Call Detail

2016 TVAA National

Entry Deadline: 9/14/16
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3

Entry Fee (2016 TVAA National): $45.00

Texas Visual Arts Association
National Juried Art Exhibition
  • Entry Deadline: September 14, 2016
  • Entry fee is $45.
Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 TVAA National Art Competition & Exhibit, juried by Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Gabriel Ritter,  Curator of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition will be displayed at the Mesquite Arts Center December 5 - 28, 2016. Prizes totaling $4000 will be awarded to the best works in the competition.


Andrea Karnes has been a Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth since 1989. She has curated numerous contemporary exhibitions, including Framing Desire: Photography and Video (2015), México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, (2013–14), Hubbard/Birchler: No Room to Answer (2009), Pretty Baby (2007), Pierre Huyghe: One Million + Kingdoms (2005) and Julie Bozzi: Landscapes (2004). Additionally, she curated the Modern’s FOCUS series for ten years, which presented solo exhibitions of the works of more than 30 artists. She is currently organizing a major survey exhibition for fall 2016 that spans the twenty-year career of the American artist KAWS. Karnes’ publications include books for the exhibitions she curated. Also, she was a contributing author for Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: 110, the museum’s permanent collection catalogue, and to Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. Karnes completed her master’s degree in Art History at Texas Christian University in May 2000 with a thesis entitled Sally Mann: Beyond the Black and White

Gabriel Ritter has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art since May 2016. Prior to that, he was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art from 2012-2016. Ritter served as the co-organizing curator for the DMA’s  exhibition Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga (2015). He served as the organizing curator for: Concentrations 58: Chosil Kil (2015) and Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet (2015); for the Dallas presentation of the touring exhibition Cindy Sherman (2013); for the DMA-organized exhibitions Concentrations 57: Slavs and Tatars (2014), Never Enough: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art (2014), Concentrations 56: Stephen Lapthisophon—coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables, and “Selected Poems” (2013), DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present. Ritter is currently completing his Ph.D. in art history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also earned his masters of art history.

Note: All artworks will be presented to the jurors in an anonymous manner.

Eligibility & Media
  • Open to artists 18 years and older residing in the United States.
  • All work must be original (no reproductions), produced within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Mesquite Arts Center.
  • Works represented by artists' digital images must be the exact works delivered to the Mesquite Arts Center for the exhibit—no substitutions.
  • Original 2D work in any medium is eligible, including painting, prints, drawings, photography, and digital images.
  • 2D work should not exceed a framed size of 40" in the longest dimension.
  • 3D work should not exceed 2' in the longest dimension. All 3D artwork must be delivered and installed by the artist.
  • Artworks accepted into the exhibit must remain until the exhibit closes.
Insurance & Liability
  • Work will be insured at the Mesquite Arts Center, but not in transit. Artists are responsible for insuring works in transit.
  • TVAA is not responsible for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping. Containers must be reusable and must include prepaid return shipping labels.
  • Images of selected work may be used for promotional purposes and featured in an exhibition catalog.


All works in the exhibit may be offered for sale. If work is not for sale, it should be defined in the artist's portfolio with a price of "0" (zero).  TVAA will retain 20% handling fee for any sales. Artists' pricing should include TVAA fee. Artists are responsible for paying any applicable sales taxes.


$4000 in prizes will be awarded by the jurors:
Rose Tobey Memorial Best of Show - $1000
​Second Place - $400
Third Place - $300
Rowena Elkin Memorial Award for Sculpture $300
Rosenlund Family Award for 2-D $200
Nine (9) Awards for Excellence at $200 each

Additional awards may be offered.

Key Dates

Sept 14                                         Submission deadline
Oct 10                                           Applicants notified of jury results
Nov 14-19                                     Shipped artwork due at Mesquite Arts Center
Nov 18-19          10am - 4pm         2-D artwork delivered
Nov 30-Dec 1     10am - 4pm         3-D artwork delivered and installed
Dec 5                                            Exhibit opens at Mesquite Arts Center
Dec 8                 5pm - 7pm           Reception and awards presentation           
Dec 28                                          Exhibit closes
Dec 29-30          10am - 4pm        Pickup of all hand-delivered artwork
Jan 2-5                                         Shipped artwork returned

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