Judged Show Info

Our open judged show (LSAG Qualifier) is held in the spring, & the 2016 show will be in April.  Our judge will be announced in the spring.  Our prospectus detailing the deadline for registration, how to register, the fee schedule & any other details will be posted then.  Please read below to:

-note eligibility of artwork & guidelines for this LSAG qualifier show. 
-select a category for your artwork & an artist division for yourself.

Eligibility & Guidelines:  

All artwork is to comply with LSAG Show Guidelines as described below and any further guidelines established by ALBC. Check each of your entries for its compliance.
  • All works that are hung must have a wire for hanging.  NO sawtooth hangers, 'O' rings, or other creative arrangements.   For hanging all 2-D artwork or any 3D artwork that is hung on the panels, a wire should be attached on each side of the top back side so it can easily be  hung on the panel.
  • Artwork must have been completed within the last two years.
  • Artwork must be completely your own original work.
  • Each piece of artwork must have a title.  “Un-named” or “Un-titled” is not acceptable.
  • Artworks must be appropriate for a family friendly event.  We have members from elementary to retired.  Specifically, do not register or bring nudes, gory violence, & / or obscenities written or depicted nor in the title.  We respect that you may do this type of work; it is NOT appropriate for our shows & is automatically disqualified in an LSAG juried exhibit.
  • All artwork must fit comfortably through show location doors.
  • All art work must be completely dry and ready to hang or display when submitted during intake for the show.
  • LSAG Rule:  If any LSAG rule is broken, the piece, even if it is a winner, will be disqualified from their annual juried show & entry fees will not be reimbursed.
  • Please note the requirements continued below under Notes.

Notes on oversized pieces:
-No 3-D artwork is to be heavier than 25 lbs and sculptural pieces must have a sturdy base.
-Exhibiting artwork wider than 36 inches and/or heavier than 3 lbs requires special consideration.  A sturdy easel must be provided by the artist for displaying this type of artwork.

Notes on small, delicate pieces:
-Small, delicate and fragile 3-D art (earrings, paper sculpture, etc) must be encased or framed and ready to hang or place on a flat table top or pedestal surface.

Notes on diptychs & triptychs:
-A diptych and a triptych by definition are respectively 2 or 3 parts of a whole.  For registering on the LSAG database or the inputting of information about a diptych or triptych, these works count as ONE ENTRY listed as ONE TITLE with the word in parentheses of diptych or triptych   [ie-  Seasonal Colors (triptych) or Pastel Duet (diptych)].  Size of the piece should be given as one set of numbers in total.  So if each piece of a triptych is 10 x 10 square for a horizontally hung (hung right to left) piece, the total for the 3 pieces together would be 10 inches in height & 30 inches in length.  Please see the ALBC prospectus for fee schedule for our show which is posted in the spring.   

Notes on photography & digital art:  
-Photography is a composition made at the moment of exposure using the camera by adjusting the aperture &/or speed, using lighting &/or shadow, & other adjustments in the environment in which it is taken.  In this category, the artist has attempted to achieve desired affects at the time of exposure.  MINOR cropping & MINOR adjustment in contrast, brightness, or similar basic adjustments are allowed.  Photographic creativity is largely achieved AT THE TIME the photograph is taken.   

-Digital Art can begin with a photograph though it does not need to.  
IF it begins with a photograph and is then digitally manipulated, it would be in the Digital Art category ---NOT photography.   This includes but is not limited to multiple photographs being combined with layering techniques, removal of parts of a photo, inserting other parts of photos, major cropping, greatly adjusting the color, texture, contrast, brightness, etc., the use of special technology, filters, & affects.  Use of any of these or other forms of digital manipulation qualifies it as is digital art with or without the use of software, special camera features, programs, etc..  Digital art using a photograph is greatly manipulated, & the creativity of the artist is demonstrated often AFTER the photograph is taken.    

  • SELECT A CATEGORY for YOUR PIECE:There are ten (10) Art Categories which are generally separated by art types and medium used  (not the medium it resembles).   The following guidelines were written to assist artists in choosing the appropriate category for their artwork:

  • Category A: Oil/Acrylic Painting – oil paintings and acrylic paintings painted like an oil painting
    Category B: Watercolor/Acrylic Painting – watercolor and acrylic paintings applied with water giving the appearance of a watercolor painting
    Category C: Pastels – pastels & including pastels applied over a watercolor underpainting
    Category D: Drawing – drawing of any kind & including Sumi-e and oriental brush painting
    Category E: Mixed Media – artwork displaying two or more types of media, including but not limited to collage, encaustic painting and other mixed media
    Category F: Photography – digital or film photography MINIMALLY manipulated or adjusted   PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE.
    Category G: Digital Art – all forms of digital art including but not limited to photography that has been SIGNIFICANTLY manipulated or altered using technology   PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE.
    Category H: Abstract/ Experimental/Non-Objective Art – in any medium
    Category I: Sculpture – 3-D forms in various media including sculptures in relief    PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE.
    Category J: Studio Fine Crafts – original fine crafts created in a studio environment including glass blowing, stained glass, printmaking, porcelain, woodwork, jewelry, mosaic, weaving, fiber art, metal work, and other finely crafted items    PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOVE.

  • SELECT AN ARTIST DIVISION:There are five (5) Artist Divisions.  These divisions are separated by the following primary skill levels:

  •  I. Professional – Artist’s choice for this designation  (Please note:  If you are a professional artist making a living at selling your art, you will need to register as a professional.)
     II. Semi-Professional - Artist’s choice to move up
     III. Non-Professional - Artist’s choice to move up
     IV. Adult Student – Adult who has created artwork for less than three years either through self-study or under the direction of an art teacher. The teacher may give any verbal assistance needed; however, the teacher MAY NOT PHYSICALLY WORK ON the artwork to be entered in a show.  After two (2) years of College Art (4 art courses) or three (3) years as an Adult Student, any LSAG member shall enter the Non-Professional Division.
     V. School Student - Any school student, Elementary, Middle or High School.  Homeschool students should register under the grade level the student would be in based upon their age equivalent  ---not skill level.