Shreveport’s Art of the Heartland 2016 deadline August 15


The Art of the Heartland 2016 painting competition is open and the deadline is fast approaching:August 15, 2016. Entries are now being accepted at

Entry Fee (Non-Member Fee The Art of the Heartland): $45.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $20.00

About SouthWest Artists, Inc. (SWA)

SWA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This competition is a project of SWA, and the exhibition will be hosted by its Mena Art Gallery in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains and National Forest, an area of 1.5 million acres providing endless plein air painting and photo opportunities. Our goal is to assemble the finest display of representational paintings made in America that display the best of American Art. The focus in the jury process will be to select paintings with the highest quality in workmanship, color, value, composition, style and diversity of subject matter that depicts the best of America and its people. The selection jury will consist of three professional artists.

Eligible artist locations include all of the United States, Canada and their possessions, provinces and territories. Artists must be 18 years or older.

Awards are:

1st place, Best in Show: $4,000

2nd place: $2,000

3rd place: $1,000

Award of Merit to an Arkansas Artist: $1,000

We are working with our sponsors to add a variety of additional awards, including merchandise awards, purchase awards, and more. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page.

We have scheduled a plein air painting workshop for Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4, 2016. Dave Ivey of Shreveport, LA will be the workshop instructor; you can check out his work and style on his website:; to get a view of the location for the workshop,check out our website: Fee for the workshop is $350 for the two days and does include lunch each day.

Also scheduled are two days of plein air painting and a photoshoot to some of the most beautiful places in Arkansas: great for getting photos for studio artists to work from.


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