Call Detail
3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Call & Competition
River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second St.
Alexandria, LA 71301

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Louisiana
Event Dates: 4/8/17 - 5/28/17
Entry Deadline: 2/17/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Entry Fee (River Oaks Cup Call & Competition): $25.00

Give us your best mug, cup or tea bowl! 

River Oaks Square Arts Center is looking for a few good cups to include in its' 3rd Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition.  We are looking for ceramic vessels (mugs, cups, tea bowls) that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with ceramics.   Up to 125 artists will be chosen for this inspiring Southern event, because we all need a good mug for our tea and coffee and if not, we always need a good conversation piece!

The 2017 Dirty South Cup Call & Competition is a national, juried exhibition. Up to 125 artists will be chosen to display traditional or non-traditional ceramic mugs at River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.

• Entry Fee: $25 per artist, up to three entries (credit cards)

• Work may not be larger than 7” x 7” x 7”. Mugs, Cups and Tea Bowls Accepted.

• Open to all artists working in the medium of clay, residing in the United States.

• Functional & Non-functional, traditional and non-traditional pieces accepted

• All work must be for sale. No single work may exceed $350 in value. Artists will pay a 30% commission to the Gallery on all sales.

• Artist responsible for shipping/insurance cost to/from the Gallery. All work must include a Return LABEL for return shipment.  Weight Limit 15 lbs. River Oaks is not responsible for any damage during shipment.

• Digital entry only, JPEG format, 5MB maximum. Click here for supported image format.

• River Oaks will be utilizing the™, also known as CaFÉ™, an online application and adjudication system for exhibits and more. Go to to complete your application form.

• River Oaks Square Arts Center reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use these or the artists digital images for reproduction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.

• Entry free must be paid at the time of application submission.

Guest Juror: Matt Long
Currently running the Ceramics Department at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Matt has become well known for his work with soda fired porcelain, work that is fluid in lines and luscious in surface and glaze applications. His work lends a softened sense of the dramatic to porcelain form. As a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and obtaining his MFA from Ohio University, he and his work have quickly become recognizable entities on the forefront of the ceramic art world. Possessing a charming sense of humor and kind manner, he has become a popular workshop instructor throughout this country. His work earned him the NCECA emerging artist award in 2000 along with many juried awards and purchases into prestigious permanent collections. He has been featured in every serious ceramic art publication including Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, Art and Perception and Clay Times. Matt was the first visiting artist at the Red Lodge Clay Center in October 2006, he headed the construction of their first kiln, designed especially for soda firing.


First Prize $500 

Juror’s Choice: 4 awards, $125 each

“Exhibiting Artist” designation: In addition to the monetary award winners, the top 20 artists will be considered for spots as “exhibiting artists” in future invitational shows hosted by ROSAC.

Please complete and submit images to CaFE with credit card payment information.

• Works will be insured for 50% of the stated value from the time of delivery to the end of the exhibition

River Oaks Arts Center

River Oaks Square is a contemporary visual arts and fine crafts center made up of resident artists working with a variety of media. In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home became the catalyst for the establishment of River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After renovations to the Home, River Oaks opened its’ doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves.

In 1999, a 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened its doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria’s Cultural Arts District and are connected by a unique columned walkway. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a full scale ceramics studio comparable to most university systems, and rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 30 years, it has been River Oaks Square Arts Center’s (ROSAC) mission to promote contemporary visual art and fine crafts, to stimulate interest in, exhibition of, education of and appreciation for regional, resident, and local artists and their work. Currently, there are over 40 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty four exhibits are featured annually; outreach events are conducted; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.

River Oaks 3rd Annual

Dirty South Cup Call & Competition Calendar

February 17, 2017 - Deadline to enter

March 1, 2017 - Acceptance notification

March 17, 2017 - Delivery of work, no later than 5pm

June 16, 2017 - Return of artwork

Calendar of Events Related to the Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 7 - May 27, 2017

April19 & 20, Workshop/Classes with Guest Juror, Matt Long
                        10 AM - 4 PM $95.00
                         Class Size Limited (FCFS)
                          intermediate -advanced level potters with wheel experience

April 21, 2017 Handbuilding Workshop With WangLing Chou 10-2 (FCFS)

 April 21,2017 5-8 p.m. Opening Reception/Award Announcement/Juror Remarks

Matt Long Ceramic Workshop


Wednesday, April 19 & Thursday, April 20

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Mid-day Break for lunch)

$95 per person (Two day class)

Class is Limited - FCFSB

Must Pre-Register

To register, call 318.473.2670

Look for additional ceramic demonstrations during this weeklong mug call event!

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