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Ciel Gallery
128 E. Park Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203

Entry Deadline: 9/10/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5

Entry Fee (I Spy Entry Fee (2 Images Required)): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $10.00

Exhibition: “Look at everything as though you are seeing it either for the first or last time; then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”
~ Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

U.S. researchers have discovered that the human brain can interpret images in just 13 milliseconds. But how many do we really see? How many colors are layered into that egg shell? How many facets shape the eye of a fly? Hint: 750. Study the papery gills on a mushroom or the palatial structures of anthills. Our world is a monument to wonder and, as artists, we are called to see, to explore, to present these everyday epiphanies as a moment of refuge and delight for an overloaded and often blinded world. Work may focus on the natural world, human moments, oddities, or a glimpse of the hidden. Show us what you see!

We invite your participation in any medium; both 2-D and 3-D are welcome. There are no size restrictions; however, space will be a consideration. All US artists are welcome to apply.

Prize: Best of Show $500; Binders Gift Certificates for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

Judge: Lee Baumgarten,

Lee is a proponent/advocate for creativity and innovation, for creating a better paradigm in public education and advocating “Art” as a catalyst for change. His presentation at the United Design Alliance (UDA) 5th Symposium in Switzerland/Liechtenstein National Museum (September 13, 2017) packages his perspective, passions and concerns regarding the growing realizations in support of new constructs determining our “human ecology” and modern social movements utilizing art & design as a vehicle. Lee believes the growing awareness of creative thinking and Human Centered Design(HCD) is a viable and unstoppable evolution toward a greater global culture.

He has received grants, awards and honors, but the most centric was a national grant to his non-profit organization CCAC by the national Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation in 2013, to promote “creativity and innovation” STEAM education in our school systems.

Lee has regularly produced artworks, gallery exhibits, student workshops and cultural projects in the Charlotte area since 1998, expanding across the US and into Europe since 2012. Currently he’s working to engage professionals in the international creative community through more direct relationships for similar goals, collaborations and professional group efforts. His creative objectives are measurable through equating values of  the “visual impact” of a work of art to the merit and clarity of “artistic message” communicated to the viewer.

Born in Charlotte, Lee is happily at home with a family of creatives, professional artists and students who consistently challenge his every thought. A grand life!

Sponsor: TBA

Submission Guidelines:
All exhibited work must be for sale. A commission of 40% will be taken on all works sold during the exhibition, or within 30 days as a direct result of the exhibition. Payment will be mailed to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing. All artists should supply their own insurance for the run of the show, if desired. Unsold works will be returned in the original packaging via artist-supplied pre-paid label two to four weeks after the exhibition closes unless other arrangements have been made. Accepted artists are required to sign a Record of Loan. Ciel Gallery reserves the right to reproduce the supplied images for all media and publicity purposes with credit to the artist.
All entries must be of original design and created by the artist submitting the work. Artists submitting non-original work will not be accepted in future exhibitions. No prints (except photography), giclées or prints on aluminum accepted. All work must be clean, securely wired (no sawtooth hangers, hooks, french cleats, or unwired pieces), and ready to hang for exhibition. Ciel reserves the right to decline gallery space for pieces that arrive without adequate wiring, or in a condition other than as shown in submission materials. Any special requirements or equipment to install pieces must be provided by the artist and noted in the submission. Submitted images must reflect the actual work as closely as possible. The gallery reserves the right to reject work that differs from submitted images.

Directions for Entry:
All entries will be submitted online through

Payment will be submitted online at

Image entry will be by JPEG digital files; review will be by digital image only. Images of 2 works may be submitted for the entry fee of $35.00; up to 3 additional works may be submitted for $10 Media Fee for each additional JPEG image from 3 - 5, with a maximum of 5 images total.

All digital files must be in JPEG format. JPEGs must be sized to no less than 1920 pixels on the longest side, no greater than 5MB. Information on supported upload options is available at 

A non-refundable fee of $35.00 must accompany each entry, allowing submission of 2 pieces. Add $10 for each additional piece submitted up to 5 pieces total.
The system requires at least two images. If submitting only one piece, please enter a detail for the second image.

The online entry form must be complete and include dimensions (H x W x D format) in inches, materials, price, artist’s statement for each piece, contact information, signature and date. Artist statements for submissions may be combined and listed together.
We cannot use watermarked images, and please crop out signatures for the jurying process.

Submitted photos may be used on the website, Ciel Gallery Facebook page, and print media with artist credit.

Delivery and Pick-Up:
Artists are responsible for shipping or delivering accepted artwork by pre-arranged time with a deadline noted below. Delivery address will be provided with acceptance. After the exhibit closes, work MUST be picked up by appointment on Saturday, October 28, or return-shipped with supplied pre-paid label. If you cannot meet the delivery or pickup dates, please do not enter the exhibition.

Application materials must be received by 11:59 PM MST on Sunday, September 10, 2017 through
You will need to include the following:
•  Completed entry form
•  Artist’s Statement for each piece; general Artist Statement is not required
•  Online payment for 2 - 5 pieces
Images (one per artwork submitted)

Exhibition Calendar:
    Sunday, September 10            Deadline for Entries 11:59 PM MT
    Thursday, September 14         Artists Notified of Acceptance Status by Email
    Friday, September 29              All Shipped Artwork Must be Received by Ciel
    Monday, October 2                  Hand-Delivered Artwork Must be Received by Ciel
    Friday, October 6                     Opening Reception, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
    Saturday, October 28              Exhibition Closes
    Saturday, October 28              Pick-Up by Appointment
    Friday, November 3                 All Remaining Artwork Return-Shipped

Ciel Gallery, located in the South End Arts District of Charlotte, NC, is open Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 - 6:00 and participates in the First Friday Gallery Crawls each month. For more information, visit or email Member Society of American Mosaic Artists, British Association for Modern Mosaics, Community Built Association, North Carolina Arts Council, and Arts & Science Council of Mecklenburg County. Ciel offers juried exhibitions, a full range of workshops, comprehensive art instruction, commissions, and public art opportunities.