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National Art Encounter 2018-19
Naples, FL 34102

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 10/4/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $29.00

National Art Encounter 2018-19

  • Artwork will be exhibited in a brick-and-mortar gallery on view in the Naples Art Association at 585 Park Street, Naples, Florida from December 1, 2018 through January 12, 2019
  • Open to artwork created after January 1, 2014 by artists residing in the United States
  • Nine cash awards totaling $3,500
  • 3 Exhibition Jurors: Brad Cushman, Gallery Director and Curator, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami; and Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida.   
  • Maximum of two entries per artist
  • Non-refundable Entry Fee of $29. Payable online with a credit card
  • Entry Deadline: October 4, 2018

The Naples Art Association initiated the Art Encounter exhibition program in 1983. It is a contemporary art exhibition open to 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork by artists residing in the United States. The exhibition serves as a platform upon which Florida artists share the spotlight with their peers at the national level. For artists from outside of Florida, the exhibition provides an opportunity to demonstrate success, compete for cash prizes totaling $3,500 and exhibit in Naples, Florida.

National Art Encounter 2018-19 will be installed in the Naples Art Association’s ground floor galleries from December 1, 2018 through January 12, 2019. 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, November 30, 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 (2)
$100 Honorable Mention (3)


Three Jurors will Review and Score all Entries

Brad Cushman, Gallery Director and Curator, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Brad Cushman has been gallery director and curator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2000. Cushman has curated numerous exhibitions for his own institution as well as others. In 2013, he curated Face to Face: Artist’s Self Portraits from the Collection of Jackye and Curtis Finch, Jr. for the Arkansas Art Center. The exhibition traveled to Auburn University in Alabama and Artis—Naples, the Baker Museum in Florida. An award-winning artist himself, Cushman taught art for twelve years at Oklahoma State University before moving to Arkansas. In 1989, Cushman received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Postmodernism Theory at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Cushman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Illinois College in Jacksonville. He is the voice of Picture This, featuring audio essays on art and architecture on Little Rock NPR stations and is the host of Inside Art produced by University of Arkansas at Little Rock television.

Jill Deupi, Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator, Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami

Dr. Jill Deupi is the Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator of the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum. Prior to assuming the position in August 2014, Dr. Deupi was Director and Chief Curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, where she was also an Assistant Professor of Art History. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College and her Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Deupi holds both a Master of Arts degree and Ph.D. in art history from the University of London’s Birkbeck College and the University of Virginia, respectively. A Rome Prize recipient, Dr. Deupi wrote her doctoral dissertation on art and cultural politics in 18th-century Naples. Her prior museum experience includes work at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Snite Museum of Art, the National Gallery (Washington, D.C.), and the Wallace Collection. Dr. Deupi is a Fellow of both the American Academy in Rome and the Leading Change Institute. She is also a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (on whose board she sits), Art Table, the International Women’s Forum and the College Art Association (on whose Museum Committee she serves).

Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Florida

Kirk Ke Wang is Professor of Visual Arts at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He is a painter, sculptor, photographer, mixed-media artist and an educational software developer. He was born in Shanghai, China and received Master of Fine Art degrees from both the Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China and the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Mr. Wang travels frequently between China and the United States to promote art, education and culture. He maintains studios in Tampa, New York and Shanghai. In addition to teaching and making art, he led a team of experts and developed a computer learning system for children, which has now been used by over one-thousand schools nationally.

Mr. Wang’s art has been exhibited by museums internationally, nationally and in the Tampa Bay area at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 in New York and the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. His work has been collected by museums, galleries and private collectors in the United States and Asia. He was awarded the bronze medal by the Cultural Ministry of China, and he is also the recipient of numerous grants and foundation awards from institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Freeman Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. 

Link to Naples Daily News Press Coverage of the 2017 Installment of National Art Encounter 

Enter Online with CaFÉ

Use CaFE to enter National Art Encounter 2018-19. CaFE accounts are free, easy to set up and do not expire. After setting up an account, artists may enter national competitions hosted by the Naples Art Association (National Art Encounter exhibitions, Founders Juried Awards exhibitions, and the annual Camera USA® photography competition) as well as competitions hosted by other organizations around the country and the world.

To set you your account go to and click on the “How to Apply” tab. Be sure to watch the “How to Apply” video for a brief and complete overview. Use the “Help” tab for more details or to email a question to the CaFÉ help team.   


Artists residing in any of the fifty States in the United States of America are eligible to enter one or two artworks created after January 1, 2014 and not exhibited in the Naples Art Association’s galleries within the past 12 months. Artwork must be original. 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 October 26, 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. Artist’s statements cannot be changed after entering. If your entry(s) is accepted for the exhibition, visitors to the galleries will read the identical statement the jurors read when reviewing and scoring your entry(s). Your statement cannot be changed, edited or otherwise modified at any time after the October 4, 2018 entry deadline.

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. To avoid being disqualified from the jury process, 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 of 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, “What do you do?” Providing an artist’s statement allows you to share your ideas and opinions even when you are not present.

Artwork Delivery

Artwork accepted for the National Art Encounter 2018-19 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 Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 12 noon. 

Hand Delivery: Deliver accepted artwork on Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 12 noon to 2 pm (the Naples Art Association is closed to the public on Sunday. Enter through the receiving room doors on the North side) or Monday, November 26, 2018 from 10 am - 2 pm. Delivery prior to November 25th is available by appointment and during regular gallery hours. 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 November 19, 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, November 30, 2018 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm the Naples Art Association will host a Reception and Awards Presentation for National Art Encounter 2018-19 at 585 Park Street in Naples. The reception is complimentary for Naples Art Association contributors and exhibiting artists. There is a voluntary $10 donation at the door (free for Naples Art Association contributors).  

Gallery Hours

National Art Encounter 2018-19 will be on view from December 1, 2018 through January 12, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. The exhibition will be real and not virtual. 


Artwork exhibited in National Art Encounter 2018-19 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 the sale of artwork 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. Take all of your expenses into consideration before establishing the price of your artwork. Your expenses may include framing, shipping costs, the entry fee and a 30% sales commission.

Artwork Pick-up or Shipped Artwork Return

Artwork will be available for pickup from 12 noon to 2 pm on Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm. Artwork should be picked-up during scheduled pickup dates. Shipped artwork will be return shipped by ARTMove LLC during the week of January 21, 2019.


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.


October 4, 2018 - Entry Deadline

October 26, 2018 - Notification Date (notification posted to your CaFE account)

November 19, 2018 - Shipped Artwork Deadline (ship to ARTMove, LLC)

November 25, 2018; 12 noon to 2 pm - Artwork Receiving

November 26, 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.)

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

December 1, 2018 - January 12, 2019, Exhibition Open (Gallery Hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday - Saturday with free admission. The exhibition will also be open January 6 during the Naples New Year’s Art Show on 5th Avenue South.)

January 13, 2019; 12 noon - 2 pm - Artwork Pick-up

January 14, 2019; 10 am - 2 pm - Artwork Pick-up

Week of January 21, 2019 - Artwork return shipped from ARTMove LLC

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

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