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West Alabama Juried Show

PLEASE NOTE: Works will now be accepted for juding via a digital upload site instead of through physical delivery to The Arts Council office. The link to submit (right) will not be active until September 1, 2016.


The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is sponsoring its 32nd Annual Juried Show for West Alabama artists during the months of October and November at the Bama Theatre galleries. A $35 entry fee entitles any West Alabama artist to submit up to three works for judging. Only original two- and three-dimensional works by artists living in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties are eligible. Entries must not have been previously entered in a West Alabama Juried Art Show.


Howard & Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Purchase Award - $750

Gail Skidmore Memorial Award of Excellence - $300
Contributed by The Arts Council

Three Cash Awards - $100 each
Contributed by The Arts Council


Works submitted for judging will now be accepted through a digital upload on the website submittable.com instead of by delivery in person to The Arts Council office. This new procedure will not only be more convenient for entrants during the jury process, but allow management of your images in other competitions which utilize Submittable. To begin your entry process, click on the link to the right, and you will be redirected to the submittable.com site where you will establish an account. You may submit up to three images, all of which must be in .jpg format and preferably no larger than 2.5 megabytes. Larger images are acceptable, but your upload time and the judge’s time viewing the images will be much faster with a smaller image. Keep in mind, images should be clear enough for your piece to be judged at its best, but small enough for upload. For each image, you must enter a title (required, “Untitled” not acceptable); dimensions and description; a price for sales and/or insurance purposes (even if not for sale); and indicate if you are willing to accept the Purchase Award. The Purchase Award piece will be added to the permanent collection of The Arts Council.

You will receive a notification after you have successfully submitted your art to Submittable.

How to Submit Your Images

How to Photograph Your Art

How to Edit Your Digital Images for Submission


Once the jury process is complete, you will be notified by email about the status of your entries.

Delivery of Accepted Works

Accepted works must be brought to The Arts Council office in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, downtown Tuscaloosa, September 19-23 during office hours of 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. All two-dimensional pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and matted, framed and under glass if appropriate.  Frames must be equipped with wire securely attached for hanging. Wires must not show above the frame. Loose wires, saw tooth brackets or other hangers are not acceptable, and the work will be rejected prior to final judging. Visit this site to view guidelines for proper framing: http://www.onlineartcenter.com/framing.html. Any special installation requirements must be handled by the artist. Works of this nature will be accepted at the discretion of The Arts Council. Works executed in a class or workshop will not be accepted. All works should be labeled on the back upper right corner with the completed labels provided. All works must be titled. “Untitled” is not acceptable. Maximum size is 5 .5 feet x 5.5 feet, and maximum weight is 50 pounds for all entries. All media types are eligible.   

Pick-up and Publicity

Works accepted for the exhibit must remain until the conclusion of the exhibit. Pick up will be November 15 after the conclusion of the closing reception through November 22. All works will be insured while in the custody of The Arts Council, however, works will not be insured or considered to be in our custody prior to or after the designated dates. Any work accepted for the show (with the exception of the Purchase Award winner) may be priced to sell to the public. Buyers will be referred to the artist for purchases; The Arts Council will not handle transactions. Works which are not picked up within six months may be donated to charity. The gallery charges no commission on sales for this competition. The Arts Council reserves the right to utilize images of accepted and/or winning entries for publicity or educational purposes and display those images at our discretion.


Call 205-345-9801 or 205-758-5195, ext. 6 for more information

Important Dates

Online Acceptance of Entries: September 1-11, 2016
Entry Deadline: September 11 at midnight
Notification of Acceptance: September 16 by email
Notification of Winners: September 30, by email
Delivery of selected works: September 19-23 during office hours
Exhibit Dates at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery: October 3-November 15; 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm, M-F; also during Bama Theatre events
Closing Reception: November 15 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the JLG
Pick up: After Closing Reception through November 22, 2016 (M-F) at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center


Follow this link to enter: