The Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda has begun accepting entries into the 9th Biennial National Art Exhibition. As this is an open competition and show with a Best of Show prize of $2,000 and $6,000 in total prize show money, artists throughout Southwest Florida are scrambling to submit entries for this prestigious show.
The exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, mixed media and 2D collage which was completed no earlier than January, 2011 and was not accepted into either the 2012 National Art Exhibition or the 2013 National Faces & Figures Exhibit. Computer-generated art, photography and fiber/fabric art are not eligible. There are no size restrictions; however, work may not weigh more than sixty (60) pounds. Artists must be at least 18 years of age.
The entries will be judged by Carl Samson, a figurative and plein-air painter who is a repeat winner at the National Portrait Competition, winning both the Grand Prize and the Distinguished Achievement awards. He resides in Ohio and is the former Chairman of the Advisory Board to the American Society of Portrait Artists. In 1996, Samson was one of five American landscape painters invited to work with the Union of Russian Artists in Moscow. In June of 2000, he lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as the American Society of Portrait Artists’ Distinguished Guest of Honor, and he was the first artist in history to be recorded painting a live portrait demonstration on its stage. In 2009, his full length nude, Triumph of Truth, received the Phil Desind Award for most outstanding representational painting at the Butler Institute of American Art.
"I subscribe to the increasingly antiquated notion that a juror for an exhibition need not factor into the decision one’s personal likes and dislikes," proclaims Samson. "Turn of the twentieth century jurors had it right; what is of utmost importance is how well an individual artist achieved his or her stated or implied objective. I believe this is a far more impartial way to assess the success of a given piece. Those who most successfully achieved what they set out to do should and will be rewarded accordingly.”
The Visual Arts Center is located in the heart of Punta Gorda along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Its 1,000-member organization has enhanced the lives of thousands along the Gulf Coast with multi-media classes, state-of-the-art jewelry, pottery and technology studios, workshops, lectures, demonstrations, art collecting seminars, an outstanding gift shop, and an art library with over 4000 volumes. The Visual Arts Center holds monthly exhibits in its three major galleries and hosts a successful juried outdoor festival -- the Peace River National Art Festival -- each March in Laishley Park.
Entry into the 2014 NAE will continue through December 4, 2013. To make the application process easy and painless, the VAC provides an online entry program accessible by a clickable button on its website (www.VisualArtCenter.org). "We have developed a program, funded by grants from the VAC Endowment Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts to make this an easy, stress-free process," states the Art Center. "Simply click the Exhibition logo on our home page to be taken to the directions and the online entry process."
Artists may submit up to three entries. The entry fee is $30 for the first submission and $15 each for the second and third submissions. For more information, please contact the Visual Arts Center at 941-639-8810, email VAC@daystar.net or visit www.VisualArtCenter.org.