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Call to Artists - Art Appalachia: 2020, Juried Exhibit

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Call for Artists - Applications Are Now Available

Application Deadline: August 22, 2020

Show On Display: October 17, 2020 – December 3, 2020

Entry Fee: $40

Art Appalachia: 2020 is a juried exhibition of art produced by artists currently living and working in the geographical/cultural region of Appalachia. During this exhibit we plan to celebrate individual artistic passions and focuses within the region.

Spanning from Mississippi to New York, Appalachia’s geographic area is hosted by 13 states. It encompasses many majestic mountains, as well as sprawling forests, lakes, and rivers, and it is also home to a rich presence of artistic interests and abilities. Near the center of this region is The Floyd Center for the Arts, created 25 years ago by repurposing a former dairy barn in beautiful Floyd County, VA.

During this exhibit, Juror Wendy Earle looks forward to discovering more about the breadth and depth of art as it is currently being practiced in this distinctly defined, yet increasingly diverse, region of the United States.

Biography of the Juror, Wendy Earle

Wendy Earle is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Her interests include self-taught Southern artists, craft versus fine art and the intersection of art, science and technology. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she was interested in the study of art and culture from a very young age. She received her BA in art history from the University of Michigan and her MA in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. Wendy was previously the curator of collections and exhibitions at the Museum of the Southwest, and has interned at the Dallas Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Museo Larco in Lima, Peru.

Cash Prizes will be awarded. Exhibit will be available virtually and for in-person viewing, and juror, Wendy Earle will discuss her experience selecting the included works in a gallery talk in the Hayloft Gallery. This exhibition was originally planned for June 2020, but was rescheduled, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Center staff, board and committee members have discussed at great length whether or not to postpone it to 2021 and have decided that instead of postponing we should move forward with it -- we need to move forward. Just like artists need to create art, we at the Floyd Center for the Arts are compelled to share the work artists create. We will hold an opening reception if it is deemed safe to do so. We will also share the exhibit virtually through all of our channels, and will invite all of the involved artists to do the same. We will record the Juror's talk and include it with the virtual exhibition, as well.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists 18 years of age or older currently living or working in the geographic area defined as Appalachia. Work must be original and executed within the past two years.

Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration. Please check the following list of localities which are defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission as belonging to the Appalachian region: Counties & Independent Cities of Appalachia

MEDIA: All fine arts and fine craft media including painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, textiles, mixed media, photography, time-based/new media and installation are accepted. Handicrafts are not eligible. Artist may submit up to three (3) artworks.

ENTRY FEE: Entry Fee is for up to three works and is non-refundable. A fee of $40 is required to submit artwork for consideration in this exhibit. Current Floyd Center for the Arts members are eligible for a reduced rate of $35. Please use coupon code JAX20 to receive this discounted fee when paying online. If you wish to become a member of Floyd Center for the Arts, please visit our membership sign-up page by clicking here. If paying by check, please make checks payable to: Floyd Center for the Arts and mail it to: 220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1, Floyd VA, 24091.

SUBMISSION OF ARTWORK: Visit to submit your images. A total of THREE (3) works of art may be submitted for jurying per artist. Submitted digital images should represent the quality and nature of the work. Work that is considerably different than the submitted images may not be accepted. Artists must submit an image showing the artwork in its entirety. A total of up to three (3) images may be submitted of the THREE (3) artworks submitted for consideration by the Juror. Only one image per artwork may be submitted.

CALENDAR: Application deadline Saturday, August 22, 2020 (Midnight, Mountain Standard Time) Notifications sent no later than Saturday, September 12, 2020 Shipped work must arrive between Monday, October 5 and Saturday, October 10, 2020.

In person drop off dates are Saturday, October 10 and Monday, October, 12, 2020, between 11 am - 4 pm. Other times by advance arrangement only. Pick up artwork Thursday, December 4, 10 am - 5 pm, or Monday, December 7, 10 am - 5 pm.

PRIZES: $500 first place $300 second place $100 third place 5 honorable mentions $50 post exhibit people’s choice award

SHIPPING OF ARTWORK: Entries should arrive at Floyd Center for the Arts between the dates of Monday, October 5 and Saturday, October 10, 2020. Work arriving late or damaged or not following the required format may not be included in the exhibition. Floyd Center for the Arts will not pay for return shipping. Artist must provide return labels to have works shipped back to them.

Ship works to: Floyd Center for the Arts 220 Parkway Lane, South, Suite 1 Floyd VA, 24091

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