Call to Artists: Mail Art

As part of Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum, Ric Kasini Kadour is curating the exhibition “Structures” which introduces contemporary art into the landscape and buildings of Rokeby. “Structures” repurposes historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. All of the work in the exhibition reflects, responds, or contrasts with structures on the site.

To that end, Rokeby Museum invites artists from across the world to submit a piece of mail art that will be exhibited in the Tourist Cabin at Rokeby Museum.

ABOUT THE TOURIST CABIN

A collection of artifacts from the exhibition “Amassed and Up-ended” on display July 14th to October 27th, 2019. MORE INFO

Built in the 1930s, the Tourist Cabin is the last original structure to be built at Rokeby. Declining farm profits and rural depopulation in Vermont, along with a widespread nostalgia for country life among city dwellers led the Vermont Department of Agriculture to promote tourism as a money maker for Vermont farmers. The Robinsons heeded the call. This little cabin was built to supplement the sleeping rooms already available in the house. Rowland T. and Elizabeth Robinson advertised their tourist boarding business in the 1920s; they charged a dollar for a room and 50 cents for meals. The growing tourist business contributed more to the economy of northern New England during the first three decades of the 20th century than any other single factor except the development of dairying. Then, as now, thousands of visitors drove up from the cities and suburbs of New York and southern New England to take in all that Vermont had to offer–pristine mountain views, clean air, sparkling lakes, and working farms. Edward Striffler of East 85th Street in New York City wrote the Robinsons in 1925: “I am enclosing a few of the pictures we took while staying at your house. I hope you like the result. Next year, before vacation time, I am going to write to you for the use of the same rooms. I suppose you miss my help on the farm. If you don’t miss my help, I miss the farm.”

Tourist Cabin Collage Variation by Ric Kasini Kadour
4.5”x5.5”, collage print and acrylic on paper; 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

CALL TO ARTISTS

We ask that artists mail a work that reflects or responds to their home or a building in their home community. We envision postcards from artists visiting the tourist cabin bearing messages from home.

Works may be of any style or technique with a size less than 12″x12″. Works received will be exhibited in the Tourist Cabin at Rokeby Museum from August 24th to October 29th, 2019. Submissions will be documented, shared online, and (possibly) in publication. After the exhibition, submissions will become part of the Rokeby Museum’s permanent collection.

All work must be submitted through the mail. Address submissions to:

Rokeby Museum
Attn: Mail Art
4334 Route 7
Ferrisburgh, Vermont 05456 USA

Artists who mail work are encouraged (but not required) to also send an email the curator, Ric Kasini Kadour, at ric@kasinihouse.com with information about the submission and a few sentences about the artist, images, and why they were sending that particular work. We look forward to hearing from you.

DEADLINE

Mail your work so that it arrives by August 20th. However, late submissions received through August 31st will be added to the exhibition.