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Art Speaks 2020 (Matthews, VA) – Call For Artists

Art Speaks 2020 (Matthews, VA) – Call For Artists

The Bay School Community Arts Center announces a call for artists for Art Speaks 2020 juried exhibition. This 8th annual statewide show brings the best of Virginia’s contemporary artists to the Art Speaks Gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. The show welcomes two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists.

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Deadline: 1 Mar 2020

The 2020 exhibition dates are April 25 – May 26, with an opening reception on April 25.

The juror and judge is Nicole McCormick Santiago, Professor of Drawing and Painting at The College of William and Mary. Digital images will be juried online. The show will be judged in person when installed.

Art Speaks 2020 Participant Benefits

In its 8th year, this exhibition has shown the work of nearly 300 Virginia artists. Approximately 80 artists are accepted each year. The opening reception attracts 200 guests and the 800 visitors see the exhibition in the gallery. The artwork is viewable on the Bay School website for a year following the exhibition opening. 1500 full-color programs are printed with images of the artwork and distributed to over 100 galleries around Virginia.

Art Speaks 2020 awards include $1500 for Best in Show, $500 each for 1st place 2-D and 3-D, $300 each for 2nd place 2-D and 3-D, $200 each for 3rd place 2-D and 3-D, five locally sponsored and judged awards of $250 each, and five $50 awards of merit. All award winners will be invited back for an Art Speaks Encore exhibition in August, 2020.

The Bay School is sponsored by Dominion Energy, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Mathews County, and numerous local foundations and businesses, all of whom receive copies of the program, and send representatives to view the exhibition.

Many artists who have applied to the exhibition have participated in other Art Speaks Gallery exhibitions or become regular exhibitors.

About Bay School Community Arts Center

The Bay School Community Arts Center provides over 100 classes in visual arts each year, drawing instructors, and students from around Virginia and beyond. The Art Speaks Gallery represents over 60 local and regional artists and features 11 special exhibitions each year, as well as highlighting a different artist each month and hosting monthly artisan markets.

Mathews County is an arts destination and the Bay School draws over 8000 visitors each year. The Bay School partners with the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center, Made in Mathews Open Studio Tour, the Middle Peninsula Alliance, Gloucester Arts on Main, the River to Bay Artisan Trail, the Virginia Watercolor Society, and many more local, regional, and state businesses and agencies to promote local, regional, and state-wide visual artists and arts experiences.

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Previous call for artists from Bay School Community Arts Center