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Garrison, NY 10524


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Garrison Art Center announces ArtQUAKE – our first ever juried exhibition of kinetic works and optical art. Artists age 18 and up are invited to submit up to three works that move naturally, are human powered, or give the illusion of movement via optical illusion. Chosen works will be on exhibition in our main galleries May 8-16. 

Young Artists (under 18): see separate call for works here.


Works must fit through our front door (78”x34”) and cannot weigh more than 30lbs if they are to be hung on the wall.

Two different categories

Kinetic: three-dimensional sculptures and figures such as mobiles or machines that move naturally or are operated via hand crank, gravity or air movement. Movement cannot be powered by electricity, fuel, flame or batteries.

Optical Art: 2D or 3D works that give the impression of movement, flashing and vibrating patterns.


ENTRY FEE $30: Submit up to 3 items. Additional items $7 each. Electronic credit card receipt is your confirmation. GAC Members will receive a code for free submission.

Works that do not meet all submission requirements herein will be disqualified.

HOW TO SUBMIT Work must be submitted online via this prospectus. No CDs or e-mail submissions will be accepted. Follow the online instructions to submit application, images and video from URL such as YouTube or Vimeo (required for kinetic works). You will have an opportunity to review your application before you are charged.


Submit up to 3 items at the Smarter Entry site.
Kinetic works: submit a video and a still
Optical Art: two images – each from a different angle


Artists whose work is selected will be expected to send a hi-res image and video on URL for inclusion in promotional materials.  All images should have name of work and number.

To avoid confusion: NO WORKS TITLED “UNTITLED” WILL BE ACCEPTED! if you cannot conceive of a name for your work use a descriptive word (not your name) and a number. i.e. MOBILE2  or CRANKY37. Limit to 25 characters please. Make note of the title and price of your pieces and ideally print a copy of your submission for reference if your works are selected.



Making Mobiles - James Murray

Saturday, February 20, 10:30-1:30

$85 + $20 materials fee


Work with sculptor and master woodworker, James Murray  to create your very own mobile sculpture.  Learn to use tools (safely) and blend various materials into a sculptural hanging mobile. Follow in the footsteps of Alexander Calder and George Rickey and create your own kinetic art in this one-time afternoon workshop.


Kinetics 101 - James Murray

Saturday, February 27, 10:30-1:30

$85 + $20 materials fee

Learn the basics of how to make things move using an array of pulleys, gears, ramps, cranks and gravity.

Expand your art making skills and get the art in motion!

Join master sculpture and woodworker James Murray in a three hour hands on workshop that will cover ways to bring simple movement to your three dimensional pieces. A variety of tools and materials will be covered in this kinetic experience. You can also bring one of your own pieces that may be adaptable for movement.



artists 18 years and older

Best in show Kinetic Work – $200

Best in show Optical Work – $200


Entry Open

Entry deadline

Judging process

Email results to artists

Hi-res images due

Deliver accepted work


Exhibition opens

Opening reception

Exhibition closes

Work pick up/ship




3/22 – 4/12

4/13 – 16


5/1 – 5/5

5/6 – 7


5/8, 5 – 7pm*



*if Covid guidelines allow



Provan’s work has been shown in numerous galleries and museums, including Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA; Rockford Art Museum, IL; Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago; Wenger Gallery, Los Angeles; Mindy Oh Gallery, Chicago; the Fitchburg Art Museum, MA; and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea.  He has completed several public art projects, including a design for a series of innovative historical markers for the Municipal Art Society, NYC; and “Yab-Yum”, a 200 foot long installation, consisting of 14 sculptures, created for the New York City subway in 1995, activated by the wind from passing subway trains..


After serving four years with the US Navy in Asia, spent two and a half years traveling throughout India and Nepal. Returning to the West, he earned degrees in art and architecture from Yale (B.A.’79) and the Royal College of Art in London (M.A.’81). Provan’s years in Asia and his interests in art and design eventually evolved into a large body of work that often embodies the ideas of Asian philosophies, but as channeled through a modernist, 21st century sensibility.

IG  @david_provan_