CALL FOR ARTISTS                                                                                   JULY 2019

HANNAH BLOCK HISTORIC USO/COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER SEEKS ARTIST SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 5th ANNUAL ARTFALL JURIED SHOW AND SALE

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is seeking 2D and 3D artists for the 5th Annual ARTfall Juried Art Show and Sale to be held September 19 – 22, 2019. ARTfall will be one of the events during American Craft Walk Wilmington (formerly the Art Walk) a celebration of visual and performing arts at various locations in downtown Wilmington culminating in the walk on September 21st.The ARTfall Exhibition will be open to the public 10am – 5pm daily with an artists’ reception Saturday September 21st, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring the award presentation at 3:00 pm. The deadline for applications and online registration is August 30, 2019.

ARTfall will be juried by Owen Wexler and Miriam Oehrlein. Mr. Wexler is a long-time Wilmington resident and internationally known visual artist whose work has been featured on TV and film. Ms. Oehrlein, winner of the 2012 Belk Designer Showcase, specializes in jewelry design and owns New Elements Gallery. Awards will be presented for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice with cash prizes totaling $350.00.

Only original artwork completed within the last two years will be considered for exhibition. Original artwork is the artist’s sole creation and is not, in whole or in part, a copy of any other persons work or photograph. Preference is given to artists from the Lower Cape Fear region.

Application Guidelines

• Exhibits will be September 19 – 22, 2019. Selections are made by a review panel.
• The Review Panel will consider up to a maximum of 5 digital images. Images must be in a JPEG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi not to exceed 1080 pixels in any one direction. Additional support material including resume, exhibit history, and artist’s website will aid in the selection process. Due to space limitations we may not be able to hang or exhibit all accepted work, but all work will be juried.
• Works must be suitable for viewing by the public. The participating artist must be the one who conceived of and executed the finished product. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable. It must be limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist.
• By submission of an application, the artist accepts all conditions set forth in this prospectus.
Box 1111 • Wilmington, NC 28402 • 910/251.1788 • www.thalian.org
• Artists who will not be dropping off their work in person are responsible for all costs associated with the shipping to and from the HBHUSO/CAC.
• Applications must be received by August 30 with the JPG or TIFF artwork images.

Exhibition Guidelines

• All two-dimensional works must be framed or gallery wrapped and wired for hanging. Exposed edges and beck must be clean. The HBHUSO/CAC reserves the right to refuse the installation of items with faulty framing, wiring or hanging devices. Glass clip frames or saw tooth hangers will not be accepted.
• The three-dimensional category contains any art which must have length, width, and depth. High relief, pottery, sculpture, kinetic, and 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, found objects or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art.
• Three-dimensional works must not require special installation or assembly and are limited to available pedestals. Jewelry will not be considered for exhibition.
• At the time of installation, the artist is responsible for completing a consignment agreement with a member of the HBHUSO/CAC staff and provides a complete inventory of works
• The HBHUSO/CAC will collect 20% on all sales during the exhibition.
• Artists whose works are selected own the pieces until it is sold by the HBHUSO/CAC. All works will be handled with professional care. The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, the City of Wilmington and Thalian Association Community Theatre limit liability for damage of artwork from handling, viewing and exhibition use during the consignment period. The Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center nor any of its subsidiaries are not responsible for damage or loss that occurs prior to, during or after expiration of the consignment period. Artist shall at all times maintain appropriate property and loss insurance coverage on any consigned items to protect Artist against damage or loss to such consigned goods.
• All artists accepted may provide a black folding fabric bin and display work. The work need to be clean, properly backed and protected with shrink wrap. All bin work should be labeled with title, artist name, medium and price.

For more information or to download complete submission guidelines, application and exhibition details, please visit our website Hannah S. Block Historic USO Community Arts Center or email Samantha Herrick, Community Arts Center Director. Complete details about American Craft Walk Wilmington can be found at
American Craft Walk Wilmington Downtown.

The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center is owned by the City of Wilmington and managed by Thalian Association Community Theatre. The Historic USO Building is a cultural treasure that has been the center of recreation and art for generations of local children. Today the HBHUSO/CAC continues to be the home for children, art and recreation while serving as a mini museum of the Wilmington and New Hanover County WWII home front.

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Susan Habas
Executive Director

Chandler Davis
Artistic Director

Samantha Chappell
Community Arts Center Director

Lance Howell
Technical Advisor


Thalian Association
Box 1111
Wilmington, NC 28402
910-251-1788

Thalian Hall Box Office
310 Chestnut St.
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-632-2285

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