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Artists Explore, Ask and Answer: What is America today?


– Rachel Adams , Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE)
– Taylor Bythewood-Porter , Assistant History Curator, California African American Museum (CAAM)
– Jen Mergel , Independent Curator; Vice President, Programs, Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) ; Founding Director, Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston
– Jennifer M. Williams , Public Programs Manager, New Orleans Museum of Art

– Open to all artists living and/or working in the United States, 18-years-old and older.
– All original visual media that is the artist’s own concept, design and work.
– Artwork must fit through a doorway: 31 in. wide x 93 in. tall. Weight: 50 lbs. maximum for wall-hanging and 100 lbs. maximum for free-standing work.
– Accepted works must be priced for sale or marked POR (price on request).

Four artworks will receive Juror’s Best in Show Prize of $250


Fees: $50 for up to 3 entries/files; artists may submit up to 3 additional entries/files at a cost of $10 per additional entry. Submit one file per piece entered. File types accepted: PDF, DOC, JPG or JPEG images 300 dpi, 2000 pixels on long side, MP3, MOV, WMV, MP4, AVI . Title your files: LastNameFirstName-ArtworkTitle. For example: SmithJohn-Untitled. Entries are accepted via Submittable.

August 2 – 29, 2019 — dates of exhibition at Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
June 10, 11:59 PM ET — deadline to apply
June 28 — notifications of acceptance will be emailed and a list of accepted artworks will be published on Touchstone Gallery’s website at
July 17 – 28 — shipped artwork to arrive at the gallery
July 26 – 28 — hand-delivered artwork to arrive at the gallery
August 2 — Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6 – 8:30 pm
August 29 — last day of the show
August 30 – 31 — unsold artwork pickup
September 4 – 6 — unsold artwork shipped back

NOTIFICATION All entrants will receive notice via email by June 28, 2019. The notification of acceptance will include additional exhibition details. Please set your email account to recognize email address.
The list of all accepted artworks will be published on Touchstone Gallery’s website .

Size: must fit through a doorway: 31 in. width x 93 in. tall. Weight: 50 lbs. maximum for wall-hanging and 100 lbs. maximum for free-standing work. All work must be visibly signed by the artist (front or back) and include edition numbers if applicable (1/1, 2/50, e.g.) for photography and hand-pulled prints. Works must be properly prepared for installation with professional quality wiring on the verso for two-dimensional objects. Works must be wired with D-Rings. Touchstone will not assemble any artwork. Projector/monitor will be provided where possible for accepted video/audio artworks.

Touchstone Gallery is responsible for all sales and will retain a 40% commission. All artwork will be considered for sale at the price set forth by the artist during the entry submittal process, but Touchstone Gallery reserves the right to negotiate up to a 10% discount if applicable. Our general practice is to release sold artwork to the buyer at the end of the exhibition, unless there are special circumstances that require the buyer to take the artwork at the time of the sale.

Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the exhibit and insuring works while in transit. All packages must include a return shipping label. Shipped artwork must arrive at the gallery on July 17 – 28. The delivery times for hand-delivered artwork are restricted to July 26, 11am-6pm and July 27 – 28, 12-5pm.

All submissions must be original work, entirely the work of the entrant, and free from any copyright infringement. No copies or likenesses of other artists’ work is permitted.

Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of Touchstone Gallery for promotional purposes including, but not limited to, the press release, invitation, website and social media. In submitting work for consideration, all entrants give permission to Touchstone to use images of selected works for publicity, education, and reproduction in a catalog if one is produced. Images will include attribution whenever possible.

All reasonable care will be taken to assure the protection of the art work. However, Touchstone will not be liable for any damage to, or loss of, artwork during shipment, delivery, exhibition, storage or removal. The artist is responsible for insuring his/her own artwork, if desired. Touchstone reserves the right to review all submitted work for compliance with the requirements outlined in the prospectus, and the right to refuse any work that does not comply with those requirements or that is inconsistent with the image of the artwork selected.

If selected by the juror(s), the artist’s submission of the artwork shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus including the following: I hereby release and discharge the officers of Touchstone Gallery and its representatives and employees from any and all claims occasioned by damage or loss of the artwork while in the possession of the gallery. I understand that if any deviation from the conditions in the prospectus are discovered, Touchstone has the right to remove a selected piece from the exhibition and require the return of any award received by the artist. No work accepted for the exhibition may be
withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. Removal of artwork prior to the closing will result in penalties assessed by the Board of Directors of Touchstone Gallery. Permission to reproduce an image of accepted artwork for publicity purposes is granted.