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Hillsborough Gallery of Arts

Hillsborough Gallery of Arts presents
A Juried Fine Art Exhibit
January 4 - 24, 2016
at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC  27278

CALL FOR ENTRIES:  Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, an artist-owned fine art and fine craft gallery in Hillsborough, North Carolina, will celebrate the start of the new year by hosting a juried fine art exhibit from January 4 to 24, 2016.  All North Carolina two-dimensional and three-dimensional fine artists are encouraged to apply. Guest juror for the awards will be Peter Nisbet, Chief Curator and Interim Director of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC.  Work will be displayed at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts with an opening reception on Friday, January 8, 2016, 6 - 9 pm.

Call For Artists: September 15, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Entry Deadline: OCTOBER 26, 2015
Artwork must be submitted online via the digital entry program Online Juried  Instructions for submission can be found on that website.  Accepted pieces must be hand-delivered to the gallery on January 2nd or 3rd.

Guest Juror for Awards: Peter Nisbet
Show Chair: Alice Levinson

Call For Artists ....................................................September 15 - October 26, 2015
Entry deadline ....................................................Monday, October 26, 2015, 6 pm
Notification of acceptance mailed or emailed ......Week of December 1st
Hand-delivery of accepted pieces .......................Saturday, Jan. 2, 11 - 6 pm and Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 - 4 pm
Opening Reception .............................................Friday, January 8, 2016, 6 - 9 pm
Dates of the exhibit ............................................January 4 to 24, 2016
Pick up of art not sold .........................................Sunday, January 24, 2016, 4 - 5 pm &  Monday, January 25,10 - 6 pm

Best in Show                          
Distinction in 2D        
Distinction in 3D
People's Choice Award

Dr. Peter Nisbet is the Chief Curator and Interim Director of the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, NC. He has extensive national and international experience in collection development and exhibitions. Formerly he held the position of Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museum where he was responsible for a collection of 39,000 works of art and played a leading role in the reconceptualization and revitalization of the museum. Nisbet holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University and a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University.


METHOD OF SELECTION:  Artwork will be accepted for the exhibit on the basis of digital images. Quality and clarity of images affect jurying outcome. High quality images facilitate jurying. Poor quality images can diminish the appearance of good artwork.  Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) reserves the right to refuse any art not conforming to the digital image submitted. Artists may enter up to two works, one view of each two-dimensional work, up to two views of each three-dimensional work.

ELIGIBILITY:  Original works in all fine art media completed within the last three years are eligible. No mass-produced prints or reproductions will be accepted. Hand-pulled prints, original digital prints and photographs are acceptable. Photographers should enter the first edition of a print run. All artwork must be the exhibitor’s original idea and be created independently by the exhibitor, not done under the supervision of an instructor. Artists must be at least 18 years old and live in North Carolina. All accepted artwork must be hand delivered to HGA on the dates specified above.

ENTERING IMAGES:  Artists will enter their images online at  Help in photographing the work can be found at

  1. For best results the longest side of an image should be 1920 pixels.  Resolution should be 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format.
  2. For 2-D work, enter both the dimensions of artwork AND the dimensions of artwork with FRAME.
  3. However, the image should only be of the artwork.
  4. List ALL materials and techniques used in producing the artwork. (not just generic acrylic, mixed media, etc.) 
  5. We suggest a neutral background in photographing 3-D artwork.
  6. If artists need help entering their images they should email or call 949-287-8645. The specific work accepted for entry is to be available for the exhibit. No work may be substituted or exchanged for any reason.

2-D SIZE LIMITATIONS AND PRESENTATION:  Two-dimensional pieces may not exceed 36 inches in width INCLUDING FRAME and must weigh less than 50 pounds. All two-dimensional pieces must be framed in a professional manner with wire attachment and be ready to hang. No ‘alligator’ type hangers. Canvases must be suitably framed or gallery wrapped with no visible staples or unpainted sides. Canvases with wet paint will not be accepted.

3-D SIZE LIMITATIONS AND PRESENTATION: Each three-dimensional work must fit on a 12” x 12” pedestal and weigh less than 50 pounds. Free-standing 3-D work cannot be over six feet high or wider than 24 inches nor weigh more than 50 pounds.

SALES:  All artwork will be for sale.  Artists will receive 60% of the sales price, and HGA will retain a 40% commission. Artists will be notified of sales within 72 hours of a completed sale. Checks will be mailed out on February 8th, 2015.

ENTRY FEES: Each artist may submit up to two entries for a single fee of $35.  Entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.

INSURANCE:  HGA will take every reasonable precaution to prevent loss or damage to artists’ work, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage. Artists are responsible for insurance of their work during the show.

REPRODUCTION OF IMAGES:  Entry of images for the Exhibition constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.  The artist grants HGA permission to photograph any work accepted for the Exhibit for archival purposes or publicity; or for publications, slideshows, film, or television programs which are produced or sponsored by or with the permission of HGA; or to photograph artists’ work for the HGA website,

Owned and operated by local artists, Hillsborough Gallery of Arts (HGA) represents established artists exhibiting modern and contemporary fine art and fine craft. The emphasis is on cooperation, mutual encouragement, and giving the arts a more visible presence in the town of Hillsborough. Artworks include oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber art, jewelry, glass, metal, mosaics, encaustics, enamels, and wood. Opportunities arise for new members when a current member leaves the gallery. Interested artists can fill out a waiting list form available on the website to be notified when there is an opening.

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