Rules of Entry

Eligible Work & Artists — open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine. Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including hand pulled prints, photography and sculpture and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass and fiberart. Jewelery and clothing are not eligible. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artists own original work created within the last three years. Any work that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible. Giclees and other reproductions are not eligible.

Disclaimer — the Harlow Art Center is not responsible for technical or computer failures, including problems accessing the Internet, any other computer error or malfunction, or for late, lost, illegible or misdirected entries.  Make sure you send your entry to the correct email account according to the directions. You will receive an automatic reply confirming your entry.  

Entry fees are not refundable and decisions of our juror is final. All works entered must be original creations by the artist and must be show-ready upon delivery to the Harlow Gallery.

$25 for current members of the Harlow Art Center
$30 for non-members
(Fee waived for Sustaining Artist Members)

*Become a member of the Harlow Art Center (sliding scale starts at $40 a year) and be eligible for the lower fee and you enjoy a lower commission rate if your work sells (35% for members, 50% for nonmembers).

Original Art Only — Only original or originally printed works will be admitted; photocopies, color, or computer generated copies are not acceptable for entry. Giclee reproductions are not eligible.

Diptychs and Triptychs — (works created in two or three sections) will be considered and judged as one entry.

New Mediums — Contemporary work is welcome. In the case of work with video, mechanic, or sonic elements, the artist must provide all necessary equipment for the jurors to properly experience the work if it makes it to the second stage (to be viewed in person by the juror at the Harlow Art Center), and then that equipment must be available for the full duration of the exhibition if the work is accepted.

New Work Please — Works submitted must have been created during the last three years. Work accepted into a previous juried show , or otherwise shown at the Harlow is not eligible.

Framing — All 2 dimensional entries, with the exception of oils and acrylics, must be framed with either glass or plexiglass. Unframed canvases are fine, as long as they are gallery wrapped (no staples visible). Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (ie. with two eye screws and steel wire. Sawtooth hangers , “clip” frames or unstable frames will not be accepted.

Size Limits — 2 dimensional work may not exceed 6′ in either length or width, including frame. Sculptural work must fit through a standard doorway. Pedestals with up to 15″ x 15″ display space are available, or the artist may supply their own. Please be aware that storage space is limited and artists submitting large scale work must commit to retrieve it on one of the pick up dates should the work not be included in the final exhibition. Maximum frame size is 72” x 72”. Three dimensional work cannot exceed 8’ in height or weigh more than 150 lbs.

New to Juried Art Shows? –A juried art exhibition has an individual (or group) acting as judge of the submitted artworks, selecting which are to be shown. If prizes are to be awarded, the judge or panel of judges will usually select the prizewinners as well. (description adapted from Wikipedia)

Our jurors are individuals of distinction and reputation from the Maine art world who focus on putting together a cohesive and compelling show based on their own professional but subjective judgment. Only a portion of the work submitted will be included in the final exhibition. Juror decisions are final.

The Harlow Art Center is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association. We are a membership based non-profit organization. Juried show entry fees help us pay for the cost of putting on this exhibition to benefit all participants and are not refundable.

On the subject of not being accepted to juried shows:

There is no rejection in a juried art show. If your piece doesn’t make it, it simply means it doesn’t fit the *vision* that the jury has for the show as a whole. It does not mean your art stinks. Juried art shows are challenging and fun. Every artist should have enough self confidence in their work to accept the challenge. Don’t get upset if it doesn’t make your art and its great…after all one doesn’t create to do shows or impress others, one creates cause they have to. To me the accomplishment is in the fact that I DID get to submit a painting and that is satisfying enough.

Bruce Mayo, Hallowell Artist

For more information on juried shows in general, we recommend

Andy Verzosa at opening of Art2014