SmithCon - Juried Exhibition

The Smithtown Library is excited to announce a Call for Art for its first Juried Exhibition, "A Narrative in Frames: The Art of Comics", to be held in conjunction with our second town-wide pop culture convention, SmithCon on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This exhibition will be on view for the month of August in the Community Room of the Smithtown Building of The Smithtown Library, located at 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787. We will celebrate our artists with an Artists Reception on Friday,August 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm, where there will be an opportunity to meet our esteemed juror, George O'Connor.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15th at 11:59 pm. Entries submitted after this date cannot be considered. To be considered for inclusion in this show, please fill out the form below and submit (by email) up to 5 artworks for our juror to review.

George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Above all, George is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan. George is out to remind us how much our league of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's original superheroes: the Greek pantheon. Now he has brought his attention to "Olympians", his ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics aesthetic. In his New York Times bestselling "Olympians" series, George draws from primary sources to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works; they're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. His vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology. In addition to his graphic novel career, George has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling "Kapow!", "Sally and the Some-Thing", "If I Had a Raptor" and "If I Had a Triceratops". George lives in Brooklyn, NY with two terrible cats and one good one.
We are interested in original artwork that celebrates comic art. This can be in theme, aesthetic,format, or the content of the art itself:
  • Heroic figures embroiled in a battle of good vs. evil
  • Illustrations detailed in classic ink brushstrokes
  • Sequentially depicted narratives laid out in grid format
These are just some of the many characteristics of comic themed art. We encourage artists to interpret the thememore broadly. Artwork that relies on an innovative usage of text would apply. Artwork featuring a strong storytelling element or graphic in nature, or even in book format would work beautifully with our theme.
**Please note: extreme portrayals of violence, nudity or gore cannot be accepted. This is at the juror's discretion within the Exhibit and Display Policy of The Smithtown Library.
Important Dates
July 15: Application deadline
July 24: Last day that artists will be notified via email
August 1: Artwork set-up date (9:30am-12:30pm & 5:30- 8:30pm)
August 16: Artists Reception 6:30-8:30pm
August 31: Exhibition closes
August 31: Artwork break-down, 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

While this exhibition is not limited to local artists, we do ask that all artwork is set-up and removed by the artist (or a designated proxy.) Mailed works will not be accepted. Artists may not substitute another piece for what our juror has selected for inclusion. All work must be suitably framed, wired, and able to be hung. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass, canvases must be wired for hanging. Works are limited to 40"x 40"

Artist Submission Information

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Please email submissions of your work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may submit a maximum of five works for consideration. Please be sure to include your Name and Phone Number in the email. We will reply to confirm we have received your completed application.
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