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The Athenaeum Invitational, 2017
The Athenaeum Gallery
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Event Dates: 9/24/17 - 10/29/17
Entry Deadline: 7/21/17
Days remaining to deadline: 55


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

Entry Fee (The Athenaeum Invitational, 2017): $40.00

Underwritten by TTR Sotheby's International Realty, The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in Virginia, the District of Columbia, or Maryland.  A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and a $1000 prize will be awarded to an artist from the open call. The show is juried by Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray.  Prize winners will be selected by a noted art expert, who has yet to be determined.

The 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW

Art selected for this show will convey a sense of lightness or hope emanating from something dark.  Entries may be literal, figural, or allegorical, or abstract. 

Artists who live or work in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia may enter.  Works will be chosen that show aesthetic excellence, mastery of media, creativity and thoughtfulness.

All entries must include a brief statement discussing how the work of art relates to the theme.

Selection Criteria 

Works will be selected based on artistic excellence, innovation, creativity, mastery of craft, and a demonstrated relevance to the theme as revealed in a brief artist statement.

Artwork Specifications
  • Work must be available from September 17 - October 29, 2017.
  • All visual media is welcome, but every work must be wall-mounted. 
  • All works must arrive wired and ready to be hung with picture hooks.
  • Work must be less than 9 inches deep.
  • Painting, drawing, collage, etc. must be framed or fully finished, wired, and ready to hang on picture hooks. 
  • Sculpture must be less than 9 inches deep and lighter than 30 pounds.
  • Works that require electricity will not be accepted.
  • Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

The artist is responsible for getting, or arranging to have their work delivered, to the Athenaeum Gallery by Sunday afternoon, September 17, 2017 between two and four in the afternoon.

The artist is responsible for removing unsold works from the gallery on Sunday, October 29, between 4 and 5:30 Pppm.

The Athenaeum is not responsible for works left in the gallery after the close of the show.


The Athenaeum Gallery will retain a 30% commission on works sold, and will issue a check for 70% of the sales price to the artist no longer than thirty days after the show has closed.

Sold work remains in the gallery until the last day of the show.

Work does not have to be for sale to be included in the show.


All works in the show will be insured by the Athenaeum Gallery for 100% of the retail price from September 17 - October 29, 2017.

Key Dates:
  • Submission deadline is July 21, 2017
  • Accepted artists will be notified by August 4, 2017 via email
  • Entries need to be delivered to the gallery, Sunday, September 17 between 2 and 4 pm
  • Opening reception is Sunday, September 24, 4 - 6 pm
  • All unsold works need to be removed on Sunday, October 29, between 4 - 5:30 pm
About the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA).  Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.