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How to Enter

Complete the online form beginning January 1, 2017, 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 will be March 10th, 2017.

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 or medium restrictions for entered artworks. Entrants must be 18 or older.

Notifications of selected artwork will be mailed beginning March 29th, 2017. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by April 26, 2017. 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. If possible, keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information may 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.

Juror

The guest juror selection will be determined by curatorial staff before the opening of online submissions. The juror selects the artworks to be in the exhibition and assigns three awards, one Grand Award ($2500 prize) and two Delta Awards ($750 prize).

Agreement

The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to omit any artwork from display due to space or condition concerns. The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce any accepted artwork in exhibition booklets, websites, and other media. Upon submission of this form you agree to receive emails pertaining to the competition. Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this form.

59th Annual Delta Exhibition

June 9, 2017 — August 27, 2017

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Dawn Holder, Grass Variation (Mown Path), 2015, porcelain, 60 x 60 x 2 1/2 inches, 2017 Grand Award

The Annual Delta Exhibition was founded in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, it is one of the most anticipated Arkansas Arts Center exhibitions of the year. The Annual Delta Exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the artists from the Mississippi Delta region and a glimpse into the contemporary art scene, reflecting the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter.

Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, served as juror for the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition for which she selected the artworks to be exhibited and assigned the $2500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Award was selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

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.

About the Juror

Betsy Bradley is the Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, overseeing the museum in Jackson, which has 30 affiliates around the state. As Mississippi’s largest art museum, the MMA works to engage Mississippians with the visual arts. Prior to her current position, she was Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Council. She has also served on the boards of Americans for the Arts, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and the Southern Arts Federation.

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Featured Works from the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition


Paula Kovarik, Chaos Ensues, 2017, thread, fabric, batting, 32 x 32 inches, 2017 Delta Award

Carlyle Wolfe, Fall, 2016, stainless steel cutouts suspended with synthetic line, 144 x 198 x 8 inches (site specific), 2017 Delta Award

LaDawna Whiteside, Body: Flesh and Bone, 2016, graphite on paper, 96 x 96 inches, 2017 Contemporaries Award

Tommy Wallace, Leslie Cafe, 2016, inkjet print on Entrada rag paper, 15 x 21 inches, 2017 Honorable Mention

Frank Hamrick, Harder than writing a good haiku, 2016, handmade book, 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches, 2017 Honorable Mention

Jason McCann, The American Student: Marshayla and the Drawing Class, 2016, watercolor and pastel on paper, 30 x 24 inches, 2017 Honorable Mention

Tim Tyler, Trike, 2016, oil on panel, 18 x 24 inches, 2017 Honorable Mention

Daniel Cassity, The Wonderweapon, 2016, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2017 Honorable Mention

Voices of the Delta


Learn more about some of the art and artists in the 59th Annual Delta Exhibition.

Visit Voices of the Delta on our blog.

The opinions expressed are the artists’ own and do not reflect any particular or specific viewpoint of the Arkansas Arts Center.

59th Annual Delta Exhibition Sponsored by


Isabel and John Ed Anthony

Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller

Ginanne Graves Long

Dianne and Bobby Tucker



AAC Contemporaries

Edafio Technology Partners

 
 

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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