Call for Entry: 28TH Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition Night

By Editorial Team on July 18, 2018

Deadline: Mon, 22 October 2018

A Dinner Table at Night by John Singer Sargent.
Deadline: Monday, October 22 at 11:59pm

The call can be found at

Strathmore welcomes artists working in any medium to explore nocturnal themes. Whether it is the night sky, darkness, or the transformative nature of nightfall, Night delves into the beauty, mystery, and sometimes phobic qualities of the hours from dusk to dawn.

Jurors to be announced.

Submissions will be considered through a blind jurying process and juried on aesthetic value, mastery of craft, and relevance to the exhibition theme. Each artwork will be considered individually. There is no limit to how many works from one artist’s entry may be accepted.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, First Runner Up, and Second Runner Up at the opening reception. Honorable Mentions will also be recognized.

All media are eligible (see category section below). Any artwork previously exhibited or for sale at Strathmore is not eligible. All artwork must be matted, framed, or otherwise made exhibition-ready.

The Mansion at Strathmore uses the cable based Arakawa hanging system. All hanging artworks must be fitted with 3/4″ d-rings or larger, or use screw eyes with a 1/4″ diameter. If using a metal frame, omni or screw hangers must be fitted to the frame. All d-rings, screw eyes, and omni or screw hangers should be installed at 1/4 or less of the total height down from the top of the artwork to ensure that the artwork hangs flush to the wall. Cleats, sawtooth hangers, steel plates and wire, or any other hanging device requiring a nail in the wall are not acceptable hanging mechanisms.

All accepted video works will be displayed on an 11.5″ monitor. Maximum size for 2D work is 56″ by 48″ framed. Maximum size for 3D work is 48″ by 48″ by 48″. Larger installations will be considered on a case by case basis. Please email with any questions regarding larger installations.

All works must be for sale.

Artists are responsible for delivery and removal of artworks including any shipping costs.

All works submitted must be complete and may not be exhibited if the work that arrives differs from the image submitted.

Any accepted artwork will not, by any exception, be exhibited if not exhibition-ready upon drop-off.

Strathmore will receive a 40% commission on all artwork sold. Strathmore will pay the artist 60% of the retail price of sold artwork within 30 days of the close of the exhibition. All artwork must be for sale and priced at a fair market value, and prices reported in the application should take into consideration the commission split. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.

A submission fee of $32 is required for each artist submitting up to 8 works. Submission fees are non-refundable, but they are tax-deductible.

PAYMENT OPTION #1: Submission fees are collected through a PayPal button with any major credit or debit card at the end of the submission process through the application platform (Entry Thingy). Please do not send payment via PayPal outside of the Entry Thingy application.

PAYMENT OPTION #2: Checks can be sent to Strathmore at the address below to receive a payment-accepted code that will allow you to submit your application online. Please post the check in the mail by September 20th to receive a payment-accepted code in time to submit by the deadline.

Attn: Gabrielle Tillenburg
5301 Tuckerman Lane
N. Bethesda MD, 20852

Checks must be payable to Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. Please include ‘Call for Entry’ on your check memo and a separate document with your name, phone number, and email address listed.

This document should not be handwritten, but printed. A payment-accepted code will be emailed to you within 5-7 business days of receiving the check. If paying by check, please note that the entry form cannot be completed until a payment-accepted code is provided.

Application Deadline: October 22, 11:59pm
Notification of Acceptance: November 19
Completed Contracts from Accepted Artists Deadline: December 3
Drop-off of All Accepted Work: January 4-6, 2019, 11am–4pm*#
Exhibition Opens to the Public: January 12
Opening Reception: January 17th, 7–9pm
Exhibition Closes to the Public: February 17
Required Art Pickup: February 18, 11am–6pm* #^

*subject to change
# The artist is responsible for all arrangements, costs, and execution of the delivery and pickup of artwork to and from Strathmore.
^All artwork on exhibition must remain on the Strathmore site throughout the entire exhibition. Early removal of artwork is strictly prohibited.

The following materials and information will be needed to complete your submission when the call for entry opens in June.

All media are eligible. Please specify the category most closely associated with the majority of the works in your application.

  • Drawing (including pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, ink)
  • Fiber
  • Installation
  • Mixed media (2D)
  • Painting (including acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.)
  • Performance art*
  • Photography/Video/Digital arts (including digital illustration, sound art, and .gifs)
  • Printmaking (excluding hand-printed photography)
  • Sculpture (3D, including functional craft works and jewelry)
  • Other

*Artists submitting performance artworks should first email Gabrielle Tillenburg at with performance specifications to determine if the piece is suitable for the physical space.

Artwork Information: 
Each artist may submit up to 8 pieces and must provide Title, Material (medium), Price, Dimensions/Running Time (for video), and Year Completed for each piece entered. All titles, mediums, and prices provided in the application will remain final.

Artists must submit high resolution images. Images must be a .jpg file, at least 1200 pixels wide and 300 dpi (or 4 inches wide at 300 dpi.) Artists with 3D pieces may submit up to 3 additional images per piece. Please be sure to add these additional images to each piece, rather than submit them as  additional pieces. Artists may also submit .gif, .mp3, .mov, or .mp4 files for video, sound, or digital pieces. All submitted files must be at least 90 kb but no more than 999 mb in size..

Artists must submit an artist statement in first person outlining their processes and inspiration specific to their entry, up to 530 characters in length.

Description of Work
Artists may include a brief description of each piece up to 260 characters. Artists may briefly outline specific inspirations pertaining to the exhibition theme and/or unique processes used to create the work.

Questions regarding how to enter may be answered on the Entry Thingy FAQ page under “For Artists.” An Entry Thingy Video Tutorial is also available. For all other questions, please contact Gabrielle Tillenburg, Visual Arts Coordinator, at