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2018 MBA Art Show
4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205

Event Dates: 11/8/18 - 11/18/18
Entry Deadline: 10/8/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8

Entry Fee (2018 MBA Art Show Entry Fee): $25.00

Montgomery Bell Academy Art Show 2018

Montgomery Bell Academy
4001 Harding Road
Nashville, Tennessee

Show Dates: November 8 – November 18, 2018

Open to the public:

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 PM to 9 PM (artists should be present)


Saturday, November 10, 2018 12 PM to 4 PM (artists should be present)

Private events:

Sunday, November 11 through Sunday, November 18 (artists not required to be present)

Application Deadline: 10/1/18 Midnight CST


Images: 5 - 8

Application Fee: $25.00

Event Summary

Montgomery Bell Academy is pleased to announce the MBA 2018 Art Show, a traditional gallery-style juried art show, featuring approximately 60 local and regional artists. 

In order to engage the community and demonstrate MBA’s appreciation for the contribution of public art to our world, MBA Art Show 2018 is excited to announce this year’s show will feature the world-renowned French muralist and graffiti artist, Xavier Prou, better known as Blek Le Rat – Along with being the featured artist of the show, Blek Le Rat will be spending the week of the show on the MBA campus creating original works of art at various locations. We anticipate much public interest in Blek Le Rat’s presence in Nashville and will be utilizing professional marketing and promotional services to bring a new audience to this year’s show. 

The gallery-style show hangs from Thursday November 8 through Sunday, November 18, 2018. The opening reception on Thursday, November 8, 2018 (6-9 PM) will be a festive strolling event with featured artist Blek Le Rat, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary wine and beer bar.  This evening is open to the public, and artists' presence is required. The exhibit will be open to the public again on Saturday, November 10th from 12 PM until 4 PM, and again, artists are required to be present during this time. Several private MBA-sponsored events are planned around the art show for the evenings of November 11-18th.  Proceeds from the art show sales benefit and support MBA Mother’s Club activities and the fine arts program at MBA.

General Information

The MBA Art Show takes place in the Davis Arts Building on the MBA Campus. Renovated in 2015, the Davis Building is designed to display art in a sophisticated, state-of-the-art gallery setting.  Each artist is allocated a designated wall space in the gallery, and can bring as many paintings that fit in the designated space. Wall spaces are assigned based on space considerations; unfortunately, we cannot accommodate special requests for artist location. (Please note that the artists’ spaces are not constructed booths, but permanent wall space that is part of the Davis Gallery.)

Most artists who exhibit in this show are local or regional artists, with the exception of MBA alumni. 

MBA provides artist signage and artwork labels.

Important Dates
Monday, October 8, 2018 - deadline to apply extended from Oct. 1
Monday, October 15, 2018 – invitations issued
Monday October 22, 2018 – deadline to accept invitation to participate
Monday October 30, 2018 – deadline for inventory submissions
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – artist load-in, 4 - 8pm

Thursday, November 8 thru Sunday, November 18, 2018 – Show dates
Thursday, November 8 - Opening Reception from 6-9 PM; Exhibiting artists are required to attend

Saturday, November 10th, 10 AM until 4 PM - Exhibit Open to the Public; Exhibiting artists are required to attend
Sunday, November 18 – artist load-out, 4-6 p.m.

Show Hours

November 7, 2018 – 10 to 2pm and 4 to 7 p.m., artist load-in
November 8, 2018 – Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m., open to the public
November 10, 2018 – 10 to 4 p.m., open to the public

November 11–18, 2018 - Private MBA Art Show events
November 18, 2018 – Artist load-out, 4 to 6 p.m.

non-refundable application fee of $25 is due with the application. If invited, each artist agrees to a 70%/30% split, with the artist receiving 70% and MBA receiving 30%.  The MBA Art Show does not charge booth/participation fees.

Artist Amenities
Premium gallery setting

Extensive professional marketing and promotion of the show, including draw of international muralist Blek Le Rat

Art-savvy customers

Sales transactions handled by MBA

Art Show attendees receive a show guide with artist information

Application Process and Artist Selection
Approximately 60 artists will be invited to participate.  The majority of artists work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pen and ink, and mixed media; the show also includes digital art, photography, and sculpture. Artists are chosen by a designated selection committee, whose members represent a variety of backgrounds including artists, educators, and supporters.

Artist applications must be accompanied by a short artist bio (no more than 5 sentences) and five (5) to 8 (eight) digital images of artwork to be used on MBA’s website, social media, and printed art show materials. Images must be current and represent the quality, average price points, average size of pieces, and style of work you plan to exhibit.  

Images should be high resolution (if needed, refer to CaFE’s Image Preparation information, addressed via the help center).  

Exhibiting artists will be allocated a designated wall space in the gallery, and can bring as many paintings that fit in the designated space. Wall spaces are assigned based on space considerations.

All works exhibited must be for sale and must be original works of art. No commercial reproductions are permitted; a small number of limited, signed, high-quality reproductions may be allowed, with permission. Please email with inquiries.

The five (5) - eight (8) images submitted must accurately represent the artist’s work and be of the same quality, average price points, consistency, and style that will be exhibited.

Exhibiting artists agree to allow the MBA Art Show to use images and artist bios for promotional purposes in email, social media, and printed materials. 

Exhibiting artists agree to the placement decisions of the MBA Art Show; special requests for location/wall placement cannot be accommodated.

Exhibiting artists agree that the MBA Art Show will receive 30% of each sale, with the artist receiving 70%. All sales tax is the responsibility of the artist.

Exhibiting artists agree to hang their own artwork; MBA will provide nails and picture hangers.

On or before October 30, 2018, each exhibiting artist agrees to provide an inventory list of all pieces, including title, medium, dimensions, and price.