Biodiversity | Cultural Diversity a Juried Art Show

Arts Place Inc.

Entry Deadline: Aug. 17

131 E. Walnut
Portland, IN 47371
PHONE 260 726-4809

The Portland Center of Arts Place is calling for entries for artists in any medium. This regional juried exhibition will focus on new and innovative artwork. Cash awards totaling $3,000.

Cultural Diversity – When people are brought together to solve problems in groups, they bring different information, opinions, and perspectives. People from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.

Biodiversity – The variety and variability of animals, plants, and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture. It is the result of the interaction between the environment, genetic resources, management systems, and practices used by culturally diverse peoples, and therefore land and water resources are used for production in different ways.

The show will be juried by Marie Whiteman. Interconnectedness is at the heart of Maria Whiteman’s art. Engaging with animals, landscapes, and most recently fungi, she uses multiple media including photography and video to convey the deep and intrinsic ties between humans and other living things. As these interrelationships underlie environmental science, her goal at the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is to create a visual entry point for people to approach the science through a visceral, emotional experience. For information about her and her artwork visit:

Calendar of Event
August 17, 2021 – Submissions due
September 8, 2021 – Notifications sent out via email
October 8, 2021 – Delivery of artwork must be received.
Friday, October 15, 2021 – exhibition opens,
October 15, 2021 Free public reception, Public announcement of the award winners 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
November 14, 2021– last day of the exhibition

Entry Fee
$35 non-refundable entry fee for the submission of up to three pieces of work for jurying.

Before uploading images, you must ensure that your image(s) are 300dpi at least 2500 pixels in the largest dimension (or at least 5×7 inches when printed). They must also be labeled properly: Last Name, First Name_Title (i.e. Doe, John_Artwork1). Email Zipped folder with your entries and entry form to [email protected]. Poor quality images or incorrectly labeled files can lead to issues with your entry and potentially a disqualification.

The exhibit is open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in Indiana and neighboring states. Work must be made within the last two years and cannot have been previously shown at the Portland Center. All work must be original and created by the artist or artist team. Collaborative works made between artists are eligible for inclusion. All media are eligible. Installation interdisciplinary artists should contact us before applying to ensure compatibility of space.

2D (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) Max Dimensions: 60” W x 108” H (40 lbs. max)
3D (sculpture, assemblage, installation) Max Dimensions: MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D. Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by the artist.
Time Media (video or audio): No length restrictions. Submit with links to streaming (YouTube or Vimeo). Artists will be required to provide a/v equipment with selected time-based works.

Best in Show – $1,500
Best in 2D (includes video) – $500
Best in 2D (includes video) – $500
5 Honorable Mention – $100 each

Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception in a public ceremony on date October 15. It is encouraged that artists attend the reception, but not required.

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