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Visualizing the Past

June 30, 2021 7 days left

Visualizing the Past

  • Organization: Mills Pond Gallery/Smithtown Township Arts Council
  • Submission Deadline: June 30, 2021
  • Event Dates: August 7, 2021 - September 5, 2021
  • Entry Fee: $45.00 for 3 works
  • Award Info: $1200 Best in Show $800 Second Place $400 Third Place
  • Type: Exhibition
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture

Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition August 7 - September 5, 2021. Juror: Carol Strickland. The exhibition is open to varied interpretations of the role of remembrance, suggesting what remains after a physical presence, event or emotion has vanished.
Mills Pond Gallery invites artists to submit works for a juried exhibition on the theme of poet Emily Dickinson’s phrase: “Memory is a strange Bell—Jubilee, and Knell.” The exhibition is open to multiple responses to the metaphor: a bell that summons the public to a joyous celebration or rings mournfully to signal loss. Artists may explore the role of remembrance—from personal reflections to universal emotions—through abstract, representational, or mixed modalities. Visual evocations of past events, landscapes, people, scenes, objects, or structures can make intangible thoughts, emotions, and concepts visible to the mind’s eye. Images that preserve the past can retard decay and disappearance. Conversely, they could also give form to the inevitable ravages of time. Whether invoking the highs or lows of cultural memory, artists can suggest what remains after a physical presence, event, or emotion has vanished.

About our Juror Carol Strickland
Carol Strickland is an art critic and cultural journalist, author of four books on art, including the best-selling Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to the Present and an introduction to architecture history, The Annotated Arch. Other books are The Illustrated Timeline of Art History, The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature, a historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan, and an enhanced eBook, Impressionism: A Legacy of Light. Strickland has contributed art criticism to the Clyde Fitch Report (, The New York Times, Art in America, Momus, Alta, and many other publications. She currently reviews art books for The Christian Science Monitor. More information and links can be found on her website

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