Call Detail
2020 Handcrafted Juried Art Show
270 Gay Street

Contact Email:
Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: North Carolina
Event Dates: 1/10/20 - 4/12/20
Entry Deadline: 10/18/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Entry Fee (2020 Handcrafted Juried Art Show): $25.00

Acquisition Award: $1,000
First Place: $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

Open to all US artists 18 years of age or older working in ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, paper, or any combination of craft medias. Work must be original (no kits), completed in the past two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arts Center. Entry to this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to exhibit selected works under all conditions listed in the prospectus. Substitutions for accepted works are not allowed.

Artists may submit up to four (4) works for a non-refundable $25 fee. The Maria V. Howard Arts Center uses CaFE for their juried art show submissions. You must make an account (if you do not already have one) to make payment through the CaFE payment portal and submit to Handcrafted. If you experience any technical difficulties with the CaFE website, click on this link here for help.

The work selected for the Acquisition Award will become part of the Arts Center’s Permanent Collection. Any artist who will not accept the $1,000 purchase award for any submission must indicate this on their submission entry through CaFE. Works Not For Sale (NFS) will automatically be considered ineligible.

Accepted Entries will be insured by the City of Rocky Mount from receipt through May 12, 2020 for 60% of the retail price. Please note in the instance of a claim, artists will be held responsible for adequate proof of value before compensation is provided. Works designated as NFS must have a stated insurance value and will be held to the same burden of proof if a claim is reported. Works remaining past May 12, 2020 will no longer be insured, may become property of the Arts Center, and may be disposed of or accessioned.

Michelle Davis Petelinz is Art Program Director of the African American Cultural Festival (AACF) in Raleigh, NC, immediate past president of the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild, and an award-winning mixed media artist with over 25 years of
experience in art-making, exhibitions, and event management. Her interests include symbology, visual narratives, and the exploration of cultural imagery through art. As an art educator and president of the board of directors of Arts Access, she is passionate about its mission: making the arts accessible to people with disabilities. Michelle earned a BA in art history from Wellesley College, and as gallery representation in Raleigh, NC and Frederick, MD. Learn more by visiting her website:

Artworks accepted in preliminary judging by digital image do not constitute acceptance into Handcrafted. If upon delivery, an accepted artwork is found to have been misrepresented by the image sent or deemed unfit or unsafe for exhibition, it may be disqualified. Award winners will be selected by the juror after the exhibition is installed and announced at the Artist Reception.

To submit, artists will have to create an account on . Setting up an account is free and give the artist access to international calls for entry. Artists must submit their entry fee and artworks for consideration through CaFE. The Arts Center will NOT accept works submitted via email. Up to four (4) pieces may be entered.
Each artwork may be represented by up to three (3) separate images showing details or different views of the work. Images of works accepted will be retained by the Arts Center for its permanent records and publicity purposes. Digital Images must be uploaded through CaFE. Each file must be identified by artist name, entry number, and title. Artist names should not be embedded in the image. 

Entry Materials are due no later than October 18, 2019 (11:59 MST)

The Arts Center will retain 40% commission on works sold. To receive payment, artists will need to submit a completed W-9 form and contract, which will be forwarded upon sale. Payments will be mailed within 6 weeks after the close of the show.

Each award recipient that is not already a vendor with the City of Rocky Mount will be asked to complete and turn in a W-9 form and contract to receive payment. The forms will be forwarded to the artist after awards have been determined. Awards will be mailed within 4 weeks after the close of the show. 

All works must be completely dry, framed, wired, ready for hanging, or otherwise suitably prepared for exhibition. No sawtooth hangers accepted.  Orientation or installation instructions should be included with work. Works may not exceed 6 feet
in any direction.

Accepted works cannot be mailed or otherwise delivered to the Arts Center before a signed Exhibition contract is in place. Exhibit contracts are due no later than December 2, 2019. Accepted works may be shipped or hand delivered, but must arrive no later than December 13, 2019 to:
Maria V. Howard Arts Center
270 Gay Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Works may also be hand delivered. If you require assistance moving your piece, you must make an appointment with the Art Curator. Email to make arrangements.
The artist is responsible for all shipping and return shipping costs and arrangements to and from the Arts Center. For return, the Arts Center will pack each piece in its original packing materials and containers. Artists are responsible for arranging return shipping to the address of origin through their local UPS/FedEx/USPS or other shipping office at the close of the exhibition.
Shipping insurance is the responsibility of the artist. The Arts Center will not accept money for shipping and is not responsible for works lost, stolen, or damaged once picked up by the shipper.
 Check your local shipper for prepaid return labels, call tag systems, and printable
internet shipping labels.
 Artists should include the return label with the shipment of the work to the Arts Center
or provide the Arts Center with a prepaid label at the close of the exhibition.
 Please email return shipping label to .

October 18, 2019 Deadline for Receipt of Entries
Artists must submit their $25 entry fee and up to four (4) works for consideration through CaFE, a website designed for call for entries. We will not accept 

Week of November 4, 2019 Notifications to Artist  Winning artists will be called by phone. Every artist will receive a notification by mail, regardless if he/she was selected for the show or not.

December 2, 2019 Deadline for Receipt of Signed Exhibition Contracts 
The Maria V. Howard Arts Center will under no circumstances accept any piece of art that does not have a signed contract in place before the work of art is received.

December 13, 2019 Deadline for Receipt of Accepted Works Hand-deliver works to: Ship works to:
Attn: Handcrafted Attn: Handcrafted
Maria V. Howard Arts Center Maria V. Howard Arts Center
270 Gay St. P.O. Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC 27804 Rocky Mount, NC 27802

Hand-delivered artwork to be dropped off Tuesdays-Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm or Sundays 1pm-5pm. If you need assistance maneuvering your artwork, please schedule with the Curator.

January 10, 2020 Exhibition Opens
January 12, 2020 @ 2:00pm-4:00pm Artist Reception & Awards Presentation 2pm—4pm – presentation of awards 2:30pm
The Maria V. Howard Arts Center at the Imperial Centre, 
270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

Free and open to the public.
April 12, 2020 Exhibition Closes
April 14, 2020 Works Available for Return Delivery or Pick-up

Hand-delivered artwork to be picked-up Tuesdays-Saturdays 10:00am-5:00pm or Sundays 1pm-5pm. If you need assistance maneuvering your artwork, please schedule with the Curator. Shipped artwork will be packed and ready for pick-up by shipping companies arranged by the Artist.

May 12, 2020 Insurance Ends on Unclaimed Works AND Unclaimed Works become Property of the Maria V. Howard Arts Center
Works may be accessioned into the Permanent Collection, accessioned into the City Hall Collection or it may be disposed of by any methods seen fit.
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