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Southworks Juried Art Exhibition


Submissions no longer being

accepted for 2017.


The 2018 prospectus & application will be

available shortly after the start of the year.





Best in Show - $1000 and the opportunity for a solo exhibit

First Merit 2-D - $500

First Merit 3-D - $500

Purchase Award - up to $600

People’s Choice Award- As voted by the visitors to the exhibition - $100


Open to all United States residents/artists 18 years or older.


February 17: Deadline for receipt of application

March 1: Notifications e-mailed to artists

March 18, 4PM: Deadline for receipt of accepted work

April 7: Opening Gala and awards reception 6 - 9 PM

April 7 – May 5: Exhibition dates

May 6, 10am - 4pm: Pickup of work

May 9 – 13: Return of shipped work

JUROR: Nandini Makrandi is Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hunter Museum of American Art.  She has been with the Hunter since 2004 and has originated over 30 original exhibitions in that time, including four nationally touring exhibition projects.  Previously, Nandini taught art history at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, served as a curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, and worked with the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. Nandini has a MA in Museum Science and Art History from Texas Tech University and a BA in Fine Art and Sociology from Mercer University in Georgia, and participates regularly in the region as a juror, guest curator and speaker.

ORIGINALITY: Work must be original and completed within the past three years. No substitutes of accepted works will be permitted unless previous arrangements have been made with the SOUTHWORKS 2017 committee. Work previously exhibited at SOUTHWORKS or any OCAF exhibit within the last three years is not eligible.

JURIED IMAGES: All entries to the exhibit will be juried from computer images. If selected and upon receipt of work, the work is not of the quality reflected in the image, the juror reserves the right to exclude the work from the exhibit.

AWARDS: Best in Show, First Merit 2-D & 3-D to be awarded by juror. Purchase Award to be selected by OCAF Board.

SIZE & WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS: 2-Dimensional works, excluding mat & frame, should not exceed 96” in any direction. Sculpture may have one side exceeding 96” inches in length, but weight should not exceed 150 lbs. The SOUTHWORKS 2017 committee reserves the right to reject any artwork due to size and weight limitations.

DISPLAY: Hanging work must be properly framed and ready for hanging with wire in place. No saw-tooth hangers. Artwork requiring assembly must be delivered and assembled by the artist. At the end of the exhibition, such artwork must be disassembled and picked up by the artist.

STORAGE FEES: A $10.00/day storage fee will be charged for each work remaining after May13, 2017.

SECURITY: Reasonable security and insurance is provided for the duration of the exhibition. Care will be taken in the handling, hanging and displaying of the work. OCAF and the SOUTHWORKS 2017 committee will not be responsible or liable for the loss or damage of any artwork.

SHIPPING: All shipping and shipping insurance is the responsibility of the artist. Each mailed work of art must be accompanied by a valid return “shipping label”.


OCAF members: non-refundable jury fee - $25 for up to three entries.

Non-members: non-refundable jury fee - $35 for up to three entries.

A limited number of entry fees will be waived for those demonstrating financial need. For more information contact Cindy Farley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All work must be for sale. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation will deduct 35% commission on sales of artwork sold during the exhibition. No price changes from application permitted. For artists wishing to support OCAF with membership, see our Membership application online at

NOTE: If you are interested in becoming a member before you apply to Southworks, click here to find out more about the benefits of being an OCAF Member or use the link below to go directly to our online Memberhip registration form. Please give us a few days to process the memebership before applying to the exhibtion. You are welcome to call to enquire as the the status of your membership at 706-769-4565.



Register for OCAF Membership here





Please submit 1 image per 2D work, and up to 3 images (front, back & side) for each 3D work in tiff, jpg. or gif. format. Submitted images must be at 300 dpi. No larger than 1.5 MB. Images should be submitted with the online application or on a CD if submitting by mail or in person.

Each image should be labeled (named) with title, size, medium and price in the file name (see example below).


To re-name an image prior to uploading onto application:

1) Click on the file or folder to select it.

2) Click the item's text box to select it, then type in the new name.

3) Press Enter (if using Windows) or Return (on a Mac) to save the new name.

To re-name an image after uploading onto application:

1) Rename the image on your computer (see above)

2) Re-upload the image with the corrected name by re-clicking the "upload" button and re-completing the upload process. The application will show both the original & the new name. Only the new name will appear on your completed / sent application.

Note: Image files improperly named will not be accepted.

The 2018 Southworks prospectus & application will be available shortly after the first of the year.

A downloadable / print version will also be available for those of you who would rather mail your submission with a CD.