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Sumi-e Society of America, Inc.
55th Annual Juried Exhibition

The Sarasota Chapter and the National Board of Directors of the Sumi-e Society of America, Inc. invite you to enter the 55th Annual Juried Exhibition at the ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton, Florida. The purpose of the exhibition is to publicly show the best current East Asian brush painting and calligraphy and to further the Society’s mission. A combination of cash and other awards, approximating $4500.00 in value, will be awarded.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to all artists.

  1. Brush painting or calligraphy must be in Asian ink, or Asian ink and watercolor on rice* paper or silk.
    *Generic term for those papers traditionally used for East Asian brush painting, but not limited to those containing rice fiber.
  2. Nontraditional paintings must be executed with water-soluble Asian ink with or without watercolor on rice paper, gold and silver papers, shikishi boards or silk. The predominant element must be ink and direct brushwork on the base; however, techniques such as monoprinting, suminagashi, spraying, or non-relief collage may be incorporated. If you used one of these techniques, note it on the entry form next to “Painting - Title”.
  3. Paintings and calligraphy must be the original creation and composition of the artist submitting it. Copying a painting by another artist or teacher, with a few details changed, is not considered an original work. No touch-ups, changes, or additions by another artist or teacher are allowed.
  4. Paintings and calligraphy must be painted within the last two years and not previously exhibited in a Sumi-e Society annual exhibition. Previous entry elsewhere is permitted.
  5. Entries will be accepted only from the artist, not by or through agents.
  6. Minimum IMAGE size excluding mat: 90 square inches (e.g.- 9” x 10”)
  7. Maximum FRAMED size: 42 inches in either direction.
  8. Artwork with calligraphy other than signature or date must be accompanied by a typed English translation of the calligraphy in the DESCRIPTION box when uploading your entry.

July 23, Monday..............................................DEADLINE for entering
September 3, Monday.....................................Notification of Acceptance to be emailed
October 24 - 27, Wednesday - Saturday.........Shipped artworks due in Bradenton
October 27, Saturday 10 am- 4 pm.................Hand deliveries accepted at ArtCenter Manatee
November 2, Friday 4:00 - 6:00 pm................Opening Reception
November 2, Friday 6:00 - 9:00 pm................Awards Ceremony Banquet and
Remarks about exhibition by Professor Gan
November 3-4, Saturday - Sunday.................Workshop with ProfessorYifei Gan - 9:00 - 4:00
November 5-6, Monday - Tuesday................Workshop with ProfessorYifei Gan - 9:00 - 4:00
November 30 - Friday.....................................Exhibition closes
December 1, Saturday.....................................Pick up artwork 10 - 11 am
December 1, Saturday.....................................Shipped art work packed for return


Professor Yifei Gan has been teaching studio art for nearly 25 years at Howard Community College in Maryland. He earned his BFA& MFA from Southwest China Normal University in 1983 and 1986 and pursued doctoral studies and
earned his MS in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992.

Professor Gan is an internationally recognized artist and curator whose drawings, paintings, digital media and traditional Chinese brush paintings have been exhibited in solo and invitational exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and China. During his tenure at HCC, Yifei has had the opportunity to be a visiting professor at several major Chinese institutions including the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) and Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, among others. Yifei has also been an artist-in-residence at the College of Saint Benedict, MN.

In addition to creating his own work and teaching, Yifei is also a published writer who co-authored the book Conceptual Design with Professor Tan Ping (Central Academy of Fine Arts) and Professor Zhang Yonghe (MIT) and is a regular contributor to a number of art magazines. Professor Gan was honored by the Howard County Arts Council as the Outstanding Artist for the year 2016. He is responsible for creating courses in Asian Brush painting at the College. There is always a waiting list to enroll in his classes.

ENTRY FEES:  You can enter up to 4 entries, 2 of which are paintings and the other 2 are calligraphy. (3 paintings and 1 calligraphy or vice versa is not accepted)

Member of SSA: Both Paintings OR Both Calligraphy, $40. (2 entries total) 
Non Member: Both Paintings OR Both Calligraphy, $85. (2 entries total)

Member of SSA: 1 or 2 Paintings AND 1 or 2 Calligraphy, $60. (4 entries total)
Non Member: 1 or 2 Paintings AND 1 or 2 Calligraphy, $105. (4 entries total)

Fees cover all entries, up to two(2) per category, four (4) per entrant. Pay through (The Non-Member price includes SSA dues of $40 for 2018)

EXHIBITION GALLERY FEE: The ArtCenter Manatee charges $20 for each box of artwork to cover receiving, hanging, storing the box and preparing artwork for return shipping. The Society will have Online Juried Shows collect the fees when the artwork is accepted and SSA will pay the gallery.

JURYING: Digital images will be juried for inclusion in the exhibition, using accepted standards of East Asian brush painting. Calligraphy entries will be considered for their artistic merit and not necessarily as a form of communication. This does not exclude classic calligraphy. Artists, whose works are accepted, will ship the original work for the judging of awards and inclusion in the exhibition. The Sumi-e Society reserves the right to refuse any artwork that it deems improperly presented, unsafe, damaged, or not the same as represented in the digital image submitted for judging. No withdrawals, substitutions or price changes (except to NFS) will be accepted after a work is juried into the exhibition.

ACCEPTANCE & NOTIFICATION: All digital entries must be submitted online not later than: MONDAY, July 23, 2018. Online Juried Shows will send an email to each entrant, not later than Monday September 3, 2018 advising that notification letters are posted on the website. Artists who fail to provide work accepted into the show will not be permitted to enter the national show the following year.

PUBLICATION: Artists give the Sumi-e Society the rights to use the images of all submitted works in the print and digital publications of the Society.


  1. SUBMIT to the Society exhibition by finding the Sumi-e Society of America logo on the website at and click on the “I want to enter this show”. Fill out the entry form completely.
  2. Works must be WET MOUNTED, SIGNED AND SEALED before photographing. Show only the image, no frame or mat. The digital image should accurately portray the original art. Be sure your images are rotated with the correct side up.
  3. IMAGE SIZE must be listed to the nearest inch.
  4. DIGITAL IMAGE SIZE must be at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi, but smaller than 4MB. Images must be in JPEG format, RGB color space. If you need help photographing your work or sizing your images click on
  5. EMAIL - Please add and to your email contact list to ensure notifications are received.

FRAMING SPECIFICATIONS: Metal sectional frames in silver, gold, pewter, gray or black are highly recommended for durability and ease of hanging. All paintings must be wet mounted, framed and under acrylic or Plexiglas, ready to hang. Do not use glass. Framing used must be strong enough to withstand all necessary handling.

!!Hanging scrolls will not be accepted.!!

MATS: Outer mats must be a LIGHT, NEUTRAL COLOR. Mats that are too dark will be excluded or included in the show at the discretion of the National and Chapter Chairs.

DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORKS: Shipped works must arrive in Bradenton between October 24 - 27. Works must be shipped prepaid with prepaid arrangements for return shipping provided in reusable packing cases such as Airfloat, Strongbox. Complete shipping instructions will be included with your notification letter.

LOCAL DELIVERY: Hand delivered works will be accepted at the ArtCenter Manatee on Saturday, October 27, between 10 am - 4 pm.

SALES: All works on exhibit will be offered for sale, unless marked NFS. No painting may be removed during the exhibition period.
A COMMISSION of 35% will be collected by the ArtCenter Manatee and a
DONATION of 5% should be made to Sumi-e Society of America, Inc for sold works.

CATALOG: The Exhibition Catalog of Award winners and the DVD showing all the exhibited images will be sent to all Society members. Additional copies will be available from the Sumi-e Society for $8.00 in the US, $10.00 to Canada and Mexico, and $15.00 outside North America by airmail.

LIABILITY: Every care will be taken by the Society, the ArtCenter Manatee, their members or agents. However, no liability is assumed for loss or damage from whatever cause. It is the responsibility of the artists to insure their artwork.

RETURN OF WORKS: Shipped works will be returned to the artists at the end of the exhibition beginning December 1, 2018. Hand delivered work will be picked up Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Complete return shipping instructions will be included with your notification card.

WORKSHOPS: There will be two two-day workshops with Professor Yifei Gan on November 3 & 4, Saturday and Sunday and November 5 & 6, Monday and Tuesday after the opening. Both workshops will cover the same subjects. They will be limited to 25 students in each. More information will be emailed to SSA members who will have first priority in registering. Information will also be posted on the Society website

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions about the exhibition, please contact:

Carol Wiggins
National Chair
1067 Regal Drive
Mobile, AL 36609

Linda Beaudoin
Sarasota Chapter Chair
1604 W Neponsil Drive
Venice FL 34293-1144



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