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International Society of Scratchboard Artists
7th Annual International Exhibition 2018

7th Annual International Exhibition
of Scratchboard Art - 2018

Middletown Arts Center
130 N. Verity Parkway
Middletown, Ohio  45042


Entry deadline: February 4th, 2018 (11:59pm PT)


•    Show Reception Friday May 4th, 2018, 6 to 8 PM
•    Demonstrations/Presentations May 5-6th
•    Optional Cincinnati Zoo Visit May 7th
•    Exhibition Dates: May 4th – May 31st, 2018

Please note: All persons wishing to participate in the 2018 exhibition must be current on ISSA membership dues (active or above) by February 1, 2018.  Any artist not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the show.

Submit Entries Online at:

Exhibition Director Contact Information:
Rich Schafermeyer -

The 7th annual International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) exhibition is an international art competition dedicated to presenting scratchboard art as a fine art medium.  This competition allows Active, Signature and Master members of ISSA the opportunity to exhibit their work and compete with other artists working in the same medium, as well as having their work seen by the public in a high quality venue.  At least $4500 in cash prizes will be awarded!

Definition of Scratchboard Art: Scratchboard Art is a two-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white). The majority of the values within the artwork should be achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been scratched away or left. Reapplying transparent mediums over the initial scratching is permissible, but the integrity of the underlying scratching should remain visible. Works may be color or black and white.

NOTE: If you are unsure if your work will qualify by this definition please e-mail an image to the above e-mail before submitting your entry and the ISSA board of directors shall make a ruling on its eligibility (this ruling will not guarantee inclusion in the show, only whether we feel it meets or does not meet the definition of Scratchboard Art as set out by ISSA).

Persons not following the rules laid out in this prospectus will have their work excluded without further consideration.  Please read it over carefully!

Eligibility: This contest is open to scratchboard artwork only, but may include any subject matter or style.  The exhibition is only open to Active, Signature and Master Members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists in good standing.  All artwork must be original work executed by the submitting artist and works based on outside photographs must have the photographer’s written permission before entering that work.  Works completed in workshops, from a kit or pattern are not eligible.  Submitted works must have been completed in the past 3 years.  Works submitted and accepted to a prior ISSA show are not eligible to be submitted again.  Works not accepted in previous year shows may be resubmitted.
All selected works are expected to be framed in a professional gallery quality manner. No metal frames.  Works that are matted must be behind glass or plexi-glass.  Float frames where the artwork is extending beyond the depth of the frame may be excluded.  Take pride in your work and set it off with high quality framing!  Poor quality framing will result in your work being excluded from the show.

Works must be equipped with hanging wire.  Works may be behind plexi-glass, glass or framed without cover (without matting in front of the artwork).  Works not covered must have adequate layers of a protective spray to avoid risk of incidental scratches in regular handling of your work.

Sales:  Works that are for sale and are sold while at the exhibition will have a 40% commission taken by the event (30% to the host gallery and 10% to ISSA).  Works will be sold in US Dollars so please price accordingly taking commission and exchange rates (if needed) into consideration. Works may be removed before the conclusion of the exhibition.  All accepted works MUST be sent to the show.  If your work is juried in and not sent it may result in the artists’ exclusion from the next exhibition.  Not for sale works are permitted this year but we strongly encourage all members to offer your work for sale.


Open – This category is open to all Active and Signature members of ISSA. Members must be current on 2018 dues by February 1, 2018. Artists not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the exhibition.

Master – A category for existing ISSA Master Members. ISSA Master Members may submit up to two works to the exhibition without being juried or paying jury fees. They must still submit the entry form with information about the works and image of the completed artwork that they intend to send to the exhibition by the entry deadline. No Work In Progress images are permitted - please only submit completed works. Members must be current on 2018 dues by February 1, 2018.  Artists not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the exhibition.

Approximately 80 total works shall be selected for the exhibition, depending on size of work submitted, including both Open and Master divisions.

Entry Fees for Open Division:  There is a $40 entry fee which allows exhibitors to submit up to three works, but no person shall have more than two works accepted for the exhibition.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.

Awards:  At least $4500 in prizes will be awarded.  Seven cash awards shall be presented in the Open Category and three cash awards in the Master Category.  People's Choice will be awarded at the conclusion of the Exhibition.  Depending on sponsorship additional awards may be given.

Master Member Division pay no fee and will be judged separately from the Open Division (except People's Choice).

Entry Submission Process: Jurying will be completed from digital images only.  Submit only one photograph of each image being entered.  Good image quality is very important to the jury of your work.  Images should be in focus and adjusted to show proper contrast, minimal glare, and accurate colors.  Images must be cropped to show only the artwork; all framing and background should be excluded.  For best results, make sure your image is at least 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side (no more than 4MB).  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 entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.

Jurors:  Three ISSA Master Scratchboard Artists (MSA) will be assigned by the ISSA Board of Directors to jury the exhibition and assign awards to the open division.  Up to three outside jurors will judge the Master division.

Jury Notification: Results from the jury shall be delivered by e-mail no later than February 19th, 2018.  If you have not received an email by that date, please contact the Exhibition Director at  

Selected works will be due between April 4th and April 25, 2018.  Additional shipping details will be sent to those with works selected for the exhibit.

Opening Reception Event: There will be an opening reception at the gallery on May 4th from 6 to 8 PM.  At this time awards will be presented.  All ISSA members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 130 N. Verity Parkway, Middletown, Ohio  45042.

Additional Information:  All accepted work must match the submitted images.  Submitted jpg images may be used for exhibition publicity purposes, including posting on the ISSA web site.  The artist will be credited for images used.

ISSA reserves the right to exclude work that does not match the submitted digital image, arrives damaged or poorly framed.

Reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of artwork while in our care. However, ISSA will not be held liable for any damage or loss during the delivery, exhibition, removal or return shipping of art work.  Works need to be insured by the artist for shipping and the duration of the show.

Shipping cost both to the show and return shipping of any unsold artworks is the responsibility of the artist including all insurance, international fees, and shipping costs.  International shipping can be very expensive, so we recommend you check with your preferred shipping carrier to get a price estimate if you are planning to submit and ship large artworks from outside the United States before you submit the work for jury.  Works will be shipped back within 4 weeks of the close of the show.

ISSA and Middletown Arts Center will not accept nor be held liable for any work damaged in shipment.

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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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