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Spring 2020 Juried Exhibition 

Since 1910, OAL's annual juried exhibitions have been the backbone of the organization's artistic programming, showcasing contemporary work by Ohio artists. 

The Spring 2020 exhibition will be hosted by GRIFFIN GALLERY AT CREEKSIDE

at 77 Mill St. Gahanna, Ohio 43230 | 614.385.3600 

Spring Juried Exhibition Juror: 

Mark Chepp, Executive Director, Portsmouth, OH



·   Open to Ohio Art League members only. Not a member yet? Click here to fix that!

·   Entrants must be at least 18 years of age

·   Works submitted may be either 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, or a combination

·   Artists may enter only their original work - NO reproductions of original work

·   Artwork must have been completed in the last four years, and NOT previously exhibited in an OAL-sponsored show

·   Artists may enter up to three (3) pieces

All artwork selected for the exhibition must remain as part of the exhibit for the duration of the show


Juror will award 3 winners: $500 plus, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place

In addition, we will have People’s Choice Award.

Artwork condition and size limitations:

·   Hanging work must be wired and ready to install (saw-tooth hangers and clip frames will not be accepted)

·   Hanging work may not exceed 48’'x 48’' or 60 lbs.

·   Glass or plexiglass must be used over water media, drawings, pastels, prints, photographs and 2-D mixed media artworks

·   OAL and the Gallery Director will have the final decision regarding proper artwork condition, display location of each piece, and appropriateness for a family-friendly space

·   Perishable items, or artworks with hazardous components, will not be accepted

Image Submission:

·   All entries will be judged from digital images submitted on-line

·   Please submit ONE image for each of your entries

·   Accepted file formats for images are JPEG, JPG, and TIFF may be submitted

·   Images should be formatted so the longest side is set at 1920 pixels and the resolution is 72 dpi. Please save images at the highest quality setting to ensure clear viewing of your work

·   File names for all images should match the following: " artist_title of work_01.jpg ", where "artist" is replaced with your first initial / last name and "01" is replaced with the appropriate entry number

Required information for label attached to your work:

·   Artist's name, address, and contact information (phone, e-mail)

·   Title of the artwork (matched to the image number)

·   Dimensions

·   Date of completion

·   All works must be for sale


·   The curators and gallery reserve the right to refuse entry of materials not prepared to these specifications

·   Upon delivery, any accepted artwork deemed unstable, misrepresented, etc. may be disqualified by the gallery director or OAL staff

·   Submission of an entry shall constitute agreement on the part of the artist or artist's representative that said images may be used without restriction by the exhibition’s coordinators for the purpose of promoting and documenting the exhibition (e.g., press releases, posters, internet promotion, grant requests and reports)

·   Insurance – Artwork is exhibited at the risk of the artist. Artists are encouraged to arrange locally for insurance on valuable artworks. While care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, neither the Ohio Art League nor the Denison Art Space including their respective staff or volunteers, assume liability for loss or damage to artwork

·   Sales – All monies from art sales will be dispersed as follows: 30% to Ohio Art League, and 70% to the artist within 45 days after the conclusion of the exhibition. Please price your work accordingly

·   The jury process is a closed and confidential process

Important dates:

·   March 22nd - Deadline for submissions

·   March 25th to April 3rd - Jurying process

·   April 5th - Acceptance notices sent

·   April 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th - Artwork drop-off at Griffin Gallery, Hours: | Mon - Fri: 9am to 4pm

·   April 17th to May 18th - Exhibition dates

·   April 17th - Opening reception from 6-8pm

·   May 19th, 20th, 21st at Griffin Gallery, Hours: | Mon - Fri: 9am to 4pm

Call for Entries

Click the link below for the full application:


Mark Chepp

From 1970 to 74, Chepp attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed two graduate degrees, first in art (M.S., 1972), and then in art history (M.A., 1974). Upon graduating, he worked at UW-M in a variety of positions, from 1974 to 1991, eventually becoming Curator of the UW-M Art Museum. He left UW-M in 1991 to become Executive Director of the Springfield (Ohio) Museum of Art, retiring from that position in 2006 to pursue a teaching career at Wittenberg University (in Springfield) and Urbana University, as well as to devote time to his own studio painting. His paintings have been exhibited at the Canton Museum of Art, the Southern Ohio Museum, Columbus’ Keny Galleries, the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, and at the Springfield Museum of Art. His 2010 dual exhibition in Columbus (with Elsie Sanchez) was named one of the year’s top ten by the Columbus Dispatch. In 2013, the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, in Portsmouth, invited him back into the museum field to fill their vacant position of Executive Director. He has been there since then, along with his wife, Charlotte Gordon, who serves as Artistic Director.


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