VISUAL ART JUDGING - Amateur Adult and Youth

IMPORTANT CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS:

  • SUBMISSION OF ALL AGES AND ALL CATEGORIES are accepted at Cove Lake State Park Pavilion/Recreation Building on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - ONE DAY ONLY.  
  • EXHIBITS: All entries are exhibited during the festival Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. in two separate locations. Adult artists' 2-D and ALL AGES 3D art are exhibited in the Pavilion together with quilt entries. All ages youth 2D art is exhibited on the grounds in the ArtSpace tent.
  • CLAIMING ENTRIES: ALL ADULT ARTISTS AND NON-SCHOOL AFFILIATED YOUTH CLAIMS FOR ART ENTRIES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE PAVILION.  YOUTH ART SUBMITTED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF SCHOOL ART INSTRUCTORS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOLS THE FOLLOWING MONDAY BY LOUIE BLUIE STAFF.

RULES & GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all amateur artists regardless of residency. Amateur artists are defined for this event as any artist whose primary source of income is not derived from sales of his or her art. Submit only original artwork that has been created by you, the artist.

AGE CATEGORIES: All divisions are judged within age categories as follows:

  • Adults: age 19 and above
  • Teen: age 14 to 18
  • Youth: not yet 14 

FEES: $10 per submission; Teen: $5 per submission; Youth: $2 per submission. Fees (paid by cash, money order, or check made out to Campbell Culture Coalition) are paid on day of submission. Entry forms are provided at arrival Thursday.

ACCEPTED FOR JUDGING

  • TWO-DIMENSIONAL visual art on a flat surface in the following mediums: oils; acrylics; charcoal/pastels; pen & ink/pencil drawing; watercolor; mixed media. 2D art may not weigh more than 50 pounds including frame. The Louie Bluie Festival Art Committee reserves the right to determine how to exhibit art 36" x 36" or larger. We cannot accept electronic/computer-generated art, nor photography.
  • THREE-DIMENSIONAL visual art (woodcut/carving; stained glass; mosaics; pottery, etc.). *All pieces entered will be considered as a single category for purposes of ribbons/awards. 3D art may not weigh more than 50 pounds including stands, frames, or any multiple pieces that act together as one. 3D artwork must be self-supporting. Top-heavy or unstable work will be disqualified due to risks during public exhibit.

MEDIA CATEGORIES:  

  • Two Dimensional Visual Arts for Adults and Teens. Each medium below is considered a separate category for the purpose of placings/awards. ("a" through "g" are the only seven categories offered by the competition)
    1. Oils
    2. Acrylics
    3. Charcoal/pastels
    4. Pen & Ink/Drawing/Prismacolor
    5. Watercolors
    6. Mixed Media
    7. Other, Including Calligraphy/Written Art
  • Two Dimensional Visual Arts for Youth under 14 ("a" through "d" are the only four categories provided by the competition. Standard size canvases are accepted but no larger than 16" x 20", please)
    1. Charcoal/pastels/colored pencils
    2. Drawing
    3. Watercolor
    4. Mixed media (combinations of the above)
  • Three-Dimensional Art*
    Adult and Youth (all ages) Three-Dimensional Visual Arts - (woodcut/carving; stained glass; mosaics; pottery, china, other)

    *All 3-D art will be judged together unless there are three or more separate artists entered in each age group.

Student artists and their school instructors are encouraged to submit entries coordinated by the instructor. Festival staff will collect entries on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at a pre-arranged time. Entry blanks can be delivered to art instructors in advance (upon request), and a festival art show coordinator will be happy to guide preparation, if desired.

JUDGING METHOD: Every piece entered is judged on its own merit. Written criteria is used to evaluate workmanship subsets: i.e. creativity & originality; presentation and overall quality. Judges' evaluation sheets are presented to artists after close of exhibit.

Scoring and Placing: Scores are awarded by two qualified judges using a value of 1 to 10 (10 being perfect) for each specific skill. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded for each qualifying category.

Ribbons/Award Minimum Number Requirement: At least THREE SEPARATE ARTISTS must be entered in a category to warrant ribbons/awards. If there are fewer than three, each entry will be judged, but will NOT RECEIVE ribbons or awards. THIS IS, UNFORTUNATELY, AN ECONOMIC CONCESSION TO BUDGET CONSTRAINTS. Each piece, however, will again be eligible for a future Louie Bluie Art Competition, provided the date of execution does not exceed five years. 

Entrants are not permitted to attend judging session. Judges’ decisions are final. Results will not be made public until Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. when the exhibit opens.

All must be original (no reproductions) executed by the artist, and must have been created within the past five years. The Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival committee reserves the right to reject or refuse to display any entry, and to re-categorize entries.

Vulnerable art (especially watercolor, charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, pen/ink) should have appropriate protective clear view covering such as glycene envelopes (available at art supply stores) or shrinkwrap (not kitchen cling wrap). Please be aware that the exhibit will be viewed by about 1,000 members of the public. Accidents happen. Visual Arts staff use due care but will not be held liable for damage to unprotected art.

TO FRAME OR NOT:

Youth Under 14 and Teen 2-D art are not required to be framed, and will be exhibited on tabletop easels in the new ArtSpace tent provided by festival organizers. 

Adult Artists' 2-D art will be exhibited in the Pavilion and will be hung (no easels). Whether framed or not, all adult artists entries must be equipped with wire/eye for hanging. Park rules forbid hanging art on the walls of the exhibit building.  Our free-standing supports are suitable for wire/eye attachments only; sawtooth cannot be hung. Artists whose work is not equipped with wire/eye for hanging will have the option to add wire and eye attachments available at the entry desks for an additional $3.

All 3D art will be exhibited in the Pavilion and may be claimed when the exhibit closes in accordance with the rules herein

EXHIBIT CRITERIA

Heavy or unwieldy art work unsuitable for table easels or hanging vertically will be stood on the floor and propped against table or wall. Three dimensional art will be exhibited in the best possible location. We reserve the right to decide how best to exhibit all entries.

Names/initials must be covered if work is signed (we suggest painters tape). The only ID for the artwork until the entire judging process is finalized is the assigned entry number.

Work previously entered in any prior Louie Bluie Festival Arts Competition will not be accepted - except as stated in Ribbons/Award Minimum Number Requirement (see above).

CLAIMING ENTRIES AT CLOSE OF EXHIBIT

The Pavilion exhibit will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Works by adult artists and youth artists not affiliated with a school art program may be claimed between 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. This is the same location where entries were accepted. To claim your art, you must present the claim ticket. This rule will be strictly enforced. Any artwork not claimed will be removed off site. 

ArtSpace exhibit will be open until the festival closes at 6 pm. There will be no claims for entries in ArtSpace. School coordinated art entries will be returned by festival staff to the proper schools on Monday following.

For more information: Leah Kitts, Art Competition Chair at leahhk@gmail.com, or Barb Murphy, Co-Chair at bkmurphy26@gmail.com.

The Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival committee reserves the right to reject or refuse to display any entry, and to re-categorize entries.

Special Thanks to our sponsor, LaFollette Eye Clinic.