Competitions & Contests

Art in the Pandemic

Entry Dates 2021-06-25T18:00:00 - 2021-05-21T09:00:00 1 Days Left



The Putnam Arts Council and the Southeast Museum are sponsoring an exhibit of artwork created by local artists expressing their experiences during the pandemic, while residents’ voices will be shared through oral histories. This Partnership between the Putnam Arts Council and the Southeast Museum is intended to connect, showcase and celebrate the talent of local artists through exhibiting works in the galleries of both sites as well as online.

 All genres and media will be accepted. The exhibition will be juried for cash awards by PAC’s Visual Arts Committee. PAC’s Visual Arts Committee reserves the right to refuse work that it considers inappropriate.

All works will be accepted and viewable in the online gallery!

Artists 18 years or older are invited to submit up to 2 pieces of original work created during the last year. All styles, up to 36 inches in any direction for 2-dimensional work, 3-dimensional work must be manageable by one person. Residents are encouraged to submit their personal histories during the times of the pandemic.

Submission of Artwork - Digital Images: Artwork can be submitted starting June 5th and must be completed by June 25th, 2021. See below for further instructions and a video tutorial that details the submission process.

How to Submit Artwork:

You will have to register first.
Click the button (link) at the top left of the screen that says, “Register & Apply.”
Create an account/user profile, including a password. Keep this info for future logins
Once logged in, you will see “the “User Dashboard” click on: Add New Submission +
Enter the entry details and click on: Submit Entry Details
Click on: + Add Attachment to upload your entry
After it finishes uploading click on: Complete & View Entry
Now you see a message confirming your successful submission J, click on: Got it!
If you want to submit another entry (limit of two), click on: Add New Submission+
Repeat the above process

User Entry Process Tutorial (the screens look different, but the process is similar):

Cash awards for art: Best of Show ($150), Second Place ($100) and Third Place ($75) will be awarded at the opening of the exhibition. Additionally, Public Choice ($50) and Artist Selection ($50) prizes will be awarded at the closing of the exhibition. Works that are for sale will also be promoted through the online exhibition. Promotional badges for the selected artwork will be sent to each artist to share on social media.

Entry Fees for Artwork:
$25 for PAC members, $30 for non-members for up to two pieces (non-refundable).


Online (digital) Artwork Submission Deadline: June 25th, 2021
Artists Notified of location for drop-off July 2, 2021
Artwork hand delivery: July 6th and 7th, 2021, at the designated location
Artwork pick-up, Putnam Art Council: Sunday, August 23, 2 - 5 p.m.
Artwork pick-up, Southeast Museum: Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Exhibition Dates:
July 10th to August 15th, 2021


Saturday, July 10th, 2021, 2 - 5 p.m.,
A. Eric Arctander Gallery
at Putnam Arts Council's Belle Levine Center,
521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, New York 

Closing (Award Ceremony):

Sunday, August 15th, 2021,
2 - 5 p.m., at the Southeast Museum,
67 Main Street, Brewster, New York

In Addition:
Oral histories artists 18 and older are invited to submit oral histories which will then be transcribed, formatted and printed to be displayed. Oral histories can be submitted with or without artwork and artists are invited but not required to include an oral history with their art. Size limitation for oral histories is one page with a maximum of 500 words.
Submission of Oral Histories: please e-mail your responses to: by June 10, 2021