Submissions for Bayside Historical Society’s 22nd Winter Art Show now open

“Flowers #1” by Stanatiki Botoulos. (Photo courtesy of BHS and the artists)

Thanks to organizations like the Bayside Historical Society (BHS) – that celebrate the arts in Queens – residents and visitors can experience a variety of special programs and events all year round and never get bored.

Art lovers are always searching for interesting happenings close to home, like the society’s upcoming 22nd annual Winter Art Show, which has remained an important element of Queens’ creative and cultural scene and offers local talent a chance to shine. 

BHS is now accepting submissions for this eagerly anticipated exhibit, which will be held throughout the entire month of February 2023. The registration deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 11.

Artists must either reside, work, or attend school in Queens, and the show is open to any artist aged 18 and older, who creates original two-dimensional works in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, digital, multi-media, photography or three-dimensional pieces in stone, metal, ceramic, fiber, wood, etc. As in previous years, this event will feature a combination of online galleries on the BHS website https://www.baysidehistorical.org/ and a live exhibit at The Bay Terrace Shopping Center, located at 212-45 26th Ave., in Bayside.

“A special exhibit each year features the work of local high school students, inspiring budding artists to pursue their creativity,” said BHS executive director Barbara Speedling. 

“The event doesn’t have a specific theme,” she added. “We prefer to allow the contributing artists to decide what they would like to submit and that’s one of the reasons we encourage a variety of media.”

Judges are interested in originality and creative expressions of contemporary and classical subjects, as well as style, content, and the unique way in which the work engages the viewing audience. Each year, there are top winners in various categories. Approximately two dozen artists receive cash awards, along with those who earn an honorable mention.

“Blue Woman” by Ellen Katcher. (Photo courtesy of BHS and the artists)

“Prior to the pandemic, the exhibit was solely at the Castle. During the pandemic, we hosted a hybrid event, with both an online gallery and live show at The Bay Terrace Shopping Center. And given the tremendous public response to the live exhibit at the shopping center, we decided to host the entire live event there,” Speedling noted.

“We attract a broad cross-section of people and talent,” she added. “Our event is always a reflection of the multicultural community that is Bayside, and neighboring communities.”

If you would like to exhibit your work in this show, please download the Open Call and Requirements form for full details and registration materials. You can find the PDF at: https://www.baysidehistorical.org/bhs-winter-art-show

Email your completed form to [email protected]