National Juried Exhibition of 2015 | February 6-28, 2015 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 7, 2014.

Statement of Purpose
The Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition was developed 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, Stefanie Gerber Darr, 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 and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Stefanie Gerber Darr combines her training as a museum educator, curator, collections manager and artist to develop meaningful experiences for people with art. Whether organizing public programs, curating exhibitions or teaching workshops, she dives into the project to create moments that stimulate the visual and offer reflection on social and cultural topics. Darr currently manages the galleries and permanent collection at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and is focusing on raising the awareness of the school’s past, present and future. She has also worked as an educator for public programs at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN, gallery manager at Herron School of Art and Design, and as a performance artist in Humberto Duques’ Lightning Blues Express project at the Denver International Airport.

At least $1,000 in cash awards will be presented at the exhibition’s Opening Reception on February 6, 2015 at the Emporium from 5:00-9:00 PM. Awards include a $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).

Application may be filled out online (below); 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 (below).
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 7, 2014.
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). The Alliance assumes that sales tax is included in the price of every artwork. Artist is responsible for remitting applicable sales tax to the state of Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Department. The receipt of funds from sales, the retention of commissions, and the disbursement of monies to the Artist will be handled by the Alliance. 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 7, 2014
Notice of acceptance/rejection mailed: Monday, December 22, 2014
Hand delivery dates to Emporium Center: Monday-Tuesday, February 2-3, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
            **Shipped works must arrive by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 3.
Exhibit opens to the public with reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, February 6, 2015, 5:00-9:00 PM
Last day of exhibition: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Pick-up work (no work is released before end of show): Monday-Tuesday, March 2-3, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Shipped works will be crated and ready for pick up by March 12, 2015.

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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Thank you for submitting your entries for the National Juried Exhibition!