Call Detail
55th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show
Del Mar College
Department of Art
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Texas
Entry Deadline: 11/30/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (55th Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show): $20.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$5.00



• Sculpture Purchase Award: 2 @ $3,000 each

• 2-D Purchase Award: 1 @ $1,500

The Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show attracts works by contemporary artists across the country and is judged by a guest juror of national stature. Resulting Purchase Awards have built an impressive Permanent Collection at Del Mar College.

 This year's 55th show runs February 19, 2021, opening reception 6-8 p.m. and closes May 7, 2021. Accepted artwork is displayed in the distinctive Joseph A. Cain Memorial Gallery.


Robbie Barber is currently a Full Professor of Art at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has taught Sculpture there since 2000. Born in Williamston, North Carolina in 1964, he was raised on a farm near the Roanoke River in Martin County. He received his BFA degree from East Carolina University in 1987 and his MFA degree from the University of Arizona in 1991. He has gained notoriety as a sculptor working in a variety of media, and is the recipient of numerous awards. These include a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship and a Southern Arts Federation/NEA Fellowship in Sculpture. He has exhibited at the Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, New York, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art in Auburn, Alabama, Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in Tokyo, Japan, to name a few. Most recently, he completed the commissioned permanent outdoor sculpture "Geri", for the Sculpture Zoo project for the City of Waco. Although he has lived in the state of Texas during the last twenty-six years, he maintains a strong connection with his North Carolina roots and visits this state every summer, continuing his development of his Vernacular Architecture sculpture series.



The exhibition is open to all* U.S. artists. Only work created in the last three years can be entered. Previously exhibited works in the Annual Show will not be eligible. Each artist may submit three works.  All accepted artwork can be considered for purchase.


*Full-time Del Mar Art faculty members are excluded.



All submissions will be through ( Entries must be submitted on or before November 30, 2020. No entries will be accepted after this date.


Upload requirements for image files:

  • File format: JPEG only
  • File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side
  • File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)
  • File size: 3 M.B. maximum
  • Image must be correctly oriented (vertical or horizontal)
  • One image per entry only


Further information on the image requirements for submission and resources for editing the digital image size can be found on's Help section. 



$20 flat fee for up to three entries, one image per artwork. If you would like to submit additional entries, the fee is $5 per entry. All fees are non-refundable and payable through 



Artists will be notified via email; status updates can be found by logging into your CaFÉ account. The juror may elect to reject artwork after arrival.



All original works on paper will be considered; this includes drawing, printmaking in traditional media, original watercolor, and photography. Professional presentation of accepted artwork is required. Acetate covering is acceptable with white museum-quality mat board with at least 2" mounting and over-mat visible on all sides. To ensure consistency in presentation, if your work is framed, please use simple frames. Ship framed works with Plexiglas ONLY. Artwork must be shipped in stiff, reusable cardboard packaging, securely packed to ensure safe delivery (no peanuts). Refer to size specifications below.



Sculptures of any media will be considered. However, sculptures requiring ceiling suspended installation will not be accepted. Accepted sculptures should be securely packed within one crate to ensure safe delivery. If the crate is wooden, use screws—not nails or bolts—to secure the lid. Refer to size specifications below.


All submissions must be ready to hang on the gallery walls or placed on pedestals. We cannot hang any artwork from the ceiling.



• Accepted work must arrive no later than February 5, 2021.

• All crates should not exceed 108 inches (length plus girth) and must not exceed 70 lbs.  Crates and artwork that do not meet size requirements will be returned.

• Work may be sent to Del Mar College by any transportation mode, including hand-delivery.

• For hand-delivery, please call to schedule a date with the Art Office at 361-698-1216.

• All accepted work must have an identification card.



• Artist is responsible to provide a prepaid return shipping label addressed to themselves from the gallery.

• Hand-delivered work must be picked up by May 28, 2021.  Special arrangements can be made for alternate pickup dates.



• Artists are responsible for insuring their artwork while in transit to and from the gallery and for the duration of the exhibition.

• All accepted artwork will be handled with professional care; however, Del Mar College will not be responsible for any loss or damage to artwork while in transit to and from the gallery and while on the premises.

• Damaged crates will remain unopened pending notification to the artist.

• Work unclaimed by sender at the return address on the crate is not the responsibility of Del Mar College.



Acceptance to the 55th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show is an agreement by the artist to all terms outlined in this "Call for Entries." Permission is granted to photograph and reproduce artwork for the catalog, other print or electronic media; future show promotions; education; and publicity.



• Sculpture Purchase Award: 2 @ $3,000 each

• 2-D Purchase Award: 1 @ $1,500



Accepted artwork will be returned by May 28, 2021.



November 30, 2020 - Entry deadline


January 4, 2021 - Notification via email


February 5, 2021 - Deadline for accepted work to arrive at Del Mar College


February 18, 2021 - Slide lecture by juror


February 19, 2021 - Opening reception, 6 - 8 p.m.


May 7, 2021 - Exhibition Closes


May 28, 2021 - Return of artwork


For more information, call 361-698-1216 or email

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