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Check out the exciting new opportunities for artists throughout Missouri and surrounding states! Calls will be listed for Juried Exhibitions, Art Festivals, Grants, and More. If you would like to propose an exhibit for the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, please follow the directions here.

If you would like to look for calls from other regions we suggest you take a look at Entrythingy, Call for Entry, Art Show, College Art Association and The Art Guide.

If you are looking for job opportunities in the arts you can find listings at the Missouri Arts Council and Americans for the Arts.

If you have an opportunity to list, please let us know by emailing bri@capearts.org with Title, Description, Deadline, and a URL link for more information!


Arts Council: Currently Accepting Exhibition Proposals
Each year the Arts Council has 2-3 open months for solo, two-person, or group exhibitions. The exhibition schedule is established a year in advance at a spring meeting between March - May. If you are interested in applying to exhibit your work, or your organization's work, in our gallery please send your application to artscouncil@capearts.org with the subject "2018 Proposal" or to P.O. Box 901, Cape Girardeau, MO 63702. For best consideration for 2018 proposals, applications should be submitted by February 25, 2017.

Each application should include the following information:
  • Exhibit Proposal (Who will be exhibiting, what kind of works will be exhibited.)
  • Resume or List of Related Experiences
  • List of References (e.g. Galleries that you've exhibited at, arts groups that you are part of, etc.)
  • Portfolio of Works (High-Res Digital Images highly preferred; Images also accepted on a C.D. or by Physical Photographs of your Pieces. C.D.s and photographs will not be returned.)
We will file your request for a show, and after the Exhibit Committee's review of your request, we will let you know if we are able to schedule a show for you at the Arts Council in 2018.


Calls for Artists

Open Call for Video Art
Deadline for Entries: January 27, 2017

Presented by Serial Box (serialboxprojects.com) and There There Now (theretherenow.com). This open call deadline is Jan 27th 2017 for our next curated batch of videos. However, we currently have a hole between programming and are taking proposals for immediate screening.

Proposals are currently being accepted for video screenings in the Serial Box space. Existing videos can be submitted by links or by email to info@serialboxprojects.com. Videos are rear projected onto the plate-glass window in Columbia Missouri at night, glowing and accessible to viewers and passersby screened on intermittent nights, generally one video is screened on a loop for the whole night. When appropriate, an opening reception/screening is also staged, often of multiple videos in festival format.

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GALEX 51 Juried Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: January 28, 2017

The Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois announces a call to artists for the GALEX 51 Juried Exhibition, March 3 - April 8, 2017. $2,500 in cash prizes available. Juror: John Bakker. Open to all artists residing in the United States. All work must have been completed within the last three years and cannot have been previously shown in the Galesburg Civic Art Center galleries. Art must be the original work of the submitter. All media are acceptable. The work is not to exceed 100 pounds or be unstable. Two dimensional work may not exceed five feet, and must be ready to hang. No work will be suspended from the ceiling. Plexiglass is preferred for framed work. Unstable pieces will not be shown. $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

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Sculpture Walk Springfield
Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2017

In April 2017, Sculpture Walk Springfield will reveal to the public its 2nd annual exhibit. Sculpture Walk Springfield is a citizen driven initiative with the mission of creating a museum without walls with access to all in the heart of Springfield, Missouri. Sculptures chosen for Sculpture Walk Springfield 2017-2018 will be on loan to the program for one year and displayed to the public for ten months. They will remain in the ownership of the artist throughout the program. Artists of selected sculptures will receive a $1,000 stipend. Insurance coverage will be provided. All sculptures will be available for purchase to the public. Shipping will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

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Women’s Works 2017 - 30th Anniversary Show
Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2017

The Northwest Area Arts Council announces a call to artists for a Women's Works 2017, March 9 - April 29, 2017 at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL. $1500 in awards, plus one artist will be chosen for a free one month solo exhibition. Judge: Brenda Oelbaum, the current president of the Women's Caucus for Art. The show is open to any woman artist, 18 years or older. All work accepted. $40 for up to 3 images.

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#nofilter
Deadline for Entries: February 1, 2016

"#nofilter" is a juried visual art exhibition featuring artworks that are uninhibited and unfiltered and where artists feel completely free to speak their minds via visual artistic expressions. All explorations of this theme are invited. Artworks in all media, techniques and styles are encouraged. Open to artists 21+ in the St. Louis, MO region (must be within 200 miles of St. Louis, MO).

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East Central College Art Gallery
Deadline for Entries: February 1, 2017

The Art Gallery at East Central College in Union, MO is pleased to announce an open call for proposals for exhibitions in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Open to artists in North America working in all visual media, the call encourages proposals for exhibition by both individuals and groups.

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Riverside Short Film Festival
Deadline for Entries: February 1, 2017

The Riverside Short Film Festival furthers the art and craft of film-making by supporting, promoting and recognizing the art of short film and its artists. The goal of the festival is to amplify our collective and individual awareness by bringing the world to New Haven, Mo, and beyond, to celebrate fresh voices and differing global perspectives with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide exposure for filmmakers, preserve the art of the short film and present inspired entertainment for all. (New Haven, MO)

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St. Joseph Sculpture Walk 2017
Deadline for Entries: February 2, 2017

The Allied Arts Council and the City of Saint Joseph, Missouri seek sculptures to be placed in Downtown Saint Joseph. Regional, national, and international sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2016-May 2017. Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium and all sculptures selected will be competing for up to $13,000 in cash prize awards.

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2017 Young Artists’ Showcase
Deadline for Entries: February 4, 2017

2017 Young Artists’ Showcase is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created by high school students between 15 and 19 years old residing within 150 miles of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.

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Fantastic Fibers 2017
Deadline for Entries: February 4, 2017

FANTASTIC FIBERS is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. One of Yeiser Art Center's most engaging, innovative & colorful international exhibits, Fantastic Fibers is an inspirational "must see" for fine artists, quilters and textile art enthusiasts across the globe.

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Displacement & Migration
Deadline for Entries: February 10, 2017

A national juried, all media exhibit that investigates the current or historic forced or voluntary relocation of individuals or groups of people who no longer inhabit their place of origin. Artists are encouraged to explore the complexities of this theme today and throughout history from a personal perspective. Areas to be considered include slavery, apartheid, war, homelessness, and diaspora/relocation motivated by culture, politics, religion, finance, and climate. Other expressions that expand this theme are welcome. Cash prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded by the juror. (St. Louis, MO).

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BOMH 2017 Professional Development Grant Applications
Deadline for Entries: February 15, 2017

The Best of Missouri Hands offers a $500 Annual Professional Development Grant. The grant is awarded to one person each year and is available to both General and Juried Members. The purpose of the grant is to promote continuing education by providing additional resources to advance the study of a member’s chosen artistic medium(s).

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Island Press Summer Internship
Deadline for Entries: February 15, 2017

Island Press offers summer internship opportunities for students and artists interested in print collaboration and arts administration. Island Press is part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Internship dates are June 1-July 31, 2017.

Internships are unpaid, but summer interns will receive an honorarium of $1,000 to help offset living expenses. Summer interns for 2017 will work as assistant printers, editioning projects by past visiting artists including Dario Robleto and Michael Williams, and will perform administrative duties related to the operation of the press. Interns work under the supervision of Tom Reed, master printer, and Lisa Bulawsky, director.

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5th Annual Student/Emerging Visual and Video Arts Pop-Up Gallery
Deadline for Entries: February 16, 2017

We will be opening a pop-up gallery featuring the work of Student/Emerging Visual and Video Artists, that will run from Saturday, March 11 through Saturday March 25. The Artist Reception will be March 11. Pop Up Arts is a very successful initiative of the St Charles Arts Council. This gallery will be our 20th Pop Up, and our 5th exclusively for Student/Emerging Artists. We encourage students to submit work that can be sold. 100% of the selling price of the work goes to the artist. The galleries are actively promoted in social and print media, and the artwork is insured.

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Sculpture on the Prairie
Deadline for Entries: February 18, 2017


Artists are invited to submit original artwork for the “Sculpture on the Prairie” exhibit to be held on the grounds of Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois. Our beautiful 12 acre campus, located in the Fox River Valley approximately one hour west of Chicago, is an ideal setting for sculptural works of art. The show is open to 3-D work in any sculpture or craft medium that is durable and can withstand the elements that occur during spring, summer and early autumn on the prairie.

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Artistic Subversion (Online Opportunity)
Deadline for Entries: February 21, 2017

The upcoming issue of Kunstlicht will consider the strategies and methods by which artists unveil, resist, or transform structures of power.

Kunstlicht invites contributions that focus on specific case studies or theory-based discussions on subversion in art. How can art be subversive and what does it effectively subvert? How do historic, cultural, or socioeconomic circumstances influence approaches to subversion, and how does the controversy it generates influence its potential? With such questions in mind, this issue seeks to explore subversion in relation to artistic practice, and the conditions that must be considered when making an artwork that may threaten reigning hegemonies.

Proposals (200-300 words) with attached résumés can be submitted via redactie@tijdschriftkunstlicht.nl. Selected authors will be invited to write a 2,000-3,000 word paper (excluding notes) in English or Dutch.

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ArtPlace America
Deadline: February 22, 2017 (Registered in Fluxx before Feb. 14)

Artplace America has $9.5 million available for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Applicants will need to register in the ArtPlace Fluxx system by February 14, 2017 and then submit their project by February 22, 2017.

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Blooming Arts Festival
Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2017

Come and indulge in some springtime fun at the 9th Annual Blooming Arts Festival! Back and better than ever, this highly anticipated event will feature a diverse and compelling mix of fine arts, local craftsmanship, engaging performances, and fantastic eats. One of the region’s earliest festivals, it is a perfect way to kick off the new season and celebrate the richness and vitality of Linden and Perry County.

Set in the small, inviting town of Linden, Tennessee, the festival will be taking place over a two-day period: Friday, March 24th, 2017 from 12:00pm till 7:00pm and Saturday, March 25th, from 9:00am till 7:00pm. Attendance is free, and all members of the public are invited to attend this highly popular event.

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63rd Annual Art Fair on the Square
Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2017

Deer Path Art League announces a call to artists for its annual juried fine art show, September 3-4, 2017 at Market Square in Lake Forest, IL. $1,300 total value in awards. $35 application fee; $450 booth fee.

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Trails West! Festival
Deadline for Entries: March 1, 2017

Trails West! Festival seeks artists for its 25th annual event, August 18-21, 2017 in historic Civic Center Park in downtown St. Joseph, Missouri. Cash prizes totaling $3,500. Artists, musicians and more gather for this three-day, outdoor festival to celebrate the unique heritage of St. Joseph every year, but the 2017 festival is extra special. As a result of St. Joseph being one of the prime locations to view the first total solar eclipse in 99 years, we will be welcoming approximately 50-500,000 additional tourists to the community and extending the festival an extra day! That makes the festival the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your work! All works on display must be the artist's own original design. Media accepted: painting, mixed media, fiber/wearable, jewelry, glass, photography, pottery, sculpture and drawing/printmaking. Financial assistance provided by the St. Joseph, MO Visitors Bureau. Entry fee $15, booth fee $150 and $25 if requesting electricity.

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43rd Annual American Artisan Festival
Deadline for Entries: March 1, 2017

Artists are invited to apply for the American Artisan Festival, June 16-18, 2017 on the front lawn of Historic Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Best in Show ($1000) Nancy Saturn Excellence Award ($500). Juror: Samantha Saturn. Works eligible for exhibition include clay, drawing, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, oil painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and other. Note: Artists wishing to exhibit jewelry and another medium must submit a separate application for their jewelry and may not exhibit jewelry unless this second application is accepted. $495 booth fee.

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Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: March 3, 2017

The Dogwood Arts Regional Art Exhibition will be on display from June 1-30, 2017 at the Knoxville Convention Center. An independent juror will select the participants and award monies totaling $3,500. Art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists are welcome. Dogwood Arts only accepts artworks completed in the last two years by artists 18 and older. Applicants must permanently live within 500 miles of the Dogwood Arts office. Eligible media: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Textile, Wood, Sculpture, Ceramics + More. $35 entry fee.

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10th Annual Algonquin’s Art on the Fox
Deadline for Entries: March 3, 2017

Art on the Fox Fine Art Show is held annually in downtown Algonquin, Illinois along the banks of the Fox River. Celebrating its 10th year in June of 2017, this Fathers Day Weekend show attracts artists and attendees throughout the Midwest.

Over 40 juried artists sell unique art ranging from sculpture, photography, wood, painting, mixed-media, and illustrations among other genres. Attendees can bring the family to the park for this Father’s Day show. While parents are visiting the art booths, children can design art in our Picasso Tent or get messy in hands on demonstrations. Free musical entertainment is available each day in the park’s central gazebo.

Produced by the Village of Algonquin and the Algonquin Public Arts Commission, the art show is just one segment of public art that is showcased in the community. Art on the Fox seeks fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists. All works must have been completed in the last two years. Open to all artists 18 years and older.

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Watercolor U.S.A. 2017
Deadline for Entries: March 6, 2017

The Springfield Art Museum and Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society seek entries for the 56th exhibition of Watercolor USA, June 3 - August 27, 2017 at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri. $1000, $1500, $2000, $3000 cash awards plus possible purchase awards. Juror: Laurin McCracken - President - Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society. Artwork must utilize water-soluble paint as the primary medium. The museum is particularly interested in highlighting artists who utilize watercolor in intriguing ways, both in terms of the content of the imagery as well as the process in which it was made. Artist whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. All artwork must be original, executed since January 1, 2016, and not previously shown at the Springfield Art Museum. $40 for up to 2 images.

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City of Chicago: Albany Park Branch Library
Deadline for Entries: March 12, 2017

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) —working closely with the Chicago Public Library, Alderman Laurino and community stakeholders—invites professional artists working in video to submit their interest and qualifications for a public art commission at Albany Park Branch Library. Four artists/teams will be commissioned at $4500 each to create original video artworks for the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. This opportunity is open internationally and, of the four videos commissioned, at least two will be awarded to Chicago-based artists. Applications for this competitive opportunity will be reviewed based on the originality of applicant’s stated approach, their responsiveness to the site, and the strength of their previous work in video.

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STITCH: Contemporary Textile Art from Kentucky and Surrounding States
Deadline for Entries: March 17, 2017

“Stitch: A Regional Contemporary Art Textile Exhibition” is an exhibition featuring works of all textile and fiber media created by artists living in Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia and Illinois. Work for consideration must be created, in sum or part, of textile/fiber techniques including but not limited to, two and three dimensional artwork consisting of stitching, knitting, weaving, crochet, quilting, felting, surface design on fabric, stitched paper, and art to wear. Best in Show ($300) and Merit Awards ($100) will be conferred by Nick DeFord, exhibition juror.

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Oak Park Art League Midwest Juried Exhibition: Elevating Nature
Deadline for Entries: March 31, 2017

The Chicago suburb of Oak Park is an epicenter for Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, home to the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings and site of his first home studio. Emerging from this studio was Wright's iconic "Prairie" architecture, inspired by the vast landscape that characterizes the American Midwest - horizontal elements that echo broad flat plains, open space, earthy materials, and a color palette derived from the natural terrain. Wright's bold experiments with space, geometry and materials also put him on the artistic cutting edge. His art glass designs of conventionalized plant forms are realized as abstract patterns of color in banded windows that playfully diffuse daylight, and make seamless transitions between interior space and the natural world.

The Oak Park Art League pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright and celebrates our hometown architect's 150th birthday with a Midwest juried exhibition centered on Wright's reverence for nature. Artists are invited to submit 2D and 3D work of any media that references the Midwestern landscape. The jurors are interested in seeing a variety of submissions - representational, conceptual and experimental interpretations of nature themes. Selections will present a diverse exhibition of artwork and art forms (e.g. drawing, painting, mixed media, digital/new media, printmaking, photography, ceramics, fiber, glass, and sculpture) that demonstrate artistic innovation within their preferred medium and embody the progressive spirit of Wright and the essence of the American Midwest.

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Photo Contest: “Anything Flowers”
Deadline: March 31, 2017

In today’s world, nearly everybody has an opportunity to take photographs. If you take great pictures, Painted Wren Art Gallery (Cape Girardeau, MO) is offering you the chance to be recognized. Our contests will accept any photograph taken by any camera. Judging will take place a few days after each contest deadline has passed. Each contest will open for entries after the previous one has closed. Entry Fee: $10 for up to 3 photos, $3 each additional photo. Photo Size: No smaller than 8”x10” and not to exceed 16”x16.” Youth and Adult Divisions. Judges: Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey.

Winners will be announced and awards given out at the FIRST FRIDAY WITH THE ARTS event at PAINTED WREN ART GALLERY. Best of Show: $75 and a custom frame up to $150 retail by StevMark, Alt. Best: $50, 1st: $30, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $20, two Honorable Mentions: $15 each

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Submissions for Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s 2017-2018 Exhibition Season
Deadline for Entries: April 26, 2017

Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery welcomes submissions through a formal review process. The Dittmar team meets early spring to review proposals and select a season of artists for the following academic year. For artists who are applying from out-of-state, please note that we are not able to provide funding for shipping or travel expenses. (Evanston, IL)

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Submissions for East Meets West: Juried Art Exhibition
Deadline for Entries: April 28, 2017

East Meets West is a juried art exhibit which looks at the differences and similarities between these two views on healing.   Eastern healing has largely been seen as mystical and natural based on 1000’s of years of tradition and experience that at times has trouble incorporating new ideas.  Western healing is seen as more scientific with strong roots in a body/mind focus that at times excludes any healing that is found “outside” the body.   Galaudet Gallery sees both these systems as integral to 21st Century healing and that neither is restorative without the other.  Globally this has been seen as a merging of these two traditions into a more personalized approach to medicine.

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Speaking of Fibers 2017!, An Altered Environment

Deadline for Entries: May 15, 2017


A Missouri Fiber Artist (MoFA) biennial, juried exhibit for members, exploring fiber forms and materials. This exhibit seeks work that demonstrates an environmental aspect. All work for this show must be connected to the theme “An Altered Environment”. Primarily fiber artworks, 2D or 3D forms. St. Louis, MO.

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Uncommon Threads 2017 – Art to Wear Runway Show
Deadline for Entries: June 1, 2017


Participation is open to all one-of-a-kind wearable art in any fiber-related media. Work represented must be an original concept and executed by the artist. All items must be for sale. Saint Charles, IL.

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Photo Contest: “4th of July”
Deadline: June 30, 2017


In today’s world, nearly everybody has an opportunity to take photographs. If you take great pictures, Painted Wren Art Gallery (Cape Girardeau, MO) is offering you the chance to be recognized. Our contests will accept any photograph taken by any camera. Judging will take place a few days after each contest deadline has passed. Each contest will open for entries after the previous one has closed. Entry Fee: $10 for up to 3 photos, $3 each additional photo. Photo Size: No smaller than 8”x10” and not to exceed 16”x16.” Youth and Adult Divisions. Judges: Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey.

Winners will be announced and awards given out at the FIRST FRIDAY WITH THE ARTS event at PAINTED WREN ART GALLERY. Best of Show: $75 and a custom frame up to $150 retail by StevMark, Alt. Best: $50, 1st: $30, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $20, two Honorable Mentions: $15 each

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Photo Contest: “Halloween”
Deadline: October 24, 2017


In today’s world, nearly everybody has an opportunity to take photographs. If you take great pictures, Painted Wren Art Gallery (Cape Girardeau, MO) is offering you the chance to be recognized. Our contests will accept any photograph taken by any camera. Judging will take place a few days after each contest deadline has passed. Each contest will open for entries after the previous one has closed. Entry Fee: $10 for up to 3 photos, $3 each additional photo. Photo Size: No smaller than 8”x10” and not to exceed 16”x16.” Youth and Adult Divisions. Judges: Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey.

Winners will be announced and awards given out at the FIRST FRIDAY WITH THE ARTS event at PAINTED WREN ART GALLERY. Best of Show: $75 and a custom frame up to $150 retail by StevMark, Alt. Best: $50, 1st: $30, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $20, two Honorable Mentions: $15 each

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Photo Contest: “Anything Winter”
Deadline: January 31, 2018


In today’s world, nearly everybody has an opportunity to take photographs. If you take great pictures, Painted Wren Art Gallery (Cape Girardeau, MO) is offering you the chance to be recognized. Our contests will accept any photograph taken by any camera. Judging will take place a few days after each contest deadline has passed. Each contest will open for entries after the previous one has closed. Entry Fee: $10 for up to 3 photos, $3 each additional photo. Photo Size: No smaller than 8”x10” and not to exceed 16”x16.” Youth and Adult Divisions. Judges: Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey.

Winners will be announced and awards given out at the FIRST FRIDAY WITH THE ARTS event at PAINTED WREN ART GALLERY. Best of Show: $75 and a custom frame up to $150 retail by StevMark, Alt. Best: $50, 1st: $30, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $20, two Honorable Mentions: $15 each

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