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Bruce Museum invites aspiring artists to create ‘Your Place Squared’

February 23, 2019

GREENWICH — The Bruce Museum in Greenwich invites patrons to turn painters in its latest community art project, “Your Place Squared.”

Based on “Your Face Squared,” the museum’s popular 2012 exhibit of self-portraits, this year’s initiative encourages amateur artists — young and old — to depict their favorite landscapes, their homes, a room or any other space that they treasure as their own.

Submitted creations will grace the walls of the museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery from March 9 through June 2.

“This is not a private museum. The museum belongs to the people of Greenwich,” said Anne von Stuelpnagel, director of exhibitions. “We really want to include everyone and give everyone a chance to be part of the museum.”

In addition to paintings, the artworks may be created in any medium — including writing, drawing, photography and collage.

And there’s little in the way of rules to hinder the imagination: Each work must be original and anonymous, 6-by-6-inches in size and no thicker than 3 inches. It also can’t be toxic or harmful. Each artist must sign a consent form and can submit up to 10 pieces for the show.

The Bruce Museum will accept artworks through March 1, so aspiring artists must get to work. During the exhibition, visitors can also create works in the gallery and they will be added to the display.

The exhibition was originally inspired by a 2006 project at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Canada as a way of experimenting with visitor engagement.

The variety of artworks featured in “Your Face Squared” ran the gamut, with portraits incorporating everything from jewelry to sunglasses and three-dimensional works in clay, beads and cardboard. There were submissions by families with three generations represented, entire school art classes from area schools and friends who gathered together specifically to create their mini-masterpieces.

“As a community-based institution highlighting art, science, and natural history, an exhibition featuring art about the places that mean the most to our members and visitors is a wonderful project for the Bruce to support,” von Stuelpnagel said. “We look forward to displaying all kinds of imaginative works.”

More details and consent forms are available at the Bruce’s Visitor Services desk. For more information, rules and submission forms, visit brucemuseum.org.