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Play: 31st Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition

Entry Deadline: Tue, January 21, 2023, 11:59pm EST

About This Exhibition

Strathmore welcomes artists to submit original artwork for Play: The 31st Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition.

Play is a pathway to connection, innovation, and renewal. We use play to sustain our creativity, build relationships, and cultivate a love of life. Play can be done in isolation or in groups. It means action in athletics, rehearsal in music and in drama it is the material to be animated. Play works with restrained rules, or it can be the act of breaking rules. It can be formula and pattern, or it can be experimental and adaptive. Play transcends age and species, occurring shortly after birth and is observed in animals of the earth and ocean. We invite artists to “play” both in representation and in abstraction, but most significantly, in an enjoyable form.

Artwork may be of any style and medium, although Strathmore is not able to accommodate performance art at this time.

Artists from within the DMV region and beyond are encouraged to apply.

Jurors: Staci McLaughlin, ArtDistrict Gallery and Zoma Wallace

Submissions will be evaluated on aesthetic value, mastery of craft, and relevance to the exhibition theme. Each artwork will be considered individually. There is no limit to how many works from one artist's entry may be accepted.

Awards: Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, First Prize, and Second Prize at the opening reception. Honorable Mentions will also be recognized.

Eligibility: All media are eligible, aside from performance (see category section below).

Any artwork previously exhibited or for sale at Strathmore is not eligible.

All artwork must be matted, framed, or otherwise made exhibition-ready. The Mansion at Strathmore uses the cable based Arakawa hanging system. All hanging artworks must be fitted with ¾” d-rings or larger, or use screw eyes with a ¼” diameter opening or larger. If using a metal frame, omni or screw hangers must be fitted to the frame. All d-rings, screw eyes, and omni or screw hangers should be installed at ¼ or less of the total height down from the top of the artwork to ensure that the artwork hangs flush to the wall. Cleats, sawtooth hangers, steel plates and wire, or any other hanging device requiring a nail in the wall are not acceptable hanging mechanisms.

All accepted video works will be displayed on an 11.5” monitor. Maximum size for 2D work is 56” by 48” framed. Maximum size for 3D work is 48” by 48” by 48”. Larger installations will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email with any questions regarding larger installations.

All works must be for sale.

Artists are responsible for delivery and removal of artworks including any shipping costs.

All works submitted must be complete and may not be exhibited if the work that arrives differs from the image submitted.

Any accepted artwork will not, by any exception, be exhibited if not exhibition-ready upon drop-off, including installation of acceptable hanging mechanisms as listed above.

Sales: Strathmore will receive a 40% commission on all artwork sold. Strathmore will pay the artist 60% of the retail price of sold artwork within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. All artwork must be for sale and priced at a fair market value, and prices reported in the submission should take into consideration the commission split. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.

Submission Fee: A submission fee of $32 is required for each artist submitting up to 8 works. Submission fees are non-refundable, but they are tax-deductible. Payment will be collected after submission and can be made by credit card or debit card via PayPal, or by check.

Deadlines and Important Dates

Application Deadline: January 21, 2023 11:59pm*

Notification of Jury Results: February 6 - 13, 2023*

Drop-off of All Accepted Work: March 8, 2023*#

Exhibition Opens to the Public: March 21st, 2023*

Opening Reception: March 23, 2023 4pm - 8pm*

Exhibition Closes to the Public: April 29th, 2023*

Required Art Pickup: April 30th, 2023*#^

*subject to change
# The artist is responsible for all arrangements, costs, and execution of the delivery and pickup of artwork to and from Strathmore.
^All artwork on exhibition must remain on the Strathmore site throughout the entire exhibition. Early removal of artwork is strictly prohibited.

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