National Juried Exhibition of 2016 | February 5-26, 2016 at the Emporium Center
Entry form at bottom of page, or download and print the application here: PDF / Word

Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Statement of Purpose
The Arts & Culture Alliance developed its National Juried Exhibition to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be selected by the juror, Samantha Andrews, for exhibition in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3:30-6:30 PM, and additional hours for special events.

Samantha Andrews is an art educator and east Tennessee native who believes in the power of art to change lives. Working closely with the ever-expanding artist community in Nashville, Tennessee, Samantha creates opportunities and resources for people of all ages to see their world in new ways through art. She is currently Assistant Director of Experiential Learning at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and is a two-time Emmy® Award winner for the television series ArtQuest: Art is All Around You. Samantha has acted as guest juror in regional competitions and as speaker at national conferences for the American Alliance of Museums and the National Arts Education Association.

At least $1,000 in cash awards will be presented at the exhibition’s Opening Reception on February 5, 2016 at the Emporium from 5:00-9:00 PM. Awards include: $500 Best in Show, two $250 Juror’s Citations, and a cash award for Best Work by an Alliance member. Exhibiting artists will receive a catalog at the close of the exhibition. Awards are as designated by the juror, whose decision is final.

Artwork may not have previously exhibited in any Alliance exhibition at the Emporium Center or in any Alliance satellite gallery (including Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport). Entries must be original and completed within the last two years in the following categories: 2-D (painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, photography) and 3-D (sculpture of all media). The maximum allowed size is 120” x 120” in any direction including frame or stand (must fit through a 60” x 120” doorway). Weight is not to exceed 100 lbs. unless special arrangements are made. Artwork must be suitably framed/mounted and wired for installation. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image.

Entry Procedure
The nonrefundable entry fee is $40 for up to three works ($25 for Arts & Culture Alliance members and students). Up to three additional entries may be submitted for $7/each ($5 for members/students). Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital image only. Each 2-D work may be represented by one digital image, and each 3-D work may be represented by up to three separate digital images. Send digital images as JPG files, identifying image with entry form number (A-F), artist last name, and title of work (example: A.Smith.Title.jpg). If possible, please send images that are 1600 pixels on the longest side.

Application may be filled out online; OR, paper application may be mailed, faxed (865-523-7312), or e-mailed to
Images may be sent on CD or via e-mail.
Entry fees may be paid by check or via PayPal at
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 6, 2015.
All artists will receive a confirmation of their received entry when it has been processed.

Sales & Commission
Every effort is made to promote sales. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance, who retains a 25% commission (20% for cash and check sales). To operate in accordance with the Tennessee Department of Revenue guidelines, the Alliance will add sales tax to the price of each work that sells from the airport and for which it collects payment. Sold works are to remain in the exhibition until its official closing date and time, unless an alternate arrangement can be reached that is mutually agreeable to the Alliance, the Artist, and the purchaser of the artwork.

Shipment and Delivery
Shipping artwork to and from the exhibit is the responsibility of the artist. All shipped work must be prepaid. A check for return shipping must be received in an amount based on the stated insurance value of the piece. (Please consider that shipping costs increase over time and the return shipping may be more expensive after the duration of the exhibition than the initial shipping cost). Artist may use his/her own shipping company preference and is responsible for scheduling delivery and pick up of work. Works must be shipped in very sturdy cardboard boxes or crates. Up to $50 will be charged for replacement crates and boxes not safe enough to return works. Please be sure to include detailed packing instructions along with shipped pieces. Works must be labeled with title and artist’s name. Late or damaged work is not accepted.

Ship/deliver artwork to:
Arts & Culture Alliance, 100 South Gay Street, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 523-7543

Directions/parking information for the Emporium can be found at

Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Sunday, December 6, 2015
Notice of acceptance/rejection mailed: Monday, January 4, 2016
Hand delivery dates to Emporium Center: Monday-Tuesday, February 1-2, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
                **Shipped works must arrive by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 2.
Exhibit opens to the public with reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, February 5, 2016, 5:00-9:00 PM
Last day of exhibition: Friday, February 26, 2016
Pick-up work (no work is released before end of show): Monday-Tuesday, February 29 - March 1, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Shipped works will be crated and ready for pick up by March 11, 2016.

No work is released before the end of the exhibition. Any artwork left beyond 45 days after the last day of the exhibition may become property of the Alliance.

Handling, Theft, Damage or Loss
The Alliance agrees to handle all artwork with proper care so that artwork will not be damaged, excepting ordinary wear and tear. The Alliance shall not be liable for damage or loss caused by war, confiscation, order of any government or public authority, or by any and all causes beyond the control of the Alliance. The Alliance agrees to notify an artist within 36 hours by telephone, e-mail, and/or by written notification upon the event of any theft, damage or loss that occurs while artwork is in the possession of the Alliance. In the event of loss or damage to artwork at fault of the Alliance, the Alliance agrees to compensate up to reasonable market value on each artwork as agreed upon by Artist and the Alliance’s Executive Director.

Insurance/Artwork Inventory
Unless otherwise specified, ACA will insure up to $25,000 on all artwork in the Emporium throughout the exhibition. If necessary, Artist will insure work above that amount. Unclaimed hand-delivered work is not insured after the posted pick-up date. It is the artist’s responsibility to provide all insurance and shipping costs on works during shipment.

Receipt of the completed form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus. The Alliance reserves the right to use artist information and images for publicizing the event and/or on the Web sites at and Consent to reproduce works photographically is assumed to be granted unless stated otherwise.

About the Arts & Culture Alliance
The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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National Juried Exhibition Fees

After making your payment, you may submit the entry form below (* fields are required). If you prefer to pay by check, please mail payment to: Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901

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Artwork Title C:
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Artwork Title D:
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Artwork Title E:
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Artwork Title F:
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You should receive a copy of your form via e-mail, so please be sure your e-mail address above is correct. Thank you!