Festival of 
the Arts 2021

The 2021 North River Arts Society’s Festival of the Arts weekend will be virtual. More information coming soon! See below for the Juried Art, Sculpture and Photography Prospectus.

The Juried Art, Sculpture and Photography exhibits will be combined into one show.

There will be both a virtual Online Exhibit and a physical Awards Show.

 The Awards Show will hang in the G.A.R. Hall, 157 Old Main Street, Marshfield Hills, MA.

Exhibition dates June 1 – July 2, 2021

Deadline for Entries: April 19, 2021

​Online Entry: The entry form, digital images and payment of entry fee must be submitted to showsubmit.com. We suggest you go to www.showsubmit.com in advance to set up an account, if you don't already have one, and familiarize yourself with the entry process. 

  • Artists can submit up to 5 pieces. 

  • Two pieces may be chosen by Jurors of Selection to hang in the Online Show with up to one of those pieces being juried into the Awards Show to hang in the GAR Hall. 

  • Acceptance into the Online Show does not guarantee acceptance into the Awards Show. If accepted into the Awards Show, delivery information will be provided at time of acceptance notification.

  • Cost: $20 for first entry, $10 for each additional entry.


  • All forms of artwork are allowed

  • All artwork must be originally drawn and is the artist’s original work from conception through execution.  The artwork must not be a copy or likeness of another’s work, or derived from a published painting, drawing, photograph, digital image, or print.

  • Artwork, including frame, must not exceed 44” in width or height.

  • Submission of artwork done during the course of a workshop or class is not permitted.

  • Work must not have been previously exhibited in a North River Arts exhibition

  • Entrants must be over age 16 years and submitting artist must author work.


Awards: Monetary awards and certificates will be sent by mail to winners

  • Best in Show $500 plus Ribbon

  • Awards of Distinction

    • Mac Haran Memorial Award for Artistic Excellence $250

    • Marian Atkinson Memorial Award for Soft Pastel $100

    • Jeanne Horan Memorial Award for Spirit of Marshfield $100

    • Joanne F. Regan Memorial Award for Composition $100

    • Carolyn Harvey Memorial Award for Creativity $100

    • Ros Farbush Memorial Award for Color $100

    • Katherine M. Wolfe Memorial Award for Floral Composition $100

  • (8) 1st Place Prizes – $150 plus Ribbon

  • Oil & Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Printmaking/Drawing, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Color Photography, Black & White Photography, Creative Digital Manipulation Photography, Portrait Photography 

  • (20) Honorable Mentions Certificate


Important Dates: 

  • April 19, midnight - Deadline for Entries, Judging begins

  • April 30 - Acceptance notification

  • May 15 & 17 – Delivery to Awards Show

  • May 28 - Virtual Ceremony and winners announced online. Exhibition posted online on northriverarts.org

  • June 1 – July 2 – G.A.R. Hall Gallery exhibit

Judges of Selection:


Sandy Litchfield

Born in New York City, Sandy Litchfield now lives in Amherst, Massachusetts where she is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Architecture. She received her BFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her MFA from UMass Amherst. In 2007 she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been recognized with grants and commissions from the Public Art for Public Schools, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Puffin Foundation. Litchfield has exhibited in numerous museums including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Fitchburg Art Museum, The Portland Art Museum and The Hunterdon Museum. She has had solo exhibitions in Boston and Brooklyn. Her work has been selected for review by The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Phoenix, New American Paintings and The Boston Globe.


Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn’s stunning seascape and spectacular sailing photographs are exhibited in art galleries and museums around the world.

With his 1950’s camera, Michael travels extensively to photograph the world’s finest boats and pristine seascapes. He collects his images on traditional black and white film and produces luminous silver gelatin prints in his darkroom. With a distinctive sense of composition and attention to tonal relationships, the emotional force exhibited in Michael’s photographs has allowed him to be one of the most memorable photographers of our time.

Born in 1960, Michael Kahn is a life-long resident of Chester County Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his family summered on the coasts of Maine and Topsail Island, North Carolina. This is where his love of the sea and sailing originated. After high school, Michael apprenticed in a portrait studio where they used Hasselblad cameras with a square 6×6 cm film format. Here, Michael received hands on training in film handling and black and white printmaking. Several years later, the owner of the studio changed the business model and became a commercial/advertising photographer. Michael stayed on as an assistant, learning skills in advertising, product and editorial photography. From there, Michael branched off on his own, shooting for magazines and other commercial clients. In 1990 he published a book of black and white photographs of the Brandywine River in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In the mid-90’s, Michael took his first sailing photograph of a small boat in the fog on a lake in the Adirondacks. This image launched his nautical photography career. Michael made the decision to stay with his film cameras instead of going with the new trends in digital equipment, and continues to make handmade photographs in his darkroom.


Judge of Awards:


Julia Courtney

Julia Courtney has nearly 25 years of experience in the museum field and is currently the Collections Curator for the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She is Curator of Art emeritus of the Springfield Art Museums in Western Massachusetts. An adjunct faculty member for the Graduate Museum Studies Program at Tufts University, Courtney teaches a graduate-level course on curatorial and collections topics. She has published two volumes on museum-related themes: Is it Okay to Sell the Monet? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) and The Legal Guide for Museum Professionals (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). A practicing artist, Courtney works in the printmaking and painting genres.



Artwork may be sold throughout the exhibit, with Members charged a 30% commission and Non-Members charged 45%.  Payment to the artist will be within 30 days of exhibition closing.


Hand Delivery and Shipping:

Information will be provided to artists upon acceptance into the Awards Show.

Online Submission:

Please follow these instructions carefully regarding the preparation of your images:

  • Only jpeg image files will be accepted

  • Image should be of artwork only, no frames or mats showing

  • Required image size is 1500 pixels on the longest side at 72dpi

  • File submitted cannot be bigger than 2MB

  • Upload your photo to computer and make the entry to showsubmit.com from your computer

  • Label your image files by capitalizing your Name and Title of your piece(s). You may abbreviate as necessary. For example: Jane_Doe_HomewardBound.jpg


For questions or assistance with your online submissions please contact Julia Driscoll at northriverarts@gmail.com  or ShowSubmit at office@showsubmit.com with any questions you might have.

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