Art Speaks Juried Exhibition

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Call for Entries
Presented by the Bay School Community Arts Center
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Any artist living in Virginia, or with a working studio in Virginia, at least 18 years old.
  • Original works only completed since 1/1/2017, not shown or markedly similar to work shown in a previous Art Speaks on the Bay Exhibition.
  • Eligible media include
    •       2D – painting and drawing all media, mixed media and printmaking, fine art photography
    •       3D – ceramic, glass, wood or metal functional ware, sculpture in any media, non-wearable fiber art
Entry Fee:
  • $25 for up to 3 complete entries received by midnight, 2/1/2020
  • $35 for up to 3 entries received after 2/1/2020, until final deadline of 3/1/2020
  • $20 for full time students, up to 3 entries
  • Refer a friend and receive a 20% discount! Use promo code RAF when prompted to pay. Provide your friend's name in your application.
  • Want to pay by cash or check? Use promo code COC and pay in person or by mail to PO Box 1524, Mathews, VA 23109.
  • Submission deadline:  Friday, March 1, by midnight
  • Delivery of art:             Monday (9am-1pm)- Saturday, April 11-18, 10am–4pm to  279 Main Street, Mathews
  • Pick up art work:          Thursday - Tuesday, May 27–June 6, 10am–4pm (Closed Sunday)
  • Statewide courier service will be available for an additional $25 fee. Size limitations apply.
Prizes:  $5000 in prize money
  • Best in Show ($1500)
  • First, Second and Third Place Prizes in 2Dimensional Art
  • First, Second and Third Place Prizes in 3Dimensional Art
  • Students’ Choice awards in 2D and 3D
  • Guest Gallery Award 
  • Awards of Merit
  • Fill out entry form online for one, two or three pieces. Application period opens December 1.
  • Include a digital picture of each entry, in jpg format, no less than 500K and not to exceed 2MB. 
  • Two-dimensional artwork must have wire hanging.
  • An entry should be no larger than 44” in any direction without prior approval.
  • An entry should weigh no more than 30 lbs, unless it is free standing and then can weigh up to 50lbs.
  • The Bay School reserves the right to exclude artwork that may be inappropriate for all audiences.
Jury Process:
  • All works will be juried in digital format.  One digital for each 2d entry.  Up to 2 digitals for 3d entries.
  • Notification of acceptance to the show will be emailed no later than March 9.

Sales:    Entries may be for sale or for display only.  All work submitted must be priced for sale including commission (35% to the Bay School) or marked “NFS” (Not for Sale).  From time of publication of catalog (4/12/20) until the end of the show, commission from any sale is owed to the Bay School.
For more information go to or call 804-725-1278.

This handy video helps you learn how to apply!