TPCAC | P.O. Box 863 | Troy, AL 36081 | (334) 670-2287

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The Art of Being Southern: Fourteen by Fourteen

The art of being southern is practiced when we appreciate the geometry and aroma of a newly plowed field; the colors of flowers and the varied colors of the faces of our friends; the contemporary movement of dance and the rhythmic twang of bluegrass; the emotion of spirituals backed by the power of the Symphony; the earthly color of fresh greens, ripe tomatoes, and candied yams; the portraits of ancestors, young and old; the satisfying tastes of ice cold sweet tea and aged Tennessee bourbon; and the works of original art created by Southern artists.
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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Tues., August 15, 2017 before midnight.

HOST: The Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy, Alabama will host a juried, regional art exhibit open to any artists, 18 years or older, living in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.

EXHIBITION DATES: October 11—December 30, 2017

AWARDS: $3500 IN AWARDS!!! Includes: Best of Show ($1,000); Board of Directors Award ($500); and Eight (8) Individual Juror's Awards ($250 each).


  • All media and styles are acceptable for entry.

  • Artists are invited to digitally submit up to three works of art. Art should represent the theme—The Art of Being Southern.  Judge has complete discretion on this thematic interpretation.

  • NO ART SHOULD MEASURE MORE THAN 14" X 14"X 14" (including frame of 2-D work and any base that is attached to 3-D work). Maximum weight is 50 lbs.

  • ART MUST BE ORIGINAL WORK OF THE PERSON SUBMITTING IT and must have been completed during 2015, 2016 or 2017. Artists may not substitute for
    accepted artworks.

  • Art must be finished, dry, framed or gallery wrapped, and suitably wired for display. If artwork hangs from ceiling, the piece must be light in weight and include a hook that is a part of the art itself (The Johnson Center for the Arts is not responsible for damage or breakage of artwork).

  • Any entry that the JCA considers offensive or that does not meet exhibition criteria will be rejected.

  • Art must be labeled to match information on the registration form, which will be used for the catalog and gallery tags.

  • Images of art selected for the show may be used for promotional purposes by the JCA.

  • Artist must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Alabama and its bordering states—Mississippi, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

  • Artist statements (one page max) are requested when the art is delivered.

SALES: ALL art MUST be priced for sale. A 33% commission will be retained by the JCA on the sale of art in the exhibition. Prices will be printed in the catalog. Artists set their own prices, however, a "suggested" price range of $100–$250 is optimum in this gallery's experience. Artists are responsible for submitting sales tax to the State of Alabama. Please direct sales inquiries to or call the Johnson Center directly.


JURY PROCESS: Juror will select art from digital images and will select award winners by viewing the actual art at the Johnson Center for
the Arts.

JUROR: Richard Mills—a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He earned his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Auburn University Montgomery.

Richard Mills has had over 30 solo exhibitions including The Auburn University Gallery, Auburn, AL, The Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta, GA, and has exhibited in over 40 group and invitational shows including The Pirate, Denver, CO, State of Art- International Watercolor Biennial- East/West , Parkland College, Champaign, IL, and American Watercolor, The Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Republic of China. Mills has had work accepted in over 90 national and regional juried exhibitions and has won over 30 awards including Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield, MO, The Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art (AL), Taos National Exhibition of American Art, Taos, NM, The San Diego Watercolor Society, CA, The New England Watercolor Society, Boston, MA, and the National Watercolor Society, Brea, CA. Mills also has picture credits in Lawrence Goldsmith’s Watercolor Bold and Free and the Nov.- Dec., 2001 issue of “Southern Accents”. His work is included in numerous collections, including Clemson University, The Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI, Prudential Life Insurance, Washington, D.C., The Montgomery Museum of Fine Art (AL), The Huntsville Museum of Fine Art (AL), and the Springfield Museum of Fine Art (MO).


"I try to find an aesthetic harmony in the use of hard and soft-edged forms in my work that is executed by invention. Occasionally, the invention leads me to include forms that are found in historical references and, at times, surreal humor. In any case, I am only satisfied with the end result when I am just as surprised by the work as a viewer who is seeing it for the first time."     

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— H O W   T O   E N T E R —

— Two ways to submit enties: Through mail or email (300 E Walnut St, Troy, AL 36081 or
— Completed Entry form.
— Digital images of entries sent and labeled as LastnameEntry-1, LastnameEntry-2, etc.
— Artist statement (no more than one page)
— Non-refundable Entry Fee: Check made payable to the Johnson Center for the Arts OR payment online.)

(Payment of non-refundable fees indicates artist's acceptance of exhibition guidelines.)

ENTRY IMAGES: (Send via email to or mailed in on CD)

  • Entry images (photographed without frame in the case of 2-D work) should represent the art as accurately as possible.
  • Two-dimensional entries should be represented with 1 image; three-dimensional entries with 2 images.
  • Digital images must be 300 dpi in JPG format, with the largest dimension no more than 7 inches or 2100 pixels.
  • Name each 2D image file LastnameEntry-1.jpg, LastnameEntry-2.jpg, LastnameEntry-3.jpg, etc. corresponding to the info on the registration form.
  • If 3D, name each 3D image file LastnameEntry-1a.jpg, LastnameEntry-1b.jpg, LastnameEntry-2a.jpg, etc.
  • Purchased art may be removed from the exhibit by the purchaser beginning December 15, 2017 to allow time for gift-giving.

Postmark deadline for Entry Form, Payment and CD is Tuesday, August 15, 2017Download "printable" or "emailable" PDF Entry Form here.

One work—$35; Two works—$45; Three works—$55.

Mail check OR pay online here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Postmark deadline for Entry Form, Payment and images. Payment can either be mailed in check form along with Entry Form and CD or online payment can be made through the JCA Support page. CLICK HERE to use Credit Card.

September 10, 2017: Artist notification mailed.

October 4, 2017, by 4:30 P.M: Delivery of accepted artwork to the Johnson Center for the Arts 300 East Walnut Street, Troy, AL 36081. Complete directions will be given in Artist notification of acceptance.

October 11, 2017: 10AM until 5PM, Exhibition opens.

November 2, 2017: 6PM to 8PM, Awards Reception at Johnson Center for the Arts.

December 30, 2017: 3PM, Exhibition Closes.

Sunday, December 31, 2017: 12:30PM to 5PM and Wednesday, January 3, 2018: All unsold art MUST be picked up (The JCA CANNOT store art after that date).


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