Call Detail
Fresh Ideas 2020
Entry Deadline: 7/7/20
Application Closed

Entry Fee ( NON-Member - Fresh Ideas 2020): $75.00
Entry Fee ( MEMBERS rate - Fresh Ideas 2020): $40.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Texas
Event Dates: 7/18/20 - 8/15/20

Visual Art League of Lewisville
Call for Entries!

 The Visual Art League of Lewisville ("VAL") Texas is pleased to announce a call for entries for the Fresh Ideas 2020 juried show to be held at the Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater art gallery in Lewisville, Texas on July 18, 2020 – August 15, 2020

Fresh Ideas Show is VAL's annual premier, juried art exhibition, which is housed in the beautiful 2,000 sq. ft. Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater main art gallery (see and It is open to all visual artists who reside in Texas. The non-refundable entry fee, for a maximum of three (3) pieces is:

·         $75 for non-members of VAL (which includes one year's membership* to VAL)

·         $40 for VAL members

*Membership forms to join VAL can be found at

 Submission guidelines: Original 2D and 3D artwork created in the last two (2) years, which has not previously been shown in any VAL exhibits.

Accepted mediums include: Oil, watercolors, acrylics, pastel, mixed media, collage, books, drawing, prints, photography, ceramics, glass, textiles, fiber, encaustic, jewelry and sculpture.

Submission image of entries to be considered for the show will be via and must meet the requirements of that site for size and type of file that is accepted online. Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces for consideration.

 PLEASE NOTE: Before submitting images of your work to, each art piece must meet these basic requirements (See ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS for complete guidelines):

1.      Maximum size for hung work is: 60" x 60", including the frame

2.      3D Freestanding artwork must be able to securely

a.       Sit on a pedestal no larger than 20" x 14"

b.      Rest on the floor

c.       Safely hang, using a wire

3.      No explicit nudity, confrontational political, or disrespectful religious artwork


·         1st Place - $1,000 cash prize, and a solo show in summer of the following year, at the MCL Grand Main Art Gallery in Lewisville

·         2nd Place - $500

·         3rd Place - $250

·         Four Honorable Mentions @ $100 each

·         People's Choice Award - $100

·         (If there are certificates, add them here)

 Juror: Robertus van der Wege

Bio and Qualifications:
  Robertus van der Wege is a career artist, arts educator and arts administrator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree in Asian and Pacific Art History from the University of Hawaii and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University.  He possesses a Certificate in Arts Management from the Harvard Business School as well as multiple welding certifications.
He has administered an arts program for the Hawaii State Prison system, worked as the Curator of Extension Services for the Honolulu Academy of Arts, served two-terms as president of the Hawaii Museums Association, was the Art and Culture Coordinator for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and was the Assistant Director at the University of Minnesota Gallery.  He also has 15 years of college art teaching experience, including Sauk Valley College in Illinois, Danfern College in Johannesburg, the Art Institute of Dallas, Tarrant County College in Arlington, and Mountain View College in Dallas.  His artwork has been exhibited in the United States, South Africa, Mozambique, Libya, and Canada.






TIMES (All times listed here are CDT)


June 30

11:59 PM

DEADLINE! (Central Daylight Time)

Wednesday – Thursday

July 1-2




July 4-5


Artists notified of acceptance into the exhibition


July 14

10:00am – 5:00 pm

Accepted entries due at:

Medical City of Lewisville Theater, Main Gallery
100 North Charles St., Lewisville TX 75057

(All entries must be hand delivered. MCL Grand staff cannot accept shipped artworks.)


July 18

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception at MCL Grand Art Gallery

Award Ceremony

8:00 pm


August 15


Final day of Exhibit


August 17

10:00 am – 5:00 pm


*Delivery requirements:

·         Work accepted into the exhibition must be delivered to the MCL Grand Main Gallery, on the specified date and time.

·         It is the responsibility of the artist to arrange for delivering their works themselves or by a representative of the artist.

·         Any artwork not received at the Gallery by the deadline of 5:00 pm on (date), will not be included in the show.


PLEASE NOTE: If an accepted artist does not deliver their piece for the show, they will not be eligible to be included in Fresh Ideas Exhibition the next year.



1.      Include on the application:

a.       After the TITLE of your work on your application, include the type of medium

Example: "STILL LIFE – Digital Photography" or "STILL LIFE – Charcoal on Paper"

         (Due to the wide range of mediums that are allowed, this information will help the Juror when viewing each of the online

          submitted images).


2.      2D works submitted for inclusion in exhibits, intended to be hung on walls, must look professionally finished and be ready for secure installation.

a.       Framed pieces must be equipped with d-rings attached to the back and stretched with wire. *Sawtooth hangers or uniframes are not acceptable. Please tape wire ends to prevent injury to the hanging committee.

b.      Wires, when stretched to hang the picture, should not come closer than two inches from the top of the frame, to prevent the hanger from showing when the picture is hung.

c.       Plexiglas, or similar material must be used for any piece larger than 16"x20." NO GLASS.

d.      2D pieces may not be larger than 60 in either dimension, including the frame if any

e.       Diptychs, triptychs, or other multiple piece works constitute one piece, and must be no wider than 60” when hung together.

f.        Pieces that are hung may not be over 50 lbs. in weight.


3.      Any pieces – including sculpture – which are very fragile or very heavy, the artist will be expected to assist with their installation.


4.      Hanging canvas pieces should have clean, gallery-wrapped canvas edges or be framed. Depth of canvas determines the finish:

a.       1" or greater depth - A clean finished edge, or gallery-wrapped

b.      Less than 1" depth - Frame required


5.      Photographs must be matted and framed. Gallery wrapped canvas is accepted for photography but must meet the same requirements as the paintings (see previous line). Photographs cannot be on metal or acrylic.


6.      All 3D artwork must be able to rest securely on a pedestal—no larger than 20” X 14, on the floor, or be safely hung on the wall by a wire.


7.      The juror has the right to reject any submitted work during the jury process. There are no refunds.




9.      The gallery is owned by the city of Lewisville and is considered family-friendly, so no explicit nudity, confrontational political, or disrespectful religious images allowed.


10.  It is REQUIRED that the artists that are accepted sit the Gallery for one half day during the exhibit. For artists living outside the immediate area, Curator will coordinate with the artist an acceptable substitution.


*VAL reserves the right to reject any accepted work if: It does not look professionally presented, large framed pieces have glass, or it is not properly wired and ready for installation. NO EXEPTIONS!