CALL FOR ARTISTS: 10th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Art Show

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: 10th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) Juried Art Show



Project Summary
The Ohio Arts Council is once again partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library and Friends of the Library to present the 10th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art Show. The three organizations have collaborated for more than a decade on OOVAR, a database that showcases the work of more than 1,900 artists from Ohio and around the world.

Entrants must be registered in the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR) and be an Ohio resident to be eligible to apply. If you are not a current OOVAR participant, a registry request must be submitted to the Ohio Arts Council by the exhibition application due date (September 9, 2016.) Images do not have to appear on the registry by this date to be eligible. The images you submit for the registry and for this exhibition are separate.

To register for the OOVAR visit: and click on ”Register” in the upper right corner.

Project Background and Building History
The OOVAR juried exhibition is open to all living Ohio artists, 18 years of age or older. Work must be original and executed within the past three years. OAC and CML employees are not eligible to apply.

The jury process is anonymous and is based on the work submitted.

Mission of School or Site
The artwork will be displayed at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery from November 3, 2016, to January 7, 2017. An award of $1,000 will be given for Juror’s Choice and an award of $500 will be presented as the People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice Award is selected by visitors of the exhibition and library patrons. Ballots are available at the Carnegie Gallery. The awards are provided by the Friends of the Library and the Ohio Arts Council.

Artistic Goals of the Commissioned Piece
The exhibition does not have a theme. Only work appropriate for display in a public building will be considered.

Artists may submit up to three separate artworks for consideration (a total of three images per artist may be submitted.) Selected work will be exhibited in the Carnegie Gallery of the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library for nine weeks. The Library will facilitate a contact list of participating artists as well as a price list. Visitors interested in purchasing work should contact library personnel.

Friends of the Library will receive 30% of any sales from the exhibition. Artwork must remain on

display for the duration of the exhibition.

Call for Entry Process
1. Register with the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry if you are not already a participant. To register go to:

2. After completing or updating your registry information you are now ready to begin the Call for Entry application process. First you must create a login for the Call for Entry site. If you have not done so previously. The Call for Entry login is different than the OOVAR site: There are helpful directions for this process on the Current Commissions page for the Percent for Art program.

3. After you have completed the online portion of the application please submit up to three (3) images in .JPG format via email to The images should be 520 pixels by 520 pixels and 72 dpi. If your images are not square, please make the longest side 520 pixels.

Save your image files the following way: LnameFname_01.jpg for example SmithJohn_01.jpg.

When emailing your images the subject line should read: 10th Annual Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry Exhibition.

4. No more than three (3) artworks may be entered. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional works will be accepted and must not exceed 5′ by 5′. Two-dimensional work must be wired and ready to hang and are not to exceed a weight limit of 25 pounds each. Work must be dry. The artwork does not have to be for sale, but artist must give either a price or an estimated value of each piece.

5. Accepted artwork will be delivered/picked up at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library at the Adult Non-Fiction/Reference desk. No adjustments can be made to the schedule; late submissions will not be accepted. Friends and family members may deliver/pick up artwork if the artist is unavailable. Work must be delivered with appropriate packaging and protection material.

6. Liability and insurance: Every care will be taken for the safety of all works of art. CML, its officers and agents will not be responsible for any loss or damage. CML does not insure entries. Works will be handled and exhibited at the artists’ risk.

Selection Review Process
In an effort to present exhibits of merit and significance, work must be evaluated by objective guidelines. Clearly, however, an artwork need not meet all of the criteria in order to be accepted for exhibition. When judging the quality of artwork submitted, several standards and combinations of standards may be used.

*Suitability of subject, technique and style for intended audience
*Vitality and originality
*Artistic expression and experimentation
*Creative and inventive use of the medium
*Innovation in style and/or concept
*Technical proficiency in the use of the medium/media

Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance the week of October 11th, 2016. Notification will be made by mail or email.

Contact Information
Kathy Signorino


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