Deadline Monday Jan. 2nd 2023

Billboard Gallery

Alternative exhibition space for Hudson Valley Artist

Deadline: Monday, January 2nd

No fee

The Billboard Gallery invites local Hudson Valley artists living in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Greene, or Columbia counties to submit an image/s to be displayed at Billboard Gallery in Poughkeepsie NY.  The jurors will review the work through a blind submissions process.

The artwork chosen to be on displayed on a 6’ (foot) by 12’ (foot) billboard.  The exhibition dates will be from November 9th – December 21st.  The artist and artwork will be featured on the Billboard Gallery website, Facebook and Instagram pages.  

The Billboard Gallery is an alternative exhibition space for artists established by Abigail Gunnels and supported by The Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI) at Vassar College.  The gallery focuses on Hudson Valley artists.  This location/billboard attempts to blur the boundary between the Vassar campus and the city of Poughkeepsie.  Colleges often have, or are perceived to have, an “invisible fence” surrounding them, creating a separation between the institution and the city/town where they exist.  By creating this alternative space to showcase artists, The Billboard Gallery engages with Vassar and Poughkeepsie communities, and the larger Hudson Valley region by showcasing local artists’ work outside of a traditional gallery setting. 

About the curators:

Monica Church has lived in New York’s Hudson Valley for over two decades. She is an abstract artist working in painting, collage and photography. Church has been photographing in the City of Poughkeepsie for over ten years documenting it’s transitional and overlooked spaces.

Church has won two Arts Mid-Hudson Individual Artist Fellowships— one for photography and one for painting. Other awards include the Silvermine Guild Arts Center’s Steven Madwed Prize for Photography and The Rosenthal Foundation Best in Show Award; a Carolyn Grant from Vassar College; and a fellowship for a six-week residency at Woman’s Studio Workshop.

Church has had numerous solo shows including at Garrison Art Center, Vassar College’s Palmer Gallery; Womenswork.ART; Dutchess Community College Gallery; Chapman Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY; University of Kentucky’s Center for Contemporary Art; LoRiver Arts Gallery and Go North, both in Beacon, NY. Blue Leaf Gallery featured her work at the Dublin Art Fair and the Edinburgh Art Fair.

Her artwork is included in both private and institutional collections including, Binney and Smith, Easton PA; Manugistics Ltd, Rockville, MD; Community Bank, Lexington KY; Copper Canyon Press, Port Townsend WA; The University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington KY; Vassar College Libraries Archives and Special Collections, and Women’s Studio Workshop, among others.

Church studied printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, n.d., and has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in Painting from The University of Kentucky.

Gerald Euhon Sheffield II (he/him) is an artist and educator living and working in Poughkeepsie, New York. His studio discipline is based in critical and site-specific research, painting and sculpture. Sheffield’s professional background consists of a diversity of institutions and collaborations across borders. He served in the United States Army for eight years as a Visual Communications and Military Intelligence Public Affairs specialist in Paraguay, Guatemala, Brazil, and Kuwait. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq (2007-2008), working alongside Iraqi civilians and community leaders during the Iraqi Reconstruction Campaign. He received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, and an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the United States Armed Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship, the JUNCTURE Human Rights Research and Travel Fellowship, and the US Fulbright to Uzbekistan (2019). Recent exhibitions include fables for introverts, NADA House (2022) Artist Residency and Exhibition, Governors Island, New York, and melancholy satire, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston Massachusetts (2022). He is a (2022-2023) National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Veteran Fellow.


Artist (professional, mid-career, or emerging) living in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Greene, or Columbia County in New York.  Any two-dimension works will be considered, this includes but not limited to painting, drawings, photographs, printmaking, mixed media, etc.

Each artist may submit up to five (5) works for consideration and the Billboard Gallery will exhibit one to two images created by the selected artist.  

Submission Guidelines:

Email up to five (5) images and artist statement for consideration to:

You must include an artist statement with your images. Please send the files as JPEGS no larger than 5MB, resolution of 72dpi and 1200 pixels on the longest side. Higher resolution image/s will be request if selected for the billboard.

Please label your files: LastName_FirstName_ImageTitle
Example: Smith_John_Sunshine


Questions and Submissions to: