCAT. Artists who sell work will be asked to fill out a W2 form. All sales of artwork are final. Artists who sell work will be paid via check, which will be mailed to the artists at the conclusion of the exhibition.

We want to ensure that participation in BCAT exhibitions is financially accessible for artists. For this reason, we do not require an application fee. Additionally, we only ask that artists cover the cost of shipping their work to the center, and BCAT will cover the cost of shipping work back to artists at the conclusion of the exhibition.

If you have any questions about the application process or need assistance with your submission, please contact [email protected]

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