Call for Artists: Inspired By...Music

Inspired By

Inspired By…Music

September 4th – 26th, 2018 at The Creamery Arts Center

Drop off dates: August 27th & 28th, 2018 from 9am to 5pm

Visual and auditory arts share the same language: composition, arrangement, scale, and movement, for example. Throughout history, visual artists have used music as inspiration, and have often collaborated with musicians to create truly unique pieces. Think of painter Kandinsky, who composed colorful works inspired by the auditory; artist Nick Cave’s wild and thought provoking sound suits; or filmmaker Matthew Barney, creating mesmerizing visual vignettes using Bjork’s music.

For the upcoming show, “Inspired by…”, the Springfield Regional Arts Council invites member artists to share up to two pieces created through the inspiration of music.

“Visual art is often treated as non-collaborative, but our environment is constantly influencing us,” says Rachel Johnson, Director of Programming and Exhibits at the Springfield Regional Arts Council. “We want to highlight how music and visual art overlap and inspire our artists to create new pieces based on what they listen to and absorb.”

Artists who wish to participate will need to do the following:

  • Create a piece of original work inspired by music. Artists may submit up to 2 pieces. Maximum size is up to 48” on one side.

  • 2D work must be wired and ready to hang, D-Rings preferred. No sawtooth hangers allowed. 3D work is also allowed.

  • Submit a brief statement and include 1 to 3 songs that you used as inspiration for the piece. These will be added to an online playlist. You may email these materials to or bring a printed copy upon drop-off.

  • Non-SRAC members are allowed to participate in one show for free. If you would like to submit to future shows, we encourage you to become a member. For more information, join here:

To further enhance artists’ inspiration, the SRAC is hosting open studios at The Creamery Arts Center, with live music on Saturday, August 11th from 4pm to 6pm. Bring a piece to work on and your supplies.

Follow the Springfield Regional Arts Council on Spotify to listen to playlists curated by SRAC staff members, member artists, and local musicians.

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