The Academy Artist Expansion Initiative


The Emerging Artists Committee is composed of Academy staff members and community volunteers who adjoin quarterly. Each member presents up to three total artists for consideration at each meeting, creating a vibrant myriad of creators. After being chosen, artists have a month to host their work in the Academy’s spaces.

The goal of the Academy Artist Expansion Initiative is to expand both the artists the Academy showcases in their galleries and the experience of gallery visitors. The program is open to artists working in any media, regardless of artistic practice, gender, age, background, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and all levels of education.


This will be done by connecting with developing artists who have not yet had the advantage of having their works displayed through a formal gallery show and putting a priority on showcasing the work of established artists of color who may not have had their work displayed in the Academy in the past or with regularity.

Artists will be identified, recruited, and selected by The Emerging Artists Committee, a committee composed of Academy staff and community volunteers. This committee will meet quarterly.

Submit Your Work To The Artist Expansion Initiative

Fill out the form below to submit your work to the Artist Expansion Initiative.

Artist Expansion Initiative Submission Form

Artist Expansion Initiative Submission Form

Artist Expansion Initiative Submission Form

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    2023 National Juried Art Exhibition

    Call For Entries

    The Academy Center of the Arts 2023 National Juried Art Exhibition applications are now closed. Entry Deadline: February 10, 2023

    2023 Juror – Hiromi Okumura

    Hiromi was born and grew up in Japan.  She has a BL from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan and an MFA in Integrated Visual Arts from Iowa State University.  After living in Dublin, Ireland she taught at Washington State University, Pullman, WA from 2011-2017.  Hiromi is currently an Instructor of Studio Arts at Virginia Tech and courses taught include Design Concepts, Drawing, Figure Drawing.  She is also a Visual/Performance Artist.

    For questions contact Director of Visual Arts, Ted Batt  |  [email protected] or (434) 528-3256 x 127

    Show Exhibition April 7 – April 29, 2023  |  Lynchburg, Virginia

    Fill out the entry form online or mail-in a printed copy.

    Entry Fee

    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.  Make check payable to the Academy Center of the Arts or pay online by contacting [email protected].

    • Open to U.S. residents, 18 years or older, working in the following disciplines; painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, fiber, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, and mixed media. We are not accepting photography at this time.
    • All submitted works must be original (no reproductions), not done under supervision, and not made from kits or patterns.
    • All work 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, 2014, and not previously exhibited in a Lynchburg juried art show.

    The National Juried Art Exhibition is Sponsored By: