Call to Artists

Small Wonders Art Exhibit and Competition

at Southern Arts Society, Kings Mountain, NC

Exhibit runs January 20 thru February 24, 2023

Art Take-in extended through Thursday, January 19, 2023

Southern Arts Society is proud to present Small Wonders, a new art competition and exhibit open to all artists in the region. This is a judged art show with cash prizes ranging from $50 to a $250 first prize. Regional Artists are invited to show small scale works in a variety of media showing the difficulty and skill to create works of smaller size. Working in a smaller scale if often more time consuming and take more planning than one would think.

All work must be original, completed within the last two years. Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media, are eligible. The image size is limited to 5×7 inches or smaller, framing can be larger. Works must be framed, and properly wired to hang. Gallery wrapped canvas is acceptable. You can download the prospectus/entry form here. All work will be accepted unless it does not meet the criteria listed in the prospectus.

Art may be delivered to Southern Arts Society on Saturday January 14 from 11 am to 3 pm and Sunday January 15 from 1 to 4 pm. Early entries will be accepted during usual gallery hours. The public is invited to a reception on Saturday, February 4, from 6 until 8 pm with the presentation of awards at 7 pm. Small Wonders will be on display in the galleries of Southern Arts Society from January 20 thru February 24, 2023.

Southern Arts Society (SASi) Gift Shop & Gallery is located at 301 N. Piedmont Ave. at the intersection of Piedmont and Battleground Avenues, Kings Mountain, NC, in the historic Southern Railway Depot. SASi offers a gift shop, ongoing exhibits and art competitions, programs and classes in a variety of media for artists of all levels.

Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 10 am to 3 pm. Closed December 26-29, 2022, and January 1-4, 2023. Admission is Free.


Prospectus / Entry Information for Small Wonders Judged Art Competition and Exhibit 2023

Regional Artists are invited to show small scale works in a variety of media showing the difficulty and skill to create works of smaller size.
Image size limited to 5”x7” or smaller. Framing may be larger.

ELIGIBILITY: All work Must be Your Original Creation (not from any copyrighted source), not previously exhibited in a judged show at SASi, and completed within the last two years. Artwork must remain the duration of the exhibit. This is a judged exhibit. All entries will be displayed unless they do not meet the specifications below. Work requiring special installation or that is inadequately prepared may be declined.

FEE: (non-refundable) $20 members, $25 non-members, for two entries. Additional entries $5 each for members, $10 each for non-members (5 total). SALES and PRICING: SASi will retain 30% Commission from all sales by Members, and 40% from all sales by Non-members. Artists will be paid for work sold following the close of exhibition. Work may be listed not for sale (NFS). SASi encourages all entries to be for sale.

SPECIFICATIONS: Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media are eligible. The image size is limited to 5×7 inches or smaller. Framing and matting may be larger. Works on paper must be protected by glass or Plexiglas and framed. All work must be properly framed, or gallery wrapped (sides properly finished), and wired for hanging. Mats must be neat and clean (preferably no signatures or titles on the mat). Three-D work must sit solidly on a flat surface or be properly mounted for hanging.
The following will NOT be accepted: photography, wet paint or inks, duplicates, giclees or copies. Unacceptable framing includes clip frames, saw-tooth hangers, cardboard, staples, string or tape.

LIABILITY: SASi accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage of artwork. Concerned artists should provide their own insurance coverage. SASi reserves the right to decline any works that do not meet our standards or specifications and to withdraw any work from the exhibition at its discretion. SASi reserves the right to photograph, video, and reproduce any entry submitted for educational, marketing, or publicity purposes. Entry in the exhibition constitutes agreement by the artist with all conditions set forth in this prospectus.

JUDGE: to be announced

AWARDS: First Place – $250; Second Place – $150; Third Place – $75 Merit Award(s) – $50 each

SCHEDULE: Deliver Art:  Take-in extended through Thursday, January 19, 2023 • Early entries accepted during usual Gallery Hours
Public Reception: Saturday February 4, 6-8 pm, with Awards at 7 pm
Exhibit Dates: January 20 thru February 24, 2023

PICK UP OF ART: Sat Feb 25, 10 am – 3 pm. • Artwork must be picked up on the scheduled date. • Artwork left beyond 30 days will become property of SASi.

GALLERY HOURS: Tues–Sat 10 am – 3 pm

INFORMATION: For more information, call 704.739.5585 or email southernartssociety@gmail.com