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Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition
220 Cypress St.
Abilene, TX 79601

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Texas
Entry Deadline: 8/19/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$35.00

The Center for Contemporary Arts

3rd Annual National Juried Art Show & Competition

Show Dates: September 13 - November 2, 2019; Abilene, TX


This is a national competition open to all artists 21 years of age and over. Submitted artwork must not have been shown previously at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA). 


Original, 2 and 3-dimensional art only.  No artwork over 3 years old may be shown.


Wall mounted works must not be taller than 50" no wider than 50".  Boundary of sculpture should not exceed 36 inches in any direction. Weight limit 50 lbs.



Oil, watercolor, scratch board, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, mixed media, pastel, pencil, pen & ink, aquatint, watercolor, bronze, wood, ceramic, photography, fiber and digital art will be accepted.  If you have a question regarding your media, please call or email us: 325-677-8389,


The call will open July 15, 2019 and will end August 19, 2019.  No exceptions.

Entry and Fee

All entry submissions must be done through CaFE. (

Entry fees are $35 per image.  Submit up to three (3) images.  Fees may be paid with Visa, MasterCard, a personal check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Center for Contemporary Arts. Credit Card fees will be paid through CaFE. 

Notification of Selection

·         All entrants will be notified via email whether their artwork has been selected.  All original artwork accepted shall be either hand delivered or shipped to the CCA no later than August 30, 2019.

         o   Ship to: Center for Contemporary Arts

            §  220 Cypress St.

              §  Abilene, TX 79601

·         All accepted artwork shall be labeled on the back with: Artists’ Name, Title of Piece, phone number and Retail Price.

·         All shipping charges (both directions) for artwork shall be at the artist’s expense.

·         All Artwork shall be shipped back to the artist via artist’s carrier unless other arrangements are made with the CCA. We suggest that you buy a RETURN SHIPPING LABEL when you purchase the shipping label.

·         All shipped artwork shall be in sturdy, reusable containers. Your shipping and packaging material must be useful for the return of your paintings or you will be charged an extra fee for packing materials supplied by the CCA.


·         No glass except for pastel art. Only plexi-glass glazing will be accepted for all other artwork. This is essential for the safety of the originals.

·         All artwork should be framed, wired and ready to hang.

No saw-tooth hangers.  Gallery-wrapped canvases are acceptable if the sides are painted and the piece is wired and ready to hang.

·         Check your shipping insurance.  You are responsible for insuring the amount above what your shipper will cover.  The Center for Contemporary Arts is NOT responsible for damage caused to artwork during shipping.


Display and Sale of Original Art

The CCA prefers entries that are for sale. Please state a price reflecting current market value for your artwork. For any artwork sold, the CCA shall be entitled to retain twenty percent (20%) of the selling price as a donation and shall remit eighty percent (80%) of the selling price to the artist. Please provide an insured value on all artwork. The CCA assumes reproduction rights for promotional purposes only. If a piece is sold between entry and notification, the piece is still eligible to compete in the show. However, if the piece cannot be sent to the CCA for display in the show, it will be withdrawn from the competition.


About the JurorGary Bukovnik

Born and educated in Cleveland, Gary Bukovnik has lived in San Francisco for more than a third of a century. Primarily using the media of watercolor, monotype, and lithograph, Bukovnik fuses sensual vitality with fluid yet powerful colorations, creating floral and culinary images of great depth, intensity, and size.

Bukovnik was the Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and 2005, and was an artist-in-residence at the Michigan Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo in 2010, as well as making a tour of exhibitions and watercolor demonstrations across Japan in 2010.

Solo exhibitions include Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco and in St. Helena, CA, Campton Gallery in New York City; the Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh, the A.C.T. Gallery in San Francisco, and  the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. Other recent exhibitions have been organized by the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Neuhoff Gallery, New York; Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis; Irving Galleries, Palm Beach; Galerie Kutter, Luxembourg; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Chin Show Cultural Center, Taipei; Takashimaya, Tokyo; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida.


July 15, 2019                           Call opens for submissions.

August 19, 2019                      Deadline for entry submissions.

                                                Absolutely no entries will be accepted after this date.

August 23, 2019                      Notification of selected artwork

August 26, 2019                     Notification of award winning artists

August 30, 2019                      Deadline to receive artwork

September 13, 2019               Show opens to the public

September 14, 2019               Reception and awards ceremony from 4:00pm -5:30pm; Winning artists are highly encouraged to attend reception and awards ceremony

November 2, 2019                  Show closes

November 9, 2019                  Deadline to pick-up hand-delivered work.

Nov. 5 – Nov. 12, 2019           Crate & return shipping begins



Best of Show Award                        $ 1,500

 Jurors Award                                     $ 750

 Merit Award                                        $ 500

 1st Place - 2D Oil                                $ 500

 1st Place - 2D Watercolor                   $ 500

 1st Place – 2D Pastel/Dry Media        $ 500

 1st Place – 2D Acrylic                        $ 500

 1st Place – 2D Mixed Media               $ 500

 1st Place – 2D Photography              $ 500

 1st Place – 2D Digital                         $ 500

1st Place – Fiber                                 $ 500

 1st Place – 3D Sculpture                   $ 500





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