Long Island Biennial Call for Art & Film

Long Island is getting a Biennial of its own. To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Heckscher Museum of Art is launching a Long Island Biennial for visual arts and film.

The Long Island Biennial aims to reveal the different types of artwork currently being made on Long Island, said Dr. Kenneth Wayne, chief curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Heckscher Museum.

Applications for visual art will be accepted through March 31. Submissions for film and video will be accepted through April 30. See www.heckscher.org for details and an application. Filmmakers can visit www.cinemaartscentre.org for information and an application.

The Cinema Arts Centre is sponsoring the Biennial for Long Island filmmakers in conjunction with the art museum. Artists and filmmakers must live in Nassau or Suffolk County.

The inaugural Biennial will be held from July 31 to September 26, 2010 at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. A film screening will be held in August at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington. The Long Island Biennial will return every two years.

Submissions to the Biennial (visual art and film) will be juried by a separate panel of three experts in the field. Around 40 works will be accepted into the museum show. Paintings, sculpture, works of paper, photographs, prints and mixed media are eligible. Visual artists must be a “professional artist who has specialized training in art and/or whose primary activity is creating art” according to the application requirements.

There is no limit to the number of films accepted into the Biennial, said Dylan Skolnick of the Cinema Arts Centre. Quality of submissions will determine if the special screening will span one day or two. Each filmmaker can submit one film. There is no theme. Video and film are eligible.

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.