2013 Regional Fine Arts Exhibition Prospectus

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

Submission deadline: Tuesday, February 21, 2013

$4,100 in Awards [Best of Show: $2,000; 2nd Place: $1,000; 3rd Place: $500; Merit Awards: $250 (2); FastFrame Award: $100]

Please view our previous exhibits at dogwoodregionalfineartsexhibit.blogspot.com

About the Dogwood Arts Festival:

The Dogwood Arts Festival, in its 53rd year, transforms Knoxville into a month long springtime celebration with a “blue jean to black tie” festival offering something for everyone. Street fairs and Americana performers throughout the city, over 60 miles of dogwood trails and gardens, heritage tours, masterful fine art exhibitions and performing arts events, sidewalk chalk painters and a three day Art Fair enliven the city against the canvas of beautiful, blossoming Dogwood trees. 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 region.

The Dogwood Regional Fine Arts Exhibition was developed to showcase and award the finest artists of our region. Artists from within a radius of 300 miles of Knoxville may enter. Fine art encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will be selected by renowned juror, David Reyes, for exhibition. The 2013 location will be both upper and lower galleries in the beautifully restored Emporium Center at 100 S. Gay Street, Knoxville’s downtown arts anchor location. The exhibit will be on display from April 5 through April 28.


David J. Reyes, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, has served at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, AL, since 1994. Prior to 2004 he was Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar for the museum. He was formerly Curatorial Assistant at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. Mr. Reyes has worked on over 100 major exhibitions at the Huntsville Museum of Art, including the prestigious Red Clay Survey, a recurring juried exhibition of contemporary art with more than 1,200 applicants from the Southeast region. In addition, Mr. Reyes has juried numerous regional independent art competitions. Mr. Reyes received his B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI.

Mr. Reyes is also a practicing artist working in wood and metal. He was awarded Best in 3-D at the Appalachian Corridors exhibition at the Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, WV in 2003, and was included in the 34th Annual Toys Designed by Artists juried exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AR. His most recent one-man exhibit, “Conflict Resolution” was shown at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, Huntsville, AL.


Cash awards totaling $4,100 will be presented at the exhibit’s Opening Reception on April 6th at the Emporium from 5-9 pm. Best in Show $2,000, 2nd Place $1,000, Third Place $500, two $250 Merit awards and one $100 award from FastFrame. All awards are designated by the juror and are final. All artists accepted into the show are encouraged to attend the Awards Reception at the Emporium Art Center on April 6th.


Open to all artists 18 years and older residing within a 300 mile radius of Knoxville. Submit only work completed in the last two years. 2-D has no size limitations. 3-D over 100 lbs. must be installed by the artist.

Categories are: 2-D painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, and photography; 3-D sculpture of all media (may submit two images) and site-specific installation *see dogwoodregionalfineartsexhibit.blogspot.com. No computer generated art, jewelry, large installations (larger than a 6’ X 6’ footprint), CNC milled pieces, or other mass-produced work.

All work must be suitably framed/mounted or wired for installation. Plexiglas is preferred for 2-D. 3-D work must be sturdy, stable, or otherwise secured to a base. The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented, or any work appearing not to correspond to the entry image.

Entry Procedure:

The non-refundable entry fee is $35.00 ($30.00 students) per application (may submit up to three works per application). Two images may be submitted for each 3-D piece submitted on the application. All work must be in jpg form. The file name should be as follows: Entry form number: (1,2, or 3) –artist’s name-title of work. Example: 1.JohnSmith.BigPainting.jpg. File sizes should be less than 2MB in size and a maximum of 1,500 pixels width or height (which ever is largest).

Jury results will be forwarded via email.


Work must be delivered to, and picked up from the Emporium Art Center at 100 Gay Street, Knoxville, TN. Shipping details will be provided with adjudication results. Always pre-calculate shipping costs of submitted work.

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 on site at 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 to use photos of work for promotion purposes is assumed unless otherwise stated by artist.


Every effort is made to promote sales*. Dogwood retains a 40% commission on all sales.

* work is NOT required to be for sale. 


  • February 21 – Online submission received by Dogwood Arts Festival
  • March 9 – Juror selections will be emailed back to artists
  • March 25 – 29 – Shipped work received (shipping details included with jury results)
  • March 31 & April 1 – Hand delivered work received @ the Emporium Art Center – Sunday 12-5pm; Monday 9am-5pm
  • April 5 – Grand Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony 5-9 pm @ the Emporium Art Center
  • April 5–26 – Exhibit open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 12-5pm
  • April 28–29 – Work picked up 12-5pm Sunday and 9am-5pmpm on Monday
  • May 1 – Shipped work returned to artists


Contact Denise Sanabria at [865] 384.5272 or regionalfineart@dogwoodarts.com

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