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West Alabama Juried Show

Submission has ended for this competition.

Exhibit Dec. 3-17, 2021 and January 3-21, 2022

Holiday Hours in December: Gallery hours during December will be limited to weekdays from 1-3 p.m. and by appointment only from 9-11 a.m. weekdays. Call 205-758-5195, ext. 4 for an appointment before 11 a.m.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its annual juried show for West Alabama artists during the months of December 2021 and January 2022 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center’s Arts Council Gallery. A $35 entry fee entitles any West Alabama artist to submit up to three works for judging. 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. Entries must not have been previously entered in a West Alabama Juried Art Show.

Important Dates

Monday, October 25-Thursday, October 28: Submission of application and images at competitions@tuscarts.org; Payment through link provided on this page beginning October 25

Monday, November 1-Friday, November 12: Judging and artists notified of works accepted to the show

Monday, November 15-Wednesday, November 17: Works taken in at DWCAC from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 25 and Friday November 26: Thanksgiving holiday; DWCAC closed

Friday, December 3 from 5-7 p.m.: WAJS Opens during First Friday with winners also announced

Monday, December 20, 2021-Sunday, January 2, 2022: Offices closed for holidays

Friday, January 21, 2022: WAJS ends

Monday, January 24-Wednesday, January 26, 2022: Pick up all exhibit pieces


The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Purchase Award - $1,000
To be included in The Arts Council’s permanent collection and displayed at
the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, 2nd Street in downtown Tuscaloosa, as part of a partnership between the two organizations

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

Three Cash Awards - $100 each
Contributed by The Arts Councill

Accepted Media

All two and three dimensional media will be accepted including photography.


Email your completed form and digital images of your entries (one each) as attachments (in one email) to competitions@tuscarts.org from October 25-28, 2021. 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. If NFS, a value must be included for insurance purposes.

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

Payment of the $35 entry fee will be accepted with a credit card through a link that will be provided on this page beginning October 25. Checks will also be accepted if received by October 27.


Once the jury process is complete, you will be notified by email about the status of your entries no later than November 12, 2021.

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, November 15-17, 2021 from 9 a.m. -4 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, AND THE WORK WILL BE REJECTED PRIOR TO FINAL 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. “Untitled” is not acceptable. Maximum size is 5 .5 feet x 5.5 feet, and maximum weight is 50 pounds for all entries.

Final Round of Judging, Opening Reception, and Exhibit Dates

Once accepted works are hung in the gallery, a second round of judging to select the winners will take place. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. during the opening reception on December 3, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. during First Friday. Exhibit dates are December 3-22, 2021 and January 3-21, 2022.

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 does not charge a 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 January 24-26, 2022 during office hours (9 a.m.-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 205-758-5195, ext. 6 for more information.



Submission dates have ended for this competition.