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International Biscuit Festival
2017 International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition

International Biscuit Festival Art Exhibition
Juried Art Exhibit - May 5 – 31, 2017.
Entry Deadline April 2, midnight
$1,000 in prizes


Call to Artists: Entries are accepted at
Entries due: April 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST
Notification emailed/mailed: April 12, 2017
Delivery of Shipped work: Week of April 17, 2017
Hand Delivered work: April 27 & 28, 2017
Opening/Reception: May 5, 2017
Show Closes: May 31, 2017
Pick up Hand Delivered work: June 1-2 & 5, 2017
Artwork Return Shipped: week of June 5, 2017
Fee: $35 – up to 3 entries
Prizes: Best of Show $500 and (2) Merit Awards $250 each

JUROR:  Adam Alfrey, Curator of Exhibitions/Operations, East Tennessee History Center, Knox County Public Library

ABOUT THE JUROR: Adam H. Alfrey serves as the senior curator and operations manager for the East Tennessee History Center. An art history graduate from the University of Tennessee, Alfrey is active in the state's museum and cultural community serving on the boards of directors of the Tennessee Association of Museums, Marble Springs State Historic Site, Historic Ramsey House, and the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. He is also the author of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Postcard History.

JUROR:  Sarah Shebaro, Founder/artist  Striped Light Letterpress Studio

ABOUT THE JUROR: Sarah is an artist, instructor, printer and technician that is happy to call Knoxville her home for a second time. Born and raised in the Midwest, Shebaro received her BFA from the University of Iowa before relocated to Chicago then Pennsylvania for a non-degree assistantship position at Bucknell University. In 2008 she completed her MFA study in printmaking at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Heading north in 2009 to Brooklyn, she accepted an assistant professor and technician position in the Printmaking department at the Pratt Institute. In her four years at Pratt she rehabilitated the print studios, paying extra special attention to the letterpress facilities. Through help from the printmaking and letterpress community as well as the department's students and instructors, Sarah was able to collect donations of type, presses and equipment necessary to revive the letterpress studio, complete with a fully-functioning type collection. In late December of 2014 Sarah returned to Knoxville to join the team of Striped Light. Her work can be found at

Recently Sarah was featured on a BBC piece about her love for type and print at a nifty place called Letterpress Things.

EXHIBIT:  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.

ELIGIBILITY:  This exhibit is open to all artists 18 or older.  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 may be created in all 2D & 3D medias. All work must be completed within the past 2 years.  Work are to be original; NO copies, giclees or reproductions are accepted.  Hand-pulled prints 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.

Shipped works must include return pre-paid shipping by the artist.

FEES:  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.  Payment is made through the website.  This is a secured website.  This is a new process for entries for this show.  Help is available both by OJS and the IBF staff. You can contact OJS at 949-287-8645 or by emailing Also, help can be found on the Help Page.

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:

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SALES:  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.

LIABILITY:  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.

FRAMING & PRESENTATION:  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.