By TESA GLASS
The call for entries is out for the Shrode Fine Art and Craft Competition and Exhibit at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
The juried competition is open to all artists 18 years and older who live in Southern Illinois south of Interstate 70, including Charleston. All painting, drawing, printmaking, clay, fiber, mixed media, wood, fine jewelry and metal will be accepted, but no photography. The photography competition will be held in October.
“Each year Cedarhurst invites an established fine arts professional, such as a regional university professor and museum curators, to serve as judge for our competition,” information states. “They view each entry, one at a time, and select the top works to be accepted into the exhibition. Finally the top award winners are selected. These top winners will not be announced until the night of the opening reception. This year we are excited to welcome John Hasegawa, head of the ceramics department at the Paducah School of Art as our guest judge.”
The deadline for entries is Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 6 through 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All entries will be required to have an entry form attached to each work and the fees of $20 for non-Cedarhurst members or $17 for Cedarhurst members paid. Artists are allowed to submit up to three separate works for a single non-refundable fee.
Under terms of the competition, all work must be original work of the entrant, created within the last three years and not shown at a previous Cedarhurst/Shrode Art Center competition or exhibition. Work that is not acceptable is that copies from published or recognizable artwork or photographs, items assembled from kids or precut/precast material, work procured in another artist’s workshop or class, work that is a print of the original art piece or work that is unsuitable for family viewing.
All two-dimensional work must be framed with braided wire attached for hanging. Do not use saw-tooth hangers, string, tape or aluminum wire. Artists are to use braided wire specifically made for the picture weight. No temporary clear coverings are allowed — all two dimensional artwork should be framed and presented in a professional manner.
All entries should be marked “for sale” or “NFS” if the work is not for sale. Artists must assign a price to their artwork, even if it is not for sale, for insurance purposes.
Artwork will not be able to be removed from Cedarhurst until the exhibit closes.
A list of accepted works will be e-mailed to artists by Feb. 15. Any entries not on the exhibition list should be picked up no later than Feb. 22. No works can be picked up the evening of the preview and awards presentation, which will be held 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23.
Information about the competition is available by contacting Cedarhurst Center for the Arts or the Shrode Art Center at 242-1236.