A Sense of Place Juried Competition 2017

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The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is pleased to announce the 2017 juried fine art competition, A Sense of Place. Open to participants from throughout the United States, this thirty-seventh annual event seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary American artists. 

Founded in 1937 and housed in the historic Nicholas Ware mansion (c. 1818), the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (GHIA) is Augusta's only independent nonprofit visual arts school and gallery. The Institute serves as a showcase for local, regional, and national artists, offering rotating exhibitions of outstanding contemporary artwork year-round. In addition, professionally taught studio art classes in a wide variety of media are provided to students of all ages and experience levels. 

Juror: Garth Johnson

The juror for this year's competition is Garth Johnson, ASU Museum's Ceramics Curator.  Studio artist, writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He is a self-described craft activist who explores crafts influence and relevance in the 21st century.

His weblog, Extreme Craft, is a Compendium of Art Masquerading as Craft, Craft Masquerading as Art, and Craft Extending its Middle Finger. His first book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse was published by Quarry in November 2009. He has also contributed to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new book Nation Building. Johnson recently served as a Director-at-Large on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). 


Three cash prizes will be given, including a $750 Best of Show Award and two $500 Juror’s Awards. At the juror’s discretion, additional noncash Honorable Mention awards may also be presented. Award recipients will be announced on Friday, September 8, 2017, at the opening reception for A Sense of Place. 


The 2017 juried fine art competition is open to all US artists age 18 and older. All works must be original, not previously exhibited at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and completed on or after June 1, 2015. Work that predates this cut-off date will not be considered.

Entries in the following media will be accepted: painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Film and video pieces are ineligible. Entries are not judged in media categories. Two-dimensional work must not exceed three feet in width or seven feet in height, and must be received ready for exhibition and ready to hang. Works on paper must be framed and under Plexiglas (no glass, please). We are unable to accept work that requires suspension from the ceiling. Three-dimensional work must not exceed seven feet in any direction or weigh more than 150 pounds. Installations must conform to the space guidelines for three-dimensional artwork. The Institute’s exhibition committee will serve as the final authority on eligibility.

We respectively request that if your art is accepted, it is available for the show. No substitutions may be made once work is juried into the show. We recommend work submitted should be considered for general viewing  audiences of all ages.

Calendar of Events

June 30, 2017 - Entry deadline 

August 1 - Notification letters sent to artists

August 25 - Delivery deadline for accepted works 

September 8–October 13 - Exhibition on view  

September 8 - Awards presentation and reception

October 16–27 - Artwork picked up or return shipped

TO ENTER, VISIT www.CallForEntry.org

FOR MORE INFO, Download the Prospectus below


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Friday, September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm to Friday, October 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art