PROSPECTUS: 2022 Spring Judged Show

The Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station

is pleased to announce our 2022 Annual Spring Judged Show,

known as one of the most prestigious juried competitions in the region. 

Visual artists are invited to submit entries to the annual Spring Judged Show to be held April 15-May 20, 2022 at DEGALLERY – 930 N. Rosemary, Bryan, TX.


Prizes & Ribbons

Cash Prizes

BEST OF SHOW: $500

Professional Division First Place: $200

Semi-Professional Division First Place: $200

Non-Professional Division First Place: $200

Adult Student First Place: $50

High School Student First Place: $50

Each Artist entering will make their own division choice based on their level of experience with creating art. Explanations of each division can be found on the Explanation of Divisions and Categories page.

First Place cash winners for each division are chosen from 1st place ribbon winners in categories (A-J) for that division.

Additional Benefits of Entering

  • Opportunity to be critiqued and recognized by our jury
  • No Gallery Representation required to participate
  • Website presence and social media exposure
  • Installation of art and labels provided
  • PR opportunities may arise; including talking to an audience about your work at our opening reception
  • Best in Show will have an image of their artwork on the VAS website for an entire year

Ribbons

There are 10 art type categories for entries. First, second, & third place ribbons may be awarded in each category for each of the 5 Award Divisions (i.e., Professional, Semi-Professional, Non-Professional, etc.) for up to 50 total ribbons. The judge is not obligated to award place ribbons and may withhold ribbons if entries in a particular category do not merit them. Each artist will choose a category in which to place their work. No artist may win more than two awards in a single category.

A. Abstract/Experimental/Non-Objective

B. Digital Art – All forms of digital art including photography that has been greatly manipulated or altered using technology

C. Drawing – Drawing, etching, printmaking, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and scratchboard done in a non-painterly style

D. Mixed Media – Artwork displaying two or more types of media, including but not limited to collage, encaustic painting and other mixed media

E. Painting O – Oil, acrylics, egg tempera used in the classic manner of oils

F. Painting W – Watercolor, acrylic used in the manner of classic watercolor

G. Pastel – Pastel & oil pastel used in a painterly style including pastel over watercolor under painting

H. Photography – Digital or film photography minimally manipulated or altered using technology

I. Sculpture – 3-D forms in various media, including sculptures in relief.

J. Studio Fine Crafts – Original fine crafts created in a studio environment including glass blowing, stained glass, printmaking, pottery, porcelain, woodwork, jewelry, mosaic, weaving, fiber art, metal work, or other finely crafted items

Each artist decides in which category to place his or her work. The show chairmen/committee reserves the right to change the category or disqualify any artwork not entered in the appropriate category.


About the Judge

Cheryl Evans
artist and educator

Cheryl Evans received her BFA from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s Degree in Humanities from University of Houston Clear Lake.  She is an art educator who has taught for 35 years on the junior high, high school and college level. She was named 2006 Teacher of the Year for Goose Creek ISD, honored as WalMart Teacher of the Year, and received the Amegy Bank of Texas Teaching Excellence Award.  She was named Texas High School Art Educator of the Year in 2003, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2005 by the Texas Art Education Association when they inducted her into the TAEA Fellows. In 2007, she received the Leadership Service Award for her work at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. In 2013 she was named Texas Art Educator of the year.

Evans has also taught in the Community Bridge program at the Museum of Fine Arts – Houston Glassell School of Art, and was a contributing author of the state adopted art textbook, “Art Talk”. She is active in the Texas Art Education Association, having served as President, as well as being named a Distinguished Fellow of TAEA.

She has served as a judge in many local shows across the state, and continues to teach workshops. Presently, Evans is adjunct faculty at Alvin Community College where she teaches painting. She is a producing watercolorist, and holds Signature status in the Watercolor Art Society of Houston. Her work is in numerous corporate and private collections across the country, Japan, England, Norway, and Mexico.  She continues to explore and experiment in watercolor and other painting mediums and to pass her infectious enthusiasm on to other visual artists.


Important Dates

Entry & payment deadline: EXTENDED to midnight, March 27th, 2022

Jury Review: March 26-30. 2022

Notification of acceptance: no later than March 31, 2022

Take in/Drop off: 2:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Degallery, 930 N Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX 77802. If you cannot make this time contact Wendy Keeney-Kennicutt to make arrangements for drop off by emailing [email protected]. Items may be shipped to Degallery C/O Visual Art Society and must arrive with prepaid return shipping label, properly labeled for show and ready to hang, prior to April 13th.

Judging: April 14-15, 2022

Opening Reception: 6:00pm-7:30pm, Friday, April 15, 2022

Closing of Show: May 20, 2022

Pick-up of unsold art: Noon – 4:00pm, Saturday, May 21, 2022 contact Carol Henrichs at [email protected] if you cannot pick up during this timeframe.


Eligibility

Open to all artists living the in continental United States. There is no requirement to become a member of the Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station but members do pay reduced fees. You may join or renew prior to submitting your entries to take advantage of the discount. Entries cannot have been exhibited in a previous Visual Art Society or Brazos Valley Art League show. Entries must be original, entirely the work of the entrant, and executed within the past three years.  Work must have been completed without the supervision of an instructor except for Adult and High School Student entries. Copies of existing artworks or works solely based on copyrighted artworks are not eligible. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GRANTED TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS AGREEMENT.

Entry Fees

Members: $35 for 1-3 entries, and $10 for each additional entry up to a total of 5.

Non-members: $50 for 1-3 entries, and $10 for each additional entry up to a total of 5.

High School Students: $5 per entry up to a total of 5.

The multi-piece discount will only apply if all of your pieces are included in the same entry. Email [email protected] to reopen your submitted registration if you need to add more pieces.

A Paypal account is not required.

Entry Method

All entries must be submitted online using the JUDGED SHOW ENTRY FORM.

Assistance with Online Entry Submissions

If you need assistance photographing your work and/submitting the registration form, we will be offering help by appointment. Email [email protected] to make an appointment for assistance either in person at DEGALLERY or over the phone.

Conditions & Requirements

There is no theme for the 2022 Spring Judged Show.

Commissions from sales will be divided with 60% to the artist, 20% to VASBCS, 20% to DEGALLERY.

All works sold and unsold must remain in the show until the closing date. Any works removed early will result in the artist being banned from any future shows. 

All art must be picked up during the allotted time unless special arrangements have been made ahead of time.

2D pieces longer than 60” on any side (including frame) will not be accepted. No more than one 60” work will be accepted from any entrant.

Any works which are politically, religiously or sexually charged will not be accepted.  

Images of the entry/entries must be submitted by jpeg files (SRGB or RGB profile, no larger than 1 MB) for jurying into the show. Uploading of images is part of the entry process and more information is provided on the entry form. Your images should be sharp & clear. Your images must not include matting or framing, only the piece of art itself. It is important that your work be well represented. Images of accepted works may be posted on the VAS website along with award winning artists from the show. By entering you grant permission to VAS reproduce the artwork in the
marketing materials or on the VAS website, for promotional and educational purposes.

VAS reserves the right to refuse to show any entry not accurately represented by the images submitted during entry or not suitably presented for exhibition. 

Accepted entries for the show must be wired properly for hanging so the hanging committee does not have problems. If any of the pieces are extremely heavy or particularly fragile in framing, they will not be included in the exhibit without advanced special arrangements with the hanging committee. No saw tooth hangers or clip on frames will be accepted. All artwork must be completely dry and ready to hang or display when submitted during intake for the show/exhibit. VAS reserves the right to exclude works from the exhibition that are not gallery-ready and professional in presentation.

All sculptures/pottery must have a stable base.

Drawings and pastels must be under glass or acrylic.

The following information must be attached in the upper left hand corner on the back of the art work: Artist Name, Mailing Address, Phone, Email, Selling Price, Title, Medium, Artist Division, & Category.  This label form may be downloaded and used but is not required.

Artists are responsible for all delivery, pick up and insurance for the works submitted. 

Pricing Your Art

Please remember this show is an opportunity to display and sell your art as well as a fundraiser for our organization. When pricing your art, please consider the local art market and price accordingly. Higher priced items are less likely to sell. Rarely do pieces priced over $1000 actually sell in our shows.  If you need assistance with pricing, please let us know.

VAS Membership

Please visit our membership page to update your membership status. Join or Update Your Membership

Email [email protected] with questions about your membership status.

Please be sure your membership is updated before choosing the “member” drop down on entrythingy.com. VAS memberships must be renewed yearly.

What is my fee used for?

The Brazos Valley Art League, dba Visual Art Association of Bryan-College Station, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization operated by volunteers who are artists and art appreciators, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses. Not unlike paying a fee to enter a marathon race, your entry fee democratically enables our organization’s projects to happen. For over a 50 years the Visual Art Association has earned a reputation for producing quality exhibits, benefitting the artists involved and the public, on its meager budget. Our all volunteer board of directors and small dedicated team of members work hard to make involvement with VAS projects well worth the effort and cost to do so.

Simply by participating in a VAS project or becoming a member you are helping this grass-roots organization do its work and achieve its mission.