Bellwethers Exhibition

Deadline extended to October 5th!


Bellwethers 2017

Bellwethers // 2017

A Juried Exhibition of Collegiate Student Art

West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, Tennessee

October 24 – November 21, 2017

November 7, 2017 Opening Reception, 5 pm – 7 pm


Juror: Jim Zimmerman – Executive Director, Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, Clarksville, TN


Jim Zimmer became the Executive Director of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center on February 16, 2016. Jim has worked in the arts management and museum fields for several decades, including twenty-seven years in museums nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. He moved to Clarksville from Springfield, Illinois, where he served as the Director for Art and History of the Illinois State Museum System. Zimmer was also the Director of the municipal art museum in Sioux City, Iowa, where he led a $9.2 million capital campaign and construction of a new 45,500 square-foot facility. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Arts Management from the University of Illinois-Springfield and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa.


1st Place 2D - $ 250

2nd Place 2D - $ 100

Honorable Mention 2D - $ 50

1st Place 3D - $ 250

2nd Place 3D - $ 100

Honorable Mention 3D - $ 50


The Bellwethers // 2017 exhibition is open to all undergraduate art students enrolled in a visual arts program at a two or four year institution in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Students who have graduated in the past 6 months are also eligible to submit to the competition. Work entered must have been produced during the student’s undergraduate enrollment period, must have been created solely by the artist themselves and finished within the last two years. Media may include: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, mixed media, and jewelry. 2D works should be prepared for professional exhibition and must be able to hang from the art centers installed hanging system, which means nails or screws cannot be driven into the art center walls. Works requiring electricity or additional hanging structures should not be submitted and cannot be exhibited. The West Tennessee Regional Art Center does have a “no nudes policy”. Large sculptures must be self-installed by the artist and the definition of “large” in this case is left to the discretion of the exhibition planners. The actual weight of any 3D work cannot exceed 200 lbs. Questions about framing and preparation for display can be sent to the organizers at


All forms and digital files must be received electronically by September 29, 2017. Fees must be sent to the West Tennessee Regional Art Center by the same deadline date. All selected artists will be notified as soon as possible with specific exhibit and shipping information. Works juried into the exhibition must arrive at the WTRAC in Humboldt, Tennessee by 3 p.m. on October 19, 2017 ready to hang.

Entry Procedure:

Step 1:


Fill out the entire online submission form below and hit the submit button.


Step 2:


Send a non-refundable $ 25 entry fee by personal check, cashier’s check or money order payable to: WTRAC. Make sure to put your last name on the money order or cashier’s check for our records.


Mail the fee to:


West Tennessee Regional Art Center

Bellwethers // 2017

Attn: Bill Hickerson

1200 Main Street

Humboldt, TN 38343


Step 3:


Digital file submissions can only be submitted as email attachments to the following email address:


All files must be in the .png, .jpg or .jpeg file format. All digital files should be at least 700 pixels in the smallest dimension and no larger than 1200 pixels in the largest dimension. All digital files should be smaller than 3MB in size. No .gif, .pdf or files on physical media will be accepted. Each email should include the medium, framed size, date of completion, and title of work in the text area of the message, name and entry in subject line. Sending an email with images does not constitute an official entry; entry form must be submitted online and fees still have to be mailed to the West Tennessee Regional Art Center by the deadline.


The University of Tennessee at Martin and the West Tennessee Regional Art Center are not responsible for damage to artwork while artworks are in transit. The West Tennessee Regional Art Center is not responsible for damage or loss of artwork while it is on the museum premises. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure that artworks are handled properly and as secure as possible on site.


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