Small Works for the Gift Shop Gallery

Do you create small original artwork?

Blue Cat recently added a "Gift Shop Gallery" and is looking for artists who create small pieces such as jewelry, cards, original prints, small pottery pieces and more. Retail prices should be set at $100 or less. Blue Cat retains 25% commission on all sales.

Would you like to include your pieces in the gift shop gallery?

Send jpg images of examples of your artwork to: with a brief message expressing your interest and information about the work you create. Blue Cat will respond within 1-2 weeks of inquiry to discuss details with you.

Propose an exhibit

Submit your work to show at Blue Cat

Blue Cat runs exhibits from March to December each year. Most exhibits are scheduled for two months, but exceptions may be made. Submit a proposal for an individual or group show. Include the following information and materials listed below when submitting your proposal.

Deadline: ongoing (currently considering work for exhibits in 2020-2021)

Materials and information to include:

  1. 3-5 images in jpg format for individuals (2-3 images per artist for group proposals)
  2. Resume/CV - pdf format
  3. Biography narrative (1-2 paragraphs about you and your work) - pdf format
  4. Artist Statement (no more than one page) - pdf format

Where to submit your materials

Email your jps and documents in PDF format to:

In the subject line, type "Blue Cat Artist Proposal"

Expect a response within 1-2 weeks of emailing your materials

Call for Entries

"Chickens & Other Signs of Rural Life" Juried Exhibit

Enter your chicken and other rural-themed art into this annual juried exhibit, which opens coinciding with Wayne America's annual community festival, the Wayne Chicken Show.

This year's deadline has passed. Look for details in March 2019 to enter your work into next year's show.

Wayne Chicken Show

Call For Artists - Under Two Hundred

November-December 2018 Exhibit

Do you have small "gift-able" pieces in your inventory? Blue Cat will be hanging a salon-style show during the holiday season and hosting a reception Thursday, November 1 from 5-8pm.

This year's deadline has passed. Look for details in July 2019 to submit your work for participation in next year's show.

How to be part of the show?

  1. All original hand-crafted mediums will be considered: jewelry, ceramics, drawings, paintings, printmaking, sculpture, etc.
  2. Each work must be priced at $200 or less.
  3. Send 3-5 jpgs of images that represent the work you would like to include in the exhibit to
  4. Type "Under Two Hundred" in the subject line.
  5. Deadline to submit images: Oct 13, 2018
  6. If work is accepted, deliver work to the gallery: Oct 26-27 during gallery hours (work may be mailed or shipped but must include a pre-paid return label and NO foam peanuts).
  7. Blue Cat reserves the right to exclude any work from the exhibit that does not reasonably resemble the images that were accepted.
  8. Framing optional: Works on paper may be neatly hinge-matted; paintings on canvas may be gallery-wrapped and edges painted. (Any work deemed unsuitable for display will be excluded from the show and returned at the artist's expense.) 

For more information:

Email your questions to:

Or give us a call: 402-454-5144

Complete the "Chickens" entry form and email to (pdf)


"Chickens" Entry Fee


Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

To complete your submission for "Chickens & Other Signs of Rural Life," submit payment here, or mail a check to:

Blue Cat Gallery & Studio

114 W. 3rd St.

Wayne NE 68787

Important Dates for the 2018 Exhibit

· May 31 - Submission deadline

· June 11 - Notification of acceptance

· June 27-30 - Deliver work to Blue Cat

· July 11-Sept 1 - Exhibit on display

· July 13 - Opening Reception

· Sept 2-6 - Return unsold work to artists


· Best of Show - $250

· First Place 2-D - $125

· First Place 3-D - $125


· Open to artists of all career levels from emerging to professional, 18 years of age or older

· Submit up to three entries created in the last two years; $25 non-refundable entry fee required

· Max Size: no one side larger than 50” (3-D work requiring a pedestal, no more than 20” wide or deep)

· Any media including painting, works on paper, printmaking, photography, sculpture (excluding installation art)

· Works must be display ready (wrapped canvases are permitted, 2-D work must be wired and ready for hanging)

· By entering the exhibit, artists whose works are selected for the show grant Blue Cat Gallery & Studio the right to use submitted images on printed materials, gallery website & social media sites for promotional purposes.

· Artwork accepted for the exhibit must be for sale. Blue Cat Gallery will receive a 25% commission for each work sold from the exhibit. Payment for works sold during the show will be issued within 30 days of the end of the exhibit.

About the Juror: Meghan O'Connor

Originally from northeast Tennessee, Meghan O'Connor studied printmaking at East Tennessee State University. After receiving her BFA, she went on to pursue an MFA at Clemson University, in South Carolina. In 2009, she began teaching foundations of art at Middle Tennessee State University, and printmaking for the Tennessee State Governor’s School for the Arts. In 2016, she joined Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska where she teaches printmaking, foundations courses, and senior exhibit. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her work can be found in the collection of Columbia College in Chicago; Gippsland Centre for Art and Design in Australia; Limerick School of Art and Design in Ireland; Proyecto’ace Print Collection in Buenos Aires, and many other universities around the United States.