apa national Art Show Entry information

Art of the Plains Exhibit

The Current Status of entering our 2019 show is currently Closed.

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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.

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 5 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)

fritzi@americanplainsartists.com,judy@americanplainsartists.com,jammey@americanplainsartists.com,mary@americanplainsartists.com,jennifer@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.
  2. http://americanplainsartists.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/APA-Entry-Form.pdf
  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 5 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)

fritzi@americanplainsartists.com,judy@americanplainsartists.com,jammey@americanplainsartists.com,mary@americanplainsartists.com,jennifer@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: $35 Select this option if you have already paid your annual membership dues.




Show Entry + Membership: $70 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 2018 National Juried Show

  1.  Deadline for digital entries: May 5, 2018
  2. Acceptance Letters will be mailed on or before: May 30th
  3. Accepted work should be shipped to arrive: June 18th-22nd
  4. Hand Delivery of Work to the Gallery: June 18th-22nd
  5. Show Open to the Public: June 28, 2018, 5:30 PM
  6. Opening Reception June 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM
  7. Closing of the Show, Fort Concho NHL August 5th
  8. Pickup of Unsold Hand-Delivered Artwork: August 7th-10th, 10AM to 4 PM
  9. Return Shipping of Unsold Artwork: August 7th-10th

Questions?

Most questions are answered here on the website, but if you still need assistance you may use our contact form or one of the email addresses below:

  • J. I. McElroy, APA Show Chairperson: judy@americanplainsartists.com
  • Fritzi Heron, APA Sec./Treas.: fritzi@americanplainsartists.com

If someone needs to make special arrangements they should call:

  • Bob Bluthardt - Site Manager Fort Concho National Historic Landmark
  • Phone: (325) 481-2730
  • Email: robert.bluthardt@cosatex.us.
The following dues and fees are associated with becoming a member along with entry to our Juried Exhibit.
    • Annual Membership: $35 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: $35 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: $35 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: $70. 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 $15 will be assessed for each shipping box. This will be paid via check and made out to Fort Concho NHL 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.

If you wish to make your payment by check, please print and fill out the following FORM  (even if you have filled in the online digital entry form) and mail along with your check Payable to American Plains Artists to:

American Plains Artists

c/o Fritzi Heron APA Secretary

PO Box 14607, Odessa, TX 79768

For a receipt please include a SASE.

Art of the Plains 2018

American Plains Artists Thirty-third Annual Juried Exhibit & Sale

Over $18,000.00 in Awards

  Fort Concho National Historic Landmark 630 S. Oakes Street - San Angelo, TX 76903 June 28 - August 5, 2018

Awards Juror

SHANNON HANNA

With deep Texas roots in the art gallery world, an eye to exceptional talent and long time focus on her artists, R.S.”Shannon” Hanna has created two beautiful art gallery spaces in Fredericksburg, TX for collectors to experience some of the best in contemporary art from around the country—those artworks which deal in that undefinable but very real commodity that captures people in a moment, but enchants them for a lifetime.

She has been connecting exceptional art and collectors since 1998 in Fredericksburg for Whistlepik Gallery for 11 years, then founding InSight Gallery with her sister in 2009 to national article fanfare. The next year creative differences caused her to move on, resulting in opening RS Hanna Gallery in 2011.

Her philosophy is to hold open a place for sharing life’s beauty with others, bringing “artist’s artists” and art lovers together. Thirty recognized artists from 14 states, Scotland and Canada have found a home with her. An emphasis on new, fine quality work of highly collectible artists, together with her thoughtful and attentive style to both artists and collectors alike, has marked her success with her new gallery.

My goal is to promote our artists and help build thoughtful collections of art…. I especially love it when people come in and really spend time with the artwork, look at it and talk about it. I hope that visitors to the gallery will be reminded of the universal notion that we are all connected and that through seeking out beauty and art we learn about ourselves and our everlasting relationship with nature and each other. "

To learn more about R.S. ”Shannon” Hanna and her gallery go to www.rshannagallery.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 an 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

Marvin Stevenson Memorial Award -- $200

Best Plains Landscape –$200.00 Best Plains Remnants –$200.00

These are two new awards to encourage diversity of subject matter in artwork.These two awards will change yearly.

The Texas Award – a one-year subscription to Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife and a copy of Texas Forts Trail by Texas Authors Derrick Birdsall and Kristine Davis—Book donated by Fort Concho Foundation

****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 Award -- Four Person Exhibit -- sponsored by Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, San Angelo, TX

Artist’s Retreat Award – given by Our Heritage Guest Ranch, Jean Norman, Owner, Crawford, NE $400.00 value

Artist’s Retreat Award – given by The Hummer House, Dan and Cathy Brown, Owners, Christoval, TX $300 value

Sculpture Supplies Award – given by Sculpture Depot Loveland, CO --Karen Richardson, Owner – Two $150.00 Gift Certificates

Canvas Panels Award – given by SourceTek Scottsdale, AZ - Owner JoAnne Pierce – Two award packages

TrueArt American Plains Award – given by Reed Art & Imaging, Lakewood, CO, Bob & Betty Reed, Owners, $150. 00 Gift Certificate

Award of Excellence –a one-year subscription to Western Art & Architecture given by Western Art & Architecture

Art Purchases

Sales commission of 30% will apply and will benefit both Fort Concho National Historic Landmark and the American Plains Artists

Jury Process via Digital Entries

Initial jurying will be from the submitted Digital Entries sent via the APA website. There will be new instructions for 2019. 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 Shannon Hanna 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 30% 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 2018 Entry Form and all the info about entering the show is in the various tabs 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.

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, click “Submit”. Your entry files will be sent to the APA Webmaster, Secretary, and Historian. We will later email you a copy of your entry for your records. (New Instructions coming for 2019)

If the entry fee and membership fee are not paid via PayPal through the APA website, please send a paper copy of your completed entry form and the entry fee by check payable to the American Plains Artists 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).

Mail to:

AMERICAN PLAINS ARTISTS

c/o Fritzi Heron, APA Secretary/Treasurer,

PO Box 14607, Odessa, TX 79768

No entries accepted after this date, May 5, 2018

Note: SHIPPING INFORMATION

Accepted artists will be sent specific instructions in their acceptance letter for the shipment/delivery of artwork to the Fort Concho NHL.

  • However, artists should be aware that they are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the museum and that there is a $15 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 $15.00 to Fort Concho per crate/box for unboxing/uncrating and 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 $15.00 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”.

 

 2018 Calendar

  1. Deadline for digital entries: May 5, 2018
  2. Acceptance Letters will be mailed on or before: May 30th
  3. Accepted work should be shipped to arrive: June 18th-22nd
  4. Hand Delivery of Work to the Gallery: June 18th-22nd
  5. Show Open to the Public: June 28, 2018, 5:30 PM
  6. Opening Reception June 28, 2018, 5:30-7:30 PM
  7. Closing of the Show, Fort Concho NHL August 5th
  8. Pickup of Unsold Hand-Delivered Artwork: August 7th-10th, 10AM to 4 PM
  9. Return Shipping of Unsold Artwork: August 7th-10th

Questions? View the APA website at www.AmericanPlainsArtists.com or send an email to one of the following:

Judy McElroy, APA Show Chairperson: judy@americanplainsartists.com

Fritzi Heron, APA Sec./Treas.: fritzi@americanplainsartists.com

If someone needs to make special arrangements they should call:

Bob Bluthardt - Site Manager

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark

Phone: (325) 481-2730

Email: robert.bluthardt@cosatex.us.

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.