Calling for Virginia Women Artists!

Shenandoah Valley Art Center’s annual Winter Contemporary Juried Exhibit for 2018 is seeking submissions of contemporary works from women artists who live in Virginia. We are accepting 2D and 3D works that push the boundaries of tradition in materials, methods, themes, or subjects. All artists must reside primarily in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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This juried exhibition will be curated by Shenandoah Valley Art Center and guest juror Joan Huiner Ranzini. Artist Joan Huiner Ranzini is an abstract painter who frequently exhibits her work in juried shows. Her work has evolved in recent years from the more formal aspects of realism which remain evident in her collages and large scale painting. She has a strong background in drawing which informs her sense of aesthetics as well as providing a sound judgment of work that deserves attention, regardless of medium or subject.

Joan is fascinated by how proximity and context change the conversation between and the interpretation of art, and believes that curation is an exciting art form of its own. You can take a peek at what Joan's been up to in the studio recently, by visiting her website at In August-September 2019 Joan will exhibit her work with three other women abstract artists (Sally Bowring, Janly Jaggard and Sae A Lee) in “Discovery: Four Women's Work” at the Staunton Augusta Art Center.

Important Dates:

Deadline for Entries: October 12

Jury Results: October 24

Show Dates: December 1-January 19

We will hang the exhibit November 28, so all work should be at the gallery no later than November 27.

Opening Reception is December 8 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 week of January 22-25 2018. 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.

Here's the link to apply! 


Open Studio Tour 2018

Two opportunities to participate: 

1. Open your studio!

Artists in the greater Waynesboro area are invited to open their studios up to visitors for the weekend. You can apply for that here:

2. Set up in 416 W. Main Street (new this year!) 

We are seeking artists for a pop-up art market featuring on-site demonstrations for September 15 and 16, 2018.

Our 4th Annual Open Studio Tour will be happening, and we are looking for a handful of artists to be on-site in our 416 Gallery doing demonstrations for visitors. You are also encouraged to bring works for display and sale during the event. Artists are responsible for handling all their own sales for the weekend.

Hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-4. You are required to be on site for the duration of the event (exceptions made for lunches, etc).

Deadline for sign up is September 1, your $40 fee will reserve your space. Please email to sign up.





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, 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 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