43nd Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition

Originating in 1978, the Whitewater Competition has a history of “open judging”, allowing the public to be present when the exhibit entries are accepted or declined for the online exhibit. In this spirit, digital images of entered works will be shared in a live jurying session online via zoom. Intervals in the judging will be scheduled for the public to interact with the three juror panel with regard to rationale related to acceptance or declination of works. Jurors will select 50-55 works for the exhibit. All art submissions will be juried electronically.

Awards

$4000 total award money

  • 1st place: $2,000 in addition to a 2022 Solo Exhibition Invitation
  • 2nd place: $1,000
  • 3rd place: $500
  • Honorable Mention: Two $250 Awards
  • Purchase Award: Selected by Chancellor Kathryn Girten and included in the Indiana University East Public Art Collection.

Award Winners will also receive additional special promotion.

Entry Deadline

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Eligibility

  • Artists must be 18 years or older and reside in Indiana or adjacent states of Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, or Michigan. All work must be original by the submitting artist and cannot have been exhibited in previous Whitewater Valley Art Competitions.

    Registration Fee: $30 for up to 3 entries.

    Artists may choose to submit three different views of each art piece. Artists submitting more than 3 separate art pieces will be eliminated from consideration.

    Submission process via www.callforentry.org

  • All visual art mediums (except for video and sound) are allowed. Examples of acceptable works include paintings, drawings, printmaking, digital artworks, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, installation, and mixed media art pieces.

Conditions and Rules

  • - By submitting work to be considered, artists grant permission to the IU East Art Gallery to reproduce accepted artwork for promotional uses in both printed and electronic forms.
  • IU East  will through pre-recorded & live-streamed video productions allow everyone throughout the country to view every piece of art that is accepted to our 43rd Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition and view the award ceremony & judge’s comments.

Important Dates

  • September 12, 11:59pm: Deadline to submit artwork via www.callforentry.org
  • We cannot accept cash or entry fees paid through CallforEntry.org. Entry fees can be paid by calling the IU East campus Bursar's Office at (765) 973-8345
  • Monday through Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm, and specify the "Whitewater Valley Art Competition". If you pay by credit card, please enter “0000” as your check number on the website. Entry fees can also be paid by personal check, cashier's check, or money order and sent to the following address:
    Indiana University East
    c/o Nate Kuznia, Gallery Coordinator
    2325 Chester Blvd.
    Richmond, IN 47374

    Attn: WVAC
  • September 24, 2021, 10am - 12:30pm: artwork publicly juried via Zoom and shared on Facebook Live. Breaks between juried rounds will allow time for questions from the audience.
  • October 8, 5pm: Deadline for accepted entries to be received at IU East (shipped or physically brought).
  • October 15, 6-8pm: Artists reception and awards presentation, Tom Thomas Gallery @ IU East
  • October 15 – December 10: Whitewater Valley Art Exhibit in Tom Thomas Gallery and Meijer Artway.
  • December 13 – 17, 10am – 5pm: Exhibit artwork collected by artist or shipped back to artist with return shipping label.

All questions should be directed toward Art Director Carrie Longley at clongley@iue.edu.