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Working with the Muse (SAQA Regional) -  Strathmore Mansion  •   DC/MD/WV members
Deadline:  December 1, 2019

Title of exhibition: Working with the Muse

Regions: Maryland/ District of Columbia/ West Virginia

Jurors: Deborah Boschert and Charlene McClelland

Theme:  In Greek and Roman mythology, the Muses were nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who presided over the arts and sciences. Mnemosyne, the mother of The Muses, was the goddess of memory. An artist that called upon The Muses to receive their blessings, were able to refine their talents to produce with a divine creativity.

Inspiration is something that comes easily for some people and is a struggle for others. Frequently, artists, writers, poets, musicians, even scientists look to a muse as the source of their creativity or genius. A muse can be anything that stimulates your creativity: a person, place, activity, ritual or object. It can be found by tapping into and exploring an artist’s innate creativity. To find their touchstones or well-springs, some seek people, experiences, and stories that inspire. Acts of intense inner self-examination can aid in defining that which directs our lives and helps us find bliss.

Although the relationship between artist and muse can drive the creative process and enhance it, perhaps because of its very intensity, the relationship is often fraught with danger. Even under the most amicable of circumstances, there can be pain when the relationship ends. Remember, muses are not always attractive, socially acceptable, moral, or lovable.

What excites you--physically, spiritually, and emotionally? What is really important to you? What things do you cherish or revere? What makes you feel vital and alive? What inspires you? What drives you? What provokes you? What lifts you out of yourself?

Exhibition run dates:   February 14 to April 19, 2020
Entry open: November 1, 2019
Deadline for receipt of entries: December 1, 2019
Notification of acceptance: January 13, 2020
Accepted artwork delivery date: February 1, 2020
Artist reception: undetermined
Exhibition opens: February 14, 2020
Exhibition closes: April 19, 2020

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Venue Info:
Strathmore Mansion
10701 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
United States