Call for Entries

"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.

Deadline: May 30, 2020.

Call for Entries-form (pdf)


Important Dates for the 2020 "Signs of Rural Life" Exhibit

· May 30: Submission deadline

· June 15: Notification of acceptance

· June 27-July 3: Deliver work to Blue Cat

· July 8-Aug 29: Exhibit on display

· July 10: Opening Reception

· Aug 30-Sept 5: Return unsold work to artists


· Best of Show - $250

· People's Choice - $75

*Purchase Awards (pending)


· 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 five years (and not previously shown in Signs of Rural Life); $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: Terri Parish McGaffin

 Terri Parish McGaffin has served as Associate Professor of Art at Morningside College, teaching studio art and writing courses since 2004, and served as Chair of the Art Department and Director of the Helen Levitt Art Gallery from 2013 to 2019. She is now Professor Emerita, retired.  She has worked as a professional artist for many years, and has exhibited at Northwestern College, the Norfolk Arts Center, The Washington Pavilion, the Sioux City Art Center and Wayne State College.   Her work is in the collections of the Sioux City Art Center, Mercy Hospital, Morningside College and the University of South Dakota, as well as many private collections. 

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 2021-2022)

Materials and information to include:

  1. 3-5 images in jpg format for individuals (2-3 images per artist for group proposals)
  2. Image list: title, medium, size, date, price (pdf format)
  3. Resume/CV - pdf format
  4. Biography narrative (1-2 paragraphs about you and your work) - pdf format
  5. 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

Small Works for the Gift Shop Gallery


Do you create small original artwork?

Blue Cat hosts a "Gift Shop Gallery" in addition to the featured exhibits gallery space, 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.

Call For Artists - Under Two Hundred


November-December 2020 Exhibit

Do you have small "gift-able" pieces in your inventory? Blue Cat hangs a salon-style show during the holiday season with an opening reception coinciding with Wayne's Christmas on Main Street event.

Blue Cat begins reviewing work for the annual show in July.

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, an image list (title, medium, size, date, price), and a short bio/artist statement to
  4. Type "Under Two Hundred" in the subject line.
  5. Deadline to submit images: Oct 11, 2020
  6. If work is accepted, deliver work to the gallery: dates and times to be determined (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. Framed and works on canvas should be wired for hanging. (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