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Valdosta National 2018
By Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery

U.S. National Deadline: November 6, 2017 – The Valdosta National presents the best in contemporary art in an annual national all-media competition. Hosted by the Valdosta State University Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery in Valdosta, Georgia, 2018 will be the 30th year of the annual juried exhibition.

Open to all artists over 18 living in the United States. All artwork must have been completed in the last 5 years (no earlier than 2012,) original (no Giclees or reproductions,) and not previously shown in the VSU Fine Arts Gallery. Valdosta State University faculty and staff are ineligible to apply to the Valdosta National 2018.

Images submitted must accurately represent actual artwork or the artwork will not be exhibited. Art will be insured while in the gallery (deductible may apply, and art is not insured during transit.) Artwork may be for sale with no gallery sales commission. Artists are responsible for shipping costs to and from the exhibition.

JUDGE & JUROR: Linda Hall
Linda Hall is a multimedia artist that is inspired by the natural world and the human condition. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an occasional adjunct professor at Florida State University. Her watercolor paintings and three-dimensional soft sculpture works have been exhibited in group and solo shows in regional and national and international publications and venues. Her work has been featured on various music CD covers, in an issue of New American Paintings and in online publications of Oxford American and Beautiful Decay. She lives in Tallahassee Florida and has a studio in the historic area of town called Smokey Hollow.

At least $1,500.00 will be awarded.

The fee to enter is $35.00 for one, two or three artworks.

All accepted work must be professionally presented; 2-D work should be framed with plexi-glass, and with a hanging wire. No sawtooth hangers or glass allowed. Paintings may be gallery wrapped (with 1.5 inch edges) without additional framing. Artwork that is complicated or difficult to install (such as an installation) must be installed by artist. There is not a size limitation


  • Deadline for entry: November 6, 2017, 11:59 PM Mountain Time Zone
  • Notifications e-mailed: By December 11, 2017
  • Deadline for receipt of accepted work (hand-delivered or shipped): Friday, January 5, 3PM. Note: work may be shipped and received by VSU Department of Art any time before this deadline. If you need to hand deliver work on a different day before January 5, please call the Art Office at (229) 333-5835 to make arrangements, and to ensure that someone will be in the office to receive your work.
  • Opening Reception: January 16, 6PM-7:30PM
  • Exhibition closes: Friday, February 2, 3PM
  • Pick up of hand-delivered work: Monday, February 5, 8:30AM-5:30PM. Please call VSU Art Office at 229. 333.5835 to make other arrangements if you cannot pick up on this date.
  • Return of shipped work: Sent by February 12, 2018

Questions? Contact Gallery Director Professor Julie Bowland: (229) 333-5835.

The VSU Fine Arts Gallery is committed to providing a teaching and learning environment serving a diverse student body and local audience. The Gallery fills a unique niche in the region as a venue for exhibitions showcasing student artwork as well as art from outside the region. Diverse exhibitions serve both the state and regional community by providing cultural enrichment and expanded educational opportunities to everyone.

As a comprehensive institution of the University System of Georgia, with approximately 11,500 students, Valdosta State University (VSU) is a welcoming, aware, and vibrant community founded on and dedicated to serving our communities’ rich and diverse heritages. Through excellence in teaching, basic and applied research, and service, VSU provides rigorous programs and opportunities that enrich our students, our university, and our region.

Valdosta State University
Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery
Department of Art
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698

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