Call to Artists: Mail Art for “Structures”

Tourist Cabin Variations by Ric Kasini Kadour
collage; 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Deadline to receive work: 20 August 2019

From 1793 to 1961, Rokeby was home to four generations of Robinsons–a remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors. Today, the Robinson family’s home is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby is among the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the country, one the National Park Service has described as “unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity and the poignancy of the stories it tells.” Telling those stories is at the center of Rokeby Museum’s mission, which is to “connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad and with the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.” The Museum is located on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, USA. 

In 2019, Rokeby Museum launched an ambitious two-year project designed to engage artists and the public with Rokeby Museum archives, objects, buildings, and land. Project activities will demonstrate how contemporary art can pick up the unfinished work of history and foster civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental justice issues. 

As part of Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum, Ric Kasini Kadour is curating the exhibition “Structures” which introduces contemporary art into the landscape and buildings of Rokeby, located in Ferrisburgh, Vermont, USA. “Structures” repurposes historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. All of the work in the exhibition reflects, responds, or contrasts with structures on the site.

To that end, Rokeby Museum invites artists from across the world to submit a piece of mail art that will be exhibited in the Tourist Cabin at Rokeby Museum, 24 August-27 October 2019.

For details and instructions for submitting work, visit: http://rokeby.org/call-to-artists-mail-art/