Competitions & Contests

Ohio Artist Registry Exhibition

Entry Dates 2021-10-22T23:59:00 - 2021-09-13T08:00:00 27 Days Left


Ohio Artist Registry 2022 Juried Exhibition

Open To: Ohio visual artists registered on the Ohio Artist Registry                                                                                                        
Entry Open Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021
Jury Awards: 2 - $500 Juror Choice Awards

Exhibition Summary: The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) in partnership with the Friends of the Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) presents the Ohio Artist Registry Juried exhibition. These three organizations have collaborated for more than a decade on prior iterations of this type of exhibition. In 2022, for the first time this reimagined exhibition will feature the work of Ohio artists who are members of the new Ohio Artist Registry (OAR). The new Ohio Artist Registry, which inherits the legacy of the retired Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR), showcases work by artists from Ohio.

Eligibility Requirements: Entrants must be living Ohio residents, 18 years and older, who are registered in the new Ohio Artist Registry. If you are not an OAR registrant, a registry request must be received by October 15, 2021, to be eligible to apply to the juried exhibition. To register for the new OAR please visit and click on ''Register'' in the upper right corner. OAC and CML employees are not eligible to apply.

Exhibition Information: The juried exhibition will be presented at the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery from January 27 to March 31, 2022. Two Juror's Choice awards of $500, provided by the Ohio Arts Council, will be selected by the jurors. The exhibition does not have a theme. Only work appropriate for display in a public building will be considered. Work submitted cannot have been previously displayed/presented at the Carnegie Gallery.

Application Information and Process: 
1. Register with the new OAR if you are not already a participant. Past registrants to the Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry must register with the new registry site.  To register go to: and click ''register'' in the upper right corner.

2. Once you sign up for the registry go to the submission page at to begin your call for entry application. 

Artists may submit one application with up to three separate artworks for consideration with a maximum of three images per artist, allowed. 
Work must be original and executed within the past three years. 
Artwork must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. 
Two-dimensional and three-dimensional works are accepted and may not exceed 6' by 6'.
Two-dimensional work must be wired and ready to hang and may not exceed 35 pounds each.
Work must be dry. 

Selection Review Process:
The jury process is anonymous and is based on the work submitted for the exhibition. In an effort to present exhibits of merit and significance, work must be evaluated by objective guidelines. Clearly, however, an artwork need not meet all of the criteria in order to be accepted for exhibition. When judging the quality of the artwork submitted, several standards, and combinations of standards may be used, such as:

Suitability of subject, technique, and style for the intended audience
Vitality and originality
Artistic expression and experimentation
Creative and inventive use of the medium
Innovation in style and/or concept
Technical proficiency in the use of the medium/media

Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance the week of November 15, 2021. Notification will be through the site. 

Artwork Drop-Off Dates and Times:
Saturday, January 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 16, 2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, January 18-20, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, January 21 & 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Accepted artwork should be delivered/picked up at the second-floor information desk at the Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215. No adjustments can be made to the delivery/pick-up schedule; late submission will not be accepted. Friends and family members may deliver/pick up artwork if the artist is unavailable. Work must be delivered with appropriate packaging and protection material. Mailed work should be sent to the following address: Attn: Kimberly White, Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 S Grant Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215 and must include return shipping costs and return address information. 


Liability and Insurance: Every care will be taken for the safety of all works of art. CML, its officers, and agents, will not be responsible for any loss or damage. CML does not insure entries. Works will be handled and exhibited at the artists' risk.

Artwork Sales: Submitted artwork does not have to be available for sale, but you must provide a value for each piece. Friends of the Library will enter each image that is for sale and price on their website. Visitors interested in purchasing work should contact The Library Store at Main Library. Friends of the Library will receive 30% of any sales from the exhibition. 

Ohio Arts Council Staff:
Kathy Signorino, Artist Programs and Percent for Art Director
614-728-6140 or

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