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Call for Entries: 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition
The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville announces a call for entries for its 13th annual National Juried Exhibition. The National Juried Exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 fine artworks encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the Balcony gallery of the beautifully-restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street from February 1-22, 2019. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and other hours for special events. The deadline for entries to be received is Sunday, December 9, 2018. Prizes include at least $1,000 in cash awards, and exhibiting artists will receive a catalog of the exhibition. Artists may view the information, complete the entry form, and/or download an application at www.knoxalliance.com/nje-entry.


 Art at the Polk – Call for artists

  1. Get inspired: Visit the President James K. Polk Home & Museum in downtown Columbia for a special artist’s tour with behind-the-scenes access to the house and collections. (Tour lasts about one hour). December 1 (9-5p) & December 2-21, by appointment.
  2. Create: Create a work of visual art inspired by the Polk Home, its collections, or the complex life and legacy of James and Sarah Polk. Creativity in all media is welcome, and we will try to accomodate works of all sizes.
  3. Submit: Bring your piece to the Polk Home before January 28, 2019 with a brief (>300 words) artist’s statement, including how your art was inspired by your visit to the Polk Home.

Deadline for Submissions: January 28, 2019. All submissions will be exhibited in the Polk Home’s beautiful gallery space, Presidential Hall. $$$ PRIZES for Best Expression of the Theme, Best Overall, and by Age Category. Opening Reception: February 1, 2019.

President James K. Polk Home & Museum, 301 W 7th Street, Columbia, TN, 931.388.2354jameskpolk@bellsouth.net


The South Arts State Fellowships is accepting applications. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. The application deadline is December 3, 2018.

South Arts is also now accepting applications for the inaugural Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships. Applications and full guidelines for the 2019 Folk & Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships as well as a list of eligible counties across Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee are available at southarts.org or by calling the South Arts office. Submissions are due by January 15, 2019. Applicants will be reviewed by a panel based on the published criteria, and selected folk and traditional artists will be notified in February 2019.


The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, Tenn., is seeking pieces of leasable outdoor sculpture to be installed for two years in and around Founders Park and downtown Johnson City. Compensation to the selected artists will be provided by private donations. Each artist whose work is chosen will receive a $2,000 stipend (per piece) as well as inclusion in a printed brochure, exposure on the city’s website, and other related media. The guest curator for this two-year exhibition will be Sarah Stanley, curator at the William King Museum in Abingdon, Va. The exhibition is open to all artists, preferably professional sculptors, who are at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States. The deadline for submissions for consideration is December 31, 2018. More information and the RFQ can be found at http://jcpublicart.com/call/


The Kennedy Center is currently accepting nominations for the Citizen Artist Fellow Program.

  • The year-long Program celebrates artists in the U.S. utilizing their work for positive community impact and connection.
  • The Kennedy Center provides fellows with resources, opportunities, and support to strengthen connections in their field and advance their work.
  • The fellows help the Kennedy Center understand broader issues, reach new audiences, and learn through their art.

Read more about the format and content of the Program here.

Below are two examples of current Citizen Artist Fellows (more on the 2018-19 fellows here).

  • Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his blend of Hip Hop and Arabic poetry, he’s appeared on prominent news outlets, at prestigious academic institutions, major cultural organizations, and helped raise millions for humanitarian groups.
  • Musician/composer Shaw Pong Liu engages communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, music, and social dialogue. She started Code Listen, a project using music to build relationships between Boston police, teen artists, families surviving homicide, and local musicians, to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices.

Information about eligibility as well as the nomination form can be found here. Nominations are due by December 22, 2018.

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