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How to Enter

Complete the online form beginning January 1, 2017, upload images, and pay a non-refundable fee ($20 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry.) There is a maximum of 3 entries. The entry deadline will be March 10th, 2017.

Guidelines, Notification, and Delivery

The exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center. There are no size or medium restrictions for entered artworks. Entrants must be 18 or older.

Notifications of selected artwork will be mailed beginning March 29th, 2017. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by April 26, 2017. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artists and works not for sale may be noted on the entry form.

Digital Images

The juror selects the exhibition based on digital submissions. Medium resolution images are preferred. Resolution is sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. If possible, keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information may require cropping of the image. Works with multiple components must be represented by at least one image which shows the complete work arranged for display. Entries are not accepted via paper or email.


The guest juror selection will be determined by curatorial staff before the opening of online submissions. The juror selects the artworks to be in the exhibition and assigns three awards, one Grand Award ($2500 prize) and two Delta Awards ($750 prize).


The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to omit any artwork from display due to space or condition concerns. The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce any accepted artwork in exhibition booklets, websites, and other media. Upon submission of this form you agree to receive emails pertaining to the competition. Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this form.

58th Annual Delta Exhibition

June 10, 2016 — August 28, 2016

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Tim Hursley, Pocahontas, AR, 2016, chromagenic print, 25.5 x 34 inches, 2016 Grand Award

The Annual Delta Exhibition formed in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, the Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media as showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region. The exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter. This year's exhibition is June 10th through August 28, 2016.

Liz Garvey will serve as juror for the 58th Annual Delta Exhibition. She is the co-founder and owner of Garvey-Simon Art Access, Inc. (est. in 2010). Prior to her current role, she was Co-Director of the venerable Schmidt-Bingham Gallery on 57th Street in New York, where she worked from 1989-1998; and then President and Owner of EKG Art Advisory, (1999-2009). She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years and leverages her professional relationships with galleries, auction houses, private dealers and artists to offer clients a relaxed entry into the often intimidating visage of the New York art world. Liz maintains a boutique gallery in Manhattan that is focused on drawing, works on paper, unusual materials and design; while also acting as curator and advisor to select private clients. Liz is a member of ArtTable, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers.


Garvey will select the artworks to be exhibited and will assign the $2500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Delta Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Featured Works from the Exhibition

Lawrence McElroy, Portrait of Gabriel Sword, 2016, oil on canvas, 78 x 48 inches, 2016 Contemporaries Award

David Bailin, LAMP, 2016, charcoal, pastel, and coffee on prepared paper, 72 x 82 inches, 2016 Delta Award

Katherine Toler, Hush/Flux, 2015, mixed media, 144 x 192 inches, 2016 Delta Award

Paula Kovarik, Pollinators, 2015, fabric, thread, 58 x 47 inches, 2016 Honorable Mention

Michael Elliott-Smith, Juniper and Moon, 2015, digital infrared photograph, 17 x 14 inches, 2016 Honorable Mention

Julie Brooke Alexander, Intersection, 2015, archival inkjet print, 24 x 44 inches, 2016 Honorable Mention

Mark Lewis, Admiral and Lewis, 2015, graphite and paper collage, 90 x 69 inches, 2016 Honorable Mention

Pokey Alrutz, 2121, 2016, collage 14 x 33 inches, 2016 Honorable Mention

Sponsored by

Isabel and John Ed Anthony

Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller

Bank of the Ozarks

Capital Hotel

Delta Regional Authority/Delta Leadership Institute


Dianne and Bobby Tucker

The Contemporaries

Munro Foundation

Bill and Kay Patton

Terri and David Snowden


The Grand Award is supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund.

The exhibition is supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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