Skip Navigation

Invitation for Thorne's Juried Exhibit

KEENE, N.H. 9/30/10 - Artists living within 30 miles of Keene and Friends of the Thorne members are invited to enter the 2011 Biennial Regional Jurors’ Choice Competition at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

The exhibition, open to artists working in all media, will be displayed Saturday, February 5, to Thursday, March 10. The jurors are Margaret Burgess, associate curator of Modern and European Art at the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art, and Britta Konau, a writer and independent curator of contemporary art. In addition to selecting works to be shown in the Regional Jurors’ Choice Exhibition, Burgess and Konau will select artists for various awards, honors, and cash prizes. Gallery visitors will select a People’s Choice Commendation. These awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 4, during an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Friends of the Thorne. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Before joining the Portland Museum of Art, Burgess worked as a research fellow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Fellow at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has also held positions at Buckingham Palace, London; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; and the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C. She earned her Ph.D. in British and American art and art criticism and her master’s degree in 19th-century French painting from the University of Oxford, England. She has an undergraduate degree in art history from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

Konau’s current outlets for publication include a biweekly art column in a local paper and reviews for artscope magazine. Previously, she was the curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport for three years, and held curatorial positions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. She received a master of arts degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also worked at the Ackland Art Museum. Konau has extensive experience organizing and jurying exhibitions of contemporary art and was the main author for Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters published by Scala in conjunction with her acclaimed 2006 exhibition of the same title.

Artists may submit one or two works in any medium completed within the past two years. Works done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible. All art must be ready to hang or display. No glass with clip frames will be accepted.

Entries for the competition must be hand-delivered, or a CD of images can be mailed to the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery. CDs must be received by Friday, January 7. The times and dates for hand-delivered submissions are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, January 7 and 8. Artists must complete a registration form and label information when mailing the CD or when they deliver their work. Upon completion of the jury process, artists will be notified by phone or e-mail of the jurors’ decisions. Artists are encouraged to make entries available for purchase, although not-for-sale works will be accepted. Artists whose work is not accepted into the exhibit must pick up their work on Friday or Saturday, January 14 or 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For further information about the Regional Jurors’ Choice Competition and to download a Call for Entries form, visit the Thorne website or call 603-358-2720.

Related Stories

Contact Keene State College

229 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03435