Through the Eyes of Others: Art in Washington County
June - December 2022
“The only real voyage consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes; in seeing the universe through the eyes of another, one hundred others – in seeing the hundred universes that each of them sees.”
– 20th Century French author Marcel Proust
By looking at other people, places, and spaces, especially the natural environment, we can see differently and think differently. Art has a way of getting us to look; and look again. We hope to encourage visitors to see the world through the eyes of others; of artists. This exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of people and places of Washington County. Taking as a point of departure the notion of “through the eyes of others,” the exhibition hopes to engender a creative investigation into what makes us human. What is important to us? Where do we go to rest, relax, contemplate? What are special places in Washington County?
The exhibition will be juried and curated by international curator Dr. Megan Arney Johnston (Stillwater Class of 1988).
Open Call for Artists
How to Enter
- Submit up to three artworks (maximum of 3 entries) and the open call submission form to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: May 1, 2022. ***Deadline extended for artists under age 18 to Monday, May 23.
- Images must be between 1-4 MB in size each.
- $10 per entry (Fee is waived for submissions under age 18). Payment by check, cash, or credit card is due upon submission. Proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. Contact the Historic Courthouse at 651-275-7075 for payment details.
- Wait to hear if you are selected!
Rules and Eligibility
- The process is open to all residents of Washington County.
- Artists must complete the open call submission form and submit the form along with photos of their artwork.
- Artists can submit up to three digital images of artwork.
- Submit work that generally falls into the following categories: People, Architecture, Parks & Nature, Historic Sites, and Artists Under 18.
- Media can include sculpture, photography, painting, ceramics, drawing, prints, and video.
- Selections must be available to be on display at the Historic Courthouse on June 1, 2022 - January 8, 2023.
- Be inspired by the people and places in Washington County!
$10 per entry (Fee is waived for submissions under age 18). Proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. The entry fee is nonrefundable.
Awards and Prizes
- Best in Show (as voted on by visitors) - $200
- Juror's Award - $100
- Supporter's Award - $100
- Best 18 and Under - $100
The Washington County Historic Courthouse Through the Years: 1870 - Today
This exhibit showcases Historic Courthouse artifacts from 1870-1975, including antique office equipment, furniture, period clothing, a judge’s office display, and much more.
Rotating tabletop displays throughout the building feature the history of area events, Washington County and the City of Stillwater.
The Great Courthouse Debate
Within its 150-year history, the Historic Courthouse has had its share of debates, and not just in the courtroom. In the 1960’s the courthouse faced demolition during a debate on whether to build a new government center or add-on to the existing space. Saved by the community, the courthouse continued to be the focus of debates and discussion on its use, fundraising, restoration and its role as a historical landmark.
This exhibit examines the historic and contemporary issues and highlights the key questions posed to our community about how to bring the Historic Courthouse into the future, while preserving its past.