Mugs Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) - Call For Artists

Mugs Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

Mugs Exhibition (Fredericksburg, VA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] LibertyTown Arts Workshop in Fredericksburg, VA, announces a call for artists for Mugs, a national juried exhibition. Mugs are a staple of any potter’s arsenal. We make them not just because they sell well, but because they are used well, too. Functional wares need not be void of beauty. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Beauty found or created in the form of an everyday object can be even more magical. It’s this extraordinary ordinary magic that LibertyTown wants to celebrate with this show. LibertyTown wants to see usable mugs and art made in the form of a mug.

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Deadline: 17 Jul 2021

Mugs Application Fees

  • 1st piece $ 5
  • Each additional piece: $ 2

Up to three images may be submitted per piece if an additional detailed view or multiple perspectives are required to convey the piece. LibertyTown reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror if the work differs significantly from the images provided.

All artists age 16 and older, may apply to this show. All items submitted to the show must be made of clay (any cone temperature welcome) and must be able to hold water. Glazes must be food safe on any surface which is intended to come in contact with food or drink. Work previously exhibited in LibertyTown’s gallery is not eligible. Work must be original and not from kits. Cast mugs are welcome, so long as the mug mother mold is of your own design. Commercially designed underglaze transfers will be allowed, but must be noted. Artists are responsible for any costs related to transporting accepted work to the gallery and transporting unsold work away at the end of the show.

Work accepted into the show must be for sale. Applications must be submitted electronically; no physical pieces will be accepted at the gallery for jurying. Work that will be displayed must be ready to show, with no unfired media, no wet paint or other unfinished surfaces. LibertyTown will provide pedestals and shelving as needed. LibertyTown reserves the right to reject works accepted by the juror due to content, space constraints, or inability to properly install the work.


  • 7/17: Submissions due by 10PM Eastern Time
  • 7/19: Notifications sent via Submittable Only
  • 8/3: Accepted work due at LibertyTown by 8PM
  • 8/6: Opening reception
  • 8/29: Show closes, unsold work may be picked up/will be shipped back

This show will be juried by Dan Finnegan. Dan has been a potter for over 40 years. He was trained at Winchcomb Pottery under Ray Finch in England and moved to the Fredericksburg region in 1980 to make pots. He has taught workshops and classes all over the country and in Europe and is a mug handle connoisseur. Dan has been shown in galleries all over the United States and Europe. His work is included in many private collections all over the world.

Mugs Awards

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50

LibertyTown’s website and social media gives artists a way to have their work viewed and sold. The website has a show blog post and shopping section for each show featuring each piece in the show for sale. The gallery owner hosts a Facebook Live event showing and talking about each piece in the show. LibertyTown keeps a commission of 20% on all show sales.

About LibertyTown Arts Workshop

LibertyTown Arts Workshop, established in 2004, is a 13,000 square foot visual arts center located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, half way between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC. They have 30 plus art studios, over 80 local artists, a full pottery studio, and a gallery space. Every month, they rotate out the gallery space with a new show, which varies from invitational, regional, and national shows. They are a fully staffed center, open seven days a week to the public and offering art in almost all mediums. LibertyTown resides in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg, which puts them among historic venues, downtown eateries, and a thriving arts community with a lot of visitors.

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