Call to Artists: Borders


illusions that constrain us

A Call to Artists from the Birds of Vermont Museum

What borders do birds encounter? Our maps do not typically reflect the territories they perceive, the ranges they travel, or the barriers they comes across. How do birds’ boundaries connect to human borders? To those of other species? Edges of things—physically, spatially, temporally— raise questions, not least of which is “Is it really there?”

We ponder this, wondering, how do and will these encounters and connections alter us, birds, and the borders themselves?

We seek works that share visions of birds, borders, and boundaries, now and into the future, for our 2020 art exhibit, Borders.

The art show runs from May 1 to October 31 at the Birds of Vermont Museum. We have both indoor and outdoor (unprotected) spaces. In addition to walls, we have shelves to display for smaller three-dimensional pieces, room outdoors for weather-impervious works, and some ceiling area. You are welcome to visit to consider the potential.

Art in any media, by new or returning artists, of any age, may be submitted. Visual, written, and multi-media works may be considered. Submit up to 3 pieces by sending no more than three (3) .jpgs showing them to Please put “Submission for Borders art show” in the email subject. If you do not have email, you may send up to three prints to the Museum, attention: Borders art show. Please include contact information and a description of work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).

Entries are due by Monday, March 16, 2020.

In choosing works for a show, we strive to weave diverse works into a cohesive exhibit that illustrates the year’s theme. Museum staff will select pieces by March 24 and will let artists know soon after by email. Accepted pieces should arrive at the Museum between March 26 and April 11 and be ready to display. Artists are responsible for shipping or drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up should occur by November 30, 2020.

The Museum asks for permission to reproduce images of the selected works in print and online as part of publicity for the exhibit; if you prefer partial or cropped images for this, or have preferred images, please tell us or supply them.

Artists who show their work here are invited to sell originals, prints, and/or cards through us on consignment. Details are available on request. We are always thrilled to arrange artist workshops at the Museum with our exhibitors. Please tell us if you are interested in this.

Please call or email Kir Talmage or Allison Gergely with any questions. We can be reached at 802 434-2167 or

We look forward to seeing your works.

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