Kennebec Valley Art Association has issued an open call for exhibition proposals for the Harlow Gallery for the 2011 exhibition season.

The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a nonprofit membership-based organization that has been supporting the arts and artists of central Maine for half a century. An exhibition committee will meet in October to determine the Harlow’s exhibition schedule for the calendar year 2011.

Proposed exhibitions may be solo, group or themed; open, invitational or juried. The gallery generally limits solo shows to one per year; therefore, submissions for small group shows or themed shows open to submissions from other artists are encouraged. The exhibition committee is especially interested in presenting art by promising or under-appreciated Maine artists; art from a range of disciplines; contemporary or conceptual art; and shows that have the potential to appeal to new audience — recent examples include art dealing with issues of domestic violence, mental illness, global warming and our society’s love affair with the automobile.

Maine artists or artists with a strong Maine connection are the Harlow’s primary focus, but it will consider proposals from outside the state. However, there is no budget for travel or art shipping costs, so artists “from away” would need to take full responsibility for transporting their work to and from Maine.

For proposal forms and further details, visit harlowgallery.org; send e-mail to kvaa@harlowgallery.org; or call 622-3813. Deadline for proposals is Oct. 1.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.