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West Alabama Juried Show

Winners Announced for the 2018 Show

Howard & Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Best of Show Award - $750 
Rachel Wakefield of Tuscaloosa

Gail Skidmore Memorial Award of Excellence - $300, contributed by The Arts Council
Daisie Hoitsma of Montevallo

Three Cash Awards - $100 each, contributed by The Arts Council
Nick Davis of Tuscaloosa
Debra Riffe of Birmingham
Jason Young of Montevallo

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its annual juried show for West Alabama artists during the month of December 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.


Howard & Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Best of Show Award - $750
Gail Skidmore Memorial Award of Excellence - $300, contributed by The Arts Council Three Cash Awards - $100 each, contributed by The Arts Council

Accepted Media

All media will be accepted with the exception of photography. Double Exposure photography competition entries will be accepted in December.

Submitting and Payment

Email your completed application and up to 3 entries as attachments (in one email) to competitions@tuscarts.org from October 22-26, 2018. 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 include 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 22. Checks will also be accepted if received by October 26. Your email verifying your entry fee payment will be a thank you message for your donation to the Arts Council from Sandra Wolfe, Director. The shipping portion of the payment page will not apply, but your address and other information is required to complete the transaction.

How to Photograph Your Art http://emptyeasel.com/2007/01/19/how-to-photograph-your-artwork-for-a-portfolio-or-the-internet/

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 on November 9, 2018.

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 26-30, 2018 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, and the work will be rejected prior to final judging.

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 on the application. 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 the opening reception on December 7, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. The exhibit will close December 21, 2018.

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 January 7-11, 2019 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. Contact Call 205-345-9801 or 205-758-5195, ext. 6 for more information.

Important Dates

October 22-26, 2018: Entries and application submitted by email
November 9: Entrants notified of accepted works
November 26-30: Deliver accepted works to the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts  Center during office hours (weekdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.)  
December 7: Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts   Center; Winners announced at 7 p.m.
December 21: Conclusion of exhibit at 4 p.m.
January 7-11, 2019: Pick up of works (weekdays 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.)