2013 NEXUS Exhibit Prospectus

Original works completed in the last two years by artists 18 and older.

Submission deadline: January 4, 2013

$2,000 in Awards [Best of Show: $1,000; 2nd Place: $500; and two (2) $250 Merit Awards]

About the Dogwood Arts Festival:

The Dogwood Arts Festival, in its 53rd year, transforms downtown Knoxville into a month long springtime celebration with a “blue jean to black tie” festival offering something for everyone!  Street fairs and Americana music performers throughout the city, over 60 miles of dogwood trails and gardens, heritage tours, masterful fine art exhibitions, performing arts events, and sidewalk chalk painters enliven the city for the entire month of April. The Dogwood Arts Festival offers residents and visitors from across the nation a memorable experience of the richly woven customs, perspectives, and creativity of our Southern Appalachian region.

Dogwood Arts Festival – Indoor Sculpture Exhibit – NEXUS 2013

NEXUS 2013 showcases artists working in the field of contemporary sculpture.  Small sculpture encompassing all styles and genres from emerging and established artists will be selected by a nationally recognized juror for exhibition at the U. T. Downtown Gallery located at 106 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Exhibition Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony:

Friday, April 5th, 5 – 9 pm, U. T. Downtown Gallery, 106 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Exhibition Dates:

Monday, March 25th – Saturday, April 6th

Exhibition Hours:

Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 3pm


Durant Thompson is an Associate Professor of sculpture in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. In 1997, Durant received a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and in 2001 he earned an MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University. He has also worked at The Johnson Atelier School of Technical Sculpture in New Jersey and at the University of Southern Mississippi as a technician and instructor before accepting his current position.

Durant has been actively showing at exhibitions across the region over the past decade. His exhibition resume includes group or solo shows in several states including North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. Thompson has been an active member of the arts community serving as a presenter, panel moderator, steering committee member, and guest lecturer for arts organizations throughout the southeast. He is also a recipient of the 2011 Mississippi Arts Commission Fellowship through funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Cash awards totaling $2,000 will be presented at the NEXUS 2013 Reception on April 5, 2013 – one award for Best in Show – $1,000, 2nd Place – $500, and two (2) $250 Merit awards. All awards are designated by juror and are final. All artists are encouraged to be present for the NEXUS 2013 Reception at the U.T. Downtown Gallery on April 5th.


NEXUS 2013 is open to all artists 18 years and older. Submit only work completed in the last two years. 3-D sculpture of all media, including freestanding floor and pedestal-based pieces. Kinetic sculpture is acceptable, and in conjunction with three dimensional works, applicants are encouraged to submit sound-based components.The juror will consider all multi-media sculpture and sound art submissions. Art presented in electronic media must be accompanied by appropriate audio and video equipment, supplied by the artist. Wall based sculpture must be suitably wired for hanging. Wall bolts are not acceptable. No sculptures may exceed 100 pounds in total weight. Dimensions of each sculpture must not exceed 72 inches in any direction – no large installations (larger than a 6’ X 6’ footprint).

All work must be sturdy, stable, or otherwise secured to a base or wall. Free-standing floor based work must be easily moved and installed by gallery staff. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or not appearing to correspond to the entry image.

Entry Procedure:

The non-refundable entry fee is $35.00 per application (may submit up to three works per application). Two images may be submitted for each piece submitted on the application.


Work must be delivered and picked up from U.T. Downtown Gallery at 106 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Shipping details will be provided with juried results. Always pre-calculate shipping costs of submitted work. Artists are responsible for all shipping and delivery costs, and must include pre-paid return shipping materials or schedule courier pickup.

Return of Work:

Work unclaimed within 30 days becomes property of Dogwood Arts Festival.


Receipt of the completed application form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus. Dogwood Arts Festival will provide insurance for all work while they are inside the exhibit venue for the extent of the exhibit. Unclaimed work is not insured after the posted pick-up date. Artists are responsible for insuring work while in transit. Consent for use of photos of artwork for promotion is assumed unless otherwise stated by artist.


Every effort is made to promote sales*. A 60% commission of the sale price is paid to the artist upon sale of work.

* Work is NOT required to be for sale.


  • January 4 – Application must be received by Dogwood Arts Festival
  • January 23 – Juror selections emailed to artists
  • March 22 & 23 – Shipped work received at U.T. Downtown Gallery, 106 South Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902
  • March 30 & 31 – Hand delivered work received at U.T. Downtown Gallery – Friday 11 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
  • March 25-April 6 – Exhibit open – Monday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm
  • April 5 – Reception and Awards Ceremony at U.T. Downtown Gallery 5-9 pm
  • April 6 & 7 – Work picked up Saturday, 3-6 pm and Sunday, 1-4 pm


Contact Brian R. Jobe at nexusdogwoodarts2011@gmail.com

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