2018 Biennial Art Competition

National Art Chair:

Patricia Setser
Jacksonville, Florida Branch
Email: artchair@nlapw.org

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2018 Biennial Art Competitions
(Now closed)


Attention: Deadline for art entries is extended to
February 14, 2018

The art will be on display April 10-29, 2018 at the Viaduct Gallery at the Des Moines Social Club.


First Prize $1,000
Second Prize: $750
Third Prize: $500
Merit Awards: $100 each for five Merit Awards

Patricia Setser
National Art Chair
Email: artchair@nlapw.org

NOTE: Art needs to arrive by April 6, 2018. Hanging of the show is April 11, beginning at 8am. The opening of the show for the public is April 12 -April 30th.​ Our Biennial opening is April 20th. Just for your information, the Gallery will receive 30%, entrant 60% and NLAPW 10% of any sales. The sales check is to be issued within 60 days.

Emails will be sent to all entrants to inform them if their art is juried into show. At that time, I will give the address information and remind entrants about packaging their art securely and insuring the art both ways.

Pat Setser

NLAPW Biennial Juried Arts Competition Guidelines:

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, 2017 to January 31, 2018 February 14, 2018 and must be postmarked no later than February 14, 2018. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Send applications to Patricia Setser, National Arts Chair.  Her contact information is on the application for the 2018 Biennial Art Competition: National Arts Competition application.


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, encaustic, 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-dimensional 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 and wire, 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.

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 for pieces that will go into the show will be juried. Artists will be notified if their art is accepted for the Biennial Exhibit in February 2018. Shipping instructions will be sent with acceptance notification.

Shipping: Artists will pay for shipping of their accepted pieces to Des Moines, Iowa. Return shipping of unsold pieces will be paid by the Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund (BEAF). Artist is responsible for insuring her art both ways. The artist may choose to insure her art while on display at the gallery. (Donations to the Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund are always gratefully accepted.)

Sales: All pieces must be for sale. Commissions will apply as determined (30% to the gallery, 10% to the NLAPW, and 60% to the artist,). The balance of amount for each piece sold 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.

Your application will consist of this completed form, a CD of photos of your art, and a $35 entry fee.

Download the application here: National Arts Competition application

Contact Pat for more information: artchair@nlapw.org.


Sample application for the NLAPW Biennial Juried Arts Competition

Name __________________________________________________________________________

Branch _________________________________________________________________________


Phone __________________________________home __________________________cell

City _______________________________ State _____________ Zip _____________

Email ________________________________________________________________

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

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

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 Biennial show; however any damage incurred in transit will not be the NLAPW’s responsibility. Insure your art before shipping it!

Sign here: ____________________________________________________________