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Swift Creek Mill Theatre

2012-2013 Call to Artists Swift Creek Mill Theatre is seeking Virginia artists to display artwork during the 2012-2013 Mainstage Season. Each art exhibition will coincide with a Mainstage production and include 1 or more Featured Artists (at Selection Committee’s discretion.) Please read the following information for details and selection criteria.



The Marvelous Wonderettes ◊ By Roger Bean It’s the Springfield High School Prom, 1958, where we meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to classic 50’s and 60’s songs like “Lollipop”, “Dream Lover”, “Stupid Cupid”, “It’s My Party”, and more than 20 other classic hits. The Mill produced the holiday sequel to this show two years ago – now we bring you the terrific show that started it all! Theme Ideas

50’s & 60’s; Pop Art; “Bubble gum;” “Girly”

Entries Due Date August 17, 2012 Notification Date August 27, 2012

The Marvelous Wonderettes September 13 - October 30, 2012

Exhibition Dates

September 13 - October 30, 2012

Installation Date

September 10, 2012

Pickup Date

November 1, 2012

I Love a Piano ◊ The Music of Irving Berlin This wonderful show celebrates the music and lyrics of one of America’s greatest and most prolific writers. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over 60 of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as “Blue Skies”, “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, “Puttin’ On The Ritz”, “Cheek to Cheek”, “Always”, “How Deep Is The Ocean”, “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better”, “God Bless America”, and, of course, “I Love A Piano”. Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, this show is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had “no place in American music – he is American music.”

I Love a Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin

November 15 -December 29, 2012

Theme Ideas

Piano; Music; Black & White; Iconic Show Biz

Entries Due Date October 19, 2012 Notification Date October 29, 2012 Exhibition Dates

November 15 -December 29, 2012

Installation Date

November 12, 2012

Pickup Date

December 31, 2012

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

2012-2013 Call To Artists (cont’d.)

The Sunshine Boys ◊ By Neil Simon The comedy team of “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudeville headliners for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings Al and Willie back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. “Another hit for Simon in a shrewdly balanced, splendid and rather touching slice of the show-biz life.” A masterful comedy by the master of comedy himself! Theme Ideas

Iconic Show Biz; Comedy; Masculinity

Entries Due Date December 28, 2012

The Sunshine Boys

January 24 – March 2, 2013

Notification Date January 7, 2013 Exhibition Dates

January 24 – March 2, 2013

Installation Date

January 21, 2013

Pickup Date

March 4, 2013

The Honky-Tonk Angels ◊ By Ted Swindley From the author of “Always…Patsy Cline” (a huge hit for the Mill in 2001 and 2002) comes the perfect follow-up. Country classics combine with a hilarious story of three good ole gals (a country girl, a city girl, and a trailer-park diva) who follow their dreams to Nashville where they become the Honky-Tonk Angels! “Stand By Your Man”, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, “9 to 5”, “I Will Always Love You”, and “Harper Valley PTA” are just a few of this show’s highlights. Don’t miss the fun! Theme Ideas

Western/Country/Honky-tonk; Folk Art

Entries Due Date March 1, 2013

The Honky-Tonk Angels March 28 – May 4, 2013

Notification Date March 11, 2013 Exhibition Dates

March 28 – May 4, 2013

Installation Date

March 25, 2013

Pickup Date

May 6, 2013

See How They Run ◊ By Philip King Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who “touches alcohol for the first time in her life”, four men in clerical garb one of whom is an escaped prisoner, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings-on. You’ll laugh til it hurts. A great summer treat! Theme Ideas

1940’s Great Britain; Surrealism/Modernism

Entries Due Date May 3, 2013

See How They Run

May 30 – June 29, 2013

Notification Date May 13, 2013 Exhibition Dates

May 30 – June 29, 2013

Installation Date

May 27, 2013

Pickup Date

July 1, 2013

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

2012-2013 Call to Artists (cont’d.)

Specifications Applicable to Exhibitions Entry Fee

All entries must be accompanied by the entry fee of $20.00 in cash, check, or money order made out to Swift Creek Mill Theatre. This fee supports the program and the artists (see Publicity.)


The Featured Artists Program is open to any artist who is a Virginia resident at the time of submission. Students, professionals, and groups are encouraged to enter.

Entry Requirements

Up to 12 works may be submitted per entry fee. Images of artwork may be submitted by mail or electronically. No slides, please. Mail submission with entry fee to the address at bottom - or - mail fee only and send a web link of your submission to AND jprocise@ Accompany each piece with: title, dimensions, medium and a short description. Include your full contact information, a brief bio/artist statement, and specify the production(s) during which you are available and interested in showing your artwork. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you require your mailed submission items to be returned.

Accepted Art Specifications

Work must be: able to be hung from standard picture hangers, nails, screws, or other pre-approved method; presented in a clean, professional-looking manner; suitable for viewing by all audiences. Accompany each piece with: title, dimensions, medium, a short description and pricing or NFS.


Please direct questions to Jennifer Procise ( or Genevieve Mellott (; Ph. 804-748-5203


The finished size of each work must be between 154 sq. in. and 1200 sq. in. (i.e.: 11x14” up to 30 x 40”, and “work” may be defined as smaller pieces hung in a grouping for sale as one piece); art should not protrude more than 3 inches from wall.

Work Media

Visual art that is able to be hung on a wall surface (ex.: mixed media, painting, mosaic, photography, pen and ink, sculpture, etc.)

Selection Process

Featured Artists are selected prior to the exhibition by a committee of Board members of Swift Creek Mill Theatre, staff, and/or qualified community members. Featured Artists will be selected to exhibit during only one production per season. Selection criteria include, but are not limited to: theme, creativity, overall appearance and artist’s philosophy. Selection committee may select a submission in its entirety or individual pieces.

Entry Due Date & Notification

All entries must be received by 5:00 pm on the date specified for each show. Selected artists will be notified by email or phone.


When a reception is available, it is held the night of Invitational Dress Rehearsal; drinks and desserts or hors d’oeuvres are available for purchase; friends, family and clients may attend the reception and the dress rehearsal that follows.


Thousands of culture-minded individuals see the artwork displayed during each production. Your entry fee enables exhibition and artist information to be presented on, printed in the concurrent playbill and given to interested patrons on-site. In most cases, featured artists benefit from the following: artist reception, social media posts, advertising and press releases as applicable.


Sold artwork remains on display throughout the exhibition. Sales are directed to the artist. Any checks that may be received are made out to the artist. A 10% referral is due when a purchase of a featured artist’s work is the result of contact with Swift Creek Mill Theatre.

About The Featured Artists Program Swift Creek Mill is an historical venue housing Swift Creek Mill Theatre. The exhibition space is The Mill Room - the main dining area. Literally thousands of patrons attend each theatrical production, and they all enter the theatre by way of The Mill Room, equating to excellent exposure for visual artwork. In addition to the exhibition, Featured Artists benefit from distribution of their biographical and/or contact information in person, in the theatre playbill, and online at An opening reception is held the night of Invitational Dress Rehearsal, and the Featured Artist(s) for that production are welcome to invite friends and family to enjoy the artwork and the performance after. There is no commission removed from sales. There is a 10% referral when patrons purchase work due to the exhibition. This is an honor system-based fee that enables the exhibitions to continue. As a non-profit organization, Swift Creek Mill Theatre strives to encourage the perpetuation of culture and the Arts in surrounding communities, and, while hosting art shows promotes the Featured Artist(s), viewing the artwork is a valuable experience for community members who come the to The Mill. Thank you for your interest!

Do you represent a visual arts organization or school? Ask us about ways we can work together!

Swift Creek Mill Theatre P.O. Box 41 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Colonial Heights, VA 23834 (804) 748-5203

2012-2013 Call to Artists  

Artwork entry information for the Swift Creek Mill 2012-2013 Season, Chesterfield/Colonial Heights, Virginia

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