2017 Art of the Heartland call for entries

We have extended the deadline to receive entries to the Art of the Heartland National Competition by one week!  Summer vacations, a flurry to get kids back to school, etc. has made this a busy summer for everyone.  Artists have rushed to get their entries ready and some ran out of time.  Begging for a few more days, we agreed.  We are giving artists until August 22, midnight, mountain time, to get in those last minute entries.  Immediately after, all scoring will be finalized.  Here is a direct link to our entry form and information on CaFE:  https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4315

We are excited about the way the Art of the Heartland show is shaping up.  It is going to be better than ever this year. There is a wonderful diversity of subjects, techniques and artists from all over the United States.  It is absolutely a show in which you will want to be a part.  Please do pass the information on to your artists friends and organizations.

Seven awards will be given, ranging from $4,000 for Best in Show, to 3 specific categories @ $500 each.  Three other awards are more specific.  We always give extra support to artists in our home state with a $1,000 award specifically for an Arkansas artist.  A well known animal lover has donated $1,000 as the “Forbis Memorial Award” for the best painting with an animal as the main subject.  A beloved benefactor has pledged $1,500 as the Bob Carver Memorial Award.  The recipient of that award will be the painting, amongst all subjects, that places just behind Best in Show.  The three other category awards (in addition to animal) are for figure, landscape and still life, upping your odds considerably for these.  You now have a little more time to compete for these great prizes.  Enter today!

Last but not least, you are invited to join us for the private reception and Awards presentation on Saturday, October 6 from 6 until 8 pm at the Mena Art Gallery, Mena, Arkansas.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.  It is also a chance to meet our show judge, Andre Pater (www.andrepater.com), a world renowned artist, crowned internationally as the greatest sporting artist since the death of Sir Alfred Munnings.  Andre consistently sets new sales records for his works, primarily in oil and pastels.  Recently a pastel sold, even before completion, for a record $250,000.  This is your chance to meet a living legend.

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