Gateway to Nature 2023

Judged Art Competition and Exhibit 2023

This exhibition aims to explore the relationship between humans and nature. Since time began, artists have documented, questioned, celebrated, and imagined our relationship with the natural world. With man’s increasing impact on nature, whether in harmony or in conflict, this exploration is more relevant than ever. Gateway to Nature seeks to draw out the diverse ways that nature is represented in art. We welcome work that references, investigates, challenges, and/or celebrates our relationship with the natural world. Work may contain images of people, manmade structures, or objects as they relate to, or make a statement about our relationship to nature.

Gateway to Nature 2023 Judged Art Competition / Exhibit 2023

ELIGIBILITY: All work Must be Your Original Creation (not from a copy righted source) and completed within the last two years. Artwork must not have been previously exhibited at SASi in a judged competition. 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 listed below.

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 / PRICING: SASi retains 30% Commission from Member sales, and 40% from sales by Non-members. No POR’s accepted. Work must be priced or listed Not For Sale (NFS). SASi encourages works for sale. Artists will be paid for work sold following the close of exhibition.

SPECIFICATIONS: All work must be original, completed within the last two years. Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel), drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and fiber are eligible. Two-dimensional work is restricted to 48″ by 48″ including frame. Works on paper (including photography) 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 (no signatures or titles on the mat). Fiber art must be ready to hang, with rod supplied by the artist. Three dimensional work limited to 2’x2′ of floor space, less than 6′ tall and weigh less than 50 lbs. Three-D work Must sit solidly on a flat surface or be properly mounted for hanging. The following will NOT be accepted: wet paint or inks, reproductions, giclees or copies. Unacceptable framing includes clip frames, saw-tooth hangers, staples, string or tape. Art not presented in a professional manner or work requiring special installation may be declined.

PICK UP OF ART: Artwork must be picked up on the scheduled date. Artwork left beyond 30 days will become property of Southern Arts Society.

LIABILITY: Southern Arts Society (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 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 to all conditions in this prospectus.

JUDGE: to be announced

AWARDS: 1st Place – $250; 2nd Place – $150; 3rd Place – $75 Merit Awards (3) – $50 each

SCHEDULE: Subject to change.

  • Deliver Entries: Sat Sept 16, 11 am to 4 pm and Sun Sept 17, 1 to 4 pm; Please deliver art on scheduled dates or earlier during gallery hours.
  • Public Reception: Sat Sept 30th from 6-8 pm, Awards presented at 7 pm
  • Exhibit Dates: Sept 21 thru Nov 3. Pick up work: Sat Nov 4, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10 am – 3 pm, and by appointment.

Prospectus and Entry Form: is available for download here

INFORMATION: Ph 704.739.5585 Email