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58th Annual Delta Exhibition

June 10, 2016 — August 28, 2016

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Mark Lewis, American (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Under the Oak (Woodward Park), 2014, graphite and paper collage, 74 x 59 inches, 57th Annual Delta Grand Award Winner

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.

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. The deadline was March 11, 2016.

Notifications of selected artwork will be mailed beginning March 30th, 2016. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by April 27, 2016. Any sales inquires will be forwarded to the artists and works not for sale may be noted on the entry form.

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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