Look for information about the 6th annual Signs of Rural Life juried exhibit in Spring 2023
· June 3: Submission deadline
· June 17: Notification of acceptance
· June 21-24: Deliver work to Blue Cat
· July 5-Aug 26: Exhibit on display
· July 7: Opening Reception
· Aug 26-Sept 2: Return unsold work to artists
· First Place - $250
. Second Place - $175
. Third Place - $125
· People's Choice - $75
· Open to artists of all career levels from emerging to professional, 18 years of age or older
· Submit up to five entries created in the last five years (and not previously shown in Signs of Rural Life); $30 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.
Lauren Freese, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of South Dakota, earned her Ph.D. in American art history from the University of Iowa in 2017. Her research is interdisciplinary, bringing together art history and food studies. She is currently at work on a book interpreting watercolor illustrations of fruit varietals commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture between 1886 and 1942.
Two categories: Ages 14-17 and Ages 13 and Under
Look for details in Spring 2023 for next year's exhibit.
At least one work guaranteed accepted (so long as the work fits theme and is suitably display-ready).
No kits or direct copies of other artists' artwork, including photographs.
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.
Send jpg images of examples of your artwork to: email@example.com 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.
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 2024-2025; gallery closed Jan-Feb each year; possible exhibit dates include: March-April, May-June and Sept-Oct).
Email your jpgs (images) and PDF documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line, type "Blue Cat Artist Proposal"
Expect a response within 1-2 weeks of emailing your materials
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.
Email your questions to: email@example.com
Or give us a call: 402-454-5144