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CALL FOR WORKS – RAM Annual Invitational

January 8 – May 16, 2021

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 programing and the participating artists.

 

Theme: EXPLORING MINDSCAPES: AN ARTIST’S REFLECTION

The isolation experienced by all during the Covid-19 pandemic and ever-present eyes of social media has caused many to self-reflect on their personal perceptions and experiences. This year’s invitational theme evokes the concept of self-reflection in diverse media and subject matter as to include all artistic expression.

Whether an installation-based work, painting, sculpture, photograph, ceramic, video, or any other form, RAM wants each creative to reflect on their own experiences through visual expression. Please submit work that explores the landscape of your mind and allows others to explore with you.

PRIZES
Cash prizes & 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 and 2022 solo show at RAM
• SECOND PRIZE – $500
• THIRD PRIZE – $250
• PURCHASE AWARD
• PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

HOW TO ENTER
Submissions (deadline Nov. 13, 2020) must include:
• Payment for entry ($25 RAM members; $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 “Exploring Mindscapes: An Artist’s Reflection”
• Submissions will not be returned

Submissions can be any media: painting, photography, fiber, sculpture installation or video.
NOTE: Museum will not accept original artwork as a submission. No refunds for submissions.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO:
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, RAM Annual Invitational
1601 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Or email your submission to info@fsram.org
Drop offs can be made during museum hours only: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday 1-5pm

THE IMPORTANT DATES
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday, November 13, 2020
ACCEPTED ENTRIES ANNOUNCED: Friday, November 27, 2020
DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTED ARTWORK DELIVERY: Friday, December 18, 2020
EXHIBITION DATES: Friday, January 8 – Sunday, May 16, 2021
DEADLINE FOR PICK UP: Friday, May 28, 2021
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Friday, January 8, 2021

INSPIRATION PHOTO: Surreal Fruit Farm by Jeff Willard