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The 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition
Naples Art Association
585 Park Street
Naples, FL 34102

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Florida
Event Dates: 2/24/18 - 3/25/18
Entry Deadline: 1/2/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (The 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition): $29.00

The 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition is a contemporary art exhibition open to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork by artists residing in the United States. Founders exhibitions are a long-held tradition honoring the artists who came together in 1954 to create the Naples Art Association, the first non-profit visual arts organization in Collier County, Florida. Founders exhibitions serve as a platform for local artists to share the spotlight with their peers at the national level. For artists from outside Florida, Founders exhibitions provide the opportunity to demonstrate success, compete for cash prizes totaling $3,500 and exhibit their art in Naples, Florida.

The exhibition will be installed in the ground floor galleries of the Naples Art Association from February 24 through March 25, 2018. The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park Street in Naples, Florida in the heart of the 5th Avenue South shopping, dining and entertainment district.


$3,500 in cash awards will be presented to artists during a reception the evening Friday, March 2, 2018. Artists are encouraged to attend the preview reception, but attendance is not a requirement. Award checks will be mailed to winning artists who are unable to accept their awards in person.

List of Awards
$1,000 Best of Show
$800 First Place

$600 Second Place
$400 Juror’s Choice Award
$200 Award of Merit
$200 Award of Merit
$100 Honorable Mention
$100 Honorable Mention
$100 Honorable Mention 

Three Jurors will Review and Score all Entries

Joan Kropf, Deputy Director and Curator of Collections, The Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg

Joan Kropf is an advocate for the works of Salvador Dalí. She is responsible for growing and interpreting The Dalí Museum collection in order to educate, entertain and intrigue museum visitors. Kropf received a Master of Fine Arts degree in humanities, art history and museum studies from California State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.

Kropf inaugurated the three Salvador Dalí museum locations. The first museum opened in the offices of Mr. Reynolds Morse’s industrial molding supply company in Beachwood, Ohio in 1971. At that time, the collection was privately owned and viewing was by appointment only. When Reynold and Eleanor Morse donated their art collection to the people of St. Petersburg, they asked Kropf if she would like to accompany it. The second Salvador Dalí Museum opened in 1982 on Third Street South in St. Petersburg and the current Dalí Museum opened in 2011 at One Dalí Blvd. 

During Kropf’s 46-year career with The Dalí Museum she has curated over 100 exhibitions with the permanent Dalí Museum collection and global lending institutions; arranged and coordinated national and international loaned exhibitions; collaborated on and authored exhibition catalogues and the museum’s docent training manual; and in 1995 she led The Dalí Museum through the American Alliance of Museum’s accreditation process. Kropf has served on the Public Art Commission for the City of St. Petersburg and is an accredited art appraiser. 

Olu Oguibe, Artist, Rockville, Connecticut

Olu Oguibe's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in major museums and galleries including the Whitney, New Museum, PS1-MoMA and the Smithsonian, as well as in biennials and triennials including Venice, Havana, Busan, Shanghai and the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial of site-specific art, among others. He has curated exhibitions for numerous venues including Tate Modern and the Venice Biennale, and his writings on art and theory have appeared in a long list of books, anthologies, readers, journals and art magazines. In the early nineties, he wrote film and literary criticism for Time Out London. He has been a Critic in Residence at the OMI International Arts Center, and was chair of the jury at the 2014 Alexandria Biennale in Egypt.

Oguibe has taught at several colleges in Africa, Europe, and across the United States including Goldsmiths College in London, the University of South Florida where he held the Stuart Golding Endowed Chair in African Art and the University of Connecticut in Storrs where he was Professor of Painting for over a decade. In 2013 he was honored with the Connecticut Governor's Art Award for Excellence and Lifetime Achievement and in 2017 the City of Kassel, Germany awarded him the Arnold Bode Prize for his work in the 14th edition of Documenta.

Frank Verpoorten, Director and Chief Curator, The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida

Frank Verpoorten is Director and Chief Curator of The Baker Museum in Naples, Florida. Since beginning as Director in 2012, he has made significant acquisitions of modern and contemporary art for the museum’s collection, and organized many important and well-received exhibitions including among others Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris and Duchamp Family of Artists.

Before his arrival at the Baker Museum, Verpoorten had more than 15 years of experience with cultural institutions and museums in Belgium and New York. Originally from Brussels, he attended Belgium’s Vrije Universiteit where he received a dual Master of Arts degree in Art History and Cultural Studies. He held research and curatorial positions at the Museum for Musical Instruments and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. In 2002, he left Belgium permanently for the United States and spent his next ten years in New York serving in curatorial roles for the Museum of Modern Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and the Dahesh Museum of Art. While in New York, Verpoorten was Cultural Attaché for the Representation of the Government of Flanders (Belgium) to the United States. As Cultural Attaché, Verpoorten oversaw multidisciplinary cultural programming for the Belgian government including exhibitions, performing arts initiatives, lectures and film programs.

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The 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition is open to original 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork created after January 1, 2014 by artists residing in the United States. Artwork must be original and not exhibited by the Naples Art Association within the preceding twelve months. Prints produced from original works of art are not eligible. Accepted artwork must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibition.

Size Limitations and Presentation

There are two entry categories: 2-dimensional artwork and 3-dimensional artwork.

2-dimensional artwork: maximum width 96 inches and height 96 inches (including frame if artwork is framed). Artwork must be ready for display. Framed works must be sturdy. Glass may be used only if frame is smaller than 26 x 26 inches. For safety reasons, larger frames requiring a glazing must have Plexiglas.

3-dimensional artwork: maximum dimensions 48 x 48 x 48 inches with a maximum weight of 100 pounds. Artwork weighing more than 50 pounds must fit on a 20 x 30 inch platform cart for moving within the gallery and installation. Ceiling suspended artwork cannot exceed a weight of 5 pounds. Pedestals will be provided for the exhibition. However, artists with specific pedestal requirements (size, height, color, type) should provide their own pedestal(s).

Non-Refundable Entry Fee

A $29 non-refundable entry fee is required to enter one or two artworks in the 2-dimensional and/or 3-dimensional artwork categories. The non-refundable entry fee is payable online by credit card when applying.

Jury Process Results Notification

Notifications will be posted to your CaFÉ account by January 24, 2018. To view the status of your entry, log into your CaFÉ account and click on “My Applications.” Shortly before results are posted an email notification will be sent to the email address in your CaFÉ account. For artists with artwork accepted for the exhibition, instructions and addresses will be sent via email for hand delivering or shipping artwork.

Artist’s Statement

An artist’s statement of not more than 2,000 characters is required with your entry. Statements provide information and your insight for the jurors. If your artwork is accepted for the exhibition, the artist’s statement you submit with your entry will be printed and mounted in the gallery next to your artwork. Please do not include your name in your artist’s statement. The jury process is “blind” which means the jurors will not see your name when they view your entries. Please also refrain from including your website URL or any other personally identifying information in your artist’s statement.

The purpose of an artist’s statement is to help others understand the aspects in your work you think are the most important. Your artist’s statement can put readers “in your shoes” by revealing your goals and aspirations as an artist. When you talk to others about your artwork, you probably address one or more important aspects behind your work. Writing an artist’s statement can be merely the process of clearly stating the thoughts you express during a critique, a conversation in your studio and even during a social gathering when someone learns you are an artist and asks you “What do you do?” Providing an artist’s statement allows you to share your ideas and opinions when you are not present and able to speak.

Artwork Delivery

Artwork accepted for the 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition may be hand delivered to the Naples Art Association or shipped to ARTMove LLC in Naples. Accepted artwork must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibition and the earliest date it may be removed from the Naples Art Association is Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10 am. 

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Monday, February 19, 2018 or Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 10 am - 2 pm (delivery prior to February 19th is available by appointment and during regular gallery hours. Early delivers cannot be made between February 16 and 18 due to a Naples Art Association fundraiser). The Naples Art Association is located at 585 Park Street, Naples, FL 34102. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

Shipping Your Accepted Artwork: Accepted artwork may be shipped to ARTMove LCC in Naples, Florida to arrive by no later than February 14, 2018. The ARTMove LLC shipping address and contact information will be provided in the jury process notification email sent to all applicants with artwork accepted for the exhibition.  Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of transporting their artwork to and from Naples, Florida. Shipped artwork must include a FedEx or UPS prepaid return shipping label or an Airbill or Groundbill with shipping account number. Return shipping to PO Boxes is not permitted. ARTMove LLC will receive and return all shipped artwork.

Use care when packing your artwork. Cushion artwork on all sides with at least 4 inches of packing material and pack in a sturdy shipping carton. Popcorn (loose foam) is not an acceptable packing material as it will allow your artwork to shift during transit. Airfloat Systems sells excellent cushioned-shipping “Strongbox” containers that are sturdy and reusable. Enter code NAA when ordering online to receive a 20% discount on all orders. FedEx Office locations sell boxes specifically designed for shipping framed artwork. Please note: The Naples Art Association and ARTmove LLC are not responsible for artwork damaged during shipment. The Naples Art Association reserves the right to disqualify damaged artwork from the exhibition.

Reception and Awards Presentation

On Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm the Naples Art Association will host a Reception and Awards Presentation for the 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition at 585 Park Street in Naples. The reception is complimentary for Naples Art Association contributors and exhibiting artists with a $10 suggested donation for all others.

Gallery Hours

The 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition will be on view from February 24 through March 24, 2018. It is a brick and mortar exhibition. The exhibition will not be available for online viewing. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.  


Artwork exhibited in the 52nd Founders Juried Awards Exhibition may be available for purchase or listed as NFS (not for sale). The Naples Art Association processes sales and will retain a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Proceeds from artwork sales support the Naples Art Association’s exhibition programs. Artists’ proceed checks will be mailed. Artists should receive their checks within three weeks from the close of the exhibition. Once stated, the price of artwork may not be changed. Please take into consideration your costs for framing, shipping and the 30% sales commission before establishing the price for your artwork.

Artwork Pick-up or Shipped Artwork Return

All artwork will be available for pickup from 2 to 6 pm on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (artwork pick up on the March 24 & 25 weekend cannot be facilitated due to the Downtown Naples Art Festival). Artwork should be picked-up during scheduled pickup dates. Shipped artwork will be return shipped by ARTMove LLC during the week of April 3, 2018.


Due care will be taken with all artwork. However, the Naples Art Association and ARTMove LLC will not be held responsible for loss or damage to exhibited and/or shipped artwork. Artists may wish to acquire insurance to cover loss and/or damage.


January 2, 2018 - Entry Deadline

January 24, 2018 - Notification Date (notification posted to your CaFE account)

February 14, 2018 - Shipped Artwork Deadline (ship to ARTMove, LLC)

February 19 and 20, 2018; 10 am to 2 pm - Artwork Receiving  (For an earlier delivery date: Make an appointment to hand deliver your accepted artwork during regular gallery hours.)

February 24 - March 25, 2018, Exhibition Open (Gallery Hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday - Saturday with free admission. The exhibition will be open during one Sunday only for the Downtown Naples Art Festival on March 24 & 25.)

March 2, 2018; 5:30 to 7:30 pm - Reception and Awards Presentation

March 26 and 27, 2018; 2 to 6 pm - Artwork Pick-up

Week of April 3, 2018 – Artwork return shipped by ARTMove LLC


 Contact Person: Jack O’Brien, (239) 262-6517 ext. 106, 

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