Vassar Student, Deadline April 16th

Billboard Gallery 

Alternative exhibition space for Hudson Valley Artist


Deadline: April, Sunday 16th 11:59pm

No fee

The Billboard Gallery invites a Vassar student 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 May 1tst – May 31st.  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. 


Submission Guidelines: 

Email up to five (5) images for consideration to:

You must include – Artwork title, size, and media description. 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



Artist/Student currently enrolled as a student at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.  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.  


Questions and Submissions to: 




Xuewu Zheng:

Xuewu Zheng born in Heilongjiang Province, China, received his BFA in Harbin Normal University in China, and MFA 2020 in SUNY New Paltz Printmaking and MFA 2022 in SUNY New Paltz Painting&Drawing in the United States.

2003-2008 Professor at Harbin Normal University, Arts College, China

2004 Visiting Professor, the North Carolina University at Chapel Hill, NC

Visiting Professor, Guilford College, NC

Residency Artist, Vermont Studio Center, VT

2005 Residency Artist&Curator, Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea

One of the founder of Beijing Studio Center Residency(BSC), China

2006 Residency Artist, Vermont Studio Center, VT

Visiting Professor, Appalachian State University, NC

Visiting Scholar, Warren Wilson College, NC

Visiting Professor, Guilford College, NC

2007 Founder of China-Korea Art Association(CKAA)

2008 Visiting Professor, Appalachian State University, NC

Visiting Scholar, LeRoy Neiman Center of Columbia University

2009 Residency Artist, Vermont Studio Center, VT

2010 Residency Artist, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

2011 Visiting Scholar at Department of Fine Arts, Cork University, Ireland

2012 Residency Artist, Art Farm, Nebraska

One of the founder of Hudson Center for Contemporary Arts Residency(HCCA), Poughkeepsie, NY

2013 Residency Artist, Art Farm, Nebraska

2014 Visiting Scholar at Art History Department, Vassar College, NY

2017 Visiting Scholar at College of Education of Columbia University, NY

Visiting scholar at Fordhamensis University, NY

2019 Residency Artist, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. He was a Visiting Professor at: Harbin Normal University, China; Appalachian State University; North Carolina University at Chapel Hill; Columbia University; Vassar College; University College Cork, Ireland. He attended following international residencies: Vermont Studio Center; Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; Gwangju Art Museum, Korea; Jingdezhen Sanbao International Center, China; Nebraska Art Farm.

Xuewu’s work is part of Selected Collections: National Art Museum of China; Kaethe Kollwitz-Museum-Berlin, Germany; Australian Embassy, China; Woo Jae-Gil Art Museum, Korea; Ackland Art Museum, Guilford College, The Turchin Center for Visual Arts( United States; Gwangju Art Museum, Korea.


Emilie Houssart: 

Emilie Houssart is a Dutch American artist and curator based in upstate New York. Her transdisciplinary projects address ecological dissociation in colonizer culture, and related violence against interspecies communities. Houssart’s initiative The DIRT Project runs community workshops around soil microorganisms. Recent exhibitions include Metabolism of Cities at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; Owning Earth at Unison Arts Center, NY; DIRTdoors for Rooted: Art + Land with the Dorsky Museum/Walkill Valley Land Trust, New Paltz, NY; and Forest Geometries, Frans Masereel Centrum/Koningsbos forest, Belgium. Residencies include the Urban Soils Institute, NYC (upcoming), Women’s Studio Workshop, NY (2022), and the Dorsky Museum of Art, NY (2021) where she curated the exhibition DIRT: Inside Landscapes and led a series of interactive public projects to disrupt the barriers between the museum, the public and the surrounding land. Houssart is Adjunct Instructor and member of experimental collective Eddy at SUNY New Paltz, and Artistic Director at Unison Arts, New Paltz, NY.