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Entries Now Being Accepted for 2015 Southern Tier Biennial Art Exhibition

The Cattaraugus County Arts Council (CCAC) has announced a call for artists for the Southern Tier Biennial (STB), a nine-county professionally juried contemporary art exhibition. The application deadline is June 8, 2015.

Jurors John Massier, Curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo, and Bleu Cease, Executive Director/Curator of the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, will review entries and artists will be notified of acceptance beginning June 29, 2015. Artists can read application guidelines and submit entries online at

As in past years, works created in all visual media are eligible and the exhibition is open to all artists, 18 years of age or older, who are currently residing in New York State’s Southern Tier (Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties). A two-part artists’ reception will take place on September 19. Part one will take place at the Olean Public Library Gallery at 3 p.m., with part two at JCC’s Center Gallery at 4:30 p.m.

Artists accepted into the show will be included in a color catalog for the exhibition, and will receive a $100 stipend to help defray costs associated with travel, shipping, and production. In addition, four cash awards totaling $2,500 will be presented: $1,000 to the Best of Show winner and $500 for three Honorable Mention winners. The Best of Show winner will also be presented with a solo show in the Fall of 2016 at the Olean Public Library Gallery with a four-color catalog, up to $1,000 for professional development, and up to $1,000 for show expenses.

The Southern Tier Biennial was founded in 2005 and is produced by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, in collaboration with the Olean Public Library, Jamestown Community College, and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation, made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney.

For more information, contact Ardyth Van Scoy at CCAC by calling (716) 372–7455 or by emailing Find general information at and

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