apa national Art Show Entry information

Art of the Plains Exhibit

The Current Status of entering our 2019 show is now CLOSED!

Entries accepted March 1 – May 2, for our 2020 Event

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Please read the information carefully below to enter our show. Additional tabbed information is at the bottom.

Artists are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of the prospectus. Please contact us if you need help or clarification.

 

To enter our Juried Show, use Method 1 or 2 following the steps outlined below. Entry Form Links will become available when show status is Open for 2020.

Read through all the steps first to get an overview of the process.

If you have not done so, please first Review our prospectus  in PDF format. It is the artist’s responsibility to know and understand the contents of the prospectus. You may wish to save a copy for future reference. You may also view the prospectus in the tabbed section at the bottom.

Method 1

Our entry form is an editable PDF that you will fill in and save to your computer and attach to your email along with your images prior to sending. If this method does not work for you, use Method 2. If you still experience issues, please contact us for help.

  1. Click the entry form link.   Entry Form   . Fill in the form and save to your desktop and rename the form to: Last name, first name APA Entry. (Doe, Jane APA Entry) Depending on your browser you may need to save the form first to your desktop, open it and then fill in the form.
  2. Open your email client; attach the form along with your prepared digital images. Do not embed or insert your images into the email, but attach them.
  3. Highlight and copy all the following 4 email addresses below and paste into the address or the send to field of your email. (If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, you may need to replace the commas between the addresses with a semi colon if you encounter an error when trying to send)

jennifer@americanplainsartists.com,lou@americanplainsartists.com,jammey@americanplainsartists.com,judy@americanplainsartists.com

  • In the Subject line type: APA Entry and your last name and first name such as (APA Entry Doe, Jane)
  • You may type a message that you wish to send to us. However, do not attach any other info such as resume’, artist statement/bio unless requested by us.
  • Send your email.

Method 2

  1. Highlight and copy the URL below. Make sure you do not copy any space before or after the line.
  2. Entry form URL will become available when show status is open for 2020
  3. Click the following to Fill In Your Form Online
  4. Select the Free Online Editor button in red and then option 3, Load PDF from Internet and paste in the URL from step 1.
  5. Fill in the form.
  6. Save and download to your desktop by clicking the Save and Download PDF green button with 2 downward white arrows located on the left sidebar of the form editor.
  7. Rename the form to: Last name, first name APA Entry. (Doe, Jane APA Entry)
  8. Open your email client; attach the form along with your prepared digital images. Do not embed or insert your images into the email, but attach them.
  9. Highlight and copy all the following 4 email addresses below and paste into the address or the send to field of your email. (If you are using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, you may need to replace the commas between the addresses with a semi colon if you encounter an error when trying to send)

jennifer@americanplainsartists.com,lou@americanplainsartists.com,jammey@americanplainsartists.com,judy@americanplainsartists.com

  • In the Subject line type: APA Entry and your last name and first name such as (APA Entry Doe, Jane)
  • You may type a message that you wish to send to us. However, do not attach any other info such as resume’, artist statement/bio unless requested by us.
  • Send your email.

To complete your entry please pay your entry fee now. PayPal payment buttons are also located under the tab Entry fees | PayPal

Show Entry: $50 Select this option if you have already paid your annual membership dues.




Show Entry + Membership: $100 Select this option if you are a new artist and have not yet paid your membership.




Additional APA Juried Show Entry Information

Calendar for the 2019 National Juried Show

  1. Deadline for digital entries: August 24, 2019
  2. Notification of Accepted Artworks will be emailed on or before: September 14th
  3. Accepted work should be shipped to arrive: October 1st-4th
  4. Hand Delivery of Work to the Gallery: October 1-4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F, Noon-4 p.m. Sat. Email or call Ann Zembala to schedule an appointment in advance. (903-875-7438)
  5. Show Open to the Public: October 10th, 5:30 p.m.
  6. Opening Reception: October 10th, 5:30-9 p.m.
  7. Closing of the Show: Pearce Museum January 4, 2020
  8. Pickup of Unsold Hand-Delivered Artwork: January 6-11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F, 12-4p.m. Sat. Email or call Ann Zembala to schedule an appointment in advance. (903-875-7438)
  9. Return Shipping of Unsold Artwork: January 6th-17th
If someone needs to make special arrangements they should call or email: Ann Zembala - Director Pearce Museum at Navarro College Phone: (903) 875-7438 Email: ann.zembala@navarrocollege.edu

Questions? View the APA website at www.AmericanPlainsArtists.com or send an email to one of the following: Judy McElroy, APA President & Show Chairperson: judy@americanplainsartists.com Fritzi Heron, APA Vice-President: fritzi@americanplainsartists.com

The following dues and fees are associated with becoming a member along with entry to our Juried Exhibit.
    • Annual Membership: $50 per year paid in January of each year for all current signature and associate members. (If you are a new artist, you may become an associate member at anytime; however, membership dues are paid in January each year or at the time of our annual show.)
    • Show entry only: $50 for current members who have already paid their annual dues for the year prior to the show, then you will select this option.
    • For New Artists Membership only No entry: $50 per year. You will pay this option if you wish to become a member at the time of our show, but will not be entering the show.
    • For New Artists Membership plus entry: $100. You will select this option if you are paying your membership dues and will be submitting work for jurying in our annual show.
  • Other fees: A crating/uncrating fee of $20 will be assessed for each shipping box. This will be paid via check and made out to the Pearce Museum and included with your shipment.
  • All Membership and Jury Fees for the annual show must be paid at the time of filling out your entry form.

Art of the Plains 2019

American Plains Artists Thirty-fourth Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale

Over $17,000.00 in Awards

PEARCE MUSEUM AT NAVARRO COLLEGE

3100 West Collin Street - Corsicana, TX 75110

October 10, 2019 – January 4, 2020

Awards Juror SONYA TERPENING
artist Sonya TerpeningSonya Terpening has been an invited artist to the "Prix de West" at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for twenty-five years and participated in the "Masters of the American West" at the Autry Museum for twelve years.  In 2008 she received the Autry Museum Award for Watercolor; was selected as NBC Oklahoma’s “Oklahoma Artist” for 2017; was the recipient of the Smelser-Vallion Visiting Artist award from the Oklahoma State University Doel Reed Center for the Arts in 2010 and 2013; and was a Featured Artist at the 2006 "Rendezvous" at the Gilcrease Museum.  Articles about Sonya’s art have been featured in “Art of the West”, “Western Art Collector”, “Southwest Art” and “Persimmon Hill” magazines.
Sonya Terpening’s paintings are in the permanent collection of The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OK City; State of Oklahoma - Capitol Building; The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa; Edmond Law Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; NBC Oklahoma, Altus—all in OK; National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth; Museum of the American Railroad, Frisco; The Pearce Museum,  Corsicana—all in TX; and The Forbes Collection, New York, NY; Though Sonya Terpening lived many years in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University, Grapevine, Texas has been her home for 30 years. She feels that living in Oklahoma and Texas is living with the fable of the west.  Both states are so rich in history and legend that as an artist she cannot help but seek it out and try to share it with others. Sonya never made a great decision to become an artist; she just always knew that is what she wanted to be.  Sonya studied with professional artists from the time she was in junior high school.  She received an art degree at OSU but her advanced studies came from knowing and painting with some of the great American artists such as Bettina Steinke, Donald Teague and Lowell Ellsworth Smith. Sonya Terpening’s art is about sharing the great and fascinating world around her.  “When something moves me, be it a story or a scene, I want to express it in color and light so that the viewer can share the feeling.  There is nothing more beautiful than this great land and the people living in it.  I am drawn not only to the American west as it exists today but also to its history. There is something about the past that we all share that makes us better for remembering it.  I think art touches the soul and teaches in ways words cannot.”  See more about Sonya Terpening and her art at www.sonyaterpening.com.

About APA and the Theme of the Exhibit

The American Plains Artists or APA was first organized in 1982 as a small group of artists who banded together to highlight through their art, the variety to be found in the vast region known as the American Plains. Today, the APA has expanded into a nonprofit organization with a membership consisting of both signature and associate members. The goals have remained the same, to educate the public through traditional and representational art works about the American Plains region including the landscape, wildlife, peoples and way of life in historical or modern times. Works submitted for the juried show must reflect this theme. Review the website www.americanplainsartists.com for more info.

Awards
  • Best of Show $2,000.00
  • 1st Place Award $1,000.00 2nd Place Award $750.00 3rd Place Award $500.00
  • Clyde Heron Award (the most accurately rendered artwork of a historical subject) $250.00
  • Plainsman Award (People’s Choice) – $250.00
  • Golden Spur Award (Artists’ Choice) – $250.00
  • Arrowhead Award (Facility's Board Member’s Choice) – $250.00
  • Best Plains Wildlife –$200.00   Mystery Award (APA Exe. Committee’s Choice) –$200.00
  • The previous two awards are to encourage diversity of subject matter in artwork.
  • The Texas Award – a one-year subscription to Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife and a copy of The Civil War Day by Day, Vol. I-IV  Book donated by the APA and the Pearce Museum

****All of the awards above and all ribbons are given by the American Plains Artists****

  • Publisher’s Award of Excellence – Digital Ad sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur $750.00 value
  • Publisher’s Award of Excellence – One-Third Page Ad sponsored by Art of the West $1,185.00 value
  • Publisher's Award of Excellence – Artist's Focus Award sponsored by Western Art Collector $3,400.00 value
  • Publisher’s Award of Excellence – Full Page Ad sponsored by Western Art & Architecture $4,950.00 value
  • Exhibition Awards – Three Awards -- sponsored by the Pearce Museum at Navarro College, Corsicana, TX
  • Artist’s Retreat Award – given by Our Heritage Guest Ranch, Jean Norman, Owner, Crawford, NE $400.00 value
  • Canvas Panels Award – given by SourceTek  Scottsdale, AZ - Owner JoAnne Pierce – Two award packages
  • Award of Excellence –a one-year subscription to Western Art & Architecture given by Western Art & Architecture
  • Other awards possible

Art Purchases

Sales commission of 40% will apply and will benefit both the Pearce Museum and the American Plains Artists.

Jury Process via Digital Entries

Initial jurying will be from the submitted Digital Entries sent via the APA website. To enter, go to the Show and Events tab and then the Juried Show Entry Page on the APA website. Then click on any of the highlighted links on that page for the prospectus or the entry form.  Submitted entries will be reviewed by a panel of APA Signature Members on the aesthetic and technical skills of the artist in depicting the theme of the Great Plains. Awards Juror Sonya Terpening will choose works to receive awards after viewing the original works selected for inclusion in the exhibit.

Eligibility

Open to artists working in any traditional 2D or 3D fine art media in a realistic or representational manner reflecting the theme of the American Plains completed within the last three years, original work only and not previously shown in an Annual Juried APA Show. No photography or computer-generated art accepted.
  • We must have both the image size of the artwork itself and the outside dimensions of the frame. The maximum size for 2D work is 1564 square inches including the outside dimension of the frame. An example of that is a 24" x 36" artwork with a five inch frame. Sculpture would be of moderate size and not exceed 100 pounds.
  • Artwork must represent the theme of the show.
  • All works must be for sale, with a 40% commission collected on all sales.

NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES’ ARTISTS:

Due to the difficulties in returning unsold artworks to artists who live outside the USA borders, our neighboring countries’ artists are required to make arrangements to have their artwork return-shipped to a gallery near the border in the USA or to a friend within the USA. It will be the responsibility of the neighboring countries’ artists to pick up their artwork from that gallery or friend in the USA or make arrangements with the gallery or friend in the USA to get their artwork returned across the border.

Entry Procedure

Go to the” Shows and Events” and then to “Juried Art Show” on the APA website: www.americanplainsartists.com. The 2019 Entry Form and all the info about entering the show is on that page. Please be sure to complete the Entry Form in its entirety. Be sure to put http://www. before your website address.
  • Attach the digital images you wish to submit with the following guidelines.
Your digital images must have a resolution of 300 dpi and be 700 pixels on the longest side of the artwork. The file should be kept under 3MB. See the video on the Video Guide Tab for help in preparing your images. (continued to next page) Each two-dimensional jpg file name should be named as follows:
  • Last Name, First Name Title of Art Size Media $Price
  • Example: Doeartist, John Kansas Skies 16x20 Oil $1000.00
For 3D artists you may submit one or two additional images such as a side and back view or detail image to represent one entry. Your jpg file name format will be like this example:
  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze $2000.00
  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider side view 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze
  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider detail 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze
Once you have completed the entry form and attached your files, copy and paste or type the following four addresses into the address line:  jennifer@americanplainsartists.com,lou@americanplainsartists.com,jammey@americanplainsartists.com,judy@americanplainsartists.com In the Subject Line type: APA Entry and your last name and first name (APA Entry Doe, Jane).  Type any note you wish to send to us.  Then send your email.  Your entry files will be sent to the APA Image Recorder, Secretary, Historian, and President. We will later email you a copy of your entry for your records. The entry fee and membership fee are to be paid via PayPal (either as a Member of PayPal [your password required] or as a Guest of PayPal [NO password required]) through the APA website in the amount of $70.00 ($35 Entry fee [includes up to three entries] and $35 Membership fee—or just send the $35 Entry fee if you paid your membership fee earlier in the year).  

No entries accepted after this date, August 24, 2019

Note: SHIPPING INFORMATION Accepted artists will be sent specific instructions in their acceptance letter for the shipment/delivery of artwork to the Pearce Museum.
  • However, artists should be aware that they are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the museum and that there is a $20 fee per crate/box. (See below.)
  • Art should be sent in sturdy reusable containers. Do Not use Styrofoam peanuts of any kind.  Bubblewrap is recommended.
  • Accepted artists will pay $20.00 to The Pearce Museum per crate/box for unboxing/uncrating-reboxing/recrating their artwork. It should be sent at the time the artists ship their work.
  • If a new box or extra bubblewrap, etc. is needed to be purchased to re-pack the artwork, then a fee will be charged in addition to the $20.00 boxing fee.
  • All artwork must be sent and returned by Fed Ex or UPS paid by the artist. A pre-paid completed return label will be required by the end of the show.
  • NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES’ ARTISTS see additional note under “Eligibility”.
2019 Calendar
  1. Deadline for digital entries: August 24, 2019
  1. Notification of Accepted Artworks will be emailed on or before: September 14th
  1. Accepted work should be shipped to arrive: October 1st-4th
  1. Hand Delivery of Work to the Gallery: October 1-4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. M-F, Noon-4 p.m. Sat.
Email or call Ann Zembala to schedule an appointment in advance.  (903-875-7438)
  1. Show Open to the Public: October 10th, 5:30 p.m.
 
  1. Opening Reception: October 10th, 5:30-9 p.m.
  1. Closing of the Show: Pearce Museum January 4, 2020
  1. Pickup of Unsold Hand-Delivered Artwork: January 6-11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. M-F, 12-4p.m. Sat.
Email or call Ann Zembala to schedule an appointment in advance.  (903-875-7438)
  1. Return Shipping of Unsold Artwork: January 6th-17th
  If someone needs to make special arrangements they should call or email: Ann Zembala - Director Pearce Museum at Navarro College Phone: (903) 875-7438 Email:  ann.zembala@navarrocollege.edu Questions? View the APA website at www.AmericanPlainsArtists.com or send an email to one of the following: Judy McElroy, APA President & Show Chairperson:  judy@americanplainsartists.com Fritzi Heron, APA Vice-President:  fritzi@americanplainsartists.com

Art of the Plains 2019

American Plains Artists Thirty-fourth Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale

Pearce Museum at Navarro College

3100 West Collin Street – Corsicana, TX 75110

Please Print or Type: Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________________

City State Zip ______________________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone: (        ) ____________________     Evening Phone: (        ) _____________________

Email: ____________________________________Website:__________________________________

  Digital Entries
  1. Title:____________________________________ Medium:_________________________________
Artwork Dimensions: _____”H_____”W____”D  Outside Frame Dimensions: ___”H____”W___”D Price: _______________________________
  1. Title:____________________________________ Medium:_________________________________
Artwork Dimensions: _____”H_____”W____”D  Outside Frame Dimensions:____”H____”W___­­”D Price: ____________________________________  
  1. Title: ____________________________________ Medium:_________________________________
Artwork Dimensions: _____”H_____”W____”D  Outside Frame Dimensions: ____”H____”W___”D Price: ______________________________________ Check List: ____ Completed Entry Form ____ $70.00 Fee for 1-3 digital entries-- includes membership of $35.00 and $35.00 entry fee (Or just $35 entry fee if your membership fee was paid earlier in the year) Pay your entry fee and membership fee via PayPal on the APA website: www.americanplainsartists.com. Non-Liability- The American Plains Artists and Pearce Museum’s sponsors, agents or employees shall not be liable for loss or damage to any works of art entered. All artwork will be insured by the Pearce Museum once it is on their premises and until it leaves the premises. It is also recommended you carry your own private insurance, as well as during transit of your art to and from the exhibit. Any claims for damage, or other loss, will be made with your shipping carrier and your insurance by you, the artist. It is understood that once an artist has work juried into the show, it must be sent to the show for exhibit. If it sells prior to the show, the artist will pay the commission to APA and Pearce Museum and honor his/her commitment to show the work at Pearce Museum. The sales commission for this show is 40% and benefits both the APA and the Pearce Museum. Artists get 60% of the sale. Monies will be paid to the artist when received monies clear the bank. All artwork must remain in the show until the show closes--No Early Releases. Participation shows that the entrant understands and accepts this clause and conditions as stated. Signature: ________________________________________Date:_______________________________________

Your Digital images should have a resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch) and a 700 pixel width on the longest side (horizontal or vertical) and kept under 3MB in file upload. Most smartphone cameras are 72 dpi so will not be adequate for submitting to our show. Please check the settings on your digital camera for resolution size. (dpi) To assist you in preparing your digital entry, please see our video guide tab for a presentation on how to properly prepare your digital entry. Please follow the guidelines presented in the video.

Each file name should follow the example format.

  • Last Name, First Name Title of art Size Media $price
  • Example: Doeartist, John Kansas Skies 16x20 Oil $1000.00

For 3D artists you may submit one or two additional images such as a side and back view or detail image to represent one entry. Your file name format will be:

  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze $2000.00
  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider side view 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze
  • Doeartist, John Bronc Rider detail 15Hx10Lx10D Bronze

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR IMAGE FILES

Please watch the following video guide tutorial on how to properly prepare your digital image file for entry to our National Juried Show. Review the Image Specifications tab for official image specs as information presented in the video may change. If your image is already at 300dpi the first part of the video will help you to simply resize your photo while additional guidelines are addressed to alter the dpi if your image dpi is too low or too high.

Free Photo Editing Software

Click the links below to visit the photo software websites.

Both of these software have quite a bit of photo editing capabilities for sharpening your image, contrast, color adjustment etc., it will be up to you to familiarize yourself with either one of these programs functionality and advanced features if so desired.