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Open Call for Artists: ILLUSTRATION & FASHION (posted February 23, 2017)

Open Call for Artists: ILLUSTRATION & FASHION (posted February 23, 2017)

News Release

Press contact: Stephanie Israel
Images available upon request

Open Call for Artists:
An East End Arts Gallery Show
Entry Dates: April 20, 21, 22
Show Dates: April 28 – June 9, 2017

(RIVERHEAD, NY, February 23, 2017) –– The East End Arts Gallery is pleased to announce an open call for artist participation in the upcoming juried, all media art show, Illustration & Fashion, at the East End Arts Gallery, opening with a reception on Friday, April 28 and running through June 9, 2017. The guest juror for this show is Bil Donovan, fashion illustrator and educator. The East End Arts Gallery is located at 133 East Main Street in Riverhead, NY.

East End Arts Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood encourages artists and comments on the theme: "Whether the subject is a toaster, a teapot, a tuxedo, or a trench coat, for this show, line and flair are the most valued skills. (Lighting too if the entry is a photograph.) Admittedly a little commercial – remember, it’s how Andy got his start. The subject needn’t be your creation, but the execution needs to be solidly your style. Adding words to complement your image and design is fine too."

Original works in all media may be submitted, including: painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and sculpture; up to three entries can be submitted per artist. All submissions will be reviewed by the guest juror, who will choose a select number of works that he feels best represents the theme, and those pieces will be included in the exhibit.

All media entries must be dropped off in person at the East End Arts Gallery on:
• Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM;
• Friday, April 21, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; or
• Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Guest juror Bil Donovan is an artist, fashion illustrator and educator. Donovan subscribes to the idea that less is more and uses this premise to create work that is elegant with a timeless style. He has had an ongoing relationship with FIT, first, as a student, then advisor, mentor and currently as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Illustration Department where he teaches Illustration that reflects the contemporary market. Donovan’s lifestyle, environmental and architectural illustrations have been commissioned by many cosmetics firms including Dior and Lancome and his elegant and sophisticated images have been included in many exhibits most recently the Night and Day at the Museum of The Fashion Institute of Technology and highlighted in The Line Of Fashion at the Museum of the Society of American Illustrators. Bil currently resides in the East Village in New York City and works from his creative utopia studio in Tribeca. For more information about the juror, visit

For complete details including size restrictions and entry fees, view the prospectus at

The “Best in Show” winner of this show will be one of several artists who will participate in the East End Arts Gallery’s Winners’ Show in the Fall of 2018. First, Second, Third Place, and Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, when guests will have an opportunity to meet the artists. This free event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Illustration & Fashion show is sponsored by Hamptons Art Hub.

This show is one of seven art shows of 2017 at the East End Arts Gallery, under the umbrella theme “Elements of Style”. The complete 2017 Gallery Schedule, including all calls for artists can be viewed at

For more information, contact Gallery Director Jane Kirkwood at 631-727-0900 or
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East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.