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COLOR: Explorations and Expressions
101 South Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Entry Deadline: 4/22/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10

Entry Fee (COLOR: Explorations and Expressions): $30.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $6.00

The Short:

 Deadline April 22nd
How Much: $30 ($6 per additional entry)
Why Apply: $500 in awards, FREE printing, matting, framing of works!
What: COLOR: Explorations and Expressions

Why Apply to Specto? We streamline the exhibition process for the contemporary photographic or digital artist. We offer FREE printing and framing of all works. Awards for Best in Show and Honorable Mentions. We have over 5k unique visitor to our website every month as well as hundreds of in store visitors. Gain exposure, experience, and maybe a little cash. 

The Long:

 COLOR: Explorations and Expressions

Color is one of the greatest tools that any artist has at their disposal, and never is that ore true than with photography and digital media. Color communicates to viewers in a manner of nuance and depth, and we want to see your best explorations and expressions of this. Accepting photography, graphic design, digital art, digital paintings, video art, gifs, cinemegraphs, iphoneography, scanography, anything that can be displayed digitally or printed with an inkjet printer!!! Apply now! 

Juror: TBA - Juror will be featured artist on display for the month. 

DEADLINE: April 22nd

Show Dates: May 12th - Mid June

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 12th

Entry Guidelines: 

Each juried show at specto consists of 20-24 accepted works. Every show will be featured in a catalog which includes the featured artist and the juried show for the month. 

Specto provides:

FREE printing of artworks

FREE matting of artworks

FREE framing of artworks

Specto uses 18"x24" frames, and prints your photos using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. We mat your work using archival matboard, precut to specific sizes. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print.

Accepted Artwork Dimensions:

  • 12"x12" (1x1)
  • 12"x15" (4x5)
  • 12"x16" (3x4)
  • 12"x18" (2x3)

Have a piece that falls outside of these parameters but you want to submit it? Contact us! We can work with you and see if we can make it work upon your acceptance to the show. 


$400 award for best in show!

2 - $50 honorable mentions! 


After each show every work is catalogued and placed in an archival flatfile to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.


Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours. 


Exhibition prints printed by Specto for each show are not for sale, they are part of our archive. If there are inquiries of sale on an artwork the artist will be notified. Once a sale is finalized between artist and buyer, Specto will print and edition the work to the artists specifications and deliver to the buyer. Artists will be mailed an authentication document to sign and return for the buyers benefit. Beyond the exhibition print, your work will never be printed without your express involvement.

All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist. We believe this commission is fair as Specto will incur all costs of printing and shipping if necessary. 

Notification of Acceptance:

Specto will notify all artists within 3-4 weeks with the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!

Entry Fees:

$30 for up to 5 images
Each additional image is $6

Maximum 10 entries per artist allowed.

Media Accepted:

  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Scanography
  • Phoneography
  • New things that blow our minds! 

Anything we can print on our printers (or is capable of being shown digitally) is capable of being included in the show!

File Specifications:

If accepted you MUST provide a high resolution print file, from which we will print and frame all works included in our exhibitions. 


Find any of this confusing? It can be a little daunting at first, and we totally understand that. Please don't hesitate to contact us! No question is a dumb question, everyone has to start somewhere!