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West Alabama Juried Show

Important Dates for 2015

Acceptance of Entries: October 12-16
Entry Deadline: October 16 at 4 p.m.
Notification of Winners: By October 26 on our website at tuscarts.org/competition-westaljuried.php
Pick-up of Work Not Selected for Exhibit: October 26-30 during office hours
Exhibit Dates: November 2-December 15; 9 am-noon and 1-4pm, M-F; also during Bama Theatre events
Closing Reception:December 15 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Pick up: After Closing Reception through December 18


Howard & Michael Goodson and
Richard Zoellner Purchase Award - $750

Gail Skidmore Memorial Cash Award - $300
Contributed by The Arts Council

Three Awards of Excellence - $100 each
Contributed by The Arts Council


The Arts Council is sponsoring its 31st Annual Juried Show for West Alabama artists during the months of November and December at the Bama Theatre galleries. A $35 entry fee entitles any West Alabama artist to submit up to three works for judging. One Purchase Award of $750, one Cash Award of $300 and three Awards of Excellence of $100 will be presented. The Purchase Award entry will be added to the permanent collection of The Arts Council. Works labeled Not For Sale (NFS) will not be eligible to receive the Purchase Award. Include value of art even if labeled NFS.

Only original two- and three-dimensional works by artists 18 and older living in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale,  Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker Counties will be eligible. Entries must not have been previously shown at the Bama Theatre or Cultural Arts Center galleries. All two-dimensional pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and matted, framed and under glass if appropriate.  Frames must be equipped with wire securely attached for hanging; Loose wires, saw tooth brackets or other hangers are not acceptable, and the work will be rejected prior to judging.  Any special installation requirements must be handled by the artist. Works of this nature will be accepted at the discretion of The Arts Council. Works executed in a class or workshop will not be accepted. All works should be labeled on the back upper right corner with the completed labels provided. All works must be titled with none labeled “Untitled”. Maximum size is  5 .5 feet x 5.5 feet, and maximum weight is 50 pounds for all entries. All media types are eligible.    

Works must be brought to The Arts Council office on the 2nd floor of the PARA Building at 614 Greensboro Avenue, downtown Tuscaloosa, October 12-16 during office hours of  9 a.m.-noon and  1 p.m.-4 p.m. Accepted artwork and winning entries will be posted on our website by October 26 at www.tuscarts.org/competition-westaljuried.  Works not accepted for the exhibition must be picked up October 26-30 during office hours. Works accepted for the exhibit must remain until the  conclusion of the exhibit. Pick up will be December 15 after the conclusion of the closing reception through December 19. All works will be insured while in the custody of The Arts Council, however, works will not be insured or  considered to be in our custody prior to or after the designated dates. Any work accepted for the show (with the exception of the Purchase Award winner) may be priced to sell to the public. The gallery charges no commission on sales for this competition. The Arts Council reserves the right to utilize images of accepted and/or winning entries for publicity or educational purposes and display those images at our discretion. Call 205-345-9801, 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for more information.


Entry Form 

Guidelines & Entry Form

How to view show guidelines and complete the WAJS entry form:

1.Open link to show guidelines/application form PDF, located above this text.  Select File-Save As and save the PDF to your computer.  In order to view and complete the form properly, you must have the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer. 

2.Read all guidelines before completing the form and submitting work to The Arts Council.

3.The application form (page 3 of the PDF) is designed to complete using your computer.  After opening the PDF in Adobe Reader, click the selection in the square on the upper right side of your screen that says “Highlight Existing Fields.”

4.Fill out the form by clicking in the first highlighted field after “Name.”  After you complete each field, push Tab on your keyboard to move to the next, or use your mouse to click in each field.  When selecting “Yes” or “No,” use your mouse to click in the appropriate square.

5.Be sure to select File - Save periodically to save your work for future editing.  If you wish to edit your form, be sure to select the version saved to your hard drive, not the original form on The Arts Council site.

6.Upon final editing and completion, print out page 3 of the form.  Cut the labels from the page, and tape each to the upper right side of the corresponding work.  Tape the label to the bottom or back of 3-D pieces, depending on which spot is the most visible.

7.Deliver application and entry fee with work to The Arts Council office in the PARA Building.