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Metamorphosis Rules and Regulations

RAM ANNUAL INVITATIONAL – February 4 – May 22, 2022

THEME: Metamorphosis

Our Annual Invitational and Call for works has been extended! The new deadline is DECEMBER 15.

The annual invitational is a national competitive exhibition that has been hosted by the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum since its inception in 1948. The purpose of this exhibition is to encourage and recognize professional artists. In addition, this exhibition aligns with the museum’s mission to foster art appreciation in the community. All works will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit RAM’s exhibits, educational programming, and the participating artists.

The theme of this year’s open invitational is Metamorphosis.  

For our annual invitational this year, amidst the chaos, isolation, and shifting perspectives, the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum desires to focus on renewal and new beginnings. The theme for this year’s annual invitational is Metamorphosis. When the word metamorphosis is used, concepts of renewal, rebirth, and change often come to mind. These definitions carry heavy symbolic weight as many individuals and communities have gone through significant changes over the past two years. This year’s invitational invites artists in all genres to submit work evocative of renewal, rebirth, beginnings, endings, and individualistic approaches to what “metamorphosis” means to them.

Cash prizes & a RAM purchase award will be granted. Cash awards will be made at the Juror’s discretion. Museum Purchase Award will be selected by RAM’s Executive Director & Permanent Collection Committee. The People’s Choice Award will be based on votes collected throughout the course of the exhibition. The winning piece will be announced on social media when the exhibit closes.


  • FIRST PRIZE – $1,000 & a solo show at RAM in 2022-23
  • SECOND PRIZE – $500
  • THIRD PRIZE – $250


ACCEPTED ENTRIES ANNOUNCED: Friday, December 24, 2021


EXHIBITION DATES: Friday, February 4 – Sunday, May 22, 2022

DEADLINE FOR PICK UP: Friday, May 27, 2022

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Friday, February 3, 2022, at the Invitational Opening Reception, 5-7 PM 

Submissions must include:

  • Ages 6 – 18 years, please submit, for FREE, to the Student Invitational that will be on view concurrently
  • Payment for entry ($20 RAM members; $25 active college student of any age; $40 non-members).
  • Checks made to Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. To make payment online prior to sending your submission, click here.
  • Up to 4 pieces may be submitted, and no more than 12 clearly labeled high-resolution CD images, slides or photographs will be accepted
  • Details for each work: title, year, media, and dimensions (H x W x D).
  • How much you require for each piece, in the event of a sale
  • Artist resume including list of solo and group exhibitions
  • Artist statement of why your piece represents “Metamorphosis”
  • Submissions will not be returned
  • Any artwork left at RAM after the pick-up deadline of Friday, May 27, 2022, will be considered forfeited

Submissions can be any media: painting, photography, fiber, sculpture installation or video.

Museum will not accept original artwork as a submission

No refunds for submissions

Send submission to:

Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, RAM Annual Invitational

1601 Rogers Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901

or email your submission to

Drop-offs can be made during museum hours only:

Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday 1-5pm