Competitions & Contests

Wild Card

Entry Dates 2024-01-20T11:30:00+00:00 - 2023-10-20T08:00:00+00:00 53 Days Left


Wild Card Open Show
Show Dates: January 26 - March 29, 2024

Artwork by Guest Curator, Rodrick Rhodes
Presented by the Louisa Arts Center, 212 Fredericksburg Ave, PO Box 2119, Louisa, VA  23093
October 20, 2023: Online entry period begins. Submit images, entry form, and non-refundable entry fee online. If you experience difficulties, please contact us at:
January 20: 9-11am—Drop off art for curator review. (NOTE: we cannot accept shipped artwork. In-person submissions only.) Please complete the online entry process in advance.
January 22: Artists notified of selected/unselected art.
January 23-26: Unselected Art Pick-Up at the Arts Center (NOTE: any shipped artwork cannot be return shipped and will be considered an in-kind donation for our annual fundraiser.)
January 26: 6-8pm—Opening Reception
March 29: 6-7pm—Closing. Art removal begins.
March 29: Closing from 6-7pm OR March 30 between 9-11am—Art Pick-Up (NOTE: any shipped artwork cannot be returned and will be considered an in-kind donation for our annual fundraiser.)

A non-refundable entry fee of $5 per entry must accompany the submissions, payable online via credit card or in person with cash or check. Fees are waived for students under 18. Call our box office (540-967-5200) for coupon code. 
User video tutorial is at the bottom of this page.
Once you have created your account a Video Tutorial is at top of User Dashboard.
Submit JPG images online. Be sure art images are in the correct orientation (not sideways). Here are tips for taking photos of your art:
Users can upload the following image based file types as long as they are under 5mb file size: JPEGs or PNGs
This exhibition is open to all local artists. All media is eligible.
All submitted artwork must be original. No reproductions accepted. Any copied photos used in creating the artwork must have been taken by the artist or credit given to the photographer. All artwork must not have appeared in a previous show at the Louisa Arts Center.
THREE (3) pieces of art may be entered per artist. Example: If two or more canvases are to be hung together they count as separate pieces. If two or more canvases are within one frame they count as one piece.
All 2-D (to include drawing, painting, collage, photography, low relief, etc.) artwork must be framed in a professional manner and ready to hang from picture molding (ie. screw eyes, hanging rings, brackets, wire, etc. on both sides on back of the work). NO saw tooth hangers. Gallery provides pedestals for 3-D work.
Attach a tag to the back of EACH artwork with the following information:
a. Name of Artist
b. Title of Art
c. Medium
d. Price
e. Dimensions (Height x Width, before framing)
Artwork is required to be for sale. If sold, the Center will retain a 30% commission of the price listed by the artist. Set the price of the artworks taking the commission into consideration. The artist shall contact the Arts Center and remit 15% of the sale price of any item, which is purchased by an Arts Center client or referral from opening night to 365 days later.
Physical artwork must be delivered between 9-11am the Saturday prior to the show opening following the online submission process with uploaded images. Due to lack of storage space, art may not be left at the Center prior to the scheduled drop-off date. NOTE: we cannot accept shipped artwork. In-person submissions only.
The Center reserves the right to reject from exhibition artworks accepted by juror due to content, inability to install the work (ie. improper hanging hardware), or work not ready to be hung (ie. wet painting, non-fixed charcoal/pastels, etc).
Artist will be notified by Monday evening via email regarding artwork selection(s). Artists are responsible for checking their email account for notifications. Artwork not accepted must be picked up during Gallery hours prior to the show opening.
Artwork is required to remain on display until the end of the show.
After the close of the show, artwork must be picked up by the end of the closing or on the Saturday morning following the closing. NOTE: We don't have the facilities to accept or return shipped art. Any shipped artwork cannot be return shipped and will be considered an in-kind donation for our annual fundraiser. Artwork left at the Center for more than two weeks after the close of this show will become the property of the Center and considered an in-kind donation to the Annual Silver Tie Gala fundraising event. Please call us if there are extenuating circumstances.
By submitting artwork for entry and upon acceptance, the artist agrees to allow work to be shown and reproduced for publicity purposes.
The Louisa Arts Center takes every precaution to protect entries from damage and loss; however the artwork is NOT insured by the Center.
Participating Artists agree to hold the Louisa Arts Center harmless and to indemnify the Louisa Arts Center against all claims resulting from losses.
Thank you for your submission(s).
We appreciate your creative time and effort and hope you will consider future submissions.
Rodrick Rhodes describes himself an artist educator because he makes and displays his own art while also sharing that part of his life with his students.
He has taught for more than 30 years combined, at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Louisa and William Monroe Middle School in Greene County.
Rodrick has been involved with the Louisa Arts Center since it’s inception. He has since exhibited something in most of the open shows, along with having two shows, one joint and one solo. His work has also been shown in several area galleries.
In 2022, he received the LAC Artist of Merit Award, which recognized his years of volunteerism to the gallery committee. He continues to assist with hanging shows in the gallery. We are happy to have him guest curate “Wild Card.”
If you already have an artcall account, please log in and upload your art image and information to the selected open show on the artcall site. If you have never used the site before, it is very easy. Please register to create an account and then follow the step-by-step instructions to complete your information with image upload. Your work must be for sale with images uploaded to the site. We use this information to email you as needed and to build gallery wall tags and opening reception name badges.
All participating artists are responsible for inputting accurate information onto the artcall site.
Check spelling and capitalization because the web gallery and wall tags will match what you type.
If you have any questions, such as you don’t see an art category that matches your entry, please email us at with the show theme name in the subject line before art drop off day.
Please proofread your personal info, especially your email address so we may reach you. You are responsible for providing accurate information and quality photos of your work.
For each entry:
Check spelling and capitalization because the web gallery and wall tags will match what you type.
If framing behind glass, take photos of your work before final framing.
If work is 3D, take photos with a simple white background.
Upload your own photos, color corrected to match the art as closely as possible. Be sure they are in the correct orientation (not sideways). Accepted image formats are jpgs and pngs. Images must be a minimum of 540px to a maximum of 1920px. 
We cannot guarantee the quality of the images if you use our services in taking photos of your entries.
Upon notice of acceptance, please log in and double-check your entry information (art title, price, spellings, capitalization etc.) and make the necessary corrections. If you have any problems, alert us to any corrections needing to be made before the Wednesday prior to the opening reception.
No corrections can be made to the Web gallery, the printed show program, or the gallery wall tags after the Wednesday before the opening reception.
User Entry Process Tutorial