Call for Art: “Music of the Eye: In the Spirit of Arthur Dove”


Juried exhibit to celebrate regional contemporary art

The Dove Block Project, a community arts center in historic downtown Geneva, NY invites artists living in the Finger Lakes region of New York to submit artwork to Music of the Eye: In the Spirit of Arthur Dove, a juried exhibit that will run April 15–May 6, 2023 with an opening reception Saturday, April 15, 4–6 pm.

In keeping with the The Dove’s commitment to meaningful community arts experiences, this exhibit celebrates Arthur Dove’s standing as a groundbreaking American modernist painter, calling attention to his influence on contemporary regional artists whose work today embodies his journey into abstract, non-objective paintings inspired by the forms, rhythms, and colors of nature.

The call for work is open to all artists who live in the following New York state counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates. All 2D, 3D media are accepted along with video and audio. 

Submissions will be made digitally through Art Call. Artists will need to create an account to participate. The entry fee is $35 for up to three submissions. Submission deadline is February 15, 2023. Notifications will be made by March 13, 2023. All details are available at (scroll down to listing).

Jurors for the exhibit are Davana Rodedee and Anna Wager. Together, their expertise and understanding of Dove’s work and contemporary arts will present an exhibit that showcases the work of regional artists who exemplify Dove’s self-described “search for a means of expression which did not depend upon representation. It should have order, size, intensity, spirit, nearer to the music of the eye.” 

Davana Rodedee is a multimedia artist living in Syracuse, New York. She received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is currently creating large scale drawings using shibori and cultivating indigo in her dye garden. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions all over the US. She has participated in artist residencies at Weissensee School of Art in Berlin and Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska City. Davana is currently the Program Director at the Schweinfurth Art Center where she coordinates exhibits, workshops, events, and other community projects. As a practicing artist and arts administrator, Davana believes in using art to serve the community.

Anna Wager, PhD is the Curator of Exhibitions at the University at Buffalo, where she conceptualizes and implements UB Art Galleries’ exhibitions and programs. Her interests lie in gallery accessibility and accountability, archival ethics, and supporting artists, community members, and the university community. She is the former Visual Arts Curator at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Jurors and sponsors will award several recognitions and prizes including a Dove Block Project Best of Show award that includes a solo exhibit at The Dove in 2024. Dove sponsors Billsboro Winery and Lake Drum Brewing will also choose special themed awards. 

Music of the Eye: In the Spirit of Arthur Dove will run concurrently with The Dove’s major fundraiser, the Annual Dove Lecture, on Saturday, April 22, 7–10 pm. This year’s speaker is Debra Bricker Balken, noted Dove scholar and author of Arthur Dove: A Retrospective. Details on the fundraising lecture ticket sales are forthcoming. 

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