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9th Annual Drawing Discourse International Exhibition

EXHIBITION: As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNC Asheville) invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International Exhibition of contemporary drawing. UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods. Accepted work will be exhibited in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery from January 19, 2018 through February 23, 2018. Esteemed juror, Stuart Shils, will be present and open the exhibition with a lecture about his practice on January 19, 2018; an opening reception for Drawing Discourse will follow immediately after the lecture.


ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists who are 18 years of age or older. All work must be original, completed in the past two years and cannot have been exhibited at The University of North Carolina Asheville before. It is at the juror’s discretion to choose single or multiple works from each artist’s submission.

MEDIA: In effort to support the breadth in international contemporary drawing, media is open to any traditional or experimental drawing media welcoming both two or three-dimensional works, video or installation. Size is open to works that can fit through a standard set of double doors, 10’6” ceiling height and up to 36’ for both floor and wall space.

CATALOGUE: A full color catalogue of the exhibition will be printed. Each accepted artist will receive one complimentary copy, additional copies will be available for purchase. View previous catalogues at using search words “Drawing Discourse”

AWARDS: $2000 in cash prizes, as chosen in person by the juror, will be awarded during the exhibition opening reception. This award amount has doubled this year due to the generous contribution from Professor Emeritus, S. Tucker Cooke.

JUROR: Stuart Shils is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship in Ballycastle, Ireland where he spent thirteen summers working. Shils is a weekly critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he also teaches painting. His work has been presented in solo shows in New York, Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Boston, Scottsdale, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Richmond, San Francisco and Cork (Ireland). Critical review and commentary has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Sun, Ha’aretz, The Jerusalem Post,, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Irish Times, Art in America, The New Republic, The New Criterion, Art New England, American Artist and The Hudson Review. Stuart Shils has painted outside and looking through windows for 30 years, but now is in the studio with an eye tuned to mining his cumulative visual memory by way of cut and torn paper on LED light tables, collage, and monotype.

ONLINE IMAGE SUBMISSIONS: Submissions are accepted only via CaFÉ (Call for Entry) at There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ online application system. All entries must be uploaded using this online system. Please do not upload digital images that contain borders or text info that is not part of the original work. Applications must be received by Midnight, Novermber 19, 2017 (Mountain Time)

ENTRY FEE: Each artist may submit one image for a non-refundable fee of $30. Each additional image, including detail images, are a additional non-refundable fee of $5 each, limit 6 images total ($55 max). The entry fee does not cover shipping expenses. Credit cards are accepted forms of payment via CaFÉ online submission.
Relevant research areas: North America, Contemporary

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