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Show Opening:
Friday, Dec 6, 2019 · 6p—9p

Submissions Open: Nov 1
Submissions Close: Nov 27
Submission Fee: $25

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About Pressed Together

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 submission show. Open to all and judged by a panel of professional painters, designers, photographers and art writers, this show will center on the theme Pressed Together. Due to location limitations, only two dimensional visual works and free standing sculptural works will be accepted for this show.

Three to five artists and designers will be chosen from all submissions to be featured in a group show at Shockoe Artspace Studios. The group show opening will be held during December’s First Friday in conjunction with our next exhibition opening across the street at Shockoe Artspace. All winners will be eligible to be chosen Best in Show for a chance at a solo exhibition later next year.

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 submission show duration is two months. All selected artists will be notified about specific drop off and pick up times. 

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 affiliated with 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
    • Completed submission fee of $25 for three images, an additional $5 will be added for up to two additional images
    • Your current artist statement
    • 3-5 digital images, minimum 300dpi.  The images you submit are assumed to be what you will show if you are chosen for the show.

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 a maximum number of 5 pieces to the selection panel. Three images are allowed with your submission fee. Two additional images are allowed at $5 per image.
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.  While every endeavor will be made to keep the art secure, any Insurance of the art work will remain the responsibility of the artist.
7.  Payment for any sales will be arranged within four weeks of the exhibition. There is 35% commission fee. The 35% commission ensures that Shockoe Artspace can continue to offer events & programs to the community.
8.  All shipping/transportation liabilities are the responsibility of the artist.
9.  Successful applicants will be required to supply the artwork to Shockoe Artspace no later than December 2nd at 5:00 pm. Drop off instructions will be given to all chosen exhibitors at the close of the submission period.
10.  All artwork must be ready to hang / place when delivered. Shockoe Artspace staff will be responsible for the displaying of the piece.
11.  Shockoe Artspace reserves the right to not accept work based on size limitations and/or weight.
12.  Collection dates and times to be advised. Failure to do so will incur storage and transportation charges. Arrangements for packing and return of art are the responsibility of the artist.  Early drop off is absolutely not permitted.
13.  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 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.  Due to location limitations, only two dimensional visual works and free standing sculptural works will be accepted for this show.

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 until the selection has been deter­mined. When the selection has been announced, the artist must for­feit the orig­i­nal art­work to the Shockoe Artspace for the period of the show so that it may be exhibited.

Size/Dimension and Weight

All art forms must be ready to hang and ready for display/showcase.  There are no minimum size requirements, but hanging works must not exceed (including frame) 80 x 80 inches; Works may not exceed 30 lbs.  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 $25 entry fee for 3 images, two additional images will be accepted for an additional $5 per image.  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, be sure to indi­cate clearly which title belongs with which image. Entries must be received by deadline as stated above by midnight, EST.

Num­ber of Entries

An indi­vid­ual may sub­mit up to 5 separate entries.


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. Shockoe Artspace will require only the orig­i­nal of the selected submission.  Upon closing of show, Shockoe Artspace will provide instruction for collection of the works of art.

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.