36th Annual Juried Competition, A Sense of Place

Related press for SOP: Aiken Standard, article by Tom Mack 

*UPDATE!! Winners of 2016 Sense of Place:

Best in Show: Carrie and Eric Tomberlin, Locally-Produced Concrete Blocks to Reinforce Embankments, Time distillation

Juror's Award: Macey Ley, The Sky is Surely Open, Acrylic, linen, thread

Juror's Award: Andrew Catanese, Draws First Blood, Latex paint on canvas

Honorable Mention(s):

Kristin Casaletto, Muncie (Self-portrait as the Propagation of Average), Twinkies, tar, brown sugar, acrylic, found objects on panel

Hannah Breshears, Brother Dearest, Oil on panel

Bob Mosier, In My Father's House 1, Thread painting, cotton fabrics, 10 values of Gutermann thread

Edward Shmunes, Sit, Fidelia, Sit, Archival pigment print on Somerset velvet fine art paper

About the Event   - A Sense of Place - Enter

The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art is pleased to announce its 2016 juried fine art competition, A Sense of Place. Open to participants from throughout the United States, this thirty-sixth annual event seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary American artists.

Founded in 1937 and housed in the historic Nicholas Ware mansion (c. 1818), the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art (GHIA) is Augusta's only independent nonprofit visual arts school and  gallery. The Institute serves as a showcase for local, regional, and national artists, offering rotating exhibitions of outstanding contemporary artwork year-round. In  addition, professionally taught studio art classes in a wide variety of media are provided to students of all ages and experience levels.

Juror: Michael Rooks

In 2010, Michael Rooks joined the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA as the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to the High, Rooks served as the Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Artist Relations at Haunch of Venison, a contemporary art gallery in New York. Rooks has also held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He received both a Master of Arts degree in modern art history, theory and criticism (1995) and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (1988) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Three cash prizes will be given, including a $750 Best of Show Award and two $500 Juror’s Awards. At the juror’s discretion, additional noncash Honorable Mention awards may also be presented. Award recipients will be announced on Friday, September 9, 2016, at the opening reception for A Sense of Place.


The 2016 juried fine art competition is open to all US artists age 18 and older. All works must be original, not previously exhibited at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, and completed on or afterJune 1, 2014. Work that predates this cut-off date will not be considered.

Entries in the following media will be accepted: painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. Film and video pieces are ineligible. Entries are not judged in media categories. Two-dimensional work must not exceed three feet in width or seven feet in height, and must be received ready for exhibition and ready to hang. Works on paper must be framed and under Plexiglas (no glass, please). We are unable to accept work that requires suspension from the ceiling. Three-dimensional work must not exceed seven feet in any direction or weigh more than 150 pounds. Installations must conform to the space guidelines for three-dimensional artwork. The Institute’s exhibition committee will serve as the final authority on eligibility.

We respectively request that if your art is accepted, it is available for the show. No substitutions may be made once work  is juried into the show. We recommend work submitted should be considered for general viewing  audiences of all ages.


June 30, 2016 - Entry deadline

August 1 - Notification letters sent to artists

August 26 - Delivery deadline for accepted works

September 9October 14 - Exhibition on view 

September 9 - Awards presentation and reception

October 1728 - Artwork picked up or return shipped

TO ENTER, VISIT www.CallForEntry.org

FOR MORE INFO, Download the Prospectus below


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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 6:00pm to Friday, October 14, 2016 - 5:00pm
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art