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The 4th Annual National Juried Show is one for the books! We will share photos from the opening below and information about the pieces that won awards in the show!

You can find more photos from the opening HERE! They were taken by Sarah Featherstone.


2019 National Juried Show Winners

Women’s Work by Sam Gray

Women’s Work by Sam Gray

Das Narrenschiff by David Avery

Das Narrenschiff by David Avery

Women’s Work by Sam Gray
In her painting "Women's Work," artist Sam Gray speaks to the way society devalues traditional women's work, including domestic and emotional labor. The flowers, like nurturing labor, hold a reputation of frivolity in our patriarchal milieu while also playing a vital role in sustaining life on earth. The faceless female figure, divorced from any personal identity, serves as a vessel for this caregiving work. Sam is an emerging artist, illustrator, and graphic designer working out of her studio at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Das Narrenschiff by David Avery
Das Narrenschiffwas inspired by the renowned painting Ship of Fools by Hieronymus Bosch, who in turn was probably influenced by Sebastian Brandt’s 15 th century litany of follies in verse (112 to be exact) titled Das Narrenschiff. The medieval Ship of Fools trope tapped into by Brandt has roots probably originating in an excerpt from Book VI in Plato’s Republic. Modern concerns combined with indiscriminate anachronism take precedence in my new work, where the owl representing heresy which presides over the scene has been replaced by the symbol of the Almighty Dollar, and the Twitter logo has insinuated itself in the flag where the Muslim Crescent (more heresy!) once resided. Cherries and a silver cup, which represented lust in the Bosch painting, are falling off the table as the passengers in various states of dress, modern or not, fall deeper into their mobile devices, and further from the consequences of their actions in the actual world. At this point, everyone should be beginning to wonder what that taste is when they bite into their next tuna sandwich.
Das Narrenschiff is a hard ground line etching on copper, realized using traditional methods. A polished copper plate is covered with a thin ground of wax, which is drawn through with an etching needle. When immersed in the etchant (ferric chloride), an indentation is eaten away where the metal has been exposed, creating a line that will hold the ink. Subsequent drawing and immersions will create lines of different values, the darker lines having been etched longer. Each state of the print involved up to 16 separate etches, and this etching took five states to complete.


2019 National Juried Show Submission Details

Exhibition Dates: October 4-26, 2019
Deadline for Entries: August 1, 2019

This is a national juried visual art competition and exhibition that is open to any artist who is a resident of the United States and is over the age of 18, working in two-dimensional media. Painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and mixed media works with a maximum depth of five inches; as well as other traditional or non-traditional two-dimensional media, excluding film, are welcome.

KRISTEN CHIACCHIA is the Executive Director and Chief Curator at Second Street Gallery, a 501(c) 3 art space in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to joining Second Street Gallery in September 2016, Chiacchia was Director at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art in New York, where she organized exhibitions of work by Ed Ruscha, Joan Mitchell, Hew Locke, Andres Serrano, Farideh Lashai and Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist Masters. During her more than 13 years with ETNFA, she was also instrumental in securing the gallery’s participation in a number of international art fairs including Art Basel fairs in Switzerland, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong, as well as ARCO Madrid and Abu Dhabi Art. While living and working in NYC, Chiacchia was a participating member of the Neue Galerie, the Apollo Circle at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum; and the Whitney Contemporaries at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chiacchia received her BA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University. She also completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University. 

Jury Dates:
August 5-19

Entries and Fees:
-File format: JPEG and JPG only
-1200 pixels or greater on the longest side
-5MB maximum
-Correctly orient the image
-Follow this filename format for each entry: “LastNameFirst Initial-Title” (Example: SmithJ-SelfPortrait.jpg)
Larkin Arts reserves the right to reject any juried artwork that is noticeably different from the submitted JPEG image or does not comply with entry specifications.

Exhibition inclusions will be juried from digital media, so quality is essential.

Artists may submit up to two (2) works for the non-refundable fee of $35. Artists may submit up to four (4) additional works for the non-refundable fee of $10 per entry. Artist may submit no more than 6 entries total.

All works entered must have been created within the last three (3) years.

Entries must be submitted via CaFE (Call for Entries)

Awards: $2000 cash
Juror’s Choice - $800
Directors' Choice - $800
Audience Choice - $400

Notice of Liability:
All reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the handling, storing and installation of works submitted for this competition. The artist is responsible for insuring work during shipping and for the full length of the exhibition.

Participation in the entry process constitutes an understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth above.

Submissions do not have to be ‘for sale’. For those that are ‘for sale’, the Gallery will take a 30% commission on any sale of work made during the length of the exhibition or for any sale resulting from the visibility of the work during the exhibition. Artwork that sells during the exhibition must hang in the gallery for the remainder of the show and Larkin Arts will ship to the buyer at the end of the exhibition period. Artists will be paid by Larkin Arts for any sold artwork after the exhibition period is over.


Accepted Works and Shipping:

Notification of acceptance via e-mail:
August 26, 2019

Larkin Arts reserves the right to not display work that differs significantly from the submitted files.
All accepted works must be framed or otherwise ready to hang (please see the Gallery Guidelines on our website for additional details). Works on paper must be behind glass or Plexiglas and professionally framed and wired to hang on a single nail. Artists should not ship artworks with glass (plexiglas only for shipped artwork). Works on canvas or wood must be framed or have gallery wrapped edges and be wired to hang on a single nail.

Works may be shipped via USPS, UPS or FedEx, or hand-delivered. To avoid breakage and damage of artwork, please do not ship artwork framed with glass. Shipped work must be in a reusable cardboard box and have a pre-paid (ready to use) label for return shipping included in the box.

All work must arrive at the gallery between September 23-27, 2019. Hand delivered works must be dropped off during this period. The gallery is open for delivery Monday-Friday 11am-7pm.

Address for Shipping or In-Person Delivery:
Larkin Arts
61 Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
All unsold work that does not include a pre-paid return shipping label must be picked up in person October 27-28. All works that include a return shipping label will be shipped by November 8.

Larkin Arts is not liable for any artworks without return shipping labels that are left at the gallery beyond the designated pick-up period.

Artist Checklist:
1.       Create CaFE account (or use your existing account) on
2. To go directly to the call: National Juried Show Call!
2.       Submit up to 6 images (jpeg format) via CaFE account
3.       $35 Initial Entry Fee (plus up to 4 additional entries of $10 each) Paid via CaFE account

Contact Information:
If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties with your submission, please contact the gallery committee.
Telephone: 540-236-4223