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The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is now accepting submissions for the 2019 National Juried Exhibition, titled Internal/External. Each piece must interpret this year’s theme. Being a national juried exhibition, Internal/External will showcase original artwork made by artists from all across the nation. Artists must be at least 18 years old and currently residing in the United States to enter.


Internal conflicts and external influences motivate artists' work. Through their work, artists respond to these conflicts within and influences around them. Internal/External explores how artists respond to their internal emotions and thoughts or their external environment. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri encourages the exploration and interpretation of this idea in a way that is uniquely distinct and personal to each artist. This exhibition welcomes original artwork of all media from artists across the United States.

This year’s juror will be Sarah Martin, Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Murray State University. The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri sought out Professor Martin to jury this particular exhibit because of her use of external influences and vulnerably displaying her internal thoughts and feelings through her work

The non-refundable entry fee for the 2019 National Juried Exhibition is $35 for non-Arts Council members and $30 for members. This initial entry includes up to three works. Each additional entry of work is $5. There is no maximum number of entries but no more than three works by any artist will be exhibited. Diptychs and triptychs will be considered as two or three entries, respectively. 

The deadline for entries is Monday, April 22, 2019. The opening reception for the show will be held on Friday, June 7 from 5 - 9 PM.  Internal/External will remain on display for two months and come down July 27, 2019.

Exhibition Dates: June 7 – July 27, 2019
Exhibition Location:
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16 N. Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

View and download the Prospectus here
Apply online via JotForm here
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Sarah Martin is an assistant professor of art and currently heads the woodworking program at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Professor Martin specializes in woodworking, furniture design, and sculpture. She first discovered her love of woodworking in 1998 when she was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She went on to receive her MFA in Woodworking from the Program in Artisanry,at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2005. Since then Professor Martin has participated in residencies at the Arrowmont School of Craft, the Penland School of Art, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and San Diego State University.  She has also had teaching opportunities at universities and craft schools across the country. Additionally, her work has been featured in exhibits throughout the United States.