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Unconventional: An Exhibition of Unusual Materials & Found Objects in Art
d'Art Center
Suite 150
704 Duke St.
Norfolk VA, 23510

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Virginia
Entry Deadline: 9/15/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Unconventional: An Exhibition of Unusual Materials & Found Objects in Art): $35.00

Unconventional: A National Exhibition Highlighting the use of Unusual Materials and Found Objects in Art

Description: Unconventional is a national juried exhibition that features use of Unusual Materials and Found Objects in Art. This exhibition is open to all work that involves the incorporation of materials and techniques out of the traditional realm of art mediums, and standards. Work can include traditional aspects, but work in this exhibition should exhibit significant unconventional materials and methods in process and medium. Some examples (but not limited to) are recycled materials, organic materials, coffee, ‘trash,’ spray paint, fiber, metals, plant materials, etc. Work may be 2D or 3D. If you are not sure if your work would qualify for this exhibition, please email the gallery manager, Amanda Bradley, at  This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States. Juror TBA and will be co-curated by d’Art Center Staff and the juror. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk. This exhibition reception will fall on the opening night of the 5th annual NEON Festival, a district wide arts festival in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Exhibition dates:        Thursday, October 17th - Saturday, November 16th 2019

Reception:                   Thursday, October 17th 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

Call Open:                    Friday, August 16th 2019 - Sunday, September 15th 2019

Notifications (by email):         By 5pm Monday, September 30th, 2019 

Accepted works arrive by:     Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Submission fee:                      $35.00 for up to 3 works  


1st Place:            $500.00

2nd Place:            $300.00

3rd Place:            $150.00

Juror Biography: TBA    

Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States. Work needs to have been produced within the last three years. Work may be no longer/larger than 48 inches in its longest dimension. The d’Art Center is a public, non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers. 

Submissions: All entries and payments must be submitted via Call for Entries (Cafe). Please follow the directions on Cafe. If you have exhibition questions, please contact; questions related to submitting through the Cafe platform should be directed to Cafe. 

Limitations: Works cannot exceed a weight of 40 pounds. Work can not be longer/larger than 48 inches in its longest dimension. All works must be equipped with hanging hardware for installation. Works that require special installation must come with clear instructions. Any works that require complicated specialized installation must be installed by the artist. We reserve the right to reject work for the exhibition that differs significantly from the submitted images and/or for craft issues. Work must be presentation/display quality and hang ready. Binder clips and command strips are not considered presentation/display quality.

Liability: The gallery staff will take great care handling artworks for exhibition. However, the d’Art Center, its staff, and gallery are not responsible for any damage that may occur. We strongly recommend artists insure the works themselves, and purchase insurance from the shipping company used. Shipping your work means you agree to this.

Shipping: The artist is responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery. All accepted works must arrive by end of day Thursday, October 10th, 2019 without exception. Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact Artists must issue pre-paid return labels for their works through UPS or FedEx. We do not arrange shipping in any other manner. Works must have pre-paid return labels through FedEx or UPS to be returned. Please make your return label easy to locate in packaging. Any additional details on shipping will be included upon notification of accepted entries. Please no packing peanuts. Works should be shipped in reusable containers for return. Clearly indicate any packing directions for return of works. Works that do not include a return label, and works that are not picked up within one month of the end of the exhibition become property of the d’Art Center. 

Entry Fees and Materials: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration and the entry fee is $35.00. Commission for works is 60% (artist)/ 40% (d’Art), not including awards.

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