Call to Artists

The Annual Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition

Competition and Entry Information

Please note that the competition is not currently open for entries at this time. Please check back later when an opening date is announced.

This juried exhibition perennially attracts top artistic talent from across the United States and showcases works in a variety of media. Each year presents a highly competitive field, with hundreds of works submitted for adjudication.

Once all artwork is submitted and judged, the Mattie Kelly Art Galleries will hold an opening reception and awards ceremony, during which time the winners are announced. Artists stand to gain prizes valued at the thousands of dollars if their artwork is selected for top placing.

Printable Entry Packet

Open to artists 18 years of age and older, living in the United States. All forms of art including painting, drawing, photography, graphics/printmaking, digital art, sculpture, and ceramics are accepted.

Work must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Work must be original and entirely the work of the artist. Pieces should not exceed 70″ in any direction. Installations are not eligible. Entries that have previously shown in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are not eligible.

Work that differs from the original image submitted will not be accepted. No changes in title, sale price, or value may be made after the selection process. Accurate, legible information must be provided with the application.

Accepted entries must be ready for gallery installation. Framed, two-dimensional pieces must be properly matted with a heavy wire attached to the back. Sawtooth hangers are not recommended. Plexiglass is recommended for shipping. Three-dimensional works must be able to be carried comfortably by two people. Any piece requiring assembly must be assembled by the artist at a time arranged with the curator. Shipped works should be securely packed in a reusable shipping container, with appropriate packing materials (no Styrofoam peanuts should be used). Artists will be asked to provide a resume, bio, and artist statement for educational and publicity purposes.

All work is insured while on the premises at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries. Mattie Kelly Arts Center, and Northwest Florida State College, their officers, employees, directors, members, or volunteers will not be liable for damages that occur during shipping. It is therefore suggested that artists carry their own insurance for this purpose. Damaged shipping containers will be returned unopened. Submission of an entry to the 27th Emerald Coast National signifies agreement with these conditions.

Prize money will total no less than $3000. As a special award for the first-place winner, a one-person show will be arranged in the Holzhauer Gallery of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries during the 2019 27th Emerald Coast National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, along with $1000. The balance of the prize money will be awarded to the 2nd place, 3rd place, Honorable Mention, and other winners.

Entry Fee: $35 for up to three pieces (limit 3 works per artist)

Digital Images

Digital images are accepted on CD or via email (jpeg only).

  • Recommended size is 960 pixels on the longest side, 72 dpi, under 2 MB.
  • Title each image with your name, number on entry form, title of work, and medium.
  • Example: smith1_weeping willow_acrylic on canvas

Email Entries

Mail Entries

Send entry form, CD with images, and $35 check made out to NWFSC to:

Emerald Coast National
Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries
100 E. College Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578

Hand-Deliver Entries

Deliver entry during business hours to Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries (Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM)

Entry Deadline for 27th Emerald Coast National: To Be Announced

The Fine Print

Application materials will not be returned, and entry fee is nonrefundable. Images of selected works may be used for PR, marketing, or educational purposes. Selected works must be available for exhibition for the duration of the show. All artwork must have a declared value for insurance purposes. Web-based credit card transactions are subject to an online convenience fee; pay entry fee by phone or send check to avoid additional charges. Submission of an entry to the 26th Emerald Coast National signifies agreement with these conditions.

Entry Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2018, (all images, entry forms, and entry fees must be submitted by this date)

Artist Notification: Selected artists will be notified by Monday, April 16, 2018 via email. If no email address, include a SASE with application.

Shipping: Shipped works must arrive by May 11, 2018. Exhibition address and artist name must be clearly marked on outside of container. Include prepaid shipping label or check made out to NWFSC in the amount of return shipping.

Hand-Delivery: Works must be hand-delivered by 4 PM on Friday, May 11. Weekend delivery hours: Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10 AM – 2 PM.

Opening Reception and Awards: Saturday, May 19, 2017, 6 – 8 PM.

Exhibition Open to the Public:

  • May 19 – June 22
  • Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • 90 minutes prior to most MKAC Mainstage Productions.

Pick-Up of Artwork: Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10 AM – 2 PM, or by appointment.

Return Shipping: Works will be shipped by June 30, 2018.