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Museums Announce Call for Artists, Offer No-Cost Materials This Saturday

George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum

October 15, 2013

The Springfield Museums is now accepting design plans from artists, fashion or costume designers, students and community members for a fantastical large-scale exhibition titled Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City.

Guest curated by Steampunk visionary Bruce Rosenbaum, the exhibition will be on view from March 22 to September 28, 2014 in the Victorian-era George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The exhibition will serve as the centerpiece for a city-wide series of Steampunk-themed events, performances, exhibitions and satellite displays.

Steampunk Springfield will incorporate signature artwork designed by Rosenbaum, along with works created by artists and members of the community as part of a juried art contest, and costumes and accessories created as part at of a fashion design competition. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 8. Full exhibition details, guidelines, and entry forms are available at www.springfieldmuseums.org, or by email at steampunk@springfieldmuseums.org.
 
Design categories include "50 Firsts: Springfield Inventions Reinvented," which invites artists to “steampunk” an object signifying Springfield’s proud history of innovation, and "Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding", allowing designers to weave gadgetry and Victorian-era fashion in creating unique and fantastical bridal attire.

This Saturday, October 19 from 10 am–5 pm, the Museums are offering high-quality costume materials and accessories at no cost to designers interested in submitting a design for the “Brassy Bridal” competition. Availability is first-come, first-served – please RSVP in advance to steampunk@springfieldmuseums.org.  

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