GO ART! presents a juried exhibition,

Cash Prizes

Dates: April 4, 2017 - May 12, 2017
Opening Reception: April 6, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm

Non-member fee: $30 for up to 3 pieces, $5 for each additional
Member fee: $30 for up to 5 pieces, $5 for each additional

Submissions and entry fees accepted between March 21, 2017 and March 31st at GO ART!, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Applications and contracts are available below or at the door. Cash prizes will be awarded and announced at the opening reception.

Art of the Rural Application

Art of the Rural Contract

Jurors: Mary Jo Whitman - Director of the Roz Steiner Art Gallery, Joe Ziolkowski - Professor of Photography and Art, Jill Pettigrew - Art Instructor

GO ART! presents a Members Challenge Show,
"Summer of Love"

Dates: May 16, 2017 - September, 2017
Opening Reception: May 18, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm

GO ART! is challenging artists to create artwork that invokes the idea of, feeling, meaning or experience of ‘Summer of Love.’  Artists are encouraged to submit works that interpret this theme in any way they choose.  One piece per artist requested.  No media restrictions.  Entries must be no larger than 3’X3’.

Member fee: FREE

Submissions accepted between May 2, 2017 and May 12, 2017at GO ART!, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  Contracts are available below or at the door.  

Summer of Love Contract



The bar is now a new gallery room for GO ART! and is currently hosting the third members challenge exhibit. For the challenge show, GO ART! members were asked to submit something in the theme, WILD. With no media limitations and over 25 artists interpreting the word WILD, the possibilities are limitless.

Through this exhibit, we hope to offer a unique opportunity for GO ART! members to showcase a small selection of their works in a professional setting, allowing for increased visibility and networking with fellow artists. In turn, we hope to provide you, the viewer, with a unique opportunity to celebrate the remarkable talent and creativity of our local artists, and perhaps to even purchase one of these exceptional pieces to enjoy in your home!

Thanks to all the artists for participating, and for their membership support of this organization and our mission.

Dates: January 24 - April 28, 2017


#BlackOutPoetic: Poems Inspired by the Underground Railroad

by Annette Daniels Taylor

Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Harriet Jacobs. Three African descended women born enslaved in The United States of America during the 18th and 19th centuries. Harriet Jacobs was the only one of the three who learned to read and write, taught by her mistress, who promised to free her, her brother, and grand-mother after her death, but that promise was “as empty as a slave’s pocket".
All three women chose not to wait for President Lincoln to draft and sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Instead they emancipated themselves by the network of people/conductors and places/stations called the Underground Railroad.
Sojourner Truth became an civil rights and women's rights activist, and Civil War nurse after her emancipation. She also successfully sued her former slave master for illegally selling her sons from New York to the deep south. Harriet Tubman became the most famous UGRR conductor leading over a thousand people to freedom and never losing a passenger.
Harriet Jacobs hid inside her grandmother's attic crawl space for seven years until she was able to travel to New York City where family and friends pooled money to buy her freedom.
These three feminist leaders all worked tirelessly to end the legal slavery which plagued the nation.
Using pages of these early feminist’s biographies, Annette Daniels Taylor samples and remixes their stories creating new poems engulfed in abstract visuals drawings to give us #BlackOutPoetics

Annette Daniels Taylor is an award winning multi-media artist; a Arthur A. Schomburg Fellow with the Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo SUNY; a Pink Door Poetry Alum; and the author of Hush now poems to read aloud, and Street Pharmacist and other poetic tales. Annette leads poetry and spoken work workshops with incarcerated youth and young people with disabilities. Visit her at

Dates: January 31 - June 2, 2017




Author Ernest Hemingway said, "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end"

Artist Raymond Jackson said, "It is the love of this land that drives me, and being an artist is a lifelong profession. You don't retire, but you journey on." GOART! invites you to come and experience this artist's journey with the open of his exhibition, Jamaican Treasures, in the Main Gallery.

Ray Jackson is regarded as one of Jamaica's most distinguished and sought-after portrait pastel artists. His signature technique of using hands instead of paintbrushes creates vibrant, vivid portraits and landscapes that document the Jamaican landscape and its people. Ray has traveled across the island for over 30 years observing people, photographing places and then, as he likes to say, "recording them."

Jackson studied at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts on his way to becoming a master at manipulating his media of pastel, pencil, acrylic and watercolor. He produces a beautiful contrast of harmonious, rustic countryside with bold, expressive subjects. His landscapes echo Jamaica's fond description as "the land of wood and water," while diverse portraits reflect, inter-generational representations, including faces of pain and sorrow. Working on delicate pastel paper surfaces, Ray manages to achieve complex, bold, and striking color bending his pieces, capturing the heartbeat of the people who inhabit this "island in the sun."

Dates: January 17 - March 31, 2017

If you are interested in exhibiting, please visit our online submission portal at, or please feel free to call 585-343-9313 or email us for more information.

Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) is a private, nonprofit organization, which believes that art and culture enriches, inspires and educates, while strengthening a community’s identity. Therefore, GO ART! initiates a broad range of opportunities for artists and cultural organizations and facilitates cooperative efforts among the cultural, business, service, and educational communities for the people who live in and visit Genesee and Orleans Counties.

GO ART! exhibits are made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

Pictures of the Bar Gallery by Joe Ziolkowski