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The Watchung Arts Center is having a competition for artists to have a solo exhibit in the first floor gallery. The details are as follows:

1.) There are four spots available: February, March, May and June, all in 2018  Each of these four solo shows will be in the downstairs gallery and will be held in conjunction with a group exhibit being held in the upstairs gallery.

2.) The jury will be comprised of members of the New Art Group, each of whom is a well-respected New Jersey based artist with a long list of exhibitions and credits to their names. They include: Nancy Ori (, Francesca Azzara (, Heidi Sussman (, Orna Greenberg (, Susan Ahlstrom (, Katie Truk ( and Paul XO Pinkman (

3.) The winners will be chosen based on a commitment to quality in the final work and how the work illustrates the artists' authenticity in the work.

4.) There is a $30 entry fee and allows each artist to submit up to 5 jpegs of their work. A minimum of 3 images must be provided in order for the judges to have a clear view of the work you're doing.

5.) All types of work are accepted - painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, video, etc.

6.) Please be sure all jpegs are at least 1000 px or more on the largest side. Less than that does not provide a good quality view of the work.

7.) All artists may submit, even those who have previously shown at the Watchung Arts Center. This is an opportunity for those of you who have previously shown there to exhibit new or more experimental work in a personal space.

8.) The Watchung Arts Center takes a 30% commission on all sales.

9.) You can access the online form here - . However, if you would like to submit in advance, please send your resume and a statement about your work, along with three to five jpegs, to You can mail a check for $30, made out to "the Watchung Arts Center", to Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ 07069. YOU MUST ADD "SOLO SHOW COMPETITION" in the notes field of the check.

10.) The deadline for submission is December 15, 2015 at midnight.

11.) A member of the New Art Group will be with winners at the time of hanging for each show, to help facilitate getting the work up.

12.) No images or slides will be accepted via postal or carrier mail service. You resume, statement and work must be sent either using the online tool or via email (see above for submission details).

13.) All four exhibits coincide with a larger group show in the upstairs gallery. Artists are free to bring items for their reception, which usually takes place on a Sunday afternoon, however, reception hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE BE ADVISED - any installation or other work that involved the walls or floor cannot include damage to or destruction of the facility structure in any way. If the work requires serious implications to the walls, the artist must agree to repairing the walls to the gallery's satisfaction at the end of the show. Also, no food or other perishable items will be accepted as part of any exhibit. There is a hanging system (the Walker rod system) already installed for medium and large wall works. Small works and/or paper based items can be hung with push pins.

The Watchung Arts Center endeavors to exhibit exploratory artwork that challenges the viewers and encourages artists to submit that work. Nonetheless, it reserves the right to reject any work it deems inappropriate, especially where it might concern sexual content and/or nudity of a particularly sexual nature. Keep this in mind when submitting your work.

QUESTIONS? - Feel free to contact Paul Pinkman at

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