Seven-States Biennial art competition seeking submissions

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Seven-States Biennial art competition seeking submissions


The Nesbitt Gallery at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha announces a call for entries for the Seven-States Biennial, a juried art exhibition open to all individuals at least 18 years of age and are a legal resident of Oklahoma of one of the six contiguous states: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico or Texas.

First prize is $2,500, second is $1,500, third is $500 and five honorable mentions will receive $100 each. There will also be up to $6,000 in purchase prizes. Awards will be announced at an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Nesbitt Gallery.

Artists may submit up to three entries, by USB flash drive or CD, with a non-refundable fee of $35. Payment must be included with the submission, and entries must be postmarked by Aug. 18, 2017.

Only original, 2- and 3-dimensional media will be accepted. All works must have been completed within the last two years and not produced as a student assignment. Photographs, digital images and original artist prints must be of a limited edition. No mechanical offset lithography reproduction prints will be accepted. Accepted artists will be notified by Aug. 30 and their work must be received at the Nesbitt Gallery by Sept. 13.

This year’s juror will be William Cannings. A native of Nantwich, England, Cannings received his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and his bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work focuses on inflated metal sculptures and installations, and has been exhibited in Basel, Switzerland; New York; Baltimore; Albuquerque; Miami; and Houston, Dallas and Wichita Falls. A review of Canning’s work has appeared in ART LIES, an international arts journal.

The exhibition will be on public display at the Nesbitt Gallery from Sept. 23 until Oct. 20. From there, it will be shown at the Goddard Center in Ardmore from Oct. 31 to Nov. 22 and make its last stop at the Museum of the Red River in Idabel from Jan. 23, 2018, until March 25.

For more information, contact Layne Thrift, director of the Nesbitt Gallery, 405-574-1374 or Official rules and forms can be found at