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Black History Month Exhibit


Entry Guidelines

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Juried Show in recognition of Black History Month for West Alabama artists during the month of February at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center’s Arts Council Gallery. African American artists may submit up to three works for judging. Artwork does not have to be  related to Black History Month. Only original two- and three-dimensional works by artists living in Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties are eligible.

Accepted Media

All media will be accepted.

Submitting your work

Email your completed form and up to 3 entries as attachments (in one email) to competitions@tuscarts.org January 13 - 17, 2020. Images must be in .jpg format and no larger than 2 megabytes. Keep in mind, images should be clear enough for your piece to be judged at its best, but small enough to email. For each image, you must enter a title (required, “Untitled” not acceptable), dimensions and description, and a sale price. Even if NFS, a price must be included for insurance purposes and note NFS.

If you are unable to submit images by email, you may drop your entries by our office for consideration. Pieces will still be juried; acceptance into the exhibit is not guaranteed.

You will receive an email notification that your entries have been received.

There is no charge for participating.

How to Photograph Your Art


How to Edit Your Digital Images for Submission

Visit https://www.sitepoint.com/resize-an-image-in-photoshop/ for a complete step by step process.


Once the jury process is complete, you will be notified by email about the status of your entries no later than January 24.

Delivery of Accepted Works

Accepted works must be brought to The Arts Council office at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, downtown Tuscaloosa, January 27 - 31, 2020 during office hours of 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 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. Wires must not show above the frame when hung on the wall. Loose wires, saw tooth brackets or other hangers are not acceptable.

Visit this site to view guidelines for proper framing: http://www.onlineartcenter.com/framing.html.

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. “Untitled” is not acceptable. Maximum size is 5 .5 feet x 5.5 feet, and maximum weight is 50 pounds for all entries.

Opening Reception and Exhibit Dates

Exhibit dates are February 7 - 28, 2020. Opening reception will be held on First Friday, in conjunction with Community Arts Conversations from 5 - 8 p.m. on February 7, 2020.

Insurance and Sales

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 may be priced to sell to the public. Buyers will be referred to the artist for purchases; The Arts Council will not handle transactions. The Arts Council charges no commission on sales for this competition.

Pick-up and Publicity

Works accepted for the exhibit must remain until the conclusion of the exhibit. Pick up will be March 3 - 6 during office hours (weekdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.). Works which are not picked up within six months will be donated to charity. 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 or 205-758-5195, ext. 6 for more information or email Sharron Rudowski at education@tuscarts.org.

Important Dates

January 13 - 17:    Entries and application submitted by email

January 24:           Entrants notified of accepted works

January 27 - 31:    Deliver accepted works to the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts
                                  Center during office hours  

February 7:        Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. at the Dinah Washington
                             Cultural Art Center

February 28:        Exhibit closes at 4 p.m.

March 3 - 6:        Pick up art (weekdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.)



Click on the link below to access the application with text fields

How to complete the entry form:

1.Open link to show 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 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.

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, email the form with your images to competitions@tuscarts.org.

7.If your work is chosen for the exhibit, complete the labels at the the bottom of the application. 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.