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WIDE OPEN 11 - National Juried Art Show

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We are excited to announce our 11th annual national juried art show, Wide Open 11 opening May 9th, 2020. This year we are delighted and privileged to have one of New York’s very knowledgeable curators, Paulina Pobocha, of MoMA returning to BWAC as a juror. With her selections and guidance, we look forward to another spectacular show. This call for entries is open to all residents of the U.S. and its Territories 18 years of age or older. This is a juried exhibition for artists working in all traditional and non‐traditional 2D and 3D media, *including film/video only when part of an Installation. Works may be submitted in one or multiple media. All artwork must be original in concept, design, and execution. Limited edition prints/photographs are accepted. Artwork that does not meet the criteria, although juried, may be rejected. Note: Kit work or reproductions of original works in other media (such as giclee prints of oil paintings), unless used as part of mixed media work, will not be considered.

What Makes this event different?

Ours is a truly unique and generous space, a beautiful stone Civil War‐era warehouse that overlooks New York Harbor from the piers of Red Hook, in Brooklyn NY. We welcome the opportunity to exhibit unusually large work and look forward to exhibiting art from all around the country. We want to see work in all sizes, and subjects, and media. Virtually every medium is accepted including Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Photography, Sculpture, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Assemblage, Installation*, and Textile. The broad theme of Wide Open 11 encompasses all the possibilities of knowledge and freedom and love ‐ wide open spaces…arms wide open…eyes wide open ‐ but as with all things, there is the inevitable opposite ‐ wide open to attack…corruption…failure. What kind of fantasy is this? What does it really indicate? This juried exhibit looks to explore the idea of “wide open” in all the hidden niches of our collective psyche. Judging: All jurying to enter this competition will be online. The juror’s results will be emailed by Monday, March 16, 2020. Confirmation from the entrant is required by March 27th, 2020. Submissions Fees: All entry fees are non‐refundable. All entries must be registered/received by midnight, March 2, 2020. Early Bird: (through midnight, February 4, 2020): $45 for up to three (3) images plus $6.00 for each additional. Submissions February 5 through midnight March 2, 2020: $65 for up to three (3) images plus $6.00 for each additional. Sculpture and Installations: artists may use two (2) additional images for details, at no extra charge. If needed, contact

Copyright Policy

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist, and attribution will be honored in BWAC materials.

Image Usage Rights

Any image submitted may be used for marketing and promotional purposes directly related to this show. This use may include publication in any publications, printed materials, advertisements, or electronic media.

$2100 total in Cash Awards. Selections will be made by our juror, Paulina Pobocha.


1. Maximum assigned space: 14’ w X 8’ h X 8’ d; Ceilings are 10.5 ft high; packages must fit through a 72” X 55” wide door. 2. At the discretion of BWAC, all work must be suitably framed to a professional standard. No clip frames, saw‐tooth hangers or taped edges. Heavy work must provide French Cleats. Work must be wired and ready for hanging. All framed conventional work must use Plexiglas, except hand‐delivered work less than 24” x 30”. Canvases may have neat gallery wrapped edges. 3. Special installations must be installed by artist or agent or, if agreed to beforehand by BWAC, may be subject to additional charges. Any that BWAC may agree to work on will be invoiced at $90/per hour minimum. 4. Sculptors may provide their own pedestals, or must agree to use those provided by BWAC. 5. A label must be affixed to the back of the work that indicates which end is the top and includes the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Dimensions, and Price. This information must correspond with the Accepted image as listed on Acceptance letter. No artwork may be substituted. 6. All artwork must be priced for sale. Any work marked POR (Price on Request) or NFS (Not For Sale) will not be eligible for entry into the exhibition. Buyers may take purchased pieces with them after 4 PM Saturday May 9th and between 1- 6 PM on all other days of the show.   7. Oversize Work (exceeding 72 X72), Overweight work (exceeding 30lbs), Assemblages and Installations are welcome at the discretion of BWAC staff, and must meet all other specifications and be delivered, installed and removed by the artist or their agent upon prior arrangement with BWAC.


1. Hand Deliveries: Work can be hand delivered to BWAC at 481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7A (canal side), Brooklyn and unpacked by artist or artist’s agent on Friday April 24, Saturday April 25, Sunday, April 26, 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. BWAC staff installs the work.

2. Shipped Work: UPS is our preferred carrier. NO USPS PARCEL POST WILL BE ACCEPTED. All Truck Deliveries must be delivered INSIDE THE DOORWAY. BWAC WILL NOT ACCEPT CURBSIDE CRATES. All truck deliveries must be ordered to arrive at BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt Street, Door 7A, Brooklyn, NY  11231 from Tuesday, April 21 through Friday, April 24th. The handling fee for shipped works is $45 per package for the first 30 lbs. plus $1 per pound additional.  

The artist assumes all responsibility for insuring artwork against shipping damage or loss.

3. Late Arrival and Returns: BWAC reserves the right to reject and return work that is late, is deemed unstable upon arrival, is not properly presented, or differs from the submitted digital image. Returns will be solely at the artist’s expense.

Sales and Commission:  

BWAC will retain a 30% commission on all exhibition sales. The price represented on the artist entry form will be the sale price. No changes will be allowed. Sold works will remain until the end of the exhibition unless the Buyer is present to remove the work during the course of the show (any time after 4PM on Opening Day). Artists will be notified of sales; if Buyer cannot remove the purchase, arrangements for shipping of works to Buyer will be the sole responsibility of the artist. 


Hand‐delivered artwork may be removed by the artist or artist’s agent on Saturday, June 27, or Sunday, June 28, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.  Shipped work will be return-shipped within 2 weeks of closing.  Any work not removed during this specified time is subject to a storage charge of $50/per week or part thereof, and will be disposed of at BWAC’s discretion if not removed within six months. 


BWAC will notify artists of any damage or breakage noticed when unpacking. BWAC is not responsible for any damage, breakage, replacement or cost associated with any damage or breakage occurring during transport. Every precaution is taken in handling entries, but BWAC assumes no liability for any loss or damage to any artist’s work while in our care, custody or control, before, during or after the exhibition. Artists should provide their own insurance. 

Entry Agreement:  Artist agrees to all the terms and conditions set forth in the Prospectus.

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