Natural State is a juried art show organized by the Andover Center for History & Culture (ACHC) and supported by the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) and Andover Arts and Culture Alliance (AACA).
The intent of Natural State is to encourage artworks inspired by AVIS’ properties and trails and the many ways the community takes pleasure in them. In 2019 the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) is celebrating its 125th anniversary, the second oldest land trust in the country. Natural State is part of a year-long calendar of events celebrating AVIS’ long commitment, “to acquiring land and preserving it in its natural state.”
Artists can find inspiration in the natural beauty of the landscape, the many examples of local flora and fauna, and the people who find ways to enjoy these special outdoor spaces every day. We encourage artists to think broadly about which properties inspire them and to explore ones they may not be familiar with. Two-dimensional artwork and wall hangings of all kinds will be eligible, including but not limited to works on paper, prints, drawing, painting, collage, photography, and fiber arts. Students are encouraged to submit artwork.