Art Competitions

Call for entries

For the “Pix and Paint Art Contest” — open to all NLAPW members, Art, Letters and Music, click here.

NLAPW 2016 Biennial Juried Arts Competition

Art Exhibition Entry
Call for Entries! 47th NLAPW Biennial Convention
April 27 – May 1, 2016
Exhibit will hang at the Women’s National Democratic Club (WNDC)
Washington DC, April 20 to May 18, 2016

For the Biennial Art Competition Juror bio, click here

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Eligibility: Open to all active Artist members of Pen Women. You may submit up to Two (2) entries. All work must be original, completed in last three (3) years for two-dimensional work and pottery, and five years (5) for sculpture. Entries must NOT have been previously submitted to the NLAPW Biennial Exhibit, nor the Vinnie Ream competition.
Fee: $35 per artist – this fee includes BOTH entries if you enter two pieces. The fee is payable to NLAPW and should accompany the entry form.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, and must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2016. Late entries cannot be accepted.
Categories: Entries may be in any of the Art categories that can be hung or displayed in a gallery, such as: Painting – all media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media; Drawing and Graphics – all mediums; Photography, Printmaking (original prints only–NO GICLEE or other reproduction prints of work done in other media. 3-Dimentional work, such as Pottery (hand-formed or wheel-thrown), jewelry, fiber arts, or sculpture.
Size: Maximum dimensions of 2-D work (including frame) are up to 40 inches high, 36 inches wide, and under 20 pounds. All 2-D works must be framed and ready to hang with D-rings no more than 3” from the top. Heavier pieces should have D-rings as close to the top as possible. Gallery wrapped canvas does not have to have frames. No sawtooth hangers please.
(Tip – due to limited WNDC wall space, narrower works are preferred They can accept no more than 36 pieces of hangable art, and reserve the right to not hang art pieces that will not fit on their wall panels. 3-D pieces will be on display at Pen Arts only, and should be no larger than 3’x3’, and under 30 pounds. Works under 8 inches and 5 pounds will be displayed on glass shelves at Pen Arts.
Submissions: All entries must be in entered in advance as .jpg digital format at 300 dpi on a CD. The file name should be the title of the piece. Submit one image of 2-D work, and up to 3 images of 3-D work (front, back, sides). CD must be labeled with artist’s name, title of each piece, medium, outside dimensions, weight, and price. These CDs will not be returned and should have ONLY the entries for this exhibit on them.
Accepted Art Applications of which pieces will go into the show will be JURORed by Nationally Renowned Artist and Professor Lynn Sures, Chair of the Fine Art Department, Corcoran School of Art, George Washington University in Washington DC. Artists will be notified if their art is accepted for the Biennial Exhibit in February 2016. Shipping instructions will be sent with acceptance notification.
Shipping: Artists will pay for shipping of their ACCEPTED pieces to Washington DC. Return shipping of unsold pieces will be paid by the BEAF – Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund (donations to this standing fund are always gratefully accepted)
Sales: Pieces may be for sale or marked NFS-Not for Sale. After WNDC and PW take their commission (20% and 10% respectively), 70% of each sold piece will be sent to the artist after the show. Sold pieces must remain until the end of the show. Buyers who cannot take personal delivery will be asked to pay for shipping.

Questions? Contact National Art Chair Sandy Huff at, or 727-420-6184.

Artist application for the NLAPW 2016 Biennial Juried Arts Competition
Your application will consist of this completed form, a CD of photos of your art, and $35 entry fee.
Mail to: Sandy Huff, 3530 Fairview Street, Safety Harbor FL 34695

Name __________________________________________________________________________

Branch _________________________________________________________________________


Phone __________________________________home __________________________cell

City _______________________________ State _____________ Zip _____________

Email ________________________________________________________________

Entry #1
Title _________________________________________________________
Medium _______________________________ Weight (if 3-D) _________________
Size (outside dimension, including frame) ____________________________________
Price or NFS _____________________________________

Entry #2
Title _________________________________________________________
Medium _______________________________ Weight (if 3-D) _________________
Size (outside dimension, including frame) _____________________________________
Price or NFS _____________________________________

Your signature indicates acceptance and compliance with rules and the understanding that all physical entries are submitted at your own risk. All care will be taken with artwork that is accepted for the April 2016 show; however any damage incurred in transit will not be the NLAPW’s responsibility. Insure your art before shipping it!

Sign here____________________________________________________________

Biennial Art Competition Juror

Lynn Sures is a multidisciplinary artist in drawing, printmaking, papermaking, ceramic sculpture, encaustic painting, artist’s books, and forged steel.
Recent exhibitions include “This Really Is My Thing” in St. Paul, MN, “De La Tierra” at UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico; “Strange Rocks” in Baltimore, MD, “Navigating Below the Surface” at Isik University, Istanbul, Turkey; and “Body Art” at the Fortezza Medicea Girifalco di Cortona, Italy.

Lynn Sures 2016 Biennial Art Competition Juror

Lynn Sures
2016 Biennial Art Competition Juror

The United States Department of State, the US Library of Congress, Yale University, and the American Museum of Papermaking include Lynn’s work in their collections. Lynn’s artist’s books appear in several published collections, such as Authentic Visual Voices, 1000 Artists’ Books, Penland Book of Handmade Books, 500 Artist Books and the 2010 “Paper in Motion” portfolio published by Hand Papermaking.
She has exhibited and created works for international events in Australia and Japan; and in Sri Lanka, where she was invited as a U.S. State Department American Artist Abroad. Lynn has just completed a commissioned edition of woodcuts on handmade paper for the University of Chicago. Awards include grants from her home state of Maryland and from the George Sugarman Foundation, California.
She is a Professor, and the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC.

Visit her website at:

2016 Biennial
Pix and Paint Art Contest

The photography contests during our Biennials have been a hoot. So for the April 28 – May 1 2016 conference, we’re going a step further. The contest will be open to ALL Pen Women (Art, Letters, Music). The subject will be our beloved 1897 Pen Arts building. And you can start now.

You can submit photos of any part of Pen Arts – outside or inside. Photos can be taken at any time, from a previous visit to Pen Arts, or during the April 2016 Biennial. They must be your own photos.

You can work from life, your own photos or sketches, Google Earth images, or feel free to use any of the snapshots in our photo gallery at …..
Your art can be any size, from murals to miniatures. Interior and exterior scenes, close-ups of details – your choice. Paintings can be any media: oil, watercolor, pencil, collage, etc.
You’ll probably work from home, but if you do come here, we ask that NO MESSY art be done on the premises – we’re trying to keep the place clean. Don’t block the stairways and halls either.

Here’s how to enter:
All art and photos remain your property.
Photographers and Artists – send up to THREE entries (density 1mg or larger) via email to Entry is free.

Deadline for both categories is 12 noon on Saturday, April 29, 2016. (Earlier submissions will be gratefully accepted. In fact, you can start sending in right now). Judges will be members of the National Art Committee. All entries will be shown and winners announced before the end of the Biennial. Entrants do not have to be present at the Biennial to win, but those who are present will receive an extra $25 prize money.

Prizes for each category – first prize $100, second $60, third $40. The Editor of the Pen Woman magazine may contact you to ask if your image can be used in the magazine.

Please copy/paste and include this form with EACH submission

Name __________________________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone ______________________ Address ____________

Title of piece _____________________________________

Medium _________________________________________

The Art Committee of NLAPW has my permission to:
(__)showcase my work, at low density, on Website.
(__) Include my work in a slide show during the April 2016 Biennial.
(__) use my entry for free in a future issue of the Pen Woman magazine

Signature ________________________ Date __________

Contact Sandy Huff, National Art Chair
Cell 727 420-6184

Past Biennial Info


1st Place – BEST IN SHOW $1000 (includes Howison Art Fund)
2nd Place – $750 3rd Place – $500
Special Awards
Jean Baber Memorial Art Fund – 5 Awards of Merit – $100 each
The artist is responsible for shipping work accepted in the Biennial exhibit to the correct location for the exhibit.
The Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund, aka “BEAF” will pay for the return shipping on all accepted and exhibited works in this exhibit!
These details will be provided for you with notification of acceptance.

Nationally Renowned Artist and Professor to Serve as Biennial Competition Juror

National Art Chair Jamie Tate announces the selection of the Juror for the 2014 Biennial Art Competition: Larry Jens Anderson.

Larry Jens Anderson, Juror for the 2014 Biennial Art Competition

Larry Jens Anderson, Juror for the 2014 Biennial Art Competition

Larry Jens Anderson is from Randall, Kansas. He has been teaching college in Atlanta, GA, for 31 years. His drawings, paintings, videos, installations touching on human rights issues have been exhibited in such important institutions as the National Museum of Australia, galleries in Italy, France, Germany, Belgium and throughout much of the United States. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art’s book collection, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and the Mint Museum, Charlotte. As a founding member of the artists collective TABOO he helped curate 13 exhibitions and has independently been the curator of 18 other exhibits. He is an active member of the Atlanta art’s community having served on the Boards at MOCAGA, The Contemporary Art Center and as an artist member of the Forward Arts Council.

MVA/Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 1982
Ford Foundation Grant to study in Italy, 1982
University of Texas at El Paso, graduate assistantship, 1976-77
BAE/Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, 1970
AAD/ Hutchinson Junior College, Hutchinson, KS, 1967

Savannah College of Art and Design/Atlanta, Professor of Foundation Studies, 2006-present
Atlanta College of Art, 1982-2006
University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona,, Italy; 1983. 1988, 2003 (semester programs


NLAPW launches is first photography only online competition. Open to all women artists over the age of 18. NLAPW members and nonmembers may enter. Cash awards depending on entries and write-up in the Pen Woman magazine. The deadline was February 28, 2013. Entries have gone to the juror. Stay tuned for announcements.


See the work of our Autumn 2012 Online art competition in our online gallery. Thank you to our juror, Pat Odom, and congratulations to the award winning members of the NLAPW. Read the jurors comments by clicking here.


2012 NLAPW Biennial Exhibit

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Exhibit Dates: April 20, 2012 – May 31, 2012 (extended to June 10th)

Award news from Jamie Tate, National Art Chair, NLAPW

Awards presented during the Exhibit Opening, April 21, 2012

Jean Baber Memorial Awards of Merit – $100 each
“Early November” by Carol Dixon, Connecticut Pioneer Branch, CT
“Ryder 2” by Colleen Erickson, Ft. Worth Branch, TX
“Clearing Ground” by Jamie Tate, Delta Branch, MS
“A Room With a Sofa” by Marge Bennett, Sarasota Branch, FL
and “Wine and Cheese” by Barbara Nuss, Bethesda Branch, MD

Photography Award – $150
(donated specifically for photography by Delta Branch)
“Metamorphosis” by Anne Baehr, Pensacola Branch

Water Media Award- $150 (donated specifically for water media by Delta Branch in memory of artist member Fay Langston Jones)
“Vernal Equinox” by Marcia Hirschy, Ft. Lauderdale Branch, FL

3rd Place $500
(amount includes donation by Boca Raton Branch in memory of Marion Kofman)
“The Magnolia” by Bonnie Hundley-Shoger

2nd Place $750
“Forgotten Memories” by Elaine Kahn, Fort Lauderdale Branch, FL

1st Place- Best in Show $1000
(amount includes Howison Art Award Fund)
“Baby’s Breath Sprinkle” by Soon Y. Warren, Ft. Worth Branch, TX

Congratulations to ALL!!! These will be highlighted in the upcoming issue of the Pen Woman.
Again I thank every artist who entered. I thank every artist who attended – so great to meet face-to-face! Your supposrt makes these awards possible.
Next member competition will be online!!!!! Let’s all enter that and make some funds to support all our ART programming for the League!
2014 Biennial – ATLANTA!!!!!

Past Contests

The Fourth Virginia Avery Memorial “Reflections” Juried Art Exhibit
August 20 – October 10, 2015
Open to all women artists in Georgia.

Click here for more info!