Call for Entries: Juried Art Exhibit

Exhibit theme: Fragile Waterways–Protecting What We Love

Teatown Lake Reservation Gallery
December 1-31, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 8: 3-5pm

James C. Miller

All proceeds from the gallery show will benefit the Croton River Stewards Fund, an initiative to hire NY-NJ Trail Conference stewards who will engage with visitors on the Croton River and encourage appropriate ways to enjoy this beautiful but increasingly popular destination. With your support, the stewards can help this natural resource recover from the impacts of overuse while providing visitors with a cleaner, safer experience.

For more information and to donate directly to the fund, click here.

Submission guidelines and rules

The top three submissions will be honored at the opening and the first-place winner will be invited to participate in a solo gallery show at Teatown at an agreed-upon future date. The theme of the exhibition is the watershed in which we live – its streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. All works on display will be for sale; proceeds will support the first season’s initiative to protect the sensitive ecosystem along the riverbank through Stewards at the Croton River. Please email to donate a work or for more information. 

1. Artist may have a wide interpretation of the theme

2. All mediums welcome

3. Pieces should be framed and ready for hanging

4. Name and title of piece attached. Teatown will create labels

5. Artist declares value; 100% of proceeds benefit the Stewardship program

6. We hope to accept all submissions however we reserve the right to cap the number because of available gallery space

7. Deadline for submissions November 25, 2019

Croton River Stewards Fund Program Overview

New York New Jersey Trail Conference Conservation Corps Stewards will be working to protect the sensitive ecosystems along the riverbanks of Croton Gorge Unique Area in the Town of Cortlandt, NY this coming season. Since 2013, Trail Conference stewards have been educating trail users on the responsible use of parks and trails at the region’s most popular outdoor destinations. Stewards also seek to inspire a deeper appreciation for the care that natural areas require.

In their first season at Croton Gorge in 2020, stewards will engage and educate visitors on Leave No Trace principles as well as the area’s rules and regulations in regards to trash, parking, music, the making of fires and the use of alcohol. The program will begin in late May 2020 and run through Columbus Day weekend. Three uniformed stewards will be stationed at the trailhead and parking area along the Old Croton Aqueduct State Park, adjacent to the trailhead to the DEC Unique Area. On weekends and holidays, one steward will remain at the parking area while two stewards will educate and interact with visitors along the Croton River.

Training will begin in May and include an introduction to outdoor education, rules and regulations, prohibited activities, how to interact and connect with visitors, natural resource protection, Leave No Trace principles, data collection, maintenance reporting, emergency protocols, and more. The stewards will be bilingual to engage and educate both English and Spanish-speaking outdoor enthusiasts.