The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 2017 National Juried Painting Exhibition. The show will take place in the Gallery of Art and Design, August 31–September 29. 2017.

Artists are invited to submit entries of original paintings created since May of 2014.


AWARDS:  Best in Show: $500          Second Place: $300          Third Place: $200

JUROR - Peter Van Dyck:  Peter Van Dyck studied painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy from 1998-2002.  He also taught in the program from 2000-2002.  He returned to Philadelphia in 2002 to paint in his studio and began exhibiting his work in numerous group shows in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco.  He has had solo shows at John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York, and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor.  In 2003, Van Dyck began teaching at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where, in 2011, he became an assistant professor in the Certificate/BFA program.  In 2012, he was named one of 25 Important Artists of Tomorrow by American Artist Magazine.  In 2013 his work was included in the book Painted Landscapes, Contemporary Views by Lauren P. della Monica.  His work has also been reproduced in numerous periodicals including, American Artist Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, Art News, American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, and Art and Antiques.

ELIGIBILITY: This national juried exhibition is open to all US residents,18 years of age or older. Entries must have been completed within the last 4 years. Works in any painting medium (oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, etc.), and all forms of representational and non-representational painting are eligible. Entries must not exceed 72x72 inches and should weigh no more than 30 lbs.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Entries must be the original work and available for the duration of the exhibit. Accepted works cannot be substituted. No Giclée prints or reproductions will be accepted. Works received must be in good condition. Paintings should be professionally presented, framed or gallery wrapped with clean finished edges. Accepted works must be wired and ready for hanging. Wires must be in good condition and substantial enough to hold the weight of the work. No saw-tooth hangers or breakable glass allowed. Works not gallery-ready, differing significantly from the entry images, or lacking in presentation or craftsmanship may be omitted from the show.


Entry Deadline:                                            July 1, 2017

Notification of Acceptance by Email:           July 22, 2017

Receipt of Works:                                         August 14-18, 2017

Opening Reception:                                     August 31, 2017

Juror Lecture and Awards Reception:          September 22, 2017

Show Closes:                                               September 29, 2017

Return Shipping or Pick-up of Works:          October 2-8, 2017


SHIPPING AND DELIVERY:  Artists are responsible for all shipping and delivery costs. Detailed shipping instructions will be provided.

INSURANCE:  The University of Southern Mississippi will provide insurance coverage for all artworks while on the USM campus and gallery premises.  Insurance for artworks while in transit to and from USM is the responsibility of the artist. USM is not liable for any damage or loss occurring during transit.

SALES:  Works can be available for purchase or listed as NFS (Not for Sale).  Commission will not be taken on any sales.

HOW TO ENTER:  Entries must be submitted online through CaFÉ (CallForEntry.Org). Artists will need to set up an artist account to enter the show. CaFÉ only accepts JPEG images up to 5 MB.  Click here to enter. 

QUESTIONS:  For questions, please email gallery director, Mark Rigsby, or

ABOUT:  The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art was established in 1997 by the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning Board of Trustees as an expansion of the C.W. Woods Gallery founded in 1977.  Recently completed in 2014, the Gallery of Art and Design, a 2000 sq. ft. contemporary art gallery located on campus in the historic George Hurst Building, is now the primary exhibition space for all USM Museum of Art and Department of Art and Design exhibitions

PRINT OR SAVE A COPY OF THE PROSPECTUS:  2017_painting_national_prospectus.pdf


Above image:  Peter Van Dyck, Corner Store, Dusk, 2014, oil on canvas, (detail)