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Volume 11 (Publication Opportunity) – Call For Artists

Volume 11 (Publication Opportunity) – Call For Artists

Apply to have your work considered in Volume 11 by Friend of the Artist (FOA). FOA is a quarterly book dedicated to elevating the work of emerging artists around the world. The publication releases every quarter and includes the work of artists who work in a variety of mediums. Accepted artists have a four-page spread of their work, information, and artist statement.

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Deadline: 13 Oct 2019

Submission fee: $30 for five images / $50 for five images and a book. Artists of all academic disciples are welcome to apply. This includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance art. Works must be submitted in a printable format.

Volume 11 will be guest juried by Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Angeliki Kim Jonsson, and Adele Smejkal. It will be available in the FOA store and at online retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Guest Jurors

  • Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Editor-in-Chief Cultbytes and Independent Curator
  • Angeliki Kim Jonsson, Co-founder of Art/choke and founder of DYNAMISK
  • Adele Smejkal,  Co-founder of Art/Choke, Client Liason at Sotheby’s London, and founder of @as_artjournal

About Friend Of The Artist

Friend of The Artist is a print publication dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established artists from around the world. There is a copious amount of engaging and intelligent artwork. Because of an invisible gap between the academy and the art world, there is a limit to the opportunities artists have. The print and digital publications allow FOA to exhibit artists’ work in a broader context. They have the advantage of sparking worldwide conversations through our artist interviews. FOA is about engaging in meaningful dialogue around art in print.

For more information, contact contact@friendoftheartist.com.

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Expo 39 (Huntington, NY) – Call For Artists

Expo 39 (Huntington, NY) – Call For Artists

b.j. spoke gallery announces a call for artists for Expo 39. Artists may submit up to six images and/or two short videos. Accepted artists will show their work (between one and eight pieces) in a show at bj spoke gallery, Huntington, NY in March of 2020. Artists are expected to ship or deliver their work and insure it if desired. While there is no size limitation, the size of our gallery must dictate how many large works can be shown at once. There will be a reception.

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Deadline: 15 Nov 2019

Linda Kavaliunis, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art, will be the juror for Expo 39. Friends, family, and fans can enjoy the reception. b.j. spoke gallery makes every effort to have the show reviewed or mentioned in the news media in our area. They promote the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The b.j. spoke gallery online magazine will include a presentation and discussion of the show including whatever information we may obtain from the juror about how the show was chosen. Applying artists should be aware that sales of artwork are relatively infrequent. There are no awards.

About b.j. spoke gallery

b.j. spoke gallery is a not for profit artist cooperative with an educational and charitable mission. It has existed since 1975 and is one of a very few artist coops remaining and surviving on Long Island. The gallery produces a monthly online magazine that features information about our ongoing art shows and artists, poetry, book reviews, and articles of general interest to those in the arts. The gallery runs bimonthly artist discussion workshops, hosts a monthly open mic poetry event, and has hosted singer-songwriter events.

Community outreach efforts have included a small works fundraiser for VIBS (an organization for helping the survivors of family violence), several showings with FREE (an organization for emotionally disabled adults), and a yearly open call in which, for a small fee, all artists in the surrounding communities can join in a show where their works are shown intermingled with the works of the gallery artists with no jurying of submitted works.

For more information, contact liz.ehrlichman@bjspokegallery.com.

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Struggle For Statehood (Fulton, MO) – Call For Artists

Struggle For Statehood (Fulton, MO) – Call For Artists

The Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University announces a call for artists for Struggle For Statehood: Missouri, The Show Me State. Artists are invited to submit artwork to complement the Bicentennial traveling exhibit sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Submit up to three artworks each.

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Deadline: 15 Sept 2019

The traveling exhibit will explore the significance of Missouri’s statehood. It will examine the conflict, crisis, and compromise surrounding its admission into the Union in commemoration of its upcoming bicentennial. This exhibit was developed by the Missouri Humanities Council in consultation with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. It is supported by The Bicentennial Alliance. Companion programming has been made possible in part from funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Struggle For Statehood jurors will select best-of-show, first, second, and third place awards.

Social Equity

Since 2015, William Woods University hosts the Bridging Differences, Conversations on Gender, and Race Symposium annually. The symposium features nationally recognized speakers, sponsors an art exhibition, and provides round table discussions. These events are open to the public.

About William Woods University

William Woods University has a long and fascinating history originating in the aftermath of the American Civil War. First known as the Female Orphan School, the institution that is now William Woods University was founded in 1870 in Camden Point, Missouri in response to the needs of female children orphaned during the war.

During the late nineteenth century, the institution moved to Fulton, Missouri, and expanded its elementary and secondary programs to accommodate young women who aspired to become teachers. Known briefly at the beginning of the twentieth century as Daughters College, the institution changed its name to William Woods College to honor a major benefactor and began offering a two-year college program. In 1962, anticipating dramatic changes in the role of American women in the labor force, William Woods became a four-year college.

Expanding its mission to address the need for graduate and adult-oriented programs, the institution became known as William Woods University in 1993. It began offering graduate degrees and admitting men as well as women into all of its programs.
An independent institution, chartered by the State of Missouri, governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and in an ongoing covenant relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), William Woods University remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.

About the Mildred M. Cox Gallery

Located in the Gladys W. Kemper Center for the Arts, the Mildred M. Cox Gallery is a museum-quality viewing space that features rotating exhibits from students, faculty, alumni, and regional artists alike. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Students are inspired by the diversity of programming offered by the Mildred M. Cox Gallery throughout the year. The art committee is dedicated to seek traditional and contemporary exhibit opportunities with the purpose of enriching students’ visual arts experience beyond academics. Calls for artsits are promoted regularly to compliment the annual student and faculty shows.

For more information, contact nicole.petrescu@williamwoods.edu.


Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Art Through The Lens 2019 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

Yeiser Art Center announces a call for artists for Art Through the Lens 2019, an annual international juried contemporary photography exhibition. It provides photographers with an outlet for their art, encouragement for growth in their vision and presentation, and cash rewards for works of exceptional merit. Artists may submit up to five photographic entries. All photo-based imagery including video and moving images created through photographic processes are eligible including non-lens made images. All work submitted must be original, completed in the last three years, and not previously exhibited in an Art Through the Lens or Paducah Photo exhibition.

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2019

Art Through the Lens 2019 is open to all without restrictions on content. Each year from the works submitted, 50-70 images are selected for exhibition by a highly qualified juror. The 2019 Art Through the Lens juror is Cheryl Zibisky. Selected works will be featured in a full color catalog produced by the Yeiser Art Center and for purchase during the exhibition. $5000 in cash awards will be given to works of high merit. An awards presentation will be held during the opening reception. Art Through the Lens 2019 will be on display from October 4 – November 9, 2019.

About Yeiser Art Center

The Yeiser Art Center is a non profit visual arts organization celebrating over sixty years of serving the community with exhibitions and educational programming throughout the Tri- State Region. As the region’s foremost visual art center, the Yeiser Art Center brings diversity and excellence in visual arts to Paducah, Kentucky, a designated UNESCO Creative City. The gallery is situated near Paducah’s historic riverfront at 200 Broadway in the historic 1905 Market House building.

Originating in 1975 as the Paducah Summer Festival Photo Competition, Art Through the Lens has grown from a fledgling contest into an international juried exhibition. Over the past 40+ years, this exhibition has become one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious annual photographic events.

For more information, contact office@theyeiser.org.

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Hearts In San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) – Call For Artists

Hearts In San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) – Call For Artists

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation announces a call for artists for the annual Hearts in San Francisco public art project, which will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. For the 2020 series, the Foundation welcomes design submissions by local San Francisco Bay Area artists. The series will include ten large hearts, eight table top hearts, and fifteen mini heart sculptures.

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Deadline: 1 Aug 2019

On February 13, 2020, the hearts will be auctioned at the annual Hearts in San Francisco event. Proceeds benefit life-enhancing programs and initiatives at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, the Heart of our City. Artwork and proceeds (2004–2019) have raised more than $22 million for the Foundation and nationally recognized programs to enhance the quality of patient care in the areas of women and children’s health, chronic disease management, palliative care, HIV/AIDS, orthopedics, trauma and more.

Hearts in San Francisco is one of the most widely recognized public art projects in the country. Since the project’s inception in 2004, San Francisco Bay Area artists have created more than 350 Hearts. They have gone on display all across the city of San Francisco and beyond, from Union Square to the lobbies or conference rooms of corporate supporters throughout the state, including Genentech and Wells Fargo.

Each Heart is a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art and celebrates the diversity of San Francisco through designs made of acrylic paints, mosaic art, mixed media sculptures, and Swarovski crystals. Artists have the option to propose a design for either a large heart (5′ tall x 6’ wide x 40″ deep; 400 pounds), table top heart (16″ tall x 17″ wide x 8″ deep; 25 pounds), or mini heart (7″ tall x 6″ wide x 2″ deep; 5 pounds). Select Large Hearts will have the opportunity to be displayed in San Francisco’s Union Square from February 2020 through to October 2020.

Heart sculpture artist selection is conducted by a committee comprised of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation staff, board members, and community volunteers. Selection notifications will be sent via email the week of August 26, 2019.

About San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (the Foundation) is an independent, 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that provides philanthropic support to Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (Zuckerberg San Francisco General). The Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in research, education, and care for all at Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Funds raised by the Foundation allow Zuckerberg San Francisco General to continue its long history of providing compassionate and high-quality health care to San Francisco and northern San Mateo County.

For more information, contact dhollis@sfghf.org.


Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call For Artists

Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call For Artists

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (BCFA) announces a call for artists for the Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies, offering time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West. Located on 30,000 acres of scenic splendor at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, the camp is situated right next to Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges.

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Deadline: 1 Sept 2019

Writers, visual artists, performance artists, musicians, and composers are encouraged to apply for a three week artist residency program, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities, and incredible natural beauty. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Whether solitude or social engagement is inspiring, the opportunities for creative enrichment are endless at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

Winter / Spring 2020 Residencies Artist Benefits

During their time at BCFA, artists will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space, and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service,while lunch and dinner are shared family-style in the common area each night.

Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts enables artists to professionally develop their work in a relaxing and inspiring setting as creativity flows next to the banks of Brush Creek. Up to eight residents immerse themselves in uninterrupted work time to polish existing projects, explore new endeavors, and further develop their craft.

About Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for artists on a historic working ranch in Wyoming. Imbued with the spirit of the American West, the ranch sits at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges just outside the town of Saratoga. From countless miles of trails to hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, this unique destination offers endless ways to enjoy spectacular country. A diversity of wildlife call the ranch home including antelope, deer, elk, moose, fox, badger, and marmots.

The artist camp features eight working studios in historic, restored ranch buildings and eight individual residences with private bath, closet, and separate work space. Kitchen, library, family room, and laundry facility are shared. All meals are provided, which includes a self-prepared breakfast, bagged lunches and family-style dinners.

History of Brush Creek

Over the years, Brush Creek Ranch has served as a home to numerous families, cattle and horse herds, and offers a one-of-a-kind gathering place for guests from around the world. The story of Brush Creek Ranch dates back to 1884 when the Sterrett brothers settled the land and built the original homestead with logs cut, skid, and hauled from the adjoining National Forest.

In 2008, the ranch was purchased by Bruce White, Chairman and CEO of White Lodging, one of the most respected names in the hotel industry. Brush Creek Ranch is the culmination of the White family’s extensive hospitality experience, continuous dedication to philanthropy and unabashed passion for the sustainability of authentic Western heritage. Their vision unfolds as a refined getaway that strikes a perfect balance between active outdoor recreation, shared experiences, economic sustainability and preservation of the western way of life. Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts came into being in 2011 to create incomparable residencies for artists in a variety of genres.

For more information, contact info@brushcreekarts.org.

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Nature Of Being: Portraits (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Nature Of Being: Portraits (Philadelphia, PA) – Call For Artists

Deja 42 Art Gallery is seeking artists who would like to present their work in our upcoming August exhibition, Nature of Being: Portraits. Creators working in all media are welcome. Express your vision and interpretation of what makes a portrait of a living being, whether it is literal, realistic, representative of the spirit or soul, clinical, storybook, iconic, or fantastic. All themes receive due and equivocal consideration.

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Deadline: 29 Jul 2019

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”
Frida Kahlo

Accepted artists will be notified by Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.
 Gallery-ready pieces should be delivered to the Gallery no later than Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
 A non-refundable entry fee of $20 is required for up to three different artworks.  
Detailed images of submitted works may be included at no additional cost.
 It is preferable that artworks are for sale. Deja 42 Art Gallery retains a 40% commission on all sold artwork.
 Opening reception is Saturday, August 10th, 2019.

 Please include contact information, artwork title, media, and dimensions with your submission.

Nature Of Being: Portraits Artist Benefits

Chosen artists for Nature of Being: Portraits will be showcased in a gallery space located in the vibrant and eclectic East Passyunk Square area of South Philadelphia. Artists will have the opportunity to not only sell their work at a commission, but also sell prints and smaller pieces in a storefront retail space. Deja 42 Art Gallery promotes featured artists through social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well as the gallery’s website. Showing artists receive 60% of their retail ask. Openings are every second Saturday of the month. Openings draw a big crowd in an intimate space. This offers promotion, exposure, and open discussion among artists and potential buyers.

About Deja 42 Art Gallery

Deja 42 Art Gallery is a unique fine arts gallery and store of amazing objects. The gallery opened their doors at the beginning of April in the beautiful and lively area of East Passyunk in South Philadelphia. They have garnered much interest from both locals and visitors. Deja 42 goes beyond the traditional gallery space. The gallery offers artists and artisans the opportunity to showcase their work without the exclusivity of representation. They are open to all forms of media and sincerely welcome both emerging and established artists. Deja 42 is a proud member of the East Passyunk Business Improvement District. The district provides exposure and promotion for businesses in the East Passyunk Avenue area of metropolitan Philadelphia.

For more information, contact deja42artgallery@gmail.com.

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Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 (Indian Wells, CA) – Call for Artists

Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 (Indian Wells, CA) – Call for Artists

Dianne Funk Enterprises announces a call for artists for the Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 (IWAF).  Join more than 10,000 art enthusiasts, collectors, and serious buyers in attendance, April 3, 4, and 5, 2020, at one of the most pristine venues in the beautiful Palm Springs Desert Resorts area, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament, Indian Wells, California.

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Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

Celebrating its 18th year of success, artists travel from across the nation and from as far as Japan, Africa, Central and South America, and Europe each year to showcase their contemporary and traditional fine art and high-quality craft.  A total of 200 artists are selected to participate by jury. The Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020’s Primary Jury deadline is set for October 21, 2019. Fifty places held for the Secondary Jury deadline of January 6, 2020.

Open to all media artists, 35 mediums and categories are judged for awards in painting, drawing, 2D and 3D mixed media, printmaking, photography, and other 2 dimensional as well as sculpture, jewelry, hand-woven textile or fiber, non-functional, utilitarian, wearable-art and found art.

Indian Wells Arts Festival 2020 Artist Benefits

  • On-going artist promotion opportunities through artist spotlights across all IWAF social media, video podcasts, and blog features, all at no additional cost to the artists
  • Robust $75K advertising campaign with strong public relations, print including major periodical such as LA Times and luxury lifestyle publications, and broadcast media coverage; digital and electronic marketing with geo-fencing, social media campaigns and media partnerships; local and select major-market editorials and press releases
  • Top professionals from the staging, interior design, and realty businesses along with elite media and influencers invited as VIPs
  • Easy artist check-in and express check-out
  • Real-time show updates and communications via text message
  • Complimentary artist hospitality with fresh snacks and beverages
  • Live jazz and entertainment ambiance
  • Guests are greeted as VIPs with free and valet parking available, event programs, and free ‘be-back’ passes
  • Interactive activities and artist demonstrations
  • Children’s activities and special exhibits
  • Gourmet specialties at the Gourmet MarketPlace lining the festival entryway
  • Local charities incorporated as Festival Partners, with donations towards their program funds
  • Champagne Circle Bar and Oasis Bar service, and full-menu restaurants in the shaded courtyard pavilion

About The Festival

With a celebrated reputation for its high quality and wide variety of fine art and quality craft, the Festival has been ranked one of the “top 30 Best Fine Art Shows in the country” by Sunshine Artist magazine; “Best of the Best” by Palm Springs Life magazine; and ranked top 40 in both fine art fairs and fine craft shows by Greg Lawler’s Art Source Book; a Top-3 Southern California Getaway by The Examinor.

The creative synergy of demonstrating artists, local sponsors, and non-profit partners enhances the venue with vibrant activity. The artisan village environment includes a Gourmet Market Place with gourmet specialties, while sidewalk chalk drawing, children’s activities, wine tasting, live musical entertainment, and refreshment add to the festive activities that are ongoing throughout the day.

The Festival incorporates a number of local charities as Festival Partners and donates to their art scholarship funds. Participating organizations have included Vocal Performance and Appreciation Club at College of the Desert, The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Student Creative Recycle Art Program (SCRAP) Gallery, George Washington Charter School, Palm Springs Unified School District, Cathedral City High School Digital Arts Academy, Old Town Artisan Studio,  Champion Volunteer Foundation, The Ophelia Project, and the Coachella Valley Youth Ensemble Program.

About Diane Funk Enterprises

Dianne Funk began producing art festivals in the Coachella Valley in 1986, with Faire a La Quinta, followed by Southwest Arts Festival in Indio in 1989, which has since grown into an acclaimed regional attraction. Building upon that success, Dianne Funk created the Indian Wells Arts Festival in 2002. It has since developed into the headlining event of the Coachella Valley’s arts festival season. The event has achieved an international scope with artists from more than 30 countries participating.

For more information, contact dianne@indianwellsartsfestival.com.

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Central Avenue Artwork Installation 2019 (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

Central Avenue Artwork Installation 2019 (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) is seeking creative proposals for the Central Avenue Artwork Installation 2019. Selected artwork will be commissioned for installation late summer/ early fall and paid upon completion. All artists interested in participating must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the request for proposal. A hard copy of the application can also be obtained from the CASID office. It is a competitive process allowing all artwork and artists an equal opportunity to be selected.

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Deadline: 2 Aug 2019

Preference will be given to proposals that contain 1) original and well-executed use of Trompe l’oeil art technique involving realistic imagery that appears three dimensional and 2) artwork that references the rich history of the surrounding community (i.e. The Heights/ Jersey City/ Hudson County).

Central Avenue Artwork Installation 2019 Artist Benefits

Select artwork will be commissioned. Artists will be compensated as per written agreement. Fees range from $200 to $3,000. Artwork will be displayed prominently within the very busy Central Avenue shopping district which is centrally located in Hudson County (Population: 674,900). Artists will be featured on organization’s website and social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Their contributions to Hudson County’s growing artist community will be recognized.

About The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) was established to improve and preserve the traditional main street community in the heart of the Jersey City Heights (Central Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and North Street). Its mission is to make the district a center for shopping, dining, working, and living. It works to engage stakeholders, drive collective decision making, and supplement services to the district.

CASID has now commissioned nineteen art installations since 2009. It is seeking to do more. Local residents, businesses, and artists are working together to shape the outdoor art gallery along the Central Avenue shopping corridor which is adjacent to the Riverview Arts District in the Heights section of Jersey City. The outdoor art gallery has grown significantly where NJ.com recently shared a news story naming Central Avenue as “This one mile is the most eye-popping walk in Jersey City.”

For more information, contact dd@jcheights.com.

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91st Grand National Exhibition (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

91st Grand National Exhibition (New York City, NY) – Call For Artists

American Artists Professional League announces a call for artists for the 91st Grand National Exhibition. Open to artists 18 and over. Only works in representational or traditional realism will be accepted. Works in oil, acrylic, watermedia, mixed media, pastel, graphics, and sculpture will be accepted. No photo-lithographics, photographs, or computer generated art will be accepted. All work must be original, from a living artist, and not previously exhibited with the American Artists Professional league.

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Deadline: 5 Oct 2019

The show is held in the Salmagundi Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious arts club in New York City. The Salmagundi Club has exhibits every week and attracts many art collectors.

91st Grand National Exhibition Artist Benefits

There will be over $18,000 in awards and medals. Awards will be given in all categories, with over 50 awards. There are five top awards, including Best Painting in Show, Traditional Landscape in Oil, Excellence in Pastel, Traditional Sculpture, and Traditional Artistic Merit.

There are 20 awards in the Oil and Acrylic category, 9 awards in the Pastel Category, 7 Watermedia Awards, 8 Sculpture Awards and 6 Graphics and Mixed Media Awards.

The commission on sales is 25%.

About The American Artists Professional League

In 1928 F. Ballard Williams, Assistant Treasure of the National Academy of Design in New York, called a meeting of 15 members of the Salmagundi Club. The purpose: to discuss the need for a national organization to meet the increasing interests in traditional realism in American art. The attendees all agreed that an organization designed to protect artists’ interests and promote traditional American art was necessary. The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) was born.

The AAPL first focused on the issue of obtaining commissions of official portraits for American Artists. By using its national stature, the AAPL influenced a rider to a Congressional Bill stipulating that all official portraits paid for with taxpayers’ dollars were to be painted by American artists. A fact that remains in effect to this day.

For more information, contact office@aaplinc.org.


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