National Art Chair:

Mary Lou Griffin
Diamond State Branch, Delaware

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2022 Biennial Art Show Call for Submissions


The 2022 Biennial Art Show will be on display at the Pen Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C., from April through May 2022. All pieces will be marked for sale. The artist will receive 70 percent of the proceeds from the sold pieces and 30 percent will go to the Pen Arts Gallery.

All artwork must remain until the end of the show. Exhibiting artists are responsible for shipping costs to the Pen Arts Gallery. The Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund (BEAF) will pay for return shipping. The artist is responsible for the cost of insurance both ways. Shipping instructions will be sent to exhibiting artists. To reduce shipping costs and risk of breakage, acrylic glazing is recommended.


Open to all NLAPW active art members in good standing. All work must be original composition, completed in the last three years for 2-D work and pottery (completed after October 1, 2018) and five years for sculpture (completed after October 1, 2016). Photo references used for submitted artwork must be taken by the artist. Any work produced in a workshop, class, or online class is not eligible for this competition. Entries must not have been submitted to previous Pen Women National Biennial or Vinnie Ream competitions.


$45 includes up to three entries. Fee can be paid with PayPal below) by check made out to NLAPW and sent to Art Chair, NLAPW, 1300 17th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-1901. Please include your contact information and the titles of your entry pieces with your check.


Entries are accepted from October 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022. Late entries not accepted.


Painting: All media including oils, water media, pastel, encaustic, mixed media.

Drawing and Graphics: Photography and printmaking (original prints only).

No giclee or other reproduction prints of other work done in other media will be accepted.

3-D Works: Pottery (hand thrown or wheel), jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts.

Size Restrictions

  • 2-D work maximum dimensions including frame are 40 inches high, 36 inches wide and under 20 pounds.
  • All 2-D work must be framed and ready to hang with D-rings and wire no less than 3 inches from the frame top. Gallery-wrapped canvases do not have to be framed. (No sawtooth hangers accepted.) Acrylic glazing recommended.
  • 3-D work maximum dimensions are 3 by 3 feet and under 30 pounds.


Entries are by online JPG submission only. No CDs accepted. JPGs should be sent by email as a separate attachment. Do not send images embedded in the text of your email.

All images must be saved as a baseline JPG maximum of 1,900 pixels on the longest side and at 300 ppi. The image should be the artwork alone without mat or frame. The file name should be title of the piece, medium, and dimensions (i.e. Calm Waters, oil, 8×10). Please submit one image for each 2-D entry and three images (front, back and side view) for each 3-D entry.

Email your entries to Subject of your email should be Biennial Art Competition submission. In your email, please include the title of the entry, medium, size, and price.

Selection of artwork

Artwork chosen for the competition by the juror will be by JPG selection. Awards will be done by in-person judging at Pen Arts Gallery. Any piece that does not closely match the submitted JPG will be eliminated from the competition.

Any questions, please contact Mary Lou Griffin, national art chair,




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