Call to Artists: Fine Feathers

Fine Feathers:
at play with structure and function

What happens when you mix art, playfulness, and insights from birds? Creativity influenced by feather color and pattern, frills and function! From bower birds to city pigeons, feathers come in thousands of sizes and colors, fantastic shapes, in different seasons, and for many reasons. Which of these emerge in your art? We want to know!

The Birds of Vermont Museum’s 2022 art show is looking for works inspired by birds and their feathers. Will this be in illustration, interior decor, fashion and apparel, paintings, fabric arts, architectural design? Will we hear it in music or stories or poems? Will your work be inspired by one feather, a bird’s full plumage, a flock’s flight behavior? Will people know from your work which bird inspired you? Let birds’ colors, feather design, building skills, flight patterns, and more carry you to new spaces of creation.

SUBMISSION INFO: Art in almost any media, by new or returning artists, of any age, may be submitted; note that we cannot accept anything using actual feathers from actual birds*. Visual, written, and multi-media works may be considered. In addition to walls, we have shelves for smaller three-dimensional pieces, room outdoors for weather-impervious works, and some ceiling area. You are welcome to visit to consider the potential.

Submit up to 3 pieces by submitting not more than three (3) digital files. Please use our online form at  or send your files to Please put “Submission for Fine Feathers art show from Your Name” as the email subject. File types accepted are .jpg (visual art); .mp3, .mp4 (music/video); .pdf (e.g., stories, poems). If you do not have email, you may send up to three prints to the Museum, attention: Fine Feathers art show. Please include your contact information and a description of each work (media, artwork size, when made, etc.).

Entries are due by Monday, March 21, 2022.

In choosing works for a show, we strive to weave diverse works into a cohesive exhibit that illustrates the year’s theme. Jurors will select pieces by April 4 and will let artists know soon after by email. Accepted pieces should arrive at the Museum between April 11 and April 25 and be ready to display. The art show runs from May 1 to October 31 at the Birds of Vermont Museum. Artists are wholly responsible for shipping or drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up should occur by December 30, 2022.

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 that we use partial or cropped images, or have preferred images, please tell us or supply them.

Artists who show their work here are invited to sell originals, cards, stickers and similar, on consignment, through our gift shop. 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 work!

* A brief summary of feather use regulations is at

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