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57th Annual Delta Exhibition

July 10 - September 20, 2015

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.

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 July 10th through September 20, 2015.

George Dombek will serve as juror for the 57th Annual Delta Exhibition. George Dombek is an internationally acclaimed watercolorist and previous Annual Delta Exhibition exhibitor and award winner. His watercolors have appeared at the Arkansas Arts Center, Birmingham Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and have garnered more than 80 awards, including recognition by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Dombek 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.

How to Enter

Complete the online 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 was April 17th, 2015.

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 May 8th, 2015. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by June 12th, 2015. Any sales inquires 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

Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller


The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston


Dianne and Bobby Tucker


Janet and Sam Alley

Capital Hotel


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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