National Juried Exhibition Entry

12th National Juried Exhibition | February 2-23, 2018 at the Emporium Center, Knoxville, TN
Entry form at bottom of page, or download and print the application – PDF
Entries must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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, Jeffrey Morton, 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 additional hours for special events.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Jeffrey Morton is a resident of Signal Mountain, TN. During a two-year residence in Japan, earlier in his career, Morton was drawn to Japanese art and culture which influences his work to this day. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, including the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, and the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Educated at Yale University and Temple University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Morton is a professor of art at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA. Morton is a recipient of a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

At least $1,000 in cash awards will be presented at the exhibition’s Opening Reception on February 2, 2018 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.

Eligibility and Size Requirements

I. Artwork may not have previously exhibited in any Alliance exhibition at the Emporium Center or in any Alliance satellite gallery (including Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport).

II. 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).

III. 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.

IV. 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 should be represented by one digital image with an additional detail image if appropriate (texture, surface embellishment, mixed media, etc.); 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) and title of work (example: A.Title.jpg). Image size is ideally 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/flash drive or via e-mail.
Entry fees may be paid by check or credit card.
Application, images and fees must be received by midnight on Sunday, December 10, 2017.
All artists will receive a confirmation of their received entry when it has been processed.

Sales & Commission
Work must be for sale. 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 Emporium 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 S Gay Street, Suite 201, Knoxville, TN 37901
(865) 523-7543

Schedule for National Juried Exhibition
Entry forms, images, and fees received in Arts & Culture Alliance office by: midnight on Sunday, December 10, 2017
Notice of acceptance/rejection mailed: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Hand delivery dates to Emporium Center: Monday-Tuesday, January 29-30, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (EST) **Shipped works must arrive by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, January 30.
Exhibit opens to the public with reception and Awards Ceremony: Friday, February 2, 2018, 5:00-9:00 PM
Last public day of exhibition: Friday, February 23, 2018
Pick-up work (no work is released before end of show): Monday-Tuesday, February 26-27, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Shipped works will be crated and ready for pick up by March 12, 2018.

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 Artist’s 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 website at 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.

1) Please make the appropriate payment via credit card payment here, and then 2) return to this page to complete the entry form below. This is a two-step process! The entry fees are:

  • $25 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance (or students) – 3 entries
  • $30 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance (or students) – 4 entries
  • $35 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance (or students) – 5 entries
  • $40 for members of the Arts & Culture Alliance (or students) – 6 entries
  • $40 for non-members – 3 entries
  • $47 for non-members – 4 entries
  • $54 for non-members – 5 entries
  • $61 for non-members – 6 entries

IMPORTANT! After making payment, please return to this page to fill out the form below (and be sure to click the submit button at the end of the form).

Upon successful submission of the form, you should receive a copy to your e-mail address, and this page will refresh). Images must be sent separately by e-mail or on CD (there is no option to upload images at this time).

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