July 9 – October 1, 2017
The Red Clay Survey is a major recurring regional competition sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art. The exhibition “takes the pulse” of contemporary Southern art every two years through a selection of work in all styles and media determined by a juror with strong national credentials. The exhibition recognizes and encourages excellence, and provides a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive exhibition catalogue. The Red Clay juror has the option to select up to 3 works per artist for inclusion in the show (artists may submit up to 6 works for consideration). Works selected for the exhibition will be displayed in 5 galleries in the Museum’s elegant facility, located in Big Spring International Park in Downtown Huntsville.
Specifications & Instructions
IMPORTANT: The Red Clay Survey will be juried in two stages. The first stage consists of a review of digital images submitted online. Artists accepted into the first stage will be invited to ship or hand-deliver their artwork to the Museum for a second stage, on-site review. Works accepted into the second stage of jurying will be exhibited in The Red Clay Survey.
- Artists must be over 18 years of age and reside in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.
- Artists may submit up to six digital images for a non-refundable entry fee of $10 per image.
- Members of the Huntsville Museum of Art may enter for a reduced fee of $8 per image.
- Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Entries received after midnight April 12, 2017 will not be accepted.
- Works in all media are eligible, provided they can be juried by digital image. These include Painting (watercolor, oil, acrylic), Drawing (charcoal, graphite, pastel), Printmaking, Photography/Digital Media, Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Fine Craft (wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass).
- Works must be original and executed within the last three years (since 2014). Works previously exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art are not eligible.
- Works chosen for the exhibition must be finished, dry, and ready to exhibit. 2-D works must be framed and, where appropriate, glazed with Plexiglas (hand-delivered items may be glazed with glass) OR “gallery wrapped” [See appropriate “gallery wrapped” example here]. No substitutions are allowed.
- The Museum reserves the right to eliminate any entry that is not reasonably adaptable to its physical facility (for example, a sculpture should fit within a hypothetical 12-foot cube; the horizontal dimension of any work should not exceed 12 feet).
The Huntsville Museum of Art will publish a full-color documentary catalogue of the exhibition. The catalogue will illustrate one work by every artist included in the show, accompanied by artist biographies. Click to view the 2012 Red Clay Survey catalogue
ABOUT YOUR IMAGES
It is very important that your images represent your work as accurately and professionally as possible. Artists must submit images as JPGs, with maximum size not to exceed 5MB. The Huntsville Museum of Art reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted entries in the catalogue and for promotion of the exhibition in the media.
All work included in The Red Clay Survey will be available for sale unless designated Not for Sale (NFS) by the artist. Prices will be available only upon request, and purchased works will not be released until after the close of the exhibition. The Museum will deduct a 50% commission from each sale made during the exhibition. By the close of the exhibition, the Museum will issue a check for 50% of the purchase price to any artist whose work is sold.
The Huntsville Museum of Art will insure exhibited works from the time of their safe arrival at the Museum until they are returned to the artist, for the insurance values indicated on the entry form. Insurance values must correspond with the demonstrable fair market value of the work, and cannot be higher than the sale price of the work.
Submission of an entry to this exhibition constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this competition.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Questions, contact David Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 256-535-4350, ext. 216, during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM Central).
Over $10,000 in cash awards, including:
- Museum Purchase Awards
- Juror’s Choice Award (Best in Show)
- Alabama Artist Award
- Merit Awards
- People’s Choice Award
Red Clay 2017 Juror— Gerry Bergstein
Gerry Bergstein is widely considered one of the most influential painters in Boston since the 1980s. Using sources from Brueghel to Renoir to The Simpsons, his signature maximalist works contrast the awesome and the trivial, the high and the low, the grotesque and the exquisite, and the manic and the melancholic. Trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, he received a BFA in painting in 1969 and an MFA in painting in 1971. A fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Camargo Foundation, and the Gottlieb Foundation, Bergstein has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and in Europe. He is Professor Emeritus of Painting at his Alma Mater, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, having taught undergraduate students since 1982 and MFA candidates since 1990.
The Red Clay Survey will be juried in two stages. The first stage consists of a review of digital images submitted online. Artists accepted into the first stage will be invited to ship or hand-deliver their artwork to the Museum for a second stage, on-site review. Works accepted into the second stage of jurying will be exhibited in The Red Clay Survey.
||Online entries begin|
|April 12||ENTRY DEADLINE|
|April 17-21||First-stage image jurying by Gerry Bergstein|
|April 25-27||Artist notification of accepted and non-accepted entries|
|May 8-13||Receipt of artwork for second stage on-site jurying|
|May 20||Second-stage on-site jurying Gerry Bergstein|
||Artist notification of final selections|
|May 30-June 3
||Pick-up/shipment of non-accepted works|
|July 8||Exhibition Preview Reception and Awards Presentation|
|July 9||Exhibition opens to the public|
|October 1||Exhibition closes|
|October 11-14||Pick-up/shipment of works|