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2018 Wills Creek Exhibition



Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 4
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6

Entry Fee (2018 Wills Creek Exhibition Entry Fee): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $15.00

The Will's Creek Exhibition is a national juried exhibition of contemporary American art hosted by the Allegany Arts Council in its professional Saville and Schwab galleries in Cumberland, Maryland. Now in its 19th year, the Will's Creek Exhibition will take place November 3-December 1, 2018. Each year, the exhibition focuses on a central theme. In 2018, the selected theme is “Overlooked”.

Theme: Overlooked
Many things in our world are slighted, ignored, rejected, discarded. This exhibition calls attention to that which is overlooked. Whether they are objects, beings or emotions, through the artist’s interpretation, Overlooked is given new meaning. They can thus be noted, appreciated or cherished – as if time paused, and we take a deep breath and marvel at the true nature of what is before us. Entries may include traditional media, as well as installation, video, kinetic, sound and/or performance art.

Liza Key Strelka is Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Since joining the Phillips in 2011, she has overseen the installation of exhibitions such as Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party, Whitfield Lovell: Kin, Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities, Made in the USA: American Masterworks from The Phillips Collection, and Van Gogh Repetitions. Liza has juried other local exhibitions, including two exhibitions at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis and one at the Torpedo Art Gallery in Alexandria, VA. Liza received her bachelor’s in Art History from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Art History from American University, with a focus on modern and contemporary American art.

Best in Show: $1500
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $750
Third Place: $500

Important Dates:
Deadline to enter: September 23, 2018
Judging: September 24-October 6, 2018
Artist Notification: October 8, 2018
Artwork to be received in gallery: October 23-October 28, 2018
Public Opening & Reception: November 3, 2018 - 6-8 PM (artists are invited)
Exhibition Closes: December 1, 2018

How to Apply:
All entries are accepted through  The entry fee is $30,00, which includes two entries. Two additional entries are available per artist for $15.00 each. An artist may not submit any more than four (4) total entries.

Artists are asked to provide a brief artist statement as well as supporting images. Artists are permitted four (4) image uploads, and one (1) video or audio upload. This may be of particular importance to artists who need to show more than one angle of their artwork.

All applications must be submitted by midnight (Mountain Standard Time) on September 23, 2018 through CaFÉ at .

Specifications for Accepted Work:
Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three years, and have not been previously exhibited in the Saville Gallery. All artwork should be listed for sale, and no work previously sold may be borrowed for entry in the exhibition. Work must not exceed 48”x48”x48”. All two dimensional work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging. No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted for the exhibition.

Accepted artists will be responsible for shipping their artwork and for insurance during transport. The Allegany Arts Council is not responsible for damage to artwork during transport to and from our galleries. Work must be shipped prepaid to the Saville Gallery in STURDY, REUSABLE PACKING. Please include instructions for unpacking or assembly if needed. Complete shipping instructions will be mailed with acceptance notices. Work may also be delivered to the Allegany Arts Council in person at 9 N. Centre St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Artists wishing to have their work returned MUST INCLUDE A PREPAID SHIPPING LABEL via UPS or FedEx pick-up service with your shipment. The Allegany Arts Council will insure all accepted work for 65% of its sale price while the work is on the its premises.

The Allegany Arts Council will offer its services in promoting sales and will retain a 35% commission on all sales. Works may not be removed during the exhibition. All sales handled by representatives of the Allegany Arts Council.


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