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53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show
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Entry Deadline: 12/1/18
Application Closed

Entry Fee (53rd Annual National Drawing to Small Sculpture Show): $20.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Texas



2-D Purchase Award:  1 @ $1,500
Sculpture Purchase Award:  2 @ $3,000 each

The Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show attracts works by contemporary artists across the country and is judged by a guest juror of national stature.  Resulting Purchase Awards have built an impressive Permanent Collection at Del Mar College.

This year's 53rd show runs Februrary 15, 2019, opening reception 6-8 p.m., and closes May 3, 2019.  Accepted artwork is displayed in the distinctive Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery.

Carlton Bradford earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Arizona in 1986.  He returned to teaching sculpture at the UofA in 2002 and became an Associate Professor in 2011 in the 3D and Extended Media Division.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes with a specialty in metal and wood fabrication.  Before that he taught sculpture at the College of Marin, Kentfield, California from 1989-1995.  During this time, he exhibited with the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco.  Carlton has exhibited his work over his forty-year career in many solo and group exhibitions.  Earlier in his career he worked as an assistant to several professional sculptors in various media (all aspects of foundry work, carving and fabricating wood sculpture, and large-scale metal fabrication and installation).

The exhibition is open to all* U.S. artists.  Only work created in the last three years can be entered.  Previously exhibited works in the Annual Show will not be eligible.  Each artist may submit three works.  All accepted artwork can be considered for purchase. 

*Del Mar College full-time Art faculty are excluded.

All submissions will be through (  Entries must be submitted on or before December 1, 2018.  No entries will be accepted after this date.

Upload requirements for image files:
  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • File size: 3 MB maximum
  • Image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal)
  • Maximum of six images per artist:  one image per 2-D work, two images per sculpture
Further information on the image requirements for submission and resources for editing the digital image size can be found on's Help section.

$20 flat fee for up to three entries:  one image per 2-D work, two images per sculpture
All fees are non-refundable and payable through

Artists will be notified via email by Januray 4, 2019.  Status updates can be found by logging into your CaFE account.  The juror may elect to reject artwork after arrival.

All original works on paper will be considered, this includes drawing, printmaking in traditional media, original watercolor, and photography.  Professional presentation of accepted artwork is required.  Acetate covering is acceptable with white museum quality mat board with at least 2" mounting and over-mat visible on all sides.  To ensure consistency in presentation, if your work is framed, please use simple frames.  Ship framed works with Plexiglass ONLY.  Artwork must be shipped in stiff, reusable cardboard packaging, securely packed to insure safe delivery (no peanuts).  Refer to size specifications below.

Sculptures of any media will be considered.  However, sculptures requiring ceiling suspended installation will not be accepted.  Accepted sculptures should be securely packed within one crate to insure safe delivery.  If crate is wooden, use screws-not nails or bolts-to secure lid.  Refer to size specifications below.

  • All works submitted works must have Identification Cards
  • All mailing crates should not exceed 108 inches (length plus girth) and must not exceed 70 lbs. in weight
  • Crates and artwork that do not meet size requirement will be returned
  • Ship framed works with Plexiglass ONLY
  • Work may be sent to Del Mar College by any transportation mode, including hand delivery, but only artwork that can be returned FedEx or Parcel Post will be considered for the exhibition.  Accepted work needs to arrive before January 29, 2019
  • All works submitted are at the artist's own responsibility; any insurance must be arranged by the artist while artwork is in transit and for the duration of the show.
  • All accepted artwork will be handled with professional care; however, staff, volunteers and Del Mar College cannot be responsible for any loss or damage.
  • Damaged crates will remain unopened pending notification of the carrier and artist.
  • Work unclaimed by artist at return address listed on crate is not the responsibility of Del Mar College.
Acceptance to the 53rd Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show is an agreement by the artist to all terms set forth in this "Call for Entries."  Permission is granted to photograph and reproduce artwork for the catalog, other print or electronic media; future show promotions; education, and publicity.

2-D Purchase Award:  1 @ $1,500
Sculpture Purchase Award:  2 @ $3,000 each

Accepted artwork will be return by May 31, 2019.

December 1, 2018 - Entry submission deadline
January 4, 2019 - Notification
January 29, 2019 - Deadline for accepted work to be received by Del Mar College
February 1, 2019 - Lecture by juror
February 15, 2019 - Opening reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
May 3, 2019 - Exhibition closes
May 31, 2019 - Return of artwork

For more information, call 361-698-1216 to email


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