Museums Announce Call For Artists, Offer No-Cost Materials This Saturday

Museums Announce Call for Artists, Offer No-Cost Materials This Saturday

The Springfield Museums is now accepting design plans from artists, fashion or costume designers, students and community members for a fantastical large-scale exhibition titled Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City.

Guest curated by Steampunk visionary Bruce Rosenbaum, the exhibition will be on view from March 22 to September 28, 2014 in the Victorian-era George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The exhibition will serve as the centerpiece for a city-wide series of Steampunk-themed events, performances, exhibitions and satellite displays.

Steampunk Springfield will incorporate signature artwork designed by Rosenbaum, along with works created by artists and members of the community as part of a juried art contest, and costumes and accessories created as part at of a fashion design competition. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 8. Full exhibition details, guidelines, and entry forms are available at, or by email at
Design categories include "50 Firsts: Springfield Inventions Reinvented," which invites artists to “steampunk” an object signifying Springfield’s proud history of innovation, and "Brassy Bridal: Steampunk Wedding", allowing designers to weave gadgetry and Victorian-era fashion in creating unique and fantastical bridal attire.

This Saturday, October 19 from 10 am–5 pm, the Museums are offering high-quality costume materials and accessories at no cost to designers interested in submitting a design for the “Brassy Bridal” competition. Availability is first-come, first-served – please RSVP in advance to