40UNDER40 2019

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Open to Virginia artists age 40 and under. We are looking for contemporary works in all media for this exhibit. This juried exhibition aims to showcase younger artists who are pushing boundaries with subject, materials and methods, or presentation.



 Important Dates:

 Deadline for Entries: January 18

Jury Results: January 22

 Show Dates: March 1-30, 2019

 We will hang the exhibit February 27, so all work should be at the gallery no later than February 26.

 Opening Reception is March 2 from 5-7pm. We will serve wine and refreshments. The event is open to the public.

 If you are dropping your work off in person:

 We are open Tuesday-Friday 10-4 with limited Saturday hours as well. We understand that is often hard to manage so we are happy to make arrangements with you for evening or weekend hours. The same arrangement goes for pick up as well.

 If you are shipping your work:


                The mailing address for the gallery is:

                                 126 S. Wayne Avenue Waynesboro, VA 22980


Please allow plenty of time for the work to arrive in time to be placed and hung.

 Please include a pre-paid return shipping label with your work. We will re-pack it and return it in the same packing materials in which it was sent. Works that sell will go home with their buyers, of course. As an alternative you may include a check or money order and a printed or handwritten address label to cover return shipping (in this case, if the work is sold we will mail back the order or check to you).

 It is suggested that you insure your package, especially if your work is delicate or includes glass.

 If you are sending sculpture and are unaccustomed to mailing bulky and unusual items, you may want to think about having UPS pack your item for you. They generally do a good job and their insurance will cover damage if they pack it.

 Works will be shipped back to artists the first week of April 2019. We will send an email when they go out.

 Preparing your work for hanging:

 We use a monofilament system to hang works in the gallery (this is a fancy word for fishing line).

 If your work is FRAMED:

 Please make sure you have screw eyes or d-rings on the back. Alligator clips are not our favorite, as the work is difficult to make straight. Wire is not needed.

 Hanging hardware should be near the top of the frame, or the work will tilt outward making viewing more difficult.

 We will work with glass, plexiglas, or no glazing.

 If your work is 3D standing work:

 We have a variety of sculpture stands here and will do our best to present your work well. Please make sure your work can stand on its own without too much trouble.

 Feel free to email or call Piper (540-466-0850) if you have any specific questions or concerns that haven’t been addressed.

More opportunities: 

Solo (or group) Exhibition in the Invitational Gallery at SVAC: 

We are accepting proposals from artists for the 2018 and 2019 calendars. We need the following documents in a .zip file sent to svacexhibit@gmail.com, Attention Pam: 

10 images, an artist statement, a resume, and a show proposal.  Please limit the show proposal to one page describing the work you would like to exhibit and the inspiration for/intended message. The 10 images do not need to be work you intend on displaying in the proposed exhibit, they are simply samples exhibiting your skill level and style presentation. 

Waynesboro Public Library:

For 2D artists: one great curved wall with a hanging system installed. Will hold about 10 16 x 20 works. Two locking glass display cabinets with glass shelves suitable for small works.

For 3D artists: Two locking glass display cases with adjustable shelves.

When: Currently looking for 2D and 3D artists for shows beginning now.

Contact: Mary Ann Hayden @ Waynesboro Public Library 540-942-6746

Augusta County Library:

Lots of great wall space- up high over shelves and in the entrance foyer. This space holds a TON of art- 20 or 30 works. They are up high so bright pieces that can be viewed from far away are best. They also have also have two locking display cases that have been used in the past to display pottery as well as installation pieces. We are very flexible in terms of display space and would like to find artists with larger pieces. We encourage artist of all mediums both 2-d and 3-d to contact us.

Contact: Benjamin Thomas at Augusta County Library, , 540-885-3961 or 540-949-6354 

Staunton Public Library:

The works and collections of local artists can be seen by 15,000 visitors a month. We can show both framed work and 3-dimentional pieces.

Our Art Wall is 16 feet wide and uses a Walker display system for hanging work. We also have 2 locking glass front display cabinets 6 feet tall, 19 inches deep and 36 wide with adjustable glass shelves.

Please visit www.ci.staunton.va.us/departments/library/services for details and application, or call 540.332.3902.

Summit Square:

This is Waynesboro’s premiere retirement facility and has two huge walls for art. They use the same hanging system in place at SVAC (picture rail and monofiliament). The two walls can hold 50-60 works and groups or pairs are welcome.

When: 8 week exhibits. Currently scheduling for 2017!!

Contact: Piper Groves at SVAC 540-466-0850

Gift Shop Gallery at SVAC:

This is the docent room at SVAC. We feature a member artist each month in the space- a no pressure one-person exhibit! You hang the work and make the price tags!

When: Monthly exhibits. Now scheduling for 2017.

Contact: Piper at SVAC 540-949-7662


 Pottery and Printmaking Studio

The Educational Studio at SVAC is currently accepting applications for working artists to use. $60 a quarter gets you access to top of the line clay and printmaking equipment and a huge space to work in! Check out the Educational Studio Tab at the top of the page for more details.

Contact SVAC for details