Competitive Exhibits

Thank you to those who applied to the 2019 ROOTS Juried Exhibit!

Check back in October 2019 for information on the
30th Annual Midwest Seasons Juried Exhibit!

ROOTS - Taking Seed

Exhibit Dates: July 19 - September 14, 2019

Roots by Frida Kahlo (1943)

Roots by Frida Kahlo (1943)

$1,000 in Cash Awards
First Place: $500 | Second Place: $250 | Third Place: $100 | 3 Honors: $50

ABOUT. An artist’s artistic, geographic, and cultural roots play significant roles in their artistic process and statement. The exhibit will highlight original fine art inspired by an artist’s perspective of their “roots” and artistic journey. Interpretations of the theme may be broad and entries are not limited to representational works. 

ELIGIBILITY. This exhibit is open to artists over the age of 18. The CVA reserves the right not to display work which fails to meet jury expectations. 

MEDIA. Ceramics, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Papermaking, Photography, Printmaking,  Sculpture, Textiles, and Wood. 

  • If applicable, 2-D work must be protected by plexiglass, NOT glass 

  • All 2-D work MUST be hung with wire

  • Total size may NOT exceed 2,000 square inches 

  • Art must NOT have been shown before at the CVA 

  • Art MUST be original and created within the last two years

June 29
: Online & postmark deadline for submission
Week of July 1: Notification of accepted artwork
July 9 - 12, 10am-5pm: Self-delivery of artwork
July 12: Deadline for delivery of mailed artwork
July 19: Exhibit Opens
September 15: Exhibit closes
September 16, 10am-5pm: Pick-Up of self-delivered artwork
Week of September 16: Shipped artwork returned

Amanda Bulger grew up on her family’s dairy farm in northeast Wisconsin. She received a BFA in Drawing from UW-Eau Claire, and a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a lecturer at UW-Eau Claire and Gallery Director of the Ruth Foster Art Gallery. 

Bulger has exhibited nationally, in venues such as The Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford, CT, Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, as well as abroad in British Columbia and London. Her artwork resonates with the lifework of farming. It draws upon her connection to cultivated landscapes and the labor, people, tools, and systems that transform them. She currently splits her time between Northeast and Northwest Wisconsin.

LIABILITY. All work selected for the exhibit will be insured by the CVA against damage and theft while in the care of the gallery. Entrants are responsible for insuring work while in transit to and from the exhibit. All work must remain in the gallery for the entirety of the show. Any irregularities must be reported within 30 days of return of artwork. Submission of this application form constitutes agreement to all conditions listed in this prospectus.

SALES. Artists are encouraged to place their work for sale. If a piece of artwork is sold, a sales comission of 40% of the sale price will be retained by the CVA. Sold work must remain in the gallery the entire length of the exhibit. Payment will be made to the artist after the exhibit closes.

Please contact Kelly Price at or call 715.842.4545