The Academy Center of the Arts 2023 National Juried Photography Exhibition application is now available!
The entry deadline is June 26, 2023. The work will be exhibited in the galleries during the month of September, with the gallery opening and awards presentation taking place the evening of Friday, September 1. The exhibit will be juried by Alex Grabiec.
Both the application and entry fee can be submitted online.
Read on for more information about how to submit your work and the schedule of events for this year’s National Juried Photography Exhibition!
Full Timeline of Events
June 26, 2023: Entry Deadline. Entry Form, Fee, and Images must be submitted online or postmarked by this date.
July 10, 2023: Date of artist notification.
August 21 – 28, 2023: Shipped work must be received during the week of August 21. Hand Delivered work can be delivered August 25 or August 28, 9 am–5 pm
September 1, 2023: Opening reception will take place from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, with the Juror’s Gallery Talk occuring from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
September 30, 2023: Final day of exhibition
October 2 – 4, 2023: Works returned. Hand delivered work should be picked up October 2 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Mailed works will be packed and shipped during this timeframe.
Open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older. Photographs must be original photographs or photographically derived work, and not done under supervision. All work submitted must be suitably prepared for installation. The curator reserves the right to deny entry if any work is deemed not suitable for display or too difficult to install. Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2018, and not previously exhibited in a Lynchburg juried photography show
Entry Fee & Procedures
Entry fees are used to offset necessary expenses involved in making the show possible. A non-refundable fee of $35 entitles each artist to submit up to three entries. Entry fees can be paid online or via check to Academy Center of the Arts.
The competition will be juried from emailed digital images, or images on CD or flash drive. One image per work is permitted. Digital images emailed or on compact disc and flash drives must be in jpeg format, 300 DPI, minimum size of 4″x6″. All cd’s/flash drives along with entry form, entry fee, must be postmarked by June 26, 2023. Please email your images to: [email protected]. Please include return postage or indicate if you do not want your cd/flashdrive returned.
Entries may be shipped or hand-delivered to the Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main St., Lynchburg, VA. 24504. Shipped entries must be sent in reusable containers (no packing peanuts) with funds for return shipping fees enclosed. Hand delivered work will be received on August 25 or August 28 from 9 am to 5 pm. Shipped entries must be received between August 21-25, 2023. Accepted work will be insured for the duration of the exhibit if the artist has declared an insurance value.
Judging & Cash Awards
All entries will be juried by digital images or slides. If, upon delivery, an accepted work is found to have been misrepresented by the digital image, it may be disqualified. Award winners will be selected by the juror after the exhibition is installed.
Cash awards are sponsored by Select Bank. Awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. “Best in Show” Cash Award is $1000.
Alex Grabiec is a curator, artist, and educator based out of rural Virginia. His photographic work considers fatherhood, how we see ourselves through images, and the relationship that photography has with narrative. Born in 1984, Alex earned his BFA in 2007 from Longwood University and in 2016 an MFA in Photographic and Electronic Media from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited his artwork at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the Katzen Art Center at American University, and at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Southern Photography.
As the curator of exhibitions at The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Longwood University’s art museum, he is responsible for curating and organizing a range of historic and contemporary exhibitions. He strives to curate exhibitions that fulfill the LCVA’s mission of inspiring people to lead more hopeful, compassionate, and participatory lives for the greater good of their communities. These exhibitions should foster an aesthetic appreciation of diverse experiences, forms, media, and content that promote creativity, intellectual curiosity, and the human imagination.
As a faculty member in Longwood’s art department and honors college he integrates the exhibitions on view in the classes he teaches. Though the subject can vary from class and exhibit, he incorporates field trips and artist visits to discuss and address themes of voice, representation, and intersecting contexts. Hands-on studio-based art projects reinforce lectures, readings, and group discussions. He is an advocate for exploring all the ways in which the visual arts remain a deeply necessary and profound way to communicate and express.
Catalog, Purchases, & Insurance/Liability
A full color, soft bound catalog of the exhibition will be produced and offered for sale during the exhibition.
All of the works are available for purchase unless designated “Not for Sale” at the time of entry. The Academy Center of the Arts will facilitate sales and charge a 35% commission. Works not for sale must have a value for insurance purposes. In this case, determine a potential sale price and enter 60% of that dollar value.
Accepted works are insured by the Academy Center of the Arts, August 21 to October 4, 2023.
Agreement, Photo, and Reproduction Rights
Entry in the exhibition constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. The artist grants the Academy Center of the Arts permission to photograph or digitally re-print any work accepted for the exhibition for archival purposes, publicity or publication, or for film or television programs which are published, produced, or sponsored by or with permission of the Academy Center of the Arts