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1st Annual Black History Month Emerging Artist Exhibition

Emerging Artist Exhibition

Call for Entries

Exhibition premiers February 22nd and concludes March 18th, 2022

Opening reception Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 from 4-6 pm

Awards will be announced March 18th, 2022

Four scholarships will be awarded!

Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and People's Choice

In celebration of Black History Month, Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Beach Art Center invites young aspiring Black artists to submit individual artworks.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsThe Basics:

    Fill out submission form and submit by February 11th. Up to 5 artworks may be submitted.

    Representatives from the Virginia Beach Art Center will jury your work and evaluate based on submission guidelines.

    Awards will be announced at end of showcase on March 18th.

    Your work will be displayed in the hallways of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay beginning February 22nd through March 18th.

    Emphasis is placed on personal experience and life’s journey. All pieces must be family-friendly.

    Accepted media includes:



    Graphic Art

    3D (Paper-Mache, sculpture, quilting, jewelry, etc.)

    Limitations: 2D works (including frames) may be up to 50” high or wide. 3D works may have a base of up to 24” square and a height of up to 50”. Works may not weigh more than 40 pounds. 2D works will be installed with picture-hanger hooks on the wall (no additional brackets, drilling, etc. will be allowed). Specialized installation should be clearly explained in the artwork description.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsSchedule:

    February 11th Deadline for submissions

    February 2nd through Febraury 16th Juror Selection

    February 17th Notification (via email)

    February 21st or February 22nd Drop off hours of 12-5 both days

    February 23rd  Show opens for visitors at 2pm

    February 23rd  Opening reception 4-6pm

    March 18th  Award presentation 6pm streamed via Facebook Live

    March 21st  Pick up Art

    Eligibility: Open to Black undergraduate and graduate students, age 18 or older. Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay can provide assistance with transport of art, if needed.

    Entry Fee: No entry fee; no commission on sales. Juror process may not select all pieces submitted.

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsTo Submit:

    Fill out entry form at www.wcbay.com/emergingartists by midnight of the submission deadline.

    Upload a photo of each of your artworks. File name of photo should include your last name & title.

    Submit a description and statement about piece to be displayed with work. Statement should be 50-75 words basically 2 lines in a standard word document. Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay and the Art Center Staff reserves the right to edit statements for clarity, length or typos.

    ATTENTION: Read all rules below, but be aware of these common oversights:

    • Presentation must be professional and not detract from the artwork.  
    • Unframed pieces must have a professional finish, with clean lines and no visible staples on the sides of the canvas. 
    • Hanging wires must be tight, and near the top 1/5 of the frame.
    • Artwork must be for sale and on view for entire exhibition.
  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsCommission:

    No commission on sales. Artists maintain 100% of Sales.

    Liability and Permission:
    By submitting your art, you understand and agree that the Virginia Beach Art Center, The Artists Gallery and Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay are not responsible and cannot be held liable for any damages to artworks during and after this exhibition. Images of your work may be in included in social media, press and future marketing activities. 

  • Animated Arrow for QuestionsDrop Off Art:

    The deadline for drop off is Monday, February 21st or Tuesday, February 22nd, 12 pm to 5 pm.

    No works will be accepted after Tuesday at 5 pm.

    If you cannot drop off on Tuesday, please arrange with us for transport assistance.

    Affix a label on the back of artwork with Artist name and Title.

    PICK UP: Art pick up is Monday, March 21st, 11 am-5 pm.  

    Contact Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay if you need assistance with transporting art home. Art may be taken home after 5 pm on Friday, March 18th by those who are in attendance for the awards announcement.

    Absolutely no pick up before 5 pm on Friday, March 18th.