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Fine Arts Exhibition 2018 of the Decatur Arts Festival
P.O. BOX 401, Decatur, GA 30031

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Georgia
Entry Deadline: 2/28/18
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Decatur Arts Festival - Fine Arts Exhibition): $30.00

Call for Entries
30th Annual Decatur Arts Festival
Fine Arts Exhibition

Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance
Decatur, Georgia
May 22–June 10, 2018

The Decatur Arts Alliance invites artists working in all media to participate in the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 30th Annual Decatur Arts Festival. The exhibition is a juried multimedia presentation that contributes a fresh and unique perspective to the festival every year.

The Decatur Arts Festival draws approximately 60,000 people to downtown Decatur for a celebration of the arts that includes a juried Artists Market, Children’s Festival, New Dance, Literary Arts, Performing Arts Stage, and a Concert on the Square, as well as the Fine Arts Exhibition. This large audience represents a broad spectrum of knowledge and appreciation of the arts, and the Fine Arts Exhibition addresses this spectrum with a diversity of styles and media. Works selected for the show reflect a wide range of artists’ experiences and viewpoints, with excellence as a common thread.

The exhibition will be in the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur, Georgia 30030. The Dalton Gallery is in the Dana Fine Arts Building. For directions, visit

Artists are invited to participate in a juried exhibition of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works. Artwork will be chosen from submitted entries by a panel of three jurors on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution.

• All works must be original and completed within the last two years.
• The sponsors are the final authority on eligibility.
• Works to be hung must be ready for hanging with any necessary hardware in place.
•  Artwork must fit through a standard door.
• Video presentations are eligible, but the gallery does not offer facilities for projection. Any selected videos will be shown on a flat screen or computer monitor.
* An artist entering an installation piece should be prepared to personally deliver, install, and de-install the work as needed. All physical requirements for installations are considered during the selection process.

The opening reception of the Fine Arts Exhibition is Tuesday, May 22, from 5 until 7 pm, in conjunction with the Decatur Business Association monthly meeting. The exhibition closes with the Last Call party on Sunday, June 10, from 4 until 6 pm, which will include selected artists’ talks. We encourage exhibiting artists to attend both of these functions.


Angus Galloway works between drawing, painting, installation and sound as his primary art practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University where he majored in Philosophy and minored in Studio Art and Art History.  Attending Georgia State University for his MFA, he concentrated on drawing and painting along with sound design.  His installations have been included in exhibitions such as New Genre Landscape in an Atlanta park, Art in Odd Places in New York, and Tenderlandscape at Agnes Scott College. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Georgia State University's Perimeter Dunwoody.

Ann Rowles is National Affiliate artist of SOHO20 Gallery in New York, and has exhibited widely in the United States. Internationally she has exhibited in Hungary, Korea, and New Zealand. Public collections include the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the William King Art Museum in Virginia. Grants and Awards include the North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, the Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant and the “INDY” Award from the Independent Newspaper in North Carolina.  Artist residencies include the Atlantic Center for Art, Florida,  and the Hambidge Center. Rowles was a resident studio artist at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 2005–2010.  Rowles earned her MFA in Sculpture from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990, and then taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University, and Western Carolina University, and the Vermont College of Fine Art’s Low Residency Program. Active in the Women’s Art Movement since the 1980s, Rowles is the cofounder of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia and has served on the Board of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, Tri State Sculptors Education Association, Center/Gallery, and the Durham Art Guild. Memberships include the Women’s Caucus for Art (both National and Georgia Chapter), the College Art Association, International Sculpture Center, Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, Tri State Sculptors, and the Atlanta Printmakers Studio. She currently has a studio in the B-Complex in Southwest Atlanta. 

Fred Yalouris has recently retired as the Design Director for Atlanta Beltline, Inc., and in this capacity directed numerous public art competitions, coordinated design strategies, and oversaw the commissioning of artworks for the project. Prior to coming to the Atlanta area, he served as the Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority/Central Artery Tunnel Project. In the latter capacity he was responsible for the parks, streets, and green spaces that now lie on top of Boston’s “Big Dig” project. He preceded his career in public art with an academic career, and served as an administrator and research associate at Harvard University, then a college dean at the University of Massachusetts. A native of Maine, Yalouris earned his BA from Harvard and a PhD from Oxford University.

Best of Show -             $1,000
Gold Award -                   $700
Silver Award -                 $500

Purchase awards totaling $2,500 are selected by the City of Decatur, Decatur Business Association, and Decatur Downtown Development Authority for the City of Decatur’s public art collection. Additional purchase awards are being solicited.

Sales are encouraged. The Decatur Arts Alliance handles all sales and collects a 25% commission on all artwork sold as a result of this exhibition. All artwork for sale must be priced by the artist and so stated in the entry. Please be sure to include the 25% commission for the Decatur Arts Alliance in your price. The 7% Georgia sales tax will be added at the point of sale.
      An online catalogue is anticipated. Sales from the Fine Art Exhibition have increased each year and works from the exhibition have been added to private, corporate, and non-profit collections.

Submitting an entry form to this exhibition through Call for Entries ( constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth in this prospectus. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. After acceptance, the artist cannot substitute another work for the accepted one or change the sales price.
       The Decatur Arts Alliance reserves the right to refuse to install any work that, upon arrival at the Dalton Gallery, differs markedly from the images submitted or that does not, for any reason, meet the exhibitions standards of excellence.
      By submitting images of your work, you give permission to the Decatur Arts Alliance to use the images for publicity in the organization’s website, digital publications, press releases, Decatur Arts Festival publications (both print and electronic), and online catalogue of the exhibition.

Please understand that space is limited and if your work is accepted, another artist's has been denied. Accepted artwork is an integral part of the layout and overall aesthetic theme of the show. If you withdraw your accepted work, you are not only disturbing the balance sought by the jurors and installers, but also denying another artist the opportunity to exhibit his/her work. Please be considerate and do not submit the work you are submitting to the Fine Arts Exhibition to multiple shows with overlapping schedules.

All reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure protection of submitted work upon receipt. Work will be insured for the duration of the exhibition. No liability can be assumed by the Decatur Arts Alliance during storage or by sponsors or personnel connected to the exhibition for damage incurred or loss of work while in transit. Artists are advised to arrange their own shipping insurance.

All entries are to be submitted digitally through (CaFÉ). Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form. See Exceptions Below.
     If you have not registered previously with CaFÉ, setting up your portfolio is free. For this exhibition here is a $30 charge for entering up to three entries. Each work must be submitted on a separate entry form with up to three images per entry. After completing the entry information, a credit card number or PayPal account will be required to confirm the entry process.

Please note: a credit card number is required for the first entry. If entering more than one work, artists should follow the instructions during the entry process for additional entries charged to the first payment.
      CaFÉ requires that all images conform to a specific format. The Decatur Arts Alliance encourages all entrants to review the instructions and tutorials for formatting images and entering before beginning the actual entry process.

Entries will be active on the CaFÉ website from January 8 through February 28, 2018, and all entries must be completed by midnight MST on February 28.

For technical assistance with your entry, please see, or contact

For questions about exhibition guidelines, please contact

Participants may enter up to three pieces for one fee. Submissions will include the following:

• Contact information including mailing address, telephone number, email address, and website address (if applicable)
• Title of each work submitted

• Year artwork completed
• Brief statement about the work. This may include descriptive material. Limited to 75 words.
• Up to three images of each work submitted for jurying. If the work is a 2-D work, an overall view and at least one detail are recommended. If the work is a 3-D work, two alternate overall views and one detail are recommended. All submitted images must be formatted to the specifications outlined on the CaFÉ website. ( By submitting images of your work, you give permission to the Decatur Arts Alliance to use the images for publicity in the organization’s websites, digital publications, press releases, Decatur Arts Festival publications (both print and electronic), and online catalogue of the exhibition.
• Image list numbered to correspond to the portfolio images submitted. Please include full photography credits as well as title, dimensions, and description of each work.
• Presentation/installation requirements for the work submitted including any special fixtures required

Notification of acceptance will be by email only, no later than April 1, 2018 to the email address provided on the entry form, with “Notification of Jury Decision” in the subject line. Attached to the notification email will be instructions for shipment and retrieval of artwork, as well as a consignment agreement. Applicants not chosen will also be notified. No phone calls, please.
     Images of accepted work will be retained by the Decatur Arts Alliance for archival purposes. The exhibition will hang from May 22 through June 10, 2018, in the Dalton Gallery in the Dana Fine Arts Building on the campus of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia.

The organizers:
The Decatur Arts Alliance (DAA) is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, residents, and government dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the City of Decatur. Founded in 1989, the DAA sponsors the annual Decatur Arts Festival and is a founding sponsor of the AJC Decatur Book Festival. The Fine Arts Exhibition has been a part of the Decatur Arts Festival since its inception. The DAA provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups and performance venues within the city and helps make Decatur home to a strong arts community. The DAA is supported by membership, along with proceeds from the Decatur Arts Festival and the Decatur Wine Festival.
     To contact the DAA, call 404.371.9583, email, or visit

The place:
The City of Decatur, Georgia, is located just east of and adjacent to Atlanta’s intown communities and near the metro area suburbs. With more than 200 shops and restaurants in commercial districts around the Square and in historic Oakhurst Village, Decatur is a popular shopping, dining, entertainment, and arts destination. Twenty thousand residents live in Decatur’s quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods and downtown condominiums, and as the DeKalb County seat, Decatur’s thriving commercial community is the epicenter of county business. (



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