High School Art Contest: Emerging Artists of McDowell County

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Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 00:00

The Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum (FotMGM), the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L), and the Mountain Gateway Museum (MGM) are celebrating artists in McDowell County at our 2020 art contest.


THEME: Celebrating and encouraging new young artists in our county is important to preserving the arts and culture of our area. To that end, the Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum (FOTMGM) and the Arrowhead Artists and Artisans League (A3L) in Old Fort are inviting the county’s high school-age youths to create fine artworks that show off their skills, talents, and visions as emerging artists.

Artists are free to be creative. However, all artwork submitted must be in good taste. Acceptance of works for the contest will be at the discretion of co-curators Helen Sullivan and Liz Meyer.


PRIZES: FOTMGM will award $200 to the first-place winner; $100 to the second-place winner; and $50 for the third-place winner of the contest. “Honorable Mention” ribbons may be awarded at the judge’s discretion. There also will be a Peoples’ Choice Award for the piece of work that receives the most votes from visitors during the month it is hung in the Arrowhead Gallery.


ELIGIBILITY: This contest will be open only to McDowell County high-school age students in grades 9 thru 12 or the equivalent, including home schools and McDowell Early College. Please address questions about eligibility to the co-curators at A3L@arrowheadart.org.  

Each artist will be allowed only one entry.

No registration fee will be charged.


SUGGESTED MEDIA: Include, but are not limited to, oils, acrylics, encaustic, cold wax, mixed media, watercolors, pastels, pen-and-ink, colored pencils, scratchboard, photography, digital media, sculpture, wood, jewelry, clay, papier-mache’, and fabric.


PRESENTATION:  All work must be original. No prints or reproductions accepted.

Both 2-D and 3-D artworks will be accepted as long as they are in good taste and follow the guidelines. Two-dimensional works should be no larger than 24 inches by 30 inches unframed. Three-dimensional entries should be no larger than two feet in diameter.

Artworks on paper must be framed, matted or mounted. Stretched canvas must have edges painted a solid color.

All works must be wired or strung and ready to hang.

Artists will be allowed to sell their entries, if they choose. However, they must set the price for their work. A3L will take 10 percent of all sales.

Entry Forms: The prospectus and entry forms for this show will be available online at www.mgmnc.org (under the Events tab), www.arrowheadart.org/ (under Exhibits tab), and at the following physical locations:

    Old Fort:  Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center, Arrowhead Art Gallery & Studios, Old Fort Town    Hall, and Old Fort Branch Library.

    Marion: McDowell High School, McDowell Early College, McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA), Marion City Hall, and McDowell County Public Library.



Entry Take In: Wednesday, February 05, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. – NO exceptions unless arrangements are made in advance. Artworks and completed entry forms should be dropped off at the Arrowhead Gallery & Studios, 78-C South Catawba Ave., Old Fort. (NOTE: If you can’t come by the gallery, please send your artwork with someone else, and be sure to send the completed exhibition entry form.)

Artwork Judged, Reception, and Exhibit: Judge will be Mathilda Tanner. Ms Tanner is a fine artist and potter with more than 20 years of experience.  She is the primary pottery instructor at the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios and a senior pottery instructor at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.  She also is an award-winning 2-D artist.

The awards reception will be held Thursday, February 06 from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. aat the Arrowhead Art Gallery & Studios in Old Fort. The exhibit will run till Thursday, March 02, 2020 in the Annex Gallery of the studio.

Pick-up of all unsold artwork will be after the exhibit closes on Thursday, March 02. NOTE: If you can’t pick up your work, please have someone else pick up your work, as the gallery has no space for storage.


LIABILITY:  Although reasonable care will be taken in handling and displaying all work, A3L and its volunteers will not be responsible for damage or loss. Due to the lack of storage space, artists must pick up their work at the Annex Gallery at the designated time. Artists may arrange for artwork pickup by another party. Work left after 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 02, will be removed of an off-site location; work left for longer than 14 days becomes the property of A3L. If you cannot pick up your art during designated time, please make arrangements to have someone pick it up for you.


ENTRY PROCEDURE: Complete an entry form and bring it with artwork to Arrowhead Gallery & Studios, 78-C South Catawba Ave., Old Fort, by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 05, 2020.  Each participant may submit only one piece of art.

EXHIBITION ENTRY FORM:  Please complete this form before bringing in entries. We recommend that you keep a copy of your Entry Form for reference. FOTMGM and A3L reserve the right to refuse any artwork deemed unsuitable (example – not in good taste).

Images of your artwork may be used in advertising and other promotional purposes.

Good luck to all the artists!


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