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Artist Opportunities

Call to Artists: Barn Art
Submission Deadline: February 23

We are now accepting submissions for the juried exhibit ‘Barn Art'. The exhibit runs from April 6 through June 16 with a submission deadline of February 23.

Barns are of course a regular sight on the Vermont landscape, serving a very necessary and functional purpose to farmers, but they have also become an iconic image for the state and a valuable tourist attraction. One barn in particular is also a big part of the Compass Center. Brandon Music, our concert venue, is a beautifully renovated 1820s New England barn which also happens to be the former studio of folk artist Warren Kimble. The Brandon Music barn will soon take on another purpose by hosting ‘Barn Opera', operas performed by professional singers in an intimate and informal setting. With all of these connections, an exhibit which celebrates the barn as an icon seems most fitting.

Submissions will be considered by Vermont artists Denise Letendre, Susan Bull Riley, and Stephanie Stouffer, and judged based on the submitting artist's interpretation of the “Barn Art” theme. A cash prize will be awarded, along with future exhibiting opportunities at Compass.

The submission materials and fees must be received by February 23. Click here for the submission guidelines.


Denise Letendre is a photographer from central Vermont. She escaped high paced suburban Connecticut for the beauty and slower pace of Vermont. Letendre was awarded ‘Juror's Choice' in the Compass Center's ‘Winter as Prism or Prison' exhibit in 2016.

Susan Bull Riley's paintings have received honors in regional, national and international galleries and institutions. They have been sought by organizations such as The New York State Museum, The National Science Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the American Chestnut Foundation, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and from many local land trusts. Her work can be found in public and private collections in this country and beyond.

Stephanie Stouffer has been a resident of Belmont for her 35-year career as a freelance illustrator, creating hundreds of designs which were licensed to high-end international companies like Caspari, Certified International and Peking Handicrafts. Previously she worked for Hallmark for 10 years as an illustrator and studied sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Call for Exhibit Proposals
Rolling Open Call

We are seeking innovative work for solo and/or group exhibits from artists working in a variety of media. Curators and both emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply. Site-specific work/installations will also be considered. This is a rolling open call for exhibits.

Exhibitions run for either 4 or 8 weeks with an opening reception to be scheduled to mutually benefit all parties. A demonstration, class, or artist talk event provided by the artist(s) is encouraged, but not required. Compass takes a commission of 35% of works sold.

Exhibit Spaces
A variety of exhibit spaces are available, giving flexibility to artists for the scope of their vision and needs. All parties will discuss and agree upon which space(s) would be best for the proposed exhibit.

Sample Exhibit Contract
The Sample Contract gives further details of what would be expected of the artist(s) and of Compass if the proposal is selected.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit between 5 and 10 images, plus images of design concepts and/or installation sketches if appropriate. All work must be original works of art, not shown within 50 miles of Brandon, VT in the last year.
  • Include detailed information on each image: title, medium, overall dimensions, date completed, and price (including the 35% commission)
  • Exhibition proposal: include information on proposed participants, exhibit title, project description (limited to 1,000 words), and special installation needs
  • Biography/resume
  • Artist Statement pertaining to the proposed exhibit/work

All submission materials should be emailed to Kathryn.

Leasing Opportunities

We now have several studio, gallery and retail units available for rent here at Compass. Whether you are an artist looking to rent a studio or gallery, a musician wanting teaching and rehearsal space, or an arts related business seeking affordable retail/shop/office space, Compass could meet your needs.

Room Rental

Compass has spaces available to meet your function needs. The Main Function Hall offers a space ideal for conferences, exhibits, installations, performances, parties and celebrations, while other rooms can serve as meeting, teaching, or consultation rooms.

Display Space

There are many exhibit spaces throughout the building, of different sizes, that offer an excellent opportunity to display and sell your work. Displaying your work doesn't have to be a full-blown exhibit. If you have a body of work you'd just like to display, please contact us with your thoughts.




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