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2019 Strawberries Are Red: An All-Ages Juried Art Exhibition Celebrating the Color Red

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The exhibit is an annual art competition that coincides with the Annual Troy Strawberry Festival in historic downtown Troy, Ohio. In addition to the juror and Festival Chairman awards, visitors to the festival are invited to cast their vote throughout the weekend for the winner of the People's Choice Award.

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By submitting artworks to the Strawberries are Red exhibition the artist grants the Mayflower Arts Center the right to use and publish images of submitted artwork for promotional purposes. Artist retains all other rights to the artwork. The artist's name and title of work will be cited whenever possible.

Strawberries Are Red: Annual Art Exhibition Celebrating the Color Red |  May 29 – June 8, 2019
Artist Reception & Juror Awards: May 29 @ 6-8pm
Entry fee: $10 for up to 3 entries
Proceeds benefit the 2019 Summer Art Camp Scholarship Fund at the Mayflower Arts Center

“Bright redsscarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherryare very cheerful and youthful. There is certainly a red for everyone.” 
~ Christian Dior

Strawberries are Red is a national call for entry—open to all ages—for 2D or 3D artwork containing or about strawberries, or simply containing the color of strawberries. The Strawberries are Red exhibit coincides with the 43rd Annual Troy Strawberry Fest ( The Troy Strawberry Fest is held the first weekend in June and is one of the top-attended festivals in the state of Ohio. The theme for this year’s Troy Strawberry Fest is “A Berry WACO Weekend”.  Artwork submitted for the exhibit does not have to relate to the Troy Strawberry Fest theme.

The Mayflower Arts Center is a family-friendly arts center. Work depicting nudity, profanity, or obscenities cannot be accepted. If you have a question about the acceptability of your art, please contact us before submitting. All artwork must be delivered ready to install. Any work not properly prepared will not be included in the exhibit. All artwork must be original.

Exhibiting artists will be required to deliver artwork to the Mayflower Arts Center by no later than MAY 18 at 6pm EST. Work shipped must include return postage. No packing peanuts please. Any artwork received after 6:00pm EST on MAY 18 may not be included in the exhibit. If you have a question about the acceptability of your art, please contact us by email at before submitting.

For a complete list of submission details and a downloadable CFE Form (PDF), visit

Juror awards will be announced during the Opening Reception on May 29 from 6:00-8:00PM. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place artist winners in both youth (< age 18) and adult (age 18+) categories. Award winners will be based solely on juror’s preference, and not necessarily technical merit or adherence to exhibit theme. In addition to juror awards, the Troy Strawberry Festival Chairman will select the "Chairman's Choice Award" for his most favored work of art. 
People’s Choice Awards will be based on votes received by exhibition visitors during the Troy Strawberry Festival on June 1-2. There are two People’s Choice Awards: favorite youth (< age 18) artwork and favorite adult (age 18+) artwork. The artists with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, and artists receiving the second and third most number of votes will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Troy Strawberry Festival weekend, Sunday, June 2 at 4:00pm.
Located in the historic 1928 Mayflower Theatre—in the heart of vibrant downtown Troy—the Mayflower Arts Center offers a full range of visual and performing arts that create, enlighten and inspire the community. From rotating exhibits in the art gallery, to our creative arts studio, we offer art classes, summer art camps, paint nights, indie/art movies, guest lectures, performances, and concerts, making the Mayflower Arts Center your complete destination for the arts. Our facilities are also available for private rentals, private screenings, parties and events.
The Lobby Gallery presents work from local, regional, and national artists throughout the year. Gallery Hours are Thursday 10:00-3:00pm, Friday - Saturday 10:00-6:00pm. The Lobby Gallery is also open during all public classes, events, and performances.
IMPORTANT DATES (all times reflect EST):
Troy Strawberry Festival: June 1-2, 2019
Strawberries are Red Exhibition Dates:  May 29 – June 8, 2019
Call for Entry SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 18, 2019 (6:00pm EST)*
Opening Reception & Juror Awards: May 29, 2019 @ 6:00-8:00pm
People's Choice Public Voting Period: June 1-2, 2019
People's Choice Award Announcement: June 2 at 4:00pm
Exhibit Closing: June 8, 2019 at 6:00pm
*Gallery Hours for artwork drop-off are Thursday 10-3pm, Friday - Saturday 10-6pm. 


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