Call Detail
Fine Arts Exhibition 2019 of the Decatur Arts Festival
Entry Deadline: 3/1/19
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Entry Fee (Decatur Arts Festival - Fine Arts Exhibition): $30.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Georgia

Call for Entries
31st Annual Decatur Arts Festival
Fine Arts Exhibition

Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance
Decatur, Georgia
May 21–June 16, 2019

The Decatur Arts Alliance invites artists working in all media to participate in the Fine Arts Exhibition of the 31st 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 21, 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 16, from 4 until 6 pm, which will include selected artists’ talks. We encourage exhibiting artists to attend both of these functions.


Katherine Dirga is an artist and public art specialist with 18 years’ experience in the field. After beginning her career at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO, Katherine served as a manager of Atlanta Airport’s public art program, where she commissioned and implemented $3.5 million in large-scale artworks for the Maynard Jackson International Terminal, as well as curating various temporary exhibitions and a live music series.
Katherine was brought to MARTA in late 2016 to develop an Art in Transit program: “Artbound”, comprised of permanent and temporary visual artworks as well as live music, theater, and dance presented in a transit environment. Dirga has a deep interest in community and was a founding curator of the Cabbagetown Art Wall, working with other local curators, artists, and the CSX Railroad to produce what is now an annual rotating exhibition and event with over 40 artists and 25 murals in one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and walkable neighborhoods. She served as founding Board Chair for Dashboard, an Atlanta-based, national curatorial team, leading the Board as the organization scaled from local and regional to national projects during her four year tenure. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MFA from Georgia State University. She is a member of Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) and has served on the Board and Advisory Councils for various local non-profits including Living Walls, Dashboard, and Cabbagetown Initiative CDC. 

Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier is a visual mythologist, a memory keeper. Her roots sprouted in rural West Southern Pines, North Carolina, one of the state's early incorporated African American towns.  Her work is inspired by her growing up in "The Pines", with its Southern and African village storytelling roots and indigenous communities throughout the world. She reimagines oral histories, myths, and stories, creating new memories and visualizations using a variety of media. 
Marshall-Linnemeier's large-scale public artworks can be seen at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Wolf Creek Library in South Fulton County and Freedom Parkway. Her work is held in collections nationally and internationally and she has worked in communities in England, Australia, Kenya, South Africa and her beloved American South. She is an honors graduate of the Atlanta College of Art (BFA Photography 1990) and holds an MA Degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She has received fellowships from Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest, Arts International, the Lyndhurst Foundation, Idea Capital, and Artadia. She is the 2018 recipient of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Public Works of Art. The commission recognized her design for Journey to Freedom, Women of the Civil Rights Movement an outdoor mural and sculpture installation along Freedom Parkway and the Atlanta Beltline.

Joseph Peragine joined the School of Art and Design faculty as the Foundation Coordinator in 1997 and accepted the role of Director in 2018. His subject matter ranges from the animal kingdom to detective novels to tanks to wrestlers, and his media includes painting, drawing, sculpture, animation and site-specific installations. Through his varied subject matter, Peragine explores questions of strength and vulnerability, power and impotence. His paintings, sculpture and animation have been presented in galleries, contemporary art spaces, and museums throughout the USA and internationally. The scope of Peragine’s multi-disciplinary practice includes exhibitions at Islip Museum of Art, Art in General in New York, Palm Beach ICA, the Cheekwood Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, , the UA Museum of Art, and zthe Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, . His public art piece for the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, Atlanta was awarded an Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for Public Art, as well as being noted one of the best public art projects in 2001 in Art in America. Peragine’s animation Patriotic Drawings for Children was recently screened as an official selection of the Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park New Jersey and his most recent solo exhibition was “After the Hunt” at Marcia Wood Gallery.
Peragine was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1961. He completed his undergraduate work in fine art at the University of Georgia, Athens, and in 1995 received his MFA in painting from Georgia State University, Atlanta, where he is currently Director of the School and a Professor in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking.

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 10 through March 1, 2019, and all entries must be completed by midnight MST on March 1.

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 8, 2019 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 21 through June 16, 2019, 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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