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International Biscuit Festival
2018 International Biscuit Festival Biscuit Art Contest

International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition
Juried Art Exhibit – May 4–26, 2018

Entry Deadline April 1, @ midnight
$1,000 in prizes


Call to Artists:  Entries are accepted at
Entries due:  April 1, 2018 midnight
Notification emailed/mailed:  April 10, 2018
Delivery of Shipped work:  Week of April 16, 2018
Hand Delivered work:  April 26 & 27, 2018
Opening/Reception:  May 4, 2018
Show Closes:  Saturday May 26, 2018
Pick up Hand Delivered work:  May 28 & 29, 2018
Artwork Return Shipped:  Week of June 4, 2018
Fee: $35 – up to 3 entries
Prizes:  Best of Show $500 and (2) Merit Awards $250 each

2018 JUROR:
Beauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he has taught printmaking since 1985. Lyons received his MFA degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and his BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. See his web site for information on his mock-academic projects through the Hokes Archives. Lyons’ one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His prints are in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA. In 2002 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach at the Fine Arts Academy in Poznañ, Poland. In 2014 he received the Santo Foundation Artist Award.

This exhibit is all about the BISCUIT or the baking, making or consumption of this Southern Delight - so let your interpretations and creativity RISE to new levels. Works can be created using any medium of your choice, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture (see below under Eligibility for sculpture requirements) photography and printmaking. We do ask that works are non-perishable. We cannot accept real food, or other perishable items. Let’s celebrate the BISCUIT and have fun with this, create something extraordinary! The Biscuit art will be on display in downtown Knoxville during the 2018 International Biscuit Festival.

The Festival draws over 20,000+ to Knoxville and has received International coverage in the press. The accepted works of Art will be installed in various locations (ie: a Coffee Shop) and other participating businesses in the Heart of Downtown Knoxville. Printed materials will direct visitors during the Festival to these locations. Fee is $35 for up to 3 entries.  Your submission form on OJS is your contract and needs to be filled out completely.  No substitutions may be made once work is juried into the show.

•    This exhibit is open to all artists 18 or older. Works may be created in all 2D & 3D medias. All work must be completed within the past 2 years.  Work are to be original; Giclees or reproductions are NOT accepted.  Printmaking works and other hand-pulled print work are accepted, such as monotypes.  2-D works must be ready to hang either with wire or straphangers and must not exceed 48” in any direction and weigh less than 75 lbs. Please do use saw-tooth hangers.  3-D works must not exceed 75 lbs and must be able to be displayed on a shelf or pedestal.
•    Shipped works must include return pre-paid shipping by the artist.
•    Artists may submit up to 3 works for a fee of $35 through  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.

All work must be for sale. If works are sold, the Biscuit Festival will retain a 30% commission and payment to the artists will be made at the conclusion of the exhibition.  All items sold that must remain as part of the exhibition until its conclusion.

Utmost care is taken handling art by the International Biscuit Festival employees.  However, neither the IBF nor their agents will be held liable for work that is shipped damaged or is lost.  Shipping insurance is the responsibility of the artist.  While at the IBF, the art is insured.

All 2D work must be framed or have finished edges (ie: gallery wrapped) and ready to hang by gallery standards. 3D works must be able to hang or be mounted to a wall. Free-standing or works on pedestals cannot be accepted.

All entries are submitted through  Digital images of work submitted are to be included in the entry process.




REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS:  Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from  To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list.

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same.

1.      Go to and log in using your email address and password.

2.      Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile."  You are now in Your account!

3.      Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.

4.      As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show."  Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter."  The letter will then be displayed below.

5.      If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.

6.      While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.


NOTE:  Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety.  Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.



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