Call for Artists: 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit
The Berkeley Arts Council (BAC) announces the 12th Annual Art & Earth Juried Art Exhibit. The exhibit will be on display from Wednesday April 6 to Saturday May 14, 2022 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV.
Description: The exhibit has the theme ‘Art and Earth: My Art – My World’. Entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme.
Eligibility: The exhibit is open to all visual artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any fine art or fine craft medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions, representational, abstract, or non-representational. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.
Juror: The Juror is Alison Helm, Director of the School of Art and Design at West Virginia University, where she is a professor of sculpture. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York.
Professor Helm has exhibited her work at many galleries, museums and sculpture parks throughout the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and Mexico. Ms Helm has received two NEA Grants for Underserved area artists from the Cultural Center in Charleston, WV. She has received several awards, including the Outstanding Research Award for Creative Activity from West Virginia University in 2001 and was nominated for the Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award. She won the West Virginia Division of Culture and History Governors Award in 2015 and Best of Show at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Society of Sculptors 80th annual exhibition. She recently won a Governors Award in the 2021 WV Juried Exhibition. Her work is represented in numerous private and public collections and she has completed various sculpture commissions including “Splendor of the Seas” for the deck of one of the largest cruise ships in the world owned by Caribbean Cruise Lines, and two commissions for the Clarksburg Veterans Memorial Hospital, Memorial Garden, Clarksburg, WV.
Entry Fee: The entry fee for the exhibit is $35 for the first two works. Artists may submit one or two additional works for $10 each, for a maximum of four works.
Awards: Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention. Total prize fund up to $1,000.
Notification of Accepted Work: Notification of the juror’s selections will be announced by e-mail and posted on our web site on or about March 5, 2022. Detailed delivery instructions and schedules will be provided when the accepted artists are announced.
Deadline for Entries: Midnight Wednesday February 23, 2022
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Entries: Entries must be submitted as digital images for jurying. You may submit up to four works to be juried for this exhibit; one image per work. One additional image to show detail for 3-dimensional work is allowed.
The image file format should be normal (baseline) JPEG. Do not save as progressive JPEG. The images should be 1200 pixels on the long dimension with the other dimension proportional. Save at 72 PPI at high quality setting (8 out of 10 or 80% is good). Set your filename to lastname_title_WxHxD_entrynumber.jpg. (example: jones_red apple_11x14x1_no1.jpg). Dimensions should include framing.
Two-dimensional work must be ready for hanging and must not exceed 48 inches in width, including frame. Paintings and works on paper must be suitably framed. All entries to be hung must be equipped with wire, (no sawtooth or loop hangers, please). Three-dimensional works, must not exceed 72 inches in height and 36 inches in width or depth. Three-dimensional work must be free-standing.
General Guidelines for Accepted Work:
Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last 3 years and have not been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works.
The BAC reserves the right to reject any work that is not consistent with the work presented in the digital entry image, or if the framing or presentation is not adequate.
No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted for the exhibition.
Commission: The BAC retains a 30% commission on all sales . Work may not be removed during the exhibit.
Insurance/Liability: By delivering or shipping your work, you agree that, although the BAC will take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of the work in the gallery, the BAC is not responsible for loss of or damage to the artwork, and the artist is responsible for his/her own insurance if desired.
Publicity: Artist grants permission for the BAC to use submitted images of artwork for promotion and publicity. The BAC will promote the exhibit through its Web site, e-mail list, press releases, and social media.
Delivery and Shipping of Accepted Artwork:
All accepted work must arrive between Monday March 28 and Saturday April 2, 2022. Works accepted for the exhibit are to be hand-delivered or shipped to:
Berkeley Art Works
116 North Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Hand-Delivered Work – Artwork to be hand-delivered must arrive at the Berkeley Art Works on Wednesday 3/30, Thursday 3/31, or Friday 4/1 from 11am to 5pm, or Saturday 4/2 from 11am to 4pm. All artwork must have identifying information attached: Title, name of artist, medium, price.
Shipped Work – Artwork to be shipped must arrive during the week of Monday March 28 through Friday April 1, 2022. Staff will be at the gallery to receive shipments between 11am and 5pm. Work must be shipped prepaid to the Berkeley Art Works in sturdy, reusable packing. (Please no styrofoam packing peanuts!) Plexiglass must be used on all shipped works, no glass. All artwork must have identifying information attached: Title, name of artist, medium, price.
For return shipping, a pre-paid, printed shipping label must be included with your work – no exceptions! Hand-written labels are not acceptable. The Berkeley Arts Council will not pay for return shipping. Failure to provide a proper pre-paid shipping label could result in delays and increased costs, and could result in damage to your work due to limited storage available at the gallery.
IMPORTANT: The Berkeley Art Works does not receive U.S. Mail at the gallery address. Do not use the U.S. Postal Service to ship your work. Please use Federal Express (FedEx) or United Parcel Service (UPS). Please e-mail the tracking number(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org for reference. Artists are responsible for tracking and verification of when the package is delivered. Please make UPS/FedEx aware that our hours for accepting deliveries are Monday – Friday, 11am to 5pm. If you are unable to use FedEx or UPS to ship your work, please e-mail us at email@example.com for instructions.
Pick Up of Work at End of the Exhibit – Artists picking up their work at the conclusion of the show should do so on Saturday May 14, 2022 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Return of Shipped Work – The BAC will deliver shipped work to FedEx/UPS on Monday/Tuesday following the close of the show, on or about May 16/17, 2022.
Deadline for digital entries: Wednesday February 23, 2022 (Midnight).
Notification of acceptance e-mailed & posted: On or about Saturday March 5, 2022.
Arrival of accepted works to the Berkeley Art Works: Monday March 28 – Saturday April 2, 2022.
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday April 6 – Saturday May 14, 2022.
Pick Up Work at End of Exhibit: Saturday May 14, 2022 between 11:00am and 4:00pm.
Return of Shipped Work – On or about Monday/Tuesday May 16/17, 2022.