All That Jazz-September 2022

Image: Blanding Sloan, Jazz - the New Possession, ca. 1925, color woodcut on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Emily Tuckerman and Charles Albert, 1990.13

Call for Artists - All That Jazz:

Improvisation! Rhythm! Sounds and Instruments! Harmony! Form! These are the elements of Jazz, a genre that originated in the African American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana. Its roots are based on blues and ragtime. Brass and woodwind instruments and piano are particularly associated with jazz, although guitar and occasionally violin are used. Additional styles of jazz include Dixieland, swing, bebop, and free jazz.

JAZZ means collective improvisation. The source of the word “jazz” is not clear, but the word is often regarded as being of African or Creole origin.  

What image/s might you imagine for JAZZ? Slow and meditative? Fast and furious? How will you interpret the musical influence of Jazz in your art? Jackson Pollock’s action painting technique reflected the improvisation, freedom, and rhythm of the jazz music he loved. Artist Stuart Davis said jazz was one of the things that made him want to paint.  

For this show, All That Jazz, RiverArts invites artists to express their creativity in this very expressive form. There is no limitations on the medium. To challenge such an intersensory provocation, we would do well to pay attention to the words of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, who encouraged his audiences to “hear with your eyes and see with your ears.

Curator: Artist Denise Dersch, currently lives in South Jersey and holds an Art Education degree from Rowan University. She taught art for many years in a public-school setting, and while balancing family and work, she furthered her education and obtained a Master’s degree in School Administration. Upon retirement in 2012 as a school administrator, her interest in painting resurfaced and she devoted many hours to re-learning and reworking watercolor and acrylics. To add to her painting process, she may incorporate acrylic inks, crayons, colored pencil, and other mediums to enhance color, fluid, and textural effects to her paintings. She has exhibited work in South Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.                                                                                                                                                                                         ,                  

EXHIBITION DATES: September 2 to October 2, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: First Friday: September 2, 2022, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

ARTISTS’ TALK: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

DROP-OFF: Sunday, August 28 , 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Monday, August 29, 2022, 10:00-12:00 pm (note new times)

PICK-UP: Sunday, October 2, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Monday October 3, 2022, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (note new times)

Please CLICK HERE to read and consent to RiverArts’ Artists’ Agreement and Exhibition Guidelines before submitting work.

  • Registration Information: Artists are invited to submit 1 or 2 pieces.
  • Registration submission fee: RiverArts Members: $10 per entry. Non-Members: $20 per entry. 

Online registration in now closed but you may still register in person during the scheduled drop off times

If you have questions or need help with your registration, please contact Sue Wilson: suewilson@chestertownriverarts.org or call 410-778-6300

Registration Info

Registration submission fee: RiverArts Members: $10 per entry. Non-Members: $20 per entry. Artists may submit 1 or 2 pieces.

Online registration in now closed but you may still register in person during the scheduled drop off times