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23rd Annual Wills Creek Exhibition of Fine Art

Allegany Arts Council, 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502


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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: National
State: Maryland
Event Dates: 9/3/22 - 9/24/22
Entry Deadline: 7/14/22
Days remaining to deadline: 52
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 18
Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$10.00

About the Competition
The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce a Call for Entry for its 23rd Annual Wills Creek Exhibition of Fine Art, which will take place in its Saville Gallery located in Cumberland, Maryland. This juried exhibition celebrates talented and innovative artists whose work is contemporary, thoughtful, and uniquely portrays the world where we live. One-third of the selected works will be three-dimensional. The competition awards $4000 in prizes. Artists of all mediums and genres are encouraged to apply.

Today, these tumultuous times have clearly dictated the many changes, transformations, and transitions we find ourselves, our society, and the world going through. To this end, 2022’s Will’s Creek Exhibition of Fine Art invites artists to submit their artwork related to the theme: Metamorphosis

About the Juror
Ian Alden Russell is a curator, educator and artistic director. Currently working with the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, he previously held the post of Associate Professor and Director of the MA Programme in Cultural Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Prior to this, Russell held the posts of Artistic Director and Chief Curator with K11 in Beijing, Curator of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, Lecturer in Rhode Island School of Design’s Glass Department and Assistant Professor of Curating and Contemporary Art at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Russell has also been a visiting critic at the University of Texas, Austin, Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts New York. Russell received a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin and has held fellowships in Public Humanities at Brown University, Art and Archaeology at University College Dublin and the NEH Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame.

How to Apply
All applicants must enter through No entries will be accepted directly through the host organization. The entry fee is $30.00 for the first entry, and $10.00 for each additional entry, up to six (6) entries per artist.  No more than two (2) works from any artist will be accepted.

Specifications for Accepted Work
Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in the Saville Gallery. All works must be for sale, and no entry previously sold may be borrowed for entry in the competition. Entries which are marked as "not for sale" will be disqualified and no refunds will be provided.  

Works may be two or three-dimensional, and may not exceed 48” in width/84” in height for two-dimensional works, or more than 48” in width/84" in height for three-dimensional works. All two-dimensional works must be framed and wired for hanging – works without wiring will not be accepted or will be wired at the artist’s expense. No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted.

The Saville Gallery offers its services to promote and market the exhibition, and installs both a physical gallery exhibition as well as a digital gallery. In exchange, the gallery retains a 35% commission on all sales.

Artists are responsible for all costs related to shipping and are strongly encouraged to obtain shipping insurance on works with significant value. The gallery is not responsible for any claims which arise from damage incurred in transit, either prior to or after the exhibition period. While onsite, works are insured for 65% of their stated value.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to ongoing issues with the USPS, artists are encouraged to use a professional carrier AND to carefully and thoroughly wrap and protect artworks using pre-made boxes, foam and other shock absorption materials. The gallery has recently seen an increase in damage during shipping, so please be mindful of the materials used when shipping works and ensure they can be easily reassembled for return transit. 

Artists should also include a prepaid shipping label with the arriving artwork. Cash will not be accepted for return postage – artists who do not provide a prepaid label will be charged a $10.00 handling fee which must be paid before works are returned.

Best of Show            $1500
First Place                $1000
Second Place           $750
Third Place               $500
Honorable Mention   $250

Important Dates
Entry Deadline:         July 14, 2022, 11:59PM MST Time
Notifications:             August 2, 2022
Delivery of Artwork:   August 23-27, 2022 (or by special arrangement with gallery)
Exhibition:                  September 3-24, 2022
Public Opening:         September 10, 2022  6-8 PM | Awards: 7 PM

Questions and Support
Questions related to login credentials or entry technical assistance should be directed to the CAFE Help Team via the online ticketing system. The host agency cannot assist with uploading of images or viewing entries prior to submission.

Questions regarding the competition, events, or shipping may be directed to the Allegany Arts Council via e-mail at or by phone at 301.777.2787.

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