Call to Artists

VSA VT, the Flynn Center, and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired seek artwork that is of high artistic quality, demonstrating originality, imagination, skillful use of materials, and quality of craft.

VSA Vermont, the Flynn Center and the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired invite established and emerging Vermont artists to participate in FLOURISH, an exhibition showcasing works of art by Vermont artists with various disabilities to be held at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, April 7 – June 30, 2018.

Flourish will offer participating artists opportunities to be featured in statewide publicity, build larger audiences for their work, and receive technical assistance in the professional documentation and presentation of their work. The Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center is physically accessible and the exhibition will provide accessible program and communication features coordinated by VSA VT.

Application postmark or email deadline: September 29, 2017

Download the full Call to Artists (PDF), or Full Call to Artists – Large Print (DOC)

image of a slightly blurry winter sunrise

The Morning’s Kindness, by Heidi Swevens. A pink-purple winter sunrise behind bare trees, a small dark shed, and snowy foreground. Without distinct boundaries, the natural images in this photograph, trees, sky, ground, shed, seem as if they were somehow smudged into the fading sunrise colors of the morning sky, as if they were all emerging from the photograph’s faint light.

How to Apply

You can apply online, by email, or with a paper application. Technical assistance is also available for getting your work photographed.

To learn more and get started, see the “how to apply” page. You can also download the application form for email and print applications directly: Flourish Application MS Word DOCX file, or Flourish Application – Large Print (DOCX)


Who May Apply?

Vermont artists with various disabilities, regardless of experience or formal training, who are at least 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply. We encourage participation by artists who have lifelong disabilities as well as artists applying with artwork completed after the onset of their disability. A disability, as defined in the Americans With Disabilities Act, substantially limits one or more major life activity.

Vermont artists may obtain assistance with the Application Form from a support person, family member, or friend. Artists should have direct involvement in the completion of an application when assistance is used.


Eligible Artwork

  • Acceptable media includes but is not limited to painting and drawing in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil and charcoal, digital art, photographs, collage, fiber art or computer-generated prints.
  • Works of art must be completed during the past five years.
  • All works of art must be able to be hung on a wall.
  • Works of art must be original or numbered fine art prints in limited editions of 50 or less.
  • Acceptable maximum size for works of art is 40 inches in either dimension.
  • The artist’s name should be visible on the front or back of the work.
  • Works of art do not have to be framed to be considered. If the artwork selected is not yet framed, the Flynn Center will prepare the work for exhibition, including framing when appropriate, with screw eyes and wire attached.


VSA Vermont logo, The State Organization on Arts and DisabilityVSA Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization using the magic of the arts to engage the capabilities and enhance the confidence of children and adults with disabilities. VSA Vermont is a member of the VSA International Affiliate Network, a program of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on a black/white art-deco banner.The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts fosters the enjoyment, understanding, and development of the arts in Vermont through diverse and engaging experiences.



Green and white abstracted and mirrored faces of VABVI logoAt the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) we believe that every Vermonter with a visual impairment can achieve everyday independence. We are the only private non-profit organization in the state to provide free-of-charge comprehensive support services to adults with visual impairment in all of Vermont’s 14 counties. VABVI provides services to over 300 children (birth to age 22) and over 1,300 adults (55+) each year. For every dollar spent, 91 cents goes directly to our client services.




Flourish is made possible through funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation.