2020 IAA Masquerade Awards Competition call for entries – deadline Jan. 22

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(The Mask and the Hidden Persona)
26 January 2020 through 28 February 2020

Curators: John Lee Hunter & John P. Irizarry
Judge: TBA
Awards Reception: Sunday, 09 February 2020 – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Masquerade Party: Friday, 28 February 2020 – 7:00 to 9:00 pm
(Door Prizes/Prize for Best Costume)

(by midnight on January 22th)
$45 non-members
$25 IAA members

Check (Please register online to enter show):
Irving Art Association,
P.O. Box 153581, Irving, TX 75015-3581
(Checks should be mailed by 12 January 2020, or may accompany artwork at drop off)

Not a member? Join IAA at irvingartassociation.org/membership


The mask is an ancient cover for the face which hides the true nature of the individual. For Mardi Gras , it hides the sinner, and at Halloween, it hides the wearer from evil spirits. In psychology, the mask is the superficial persona that hides the true self. So, show the mask, or show what hides behind the mask. Either way, this is your opportunity to be creative and join in the Masquerade.

Artwork must be an original rendering from personal photographs or observation or your own imagination. Concept, design and execution should be solely that of the artist. Derivative work from copyrighted or published materials of which the artist is not the sole creator is not permitted, and if discovered, will be disqualified from the competition. Digital art must be created from original photographic elements and/or original digital elements created by the artist. No purchased digital scrapbook or other purchased or public domain elements may be used, and if discovered, the piece will be disqualified from the competition.

Submitted works must have been completed within the previous 2 years (completed after 26 January 2018), and not accepted for a previous IAA Art Exhibit. There is a limit of two entries for the awards competition. Artwork must not exceed 36″ X 36″ outer dimension (excluding frame if applicable), and cannot weigh more than 20 lbs. Multi-panel art (Diptych, Triptych, etc.) is acceptable as a single piece if the total size cumulatively when hung does not exceed the 36″ X 36″ restriction and each piece does not exceed the 20 lb. weight limitation. Any art submitted exceeding these limitations will be rejected with no refund of entry fee. All art must have artist’s information on back including name, contact information, and date of completion. Art must be wired and ready to hang; NO CLEATS. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS.

Accepted Media: Oil, Water Media, Mixed Media, Dry Media, Photography/Digital Art.

Hand delivery of artwork is on Saturday, 25 January 2020, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. At close of show artwork must be picked up on 29 February 2020 between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

For complete entry rules see the Prospectus:2020_IAA_MASQUERADE_AWARDS_COMPETITION_PROSPECTUSDownload