Red Clay Survey Prospectus 2020
August 9 – October 4, 2020
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 three years through a selection of work in all styles and media as determined by jurors with strong 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 catalog. The Red Clay jurors have the option to select up to three works per artist for inclusion in the show (artists may submit up to six works for consideration). Works selected for the exhibition will be displayed in five 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, Virginia or West 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, May 13, 2020. Entries received after midnight May 13, 2020 will not be accepted.
- Works in all media are eligible, provided they can be juried by digital image. These include painting (ex. watercolor, oil, acrylic), drawing (ex. charcoal, graphite, pastel), printmaking, photography/digital media, sculpture, mixed media and fine craft (ex. wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry).
- Works must be original and executed within the last three years (2018 – present). Works previously exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art are not eligible. Proposed works will not be considered.
- Works chosen for the exhibition must be finished, dry, and ready to install. 2-D works must be framed and, where appropriate, glazed with Plexiglas (hand-delivered items may be glazed with glass) OR “gallery wrapped canvas”. 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).
- Any works too large or too fragile to be shipped via standard shipping carriers must be hand-delivered and picked up.
The Huntsville Museum of Art will publish a full-color documentary catalog of the exhibition. The catalog will illustrate one work by every artist included in the show, accompanied by artist biographies.
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 1.5 MB. The Huntsville Museum of Art reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted entries in the catalog 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 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.
Over $10,000 in cash awards, including:
- Museum Purchase Awards
- Juror’s Choice Award (Best in Show)
- Alabama Artist Award
- Merit Award
- People’s Choice Award
Red Clay 2020 Jurors – Peter Baldaia and David Reyes
Peter J. Baldaia is Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Huntsville Museum of Art, where he has worked since 1994. He was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL, and Curator at the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, MA. In nearly forty years working in the museum field, Mr. Baldaia has organized many major exhibitions of contemporary art in all media, including Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, Janet Fish: Master of Light and Shadow and Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering.
Mr. Baldaia attended the Rhode Island School of Design and received his under-graduate degree in Liberal Arts from Rhode Island College of Providence, RI. He attended graduate school at Brown University in Providence, RI and Boston University in Boston, MA, and holds a Master’s degree in Art History and Museum Studies from the Boston University Graduate School.
Since 1995, Mr. Baldaia has been included in the annual reference publication, Who’s Who in American Art.
David J. Reyes has been Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Museum of Art since 2008. He formerly worked at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. Mr. Reyes has participated in over 200 exhibitions of contemporary art in a range of media. In addition, Mr. Reyes has juried numerous art competitions throughout the Southeast, most recently the 43rd Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.
Mr. Reyes received his B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, IL.
Mr. Reyes is also a practicing artist working in wood and metal. He is the recipient of the Best in 3-D Award at the Appalachian Corridors exhibition in Charleston, WV. He also had a solo show, Conflict Resolution, at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment in Huntsville. His work was most recently included in Sweet ‘n Low: An International Show of Cute, at the Bedford Gallery, in Walnut Creek, CA.
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.
March 4: Online entries begin
May 13: ENTRY DEADLINE
May 18 – 22: First stage image jurying
May 27 – 29: Artist notification of accepted and non-accepted entires
June 8 – 13: Receipt of artwork for second stage on-site jurying
June 20: Second-stage on-site jurying
June 24 – 26: Artist notification of final selections
July 1 – 4: Pick-up/shipment of non-accepted works
August 8: Exhibition Preview Reception and Awards Presentation
August 9: Exhibition opens to the public
October 4: Exhibition closes
October 14 – 17: Pick-up artwork/shipment of artworks
Contact Katherine Purves, Curatorial Assistant at [email protected], or 256-535-4350, ext. 213, during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM Central).