Call for artists - Southern Open 2011

LAFAYETTE – The Acadiana Center for the Arts is gearing up for the Fifth Annual Southern Open art competition. The Southern Open is a juried exhibition featuring artists from the five southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Taking place in the Main gallery at the AcA, Southern Open is open to all visual artists over the age of 18. Entries can include all types of media; photography, video/DVD and multimedia installations. Works that are original, completed within the past two years and not previously exhibited at the AcA will qualify for submission. No students please.

All awards will be based on original work. A juror’s pick award of $1,000 and two $600 will be announced at the opening reception on May 14, 2011, 6-8 p.m. Juror’s top pick award will also receive a solo exhibition as part of the AcA’s Side Gallery Series during May 2012.

“It is a pleasure to announce Amy Mackie, the director of visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, as this year’s juror. Mackie was previously a Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York where she organized numerous exhibitions and projects.” Curator of Exhibitions at the AcA, Brian Guidry expresses. Southern Open 2011 Entry Deadlines and Calendar of Events are:

March 25 - Entry Form Postmark Deadline

April 11 - Jury Decision Notification &

Artwork Delivery Information

April 12 - May 2 Artwork Delivery Deadline

May 14 - Artist Reception 4-6 p.m.

May 14 - Public Exhibition Reception 6-8 p.m.

May 14 - July 9 Exhibition Dates

July 12 - Removal of Artwork

Southern Open 2011 prospectus and application forms available online For more information, call Brian Guidry, Curator of Exhibitions, at 337.233.7060 or email

Standard entry fees are $20 for up to five entries, plus $5 for each additional submission, up to 10 entries. Current AcA members may enter up to five free submissions. AcA artists memberships are $25 for one year. Additional submissions, up to 10 total, are $5 each. Southern Open 2011 AcA artist members will receive a complimentary exhibition catalog ($35 value) if accepted into the exhibition. Entry fees are payable by check or money order to the AcA, or paid online through our online ticketing system at

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