Gallery Admission is Always Free

Works will be accepted nationwide in numerous media including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, print-making, collage, photography, sculpture, mosaics, fiber art, fabric, stained and fused glass, and more.


In 2019, 202 artworks were submitted from across the country.

Important Dates for Artists:

Entry deadline - no changes after April 4 

May 2 Notification to artists

May 22/23 Art delivery deadline, hand deliver: Fri/Sat May 22/23, noon-3pm

Shipped art must arrive by May 23 


Awards reception: June 12 5-8pm

during 2nd Fridays in Bedford

Presentations/comments by juror at 6pm

Awards: Best in Show $750 & solo exhibit

2nd $400

3rd $200

3 Awards of Merit: $75 each


July 24/25 Pick-up art, noon-3pm

Checked out with Bower Center Staff

No art released before 4pm, July 18 

Shipped art will be sent by July 31.

Meet the Juror/Judge

Deborah McLeod

Deborah McLeod is the owner and director of Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, a contemporary arts gallery open in downtown Charlottesville since 2010. As a staff member or guest curator, she has worked with institutions throughout the Commonwealth, including Second Street Gallery, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (Farmville), Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News), Hand Workshop (now the Visual Arts Center of Richmond), Richmond Arts Council, and McLean Project for the Arts. She is also an active arts journalist, exhibition catalog author, and juror. McLeod earned her B.A. degree in Arts Management at Mary Baldwin College. She studied art criticism and art conservation at VCU, and craft and sculpture at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

Gallery admission is always free.

305 N. Bridge St. Bedford, VA 24523

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