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58th Annual Delta Exhibition

June 10 – August 28, 2016

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Mark Lewis, American, (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1959), Under the Oak (Woodward Park), 2014, graphite and paper collage, 74x 59 inches, Courtesy of the artist. 57th Grand Award Recipient

The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture formed in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media as showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region. The exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter. This year's exhibition is June 10 through August 28, 2016.

A guest juror will select the artworks to be exhibited and will assign the $2500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Delta Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The juror is Elizabeth K. Garvey, co-founder and owner of Garvey-Simon Art Access, Inc. (est. in 2010). Prior to her current role, she was Co-Director of the venerable Schmidt-Bingham Gallery on 57th Street in New York, where she worked from 1989-1998; and then President and Owner of EKG Art Advisory, (1999-2009). She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years and leverages her professional relationships with galleries, auction houses, private dealers and artists to offer clients a relaxed entry into the often intimidating visage of the New York art world. Liz maintains a boutique gallery in Manhattan that is focused on drawing, works on paper, unusual materials and design; while also acting as curator and advisor to select private clients. Liz is a member of ArtTable, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers.

How to Enter

Starting January 1, 2016 artists can visit this webpage to complete an online entry form, upload images and pay a non-refundable fee ($20 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry.) There is a maximum of 3 entries. The entry deadline to enter is March 11, 2016.

Guidelines, Notification, and Delivery

The exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center. There are no size restrictions for entered artworks. Entrants must be 18 or older.

Notifications of selected artwork will be mailed beginning March 30, 2016. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by April 27, 2016. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artists and works not for sale may be noted on the entry form.

Digital Images

The juror selects the exhibition based on digital submissions. Medium resolution images are preferred. Resolution is sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. Keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information will require cropping of the image. Works with multiple components must be represented by at least one image which shows the complete work arranged for display. Entries are not accepted via paper or email

Artists awarded in the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition include:

Grand Award

Mark Lewis           Under the Oak (Woodward Park)

Delta Awards

Lisa KrannichfeldShirt (in gold), Dressed Series
Neal Harrington Feather Signal

Honorable Mentions

Aaron Calvert Giving Figure
Robyn Horn Sideways
Michael Prebble Unintended Consequences
John Salvest Cage A
Laura M. Terry Ozarks Landscape, Late Summer
David Underwood Abandoned Schoolhouse

Contemporaries Delta Award

Mark Lewis            Under the Oak (Woodward Park)

Contemporaries Honorable Mentions

Neal Harrington Feather Signal

Sponsored by

Isabel and John Ed Anthony


Bank of the Ozarks


Delta Regional Authority


The Grand Award is supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund.

The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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