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Show Opening:
Friday, May 1, 2020 · 6p—9p

Submissions Open: Feb 18
Submissions Close: Mar 27
Selections Notified: Apr 3
Submission Fee: $20

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About 249 / A Print Show

We want to fill our studios with prints from artists and designers from all over the world! And what’s more: every poster submitted or sold benefits scholarships for emerging artists!

Who doesn’t love making a poster? For this popup show we want artists, designers, makers and anyone else to get back to the simplicity of enjoying the art of making. You make the work, you submit the work, we print the work, and we hang the work. There is no theme, just the space to express yourself, show your skills or experiment among your peers while helping young artists afford to pursue their art and design education!

This show is a fundraiser to establish the Shockoe Artspace Scholarship Fund. Each print will be up for sale with the proceeds from the show going toward scholarships to help students with material costs, tuition and more!

Digital Submission Guidelines

    • All prints must be submitted as PDFs. No printed posters will be accepted.
    • All files must be 11″ x 17″
    • Full bleed printing will not be available. All files should account for a 0.25″ safe space surrounding the artwork
• Submission deadline is March 27

While the backbone of Shockoe Artspace’s programming is museum-scale exhibitions, we work to build the entire ecosystem of art and design from aspiring to seasoned makers. Because of this, we are presenting our first international popup show. Open to all and judged by a panel of professional artists and makers, this show will benefit the creation of Shockoe Artspace’s Scholarship Fund for Emerging Artists.

Shockoe Artspace, whether through experimental or traditional works, adheres to the highest standards of quality. While we seek beautifully executed work, we also value work that is innovative, presents the artist’s unique voice and engages the viewer intellectually, emotionally, and visually.

Our popup show duration is one month. All selected artists will be notified about their inclusion in the show.

A.  Works selected will reflect the theme of each exhibition.
B.  Submitted works should reflect fresh and liberating interpretations of the artists’ vision of the theme.
C.  Works will be judged on the basis of originality, technical quality and thematic depth.
D.  Jurying and Notification Submissions will be juried by a panel of art professionals who are not employed by or volunteers of Shockoe Artspace.  Please note: jurying results will not be relayed over the phone, all notifications will be through email.

Digital Submission Requirements

    • Completed entry/submission form
    • Inclusion of a link to your downloadable final file
    • Completed submission fee of $20

Please note that submissions are only considered complete once the entry form and submission fee are submitted. It is the submitters responsibility to read all instructions and follow all directions. Shockoe Artspace is not responsible for incomplete submissions. 

Submission Terms and Conditions


1.  The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of pieces.
2.  Submissions from group collaborations (two persons or more) are welcome. Participating individuals should ensure their details are included in the same application.
3.  Artists may submit as many times as they desire. An additional $5 entry fee must be paid for each additional entry.
4.  Work must be original, current and completed within the past five years.
5.  Artists are responsible for ensuring that there are no copyright issues or other legal issues attached to images used or the subjects of their commission.
6.  All proceeds from this show go to support the Shockoe Artspace Scholarship Fund.
7.  Shockoe Artspace reserves the right to not accept work based on size limitations and/or weight.
8.  Show timeline and guidelines must be strictly followed.


All possible care is taken in handling and showing of artwork. Exhibitors understand and agree that all entries are submitted at the owner’s risk. Shockoe Artspace does not claim responsibility for: loss or damage to art work(s); the loss or damage to frames or glass, no matter how sustained; or the sale of the artist’s artwork. Shockoe Artspace recommends that all exhibitioners obtain and carry their own insurance coverage.

Exhibitor shall indemnify and hold Shockoe Artspace and its elected and appointed officers, agents, employees, and representatives harmless from any and all claims, costs, and liabilities for any personal injury, death, or property damage which is the result of the handling and showing of artwork at the show, or of operations performed by exhibitor, exhibitor’s contractors, subcontractors, agents or employees, whether such operations were performed by exhibitor or any of the exhibitor’s contractors, subcontractors, agents or employees at the show. Nothing in this section shall be construed to mean that exhibitor shall hold Shockoe Artspace harmless from any claims of personal injury, death or property damage arising from, or alleged to arise from, any sole negligence or willful act on the part of Shockoe Artspace, its elected and appointed representatives, officers, agents and employees, as it relates to exhibitor’s handling or showing of art work or of operations performed by exhibitor or its contractors, subcontractors, agents or employees at the show.

Art Eli­gi­bil­ity

Any­one is allowed to enter. There are no restric­tions as to the age of the artist/writer or the medium the artist chooses as long as submission guidelines are followed.

Art For­mats

All art forms are accept­able (pho­tog­ra­phy, oils, water­color, etc.) but must be sub­mit­ted in dig­i­tal for­mat via e-mail to ensure the artist retains pos­ses­sion of the orig­i­nal. When the selection has been announced, the artist agrees to allow for the exhibition and sale of each print. The artist retains all copyright to the original works.

Size/Dimension and Weight

All art forms must be received as an 11″ x 17″ PDF.  Only digital files will be accepted.  If the works does not meet the size and weight requirement, Shockoe Artspace has right of refusal regardless if the works have been juried.

How to Enter

There is a $20 entry fee per file submitted. Additional files require an additional $5 entry fees. Dig­i­tal images of all art­work must be sub­mit­ted online. The image must be accom­pa­nied with a com­pleted show entry form. If you are sub­mit­ting mul­ti­ple entries, multiple forms must be submitted as well. Entries must be received by deadline as stated above by midnight, EST.

Num­ber of Entries

An indi­vid­ual may sub­mit as many times as they wish.


Entries must be sub­mit­ted by the orig­i­nal artist. You must be the sole owner of the image you sub­mit and the sub­mis­sion of the piece and the entry form is your guar­an­tee that you are the author and copy­right holder of the work.


The judging is based upon overall artistic excellence. In determining the presence of artistic excellence the following components were considered heavily: composition / design, focal point, use of color, medium manipulation, unification, originality, creativity, feeling, and choice of subject matter. Entries that fail to com­ply with the entry guidelines will be dis­qual­i­fied.

Show Win­ners

Judges will select a Best of Show. Win­ners will be announced/noti­fied at the opening. No finan­cial com­pen­sa­tion is pro­vided to the winners.

Sub­mit­ting Dig­i­tal Images

Images should be sub­mit­ted online. Images will not be returned.

Return of Art

Since all entries will be received dig­i­tally (a replica of the orig­i­nal) there is noth­ing to return.

Ownership/Use Rights

Artists retain the copy­right of their ­work. By enter­ing the exhibition, artists agree to have their sub­mit­ted images dis­played on the Shockoe Artspace web­site as well as any other marketing/PR para­pher­na­lia with­out any fee or other form of com­pen­sa­tion. Images will be cred­ited to the artist only after the win­ning sub­mis­sion has been determined.

Addi­tional Terms and Con­di­tions

By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show, you agree to release and hold harm­less any affil­i­ate of Shockoe Artspace, board, agents and adver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tional agen­cies from any and all dam­ages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind result­ing from your par­tic­i­pa­tion in this exhibition, includ­ing infringe­ment of intel­lec­tual prop­erty rights. Shockoe Artspace, board, affil­i­ates, agents, and adver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tional agen­cies assume no respon­si­bil­ity or lia­bil­ity for any dam­ages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind aris­ing in whole or in part from this show.


Please do not send any unrequested materials to Shockoe Artspace.