Exhibition Information and Entry


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The 2018 Annual National Juried Exhibition will be open May 22-June 30, 2018, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Works will be accepted in numerous media, including, but not limited to: painting, drawing, print-making, collage, mixed media, photography, mosaics, sculpture, fabric, and glass (stained and fused). 

Important Dates

April 4 Entry deadline; no changes after deadline

May 1 Notification to artists

May 17,18,19 Art delivery deadline- hand deliver Thurs/Fri/Sat May 17,18,19 noon-4pm (shipped art must arrive by May 19)

June 8 Awards Reception, 5-8pm

Presentations/comments by juror at 6pm


Best in Show: $750 & solo exhibit

2nd $400

3rd $200

a minimum of 3 Awards of Merit, $75 each

Juror: Katherine Shortridge

 About the Judge: Katherine Shortridge received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her M.F.A. in painting from Indiana University Bloomington. She joined the faculty at Roanoke College in 2003, where she teaches basic through advanced courses in drawing and painting, and is currently serving as the chairperson of the Fine Arts Department. For the past twenty years, Shortridge’s paintings, drawings, and prints have been an exploration of sense of place and relationships with the landscape. Her abstract work is based on observation and interpretation of these experiences. Travel is an important part of her working process and she has received awards to study the landscape both internationally and regionally. Most recently Shortridge obtained a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has painted not only exotic landscapes from Iceland, France, and Nicaragua, but also deeper investigations closer to home in the Midwest and Southwestern Virginia.



This exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18. 

All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Orginal work; no reproductions

  • created within the past three (3) years

  • has not been in a previous juried exhibit at BCA

  • Artwork must stay on exhibit until 4pm on June 30th.


Maximum Size

  • 2D, 60" in either direction

  • 3D Pedestal Base, no larger than 15"-20" at the base and limited to 3'-4' in height Please note on entry form if a pedestal is required.

  • Freestanding Sculpture, space available for broad-based and of varying heights 


2-D artwork must be mounted in sturdy frames or gallery-wrap and wired for hanging (no saw-tooth hangers or loops embedded in cardboard backing).
Photographs should be mounted, if rippling shows they may be rejected.

Entry Fee:
$30 entry fee for up to three (3) works of art.
Pay fee online by going here

Checks payable to Bower Center. Mail to: 305 N. Bridge St. Bedford, VA 24523


A completed entry form is required of all artists. Correct spelling and accuracy of all information is the responsibility of the artist. Missing or illegible information may result in entries not being accepted. 


Jurying will be done from electronic files.

Electronic file specifications : 

JPG or TIF, 300 ppi (dpi), longest dimension 8" or 2400 ppi

2-3 detail images of a work may be submitted

File Name: Last name, First initial, Title of
art work

Email entries to Exhibits@bowercenter.org or send on a CD (CDs will not be returned)



All art may be for sale. Artist is responsible for providing correct pricing, entry lists and identification labels. BCA willl retain a 20% commission from sales of artwork. Checks will be mailed to artists within three (3) weeks of the close of the exhibit.

Work not for sale must include a value for insurance purposes. Enter value and check Not For Sale on entry form.



Hand-delivered art is to be brought to Bower Center Thurs/Fri/Sat, May 17,18,19. Art shipped to BCA must be received by May 19 and include a UPS or FedEx pre-paid return shipping label. Please do not use packing peanuts or shredded paper as packaging. Shipping containers must be sturdy and reusable for returning artwork to the artist. BCA will not be responsible for any damage incurred during transit. 

Upon delivery, all artwork must be labeled on a business-sized card on the front and back* of each entry of work. Include the following information: Artist name, phone number or email address, title of art work, medium, price.

When there is conflicting information, the entry form is considered to be correct.

*Front label does not need to be adhered to front of artwork; it can be attached on the back and sticking out to be visible in the front.


Although care will be taken to protect all art work, BCA cannot be responsible for any damage or loss. During the time of this exhibition, art work will be insured for the retail price less than 20% commission amount. 

Use of images of art in exhibit

BCA has the right to use images of any art in this exhibit to promote the exhibition. Whenever possible, artist credit lines will be given. However, BCA is not responsible for an omission in any publication. To be considered to early publicity submit entries as electronic files prior to the entry deadline. Enter 2018 Juried in email subject line. Files should be JPG or TIF and 2400 pixels on the longest dimension.

Pick Up/Return of Artwork

No art released before 4pm on June 30. 
Works to be returned will be sent Wednesday through Friday following the close of the exhibit. An email will be sent to artists as notification that the return shipment has taken place.




Pay Entry FEE Online



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Saturday................11 am - 3 pm

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