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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Call for Entries: 52nd Annual Juried Competition, Masur Museum, Monroe, LA

52nd Annual Juried Competition

– Postmark Submission Deadline: December 27, 2014
– Online Entry Deadline (New Year’s Day): 11:59 p.m., January 1, 2015
On View March 4 – June 20, 2015

The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium.

The 52nd Annual Juried Competition is sponsored by CenturyLink.

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Sandra Firmin, Juror
Director and Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum
Sandra Q. Firmin was Curator of the UB Art Galleries, gallery of the University of Buffalo SUNY, a position she held from 2003 to 2014. She holds an M.A. from Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (2002), and was awarded a Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative Fellowship at Arcadia University Art Gallery (2003). Firmin co-curated the traveling exhibition Kim Jones: A Retrospective (with Julie Joyce). The exhibition was accompanied by the catalogue “Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones” (MIT Press, 2006), co-edited with Joyce. In 2010, Firmin organized Artpark: 1974–1984, an exhibition and publication (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010) chronicling the seminal years of an innovative residency program located in Lewiston, New York, just north of Niagara Falls. At the UB Art Galleries, Firmin established an annual residency program in which artists are presented with an empty gallery to transform over time while open to the public. These commissioned projects aim to forge meaningful interactions between artists and diverse groups of people while acknowledging a turn toward research-based and ephemeral site-specific approaches in contemporary art. In 2014 Firmin co-chaired (with Julian Cox) the Association of Art Museum Curators’ annual conference in Detroit, and moderated the panel Urban Ecologies and Cultural Exchange.


Best in Show is $1,000.00 and total awards are $3,200.00.Awards will be given by Firmin at the reception in March 2015. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards.  Checks will be mailed after the reception.
People’s Choice: The People’s Choice Award is $200.00 and will be voted on by visitors throughout the run of the exhibition.
Best Packed: This award will honor the artist who packs their art in the most professional manner.  The award is $100.00.  No packing peanuts, feedbags, loose papers as packing materials, no cigarette butts, etc.  These types of things will disqualify you!  Show your work and our staff the respect they deserve.  This prize will be decided by the Masur Museum staff. Awards Structure outside of what is listed to be determined by Juror.

Submission Guidelines

-All submitting artists must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.
-To be considered for entry all work must be completed after December 31, 2012.
-No previously entered material will be considered.
-There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork with a minimum of two entries and a maximum of five entries (i.e. $20.00 for two artworks and $50.00 for five artworks).  Fees are non-refundable.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Twin City Art Foundation. Submit only 1 composition image and up to 2 detail images per work. Composition and detail images must be clearly labeled with title of work.
-Artist Statements: Statements are to be limited to 250 words or less.  If you would like the juror to see your artist statement with your slides, do not include your name on it as the jurying process is blind.  It is possible to upload a statement during the online submission process.  The Masur reserves the right to exclude any artist statement.  Edits for clarity and grammar will be made if needed. We do keep artist statements with the pricelist during the exhibition.  We will email accepted artists for a statement including their name. By including your artist statement, you agree to have it included as a wall text in the exhibition and in our Facebook photo album for the show.  
-Your work will be insured for the purchase price. If work is Not For Sale, you must include value of work for insurance purposes. It will be fully insured by the Twin City Art Foundation upon arrival at the Masur Museum of Art and through de-installation until it is shipped back to you.  Work without a stated value will be insured for $100.00.  No work will be insured past July 30, 2014 (see below for more information).
-All three-dimensional work must be submitted with a description or image of proper installation as well as dimensions including height, width, and depth to the nearest inch.  They must be no more than 84” tall with no more than a 36” footprint. The maximum accepted weight for three-dimensional work is 200 pounds. Please write with questions. We are flexible.
-Two-dimensional work cannot exceed 85” in height and 60” in width.
-Video works can be uploaded to with your entry materials. They must be submitted for consideration in their entirety and have a maximum duration of 5 minutes.  If selected, please mail us a DVD with your videos in loop/kiosk mode.
-If your work exceeds the above-mentioned specifications, an exception may be made as long as you successfully communicate this issue in advance of your entry.   Please address your concerns to
-Images of your submissions must accompany your completed entry form.  This process is now automated at  If you mail your entry, images can be provided on a CD/DVD or a USB compatible memory drive. If you are submitting via mail, remember to include your signed entry form.  File names must only include the title.  Your images, file names, and CD/DVD must not include any mention of your name.  Do not send your images on a device you need returned as we do not return entry materials.
-The exhibition will open on March 4, 2015, and continue through June 20, 2015.  All accepted work must remain in the Masur Museum of Art for the entirety of the exhibition.
-The Masur Museum of Art reserves the right to remove any artwork at any time during the exhibition.
-To be considered, you are required to sign the Exhibition Contract section on this application, regardless of your potential accepted or declined status in our exhibition, a digitally typed signature will stand for an ink signature.
-The Masur Museum of Art maintains the right to reject any work that differs from the corresponding entry form or that fails to maintain the Masur’s exhibition standards.
-The Masur Museum of Art reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted work in support of its programming in perpetuity.
-You will be notified of your accepted or declined status via email.  Please do not contact us.

  Method of Entry

Online entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, January 12th, 2015 (New Year’s Day.  Online entries must pay with PayPal (
Mailed entries must be postmarked by January 9th and include a full copy of our completed and signed call for entry, supporting CD/DVD or USB compatible memory drive, and payment.  ENTRANTS MAY PAY WITH A CHECK IF THEIR SUBMISSION IS MAILED.  Please make checks payable to Twin City Art Foundation and mail to:
52nd Annual Juried Competition
c/o Masur Museum of Art
1400 South Grand Street
Monroe, LA 71202. 

Entry Fee

-There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork with a minimum of two entries and a maximum of five entries (i.e. $20.00 for two artworks and $50.00 for five artworks).  Fees are non-refundable.  Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Twin City Art Foundation.
 -Payment will only be accepted with your initial submission.  No IOUs or alternate arrangements will be made.  If you are mailing your submission remember to include your credit card information (full name on card, 16 digit account number, CSC code, zip code and expiration date).  Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Twin City Art Foundation.  Your submission will not be considered until your payment posts.


You are financially responsible for all costs associated with shipping.  Shipping insurance for full loss is recommended.  No checks, cash, or IOUs will be accepted.  You must also prepay return shipping and include the prepaid return label in the box with delivery of the art. Use packing materials that can be easily re-used (No Styrofoam peanuts, etc. Best Packed wins $100.00).   The Masur Museum of Art is not responsible for any in-transit damage.  Please send your completed return address information, including your commercial carrier account numbers if applicable; remember third parties cannot use or solicit the use of these numbers.  See below for in-person delivery and pick-up information.   If return postage or packing material is not included, and you are unable to receive your work in person by July 30th, you will be assessed a $10.00/day storage fee.  After July 30, 2015 the balance of your storage costs are due and the Masur Museum of Art is in no way responsible for the safe return of your work.  Your work will be dispensed with as it is seen fit.
-A complete label must be attached to the back of each accepted artwork including: name, title, dimensions, medium, date, and the city where you work.
 -All work must be ready to install upon delivery (cleats, d-rings, custom hardware, etc.).  If a painting is not framed, it must be gallery wrapped (its sides must be painted).  Works on paper using magnets or pins are also acceptable.

Image Recommendations

For juror ease, your submissions should be in the following formats:
-Video Entries: Videos may be submitted in either .mov or .wmv formats no larger than 60 MB on a per file basis.  Video work is not to exceed 5 minutes.
-All Other Entries: .jpeg file format only, 1200 pixels on either edge. Files should be no larger than 5 MB on a per file basis.

Important Dates in 2014/2015

December 27, 2014: Postmarked submission deadline
11:59 pm, January 1, 2015.: Online submission deadline
January 21, 2015: Artist notification
February 13-23, 2015: Parcel delivery of accepted artwork
February 17 – February 23, 2015: Hand delivery of accepted artwork
March 2015:  Reception, 6 – 8 p.m., Juror Talk, 6:30 p.m. (date to be confirmed shortly)
March 4 – June 20, 2015: Exhibition on view
June 24-27, 2015: Hand pick up period
June 25 – 29, 2015: Parcel pick up/Delivery drop-off period


If you wish to sell your work, please forward your business card, CV/resume, price list, and or artist statement with your entry form.  They will be made available at the front desk for patron review.  Otherwise we will forward interested party’s contact information to the artist in question.  Sold works will be released to the buyer at the end of the exhibition.  If the price is left blank on the entry form, it will be marked as Not For Sale.  The Masur Museum of Art does not receive a commission on sales.

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