42nd 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 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 juor  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.


$4000 total award money

  • 1st place: $2,000 in addition to a 2021 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

Friday, October 2, 2020


  • 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 42nd Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition and view the award ceremony & judge’s comments.

Important Dates

  • October 2, 2020, 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". 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
  • October 16, 2020, 10am - 2pm: artwork publicly juried via Zoom and shared on social media
  • October 23rd: Award Winners Announced via Facebook Live
  • October 23 - December 31: Whitewater Valley Art Virtual Exhibition

About The Jurors

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris teaches at Sinclair Community College where he has led courses in Drawing, Printmaking and Digital Media since the year 2000. Prior to coming to Sinclair, Kevin held teaching appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, The University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design and Lincoln University.

Kevin earned a BA from Hampton University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. He has also studied at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and frequently attends printmaking workshops at Making Art Safely in New Mexico. His work is included in the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum as well as in many corporate and private collections. He has recently been featured in solo exhibitions at the Dana L. Wiley Gallery, Dayton, OH and at the African American Visual Arts Guild (AAVAG) Gallery at Central State University-West and at Sinclair’s Triangle Gallery where he presented, MULTIPLY, an exhibition of four thematically intertwined bodies of work: MULTIPLY, Angels Tread, Dream Sequence and Urban Wordfare plus The Sticker Snatcher Books.

Sarojini Johnson

Sarojini Jha Johnson has taught printmaking and foundations at Ball State University since 1985. She grew up in Ohio and earned undergraduate degrees in French and drawing from the University of Cincinnati. She received an MFA in printmaking from Miami University where she began working with animal and plant forms in her prints.   As a graduate student in 1983, her work was accepted into the 5th Annual Whitewater Valley Art Competition.  IU East is thrilled to welcome Professor Johnson back 37 years later, this time as a juror.

Her work places natural forms in a fictional context. Her main medium is color intaglio printmaking, a medium that allows for great creativity and invention in terms of surface and color. She has been exploring memories and impressions of India, her country of origin. Animal images such as fish and birds still emerge in this work. Sarojini also makes artist’s books that present issues such as the effects of climate change on flora and fauna.

Jae Won Lee

Jae Won Lee received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Fine Art in ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Lee is currently Professor at Michigan State University and other institutes she taught include Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camberwell College of Arts in London, the UK, and Chung Nam National University, Deajeon, Korea, California State University, Long Beach, and the University of Washington, Seattle.

Lee makes intimate-scaled, reductive, sealed porcelain box forms, as well as porcelain sculpture shaped by numerous small multiple components of nuanced whites and off-whites and assembled into a large singular unit toward conveying the idea of white winter as a place to contemplate simplicity, silence, and solitude. Recently she has been exploring and applying this theme on works on paper and mixed media. She has exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tag Ends, Lim Lip Museum of Art, Gongju, Korea, Jae Won Lee In Situ, Blanche with In Situ Galerie, Nyon, Switzerland, and Myosotis, Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan, Korea.

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