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The University of Southern Mississippi National Juried Painting Exhibition, 2023

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Entry Deadline: 8/5/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $35.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Mississippi

October 9 - November 3, 2023

The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 2023 National Juried Painting Exhibition. Artists are invited to submit entries of original works created within the past five years.

AWARDS: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200
ENTRY FEE: $35 for up to three entries  
ENTRY DEADLINE:    August 5, 2023                     

JUROR: Ken Weathersby has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, with notable solo shows at Minus Space (Brooklyn), Pierogi Gallery (New York City), One River Gallery (Englewood, NJ), NIAD Art Center Gallery (Richmond, CA), Some Walls (Oakland, CA), and the John Cotton Dana Gallery, Rutgers University (Newark). His work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Academy of Art Museum (New York), Honey Ramka (Brooklyn), ODETTA Gallery (Brooklyn), 57w57Arts (New York), Parallel Art Space (Ridgewood, NY), Mixed Greens (New York), Aljira Art Center (Newark), the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Gallery (Morristown, NJ), Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York), the Visual Art Center of NJ (Summit, NJ), Seven (Miami), Toomey Tourell (San Francisco), and I.S. Projects (Leiden, Netherlands), among many others.


  • Entry Deadline:                                       August 5, 2023
  • Notification of acceptance by email:       by August 18
  • Window for delivery of works:                 September 18-25
  • Deadline to receive paintings:                 September 25
  • Show Opens to Public                             October 9
  • Juror/Visiting Artist Lecture:                    November 2, 5:30 p.m.
  • Closing Reception:                                  November 2, 7:00 p.m.
  • Show closes:                                           November 3
  • Return shipping or pick-up of works:       November 3-14

SHIPPING AND DELIVERY: Artists are responsible for all shipping and delivery costs. Works should be well packed in re-usable packing materials and packing instructions if necessary. Prepaid return shipping label must be included, or a return label from FedEx or UPS. Please do not ship with USPS. We can also use your FedEx account number to return works.

INSURANCE: The University of Southern Mississippi will provide insurance coverage for all artworks while on the USM campus and gallery premises. Insurance of artworks while in transit to and from USM is the responsibility of the artist. USM is not liable for any damage or loss occurring during transit. 

SALES: Works can be available for purchase or listed as NFS (Not for Sale). Commission will not be taken on any sales.   

QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION: For questions or more information, please contact Museum Director, Mark Rigsby,

ABOUT THE MUSEUM: The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art was established in 1997 by the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning Board of Trustees as an expansion of the C.W. Wood Gallery founded in 1977. Recently completed in 2014, the Gallery of Art and Design, a 2000 sq.ft. contemporary art gallery, is now the primary exhibition space for all USM Museum of Art exhibitions and events. 

Application Requirements

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Entries must be the original works and available for the duration of the exhibit. No Giclée prints or reproductions. Works received must be in good condition. Paintings should be professionally presented, framed or gallery wrapped with clean finished edges. Accepted works must be wired and  ready for hanging or may be hung from stretcher bars. Wires must be in good condition and substantial enough to hold the weight of the work. No saw-tooth hangers or breakable glass allowed. Works not gallery-ready, differing significantly from the entry images, or lacking in presentation or craftsmanship may be omitted from the show. All entries will require the following: 

Up to 3 entries may be submitted. Each entry will require the upload of 1 digital JPEG image, 72 dpi, no more than 5 MB and no smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side. Each entry must also include, artist name, title of work, medium, (e.g. oil, acrylic, mixed, etc.), size (H x W inches), insurance value, year completed, and brief artist statement.

Eligibility Criteria

ELIGIBILITY: This national juried exhibition is open to all US residents,18 years of age or older. Entries must have been completed within the last 5 years. Works in any painting medium (oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, etc.), and all forms of representational and non-representational painting are eligible. Entries must not exceed 60x72 inches and should weigh no more than 30 lbs. Current USM students, faculty and staff are not eligible to apply.