Berks Arts announces the 17th annual Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz. Founded during the 2005 Berks Jazz Fest, The Art of Jazz honors the legendary local jazz musician Frank Scott. The Art of Jazz exhibits annually as a prelude to the Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Submission is open to artwork in all media representing the theme Celebrate Jazz. Artwork is to express how jazz inspires and impacts art, music and the community through the artist vision.
The exhibition runs March 20-April 21, 2021 in the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Schmidt Gallery, 201 Washington Street, Reading. The show is being held as a prelude to the 30th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest presented by Berks Arts. The Artist’s Reception and Awards Presentation is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. in the Schmidt Gallery. (Reception may be altered based on COVID-19 recommendations)
Work must be hand delivered on March 17 or March 18th at times designated in the prospectus which can be found at www.berksarts.org . Intake is in the Schmidt Gallery, 2nd Floor of the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. All work must be original and made within the past three years by the person submitting the work. Works previously submitted in The Art of Jazz will not be accepted. Art size may be limited to our ability to display. Work must be suitably mounted and ready to hang, including glass protection where appropriate. The entry fee is $35 for the first artwork and $5 each additional work up to a total of three entries. Entry fees are waived for high school student submissions.
Juror, Diane Labelle will be awarding cash prizes and honorable mentions. Ms. Labelle has served as one of the premier arts and education administrators in the country. In June 2010, LaBelle returned to Bethlehem to become the Executive Director/CEO of the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, a free public school that provides a rich and comprehensive educational program for students in grades 9 through 12 in dance, instrumental music, visual arts, vocal music, theatre and figure skating.
From 2003 to 2010, LaBelle worked in Reading, PA. In 2003, she was hired as a consultant to design and oversee the renovation and construction of the 145,000 sq. ft. former Willson Goggle Factory into the GoggleWorks. Her background as an architect led LaBelle to spearhead the facility’s $15 million renovation, which was honored with a Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award. LaBelle was named Executive Director in 2005. Over the seven years of her involvement, the GoggleWorks project became a national model for community revitalization.
From 1998 to 2003, LaBelle was the Director of the Banana Factory, a dynamic cultural arts and education center located in Bethlehem, Pa. Prior to that, she was the CEO of the nonprofit FreeHand, in Bethlehem, PA, which worked with children in the community, university students and design professional to take a hands-on approach to neighborhood revitalization. Her career in arts education began in Pittsburgh, Pa. following graduation from the Master of Architecture program at Carnegie Mellon. Her award-winning ArchiKids curriculum involved inner-city public-school children in projects that revitalized their neighborhoods.
The Frank Scott Memorial Art Show: The Art of Jazz and the Frank Scott Memorial Award honor legendary local jazz musician Frank Scott and are made possible through the generous support of the JerLyn Foundation. These memorial events were founded during the 2005 Berks Jazz Fest by Berks Arts Council along with local businessman and artist Jerry Holleran.
The Art of Jazz prospectus can be found at www.berksarts.org.