Call to Artists: 2018 “Artists to Watch”

Deadline: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Are you an artist we should keep an eye on in 2018? Are you planning a huge exhibit? Is your practice heading in a new direction? Have you amassed a body of work that absolutely needs to be seen? In Vermont Art Guide #6 (January to April 2018), we will feature a number of Vermont “Artists to Watch” in the coming year. Artists will be nominated by guest curators (see below). A short profile of the artists and an image of their artwork will be featured in the magazine.

To be considered, artists may nominate themselves by signing up to the Vermont Art Guide Artist Database. Please note that there may be a delay of 48-72 hours as we process and post your listing to the Database; however, you may sign up on the day of the deadline and you will still be considered. On the online form, you will be asked “What events or activities do you have coming up in 2018 that you would like us to know about?” Why should the curators consider you as an Artist to Watch? You may also email a statement and additional images to

Note to Pre-existing members of the Database: You are already being considered; however, if you desire, you may also email a statement and additional images to


Deadline: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017


Tips for the shy and the introverted: Buddy up! If tooting your own horn isn’t something you feel great about, find someone to toot it for you…then go toot theirs. Everybody toots.


Vermont Art Guide invited a number of guest curators to participate in the selection process. These include:

Mary Admasian, multidisciplinary artist and marketing consultant from East Montpelier, was the recipient of a 2016-17 Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation Grant for her sculpture Weighted Tears on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center until April 17, 2018.

Danny Lichtenfeld has been the Director of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center since 2007 and has extended the museum & art center’s operations from seasonal to year round and expanded the organization’s cultural and physical footprint in Brattleboro.

Kelly Holt is an independent curator in both the U.S. and Germany, as well as the Assistant Director and Curator of the Center for Public Art in Morrisville. Recent curatorial projects include SiteTime: Cordwood in the Vermont Arts Council Sculpture Garden, and zone leadership in the Vermont Creative Network. She is an active member of Urban Nation, Berlin as well as the Vermont Curators Group.

Sophie Pickens co-founded Northern Daughters gallery in Vergennes with Justine Jackson in June 2016. The gallery strives to be “a space that merges the aesthetic of blue chip galleries with the familiarity and authenticity of a Vermont general store.” Pickens grew up in Bristol, where her mother, painter and sculptor Pamela Smith, operated Folkheart until 2007.

Stephanie Walker is an independent curator based in Waitsfield. After operating a gallery in Boston for several years, she returned to Vermont in the early 2010s and opened Walker Contemporary, which deals in contemporary art with clients across the country. She also works with artists on site-specific and site-sensitive projects. In addition, she was the Assistant Curator for “Exposed. 2017” at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.


Ric Kasini Kadour is an artist, writer and cultural worker. He is the Editor and Publisher of Vermont Art Guide and Kolaj Magazine. With Christopher Byrne, he operated Kasini House Gallery in Burlington’s Old North End from 2007-2009 and Galerie Maison Kasini in downtown Montreal from 2009-2013. His company, Kasini House, has produced Burlington’s First Friday Art event since April 2006, along with its official publication, Art Map Burlington. He curated “Connection: The Art of Coming Together” at the Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier (June-October 2017). WEBSITE