THE WHAT? A major art show featuring artists working within a 250-mile radius of Richmond, VA.   Why that area?  Because it takes in some of the Mid-Atlantic and some of the Southeast, and juror Francis Thompson knows there are a lot of good artists out there, and he wants to find out who you are.

THE WHO? Fine artists ages 18 and above, working in two or three dimensions, or in digital and video mediums. The only limitation is that they must work (create) within a 250-mile radius of Richmond. This includes Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Washington DC, Baltimore, and everywhere in between. If you aren’t sure if you fall within the target area, check the map on this page to find out.

THE WHEN? The show will run Friday, May 26 through Sunday, June 18, 2017.  Deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Monday, April 17, 2017.

THE WHERE? The show will occupy all 3,000 square feet of artspace gallery in Plant Zero, a renovated industrial building in Richmond’s Manchester Arts District.

PRIZES. UP TO $1000 and a solo exhibition in artspace’s Helena Davis Gallery will be awarded at the discretion of Mr. Thompson.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Entries will be accepted through online submissions ONLY. To submit work for the competition, please read the instructions thoroughly and use the form below. For artists wishing to submit video entries, a separate form is provided here:

Label images and videos with last name, first initial, and entry number (e.g. SmithJ1).

Each artist may submit up to 5 digital files.
Images of 2D, 3D, or installation work may not to exceed 5MB per image.
Video entries are limited to 50MB per entry. A separate form is provided for video entries.

Details of work are allowed for 3D work and installations, but are included in the 5 image limit.
Please indicate which work details are provided for in the file name (e.g. SmithJ1detail).

File formats accepted for 2D and 3D work: .jpg, .png, .pdf
Video entry file formats accepted: .mp4, .mov, .qt, .wmv

For video entries, artists must provide display equipment if work is selected.
Installation work is limited to a height of 10′, main entrance to artspace is 8’X8′.
Artists must be 18 years old or above and work within 250 miles of Richmond, VA.
Work must have been created within the past 3 years.
Artists must attest that work submitted is of their own creation and no other artist has copyright to it.

ENTRY FEE:  All submissions require payment of a non-refundable entry fee of $25 for three (3) entries. Additional entries may be submitted at $5.00 (US) each, for up to five (5) total entries.

SELECTION NOTIFICATION: All notifications of selection status will be e-mailed on or around Friday, May 5, 2017. Artist bios, resumes, and statements will be requested upon selection for the show.

SELECTED WORK will be received from Tuesday, May 9, through Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 12-4PM. artspace is open Tues-Sun, 12-4PM. The gallery is closed on Mondays but will be open for deliveries on Monday, May 22, 2017 from noon to 4pm.

INSTALLATION of work will take place from Tuesday, May 23, through Thursday, May 25, 2017. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday, May 26, 2017 from 7-10pm.

SALES: Work is not required to be for sale. artspace will receive 33% commission for any work sold during the exhibition. Artists will be sent payment for sales one month from the close of the show by July 18, 2017. 


SCHEDULE February 17 – April 17, 2017: Open Call for Entries
April 17, 11:59PM: Deadline for Entries
April 17 – May 1, 2017: Review of Entries by Juror
May 1 – May 8, 2017: Notifications Sent to Applicants
May 9 – May 22, 2017: Selected Works Received at Gallery
May 23 – May 25, 2017: Installation of radius250
May 26, 2017: Opening Reception 7-10pm, Juror’s Talk & Awards: 7:30pm
May 26 – June 18, 2017: Exhibition dates for radius250 2017
June 19 – 20, 2017: Takedown of radius250 2017
June 20 – 30, 2017: Return of unsold works

artspace is open Tues-Sun, 12-4PM. The gallery will be closed on Monday, May 15 but will be open for deliveries on Monday, May 22.

artspace is a non-profit, artist-run gallery and performance space committed to showing innovative work by established and emerging artists. Since 1988, artspace has been an intrinsic part of the visual and performing arts community of Richmond, Virginia. artspace exhibits works by regional, national, and international artists.

Located in Plant Zero Arts Center in Richmond’s Manchester district, artspace mounts eleven new exhibitions every year with opening receptions on Fourth Fridays. artspace‘s five galleries feature 20 foot ceilings with both track and filtered natural light in a renovated industrial space. The largest gallery accommodates museum-size two- and three-dimensional work, site-specific installation and video/multimedia. The smallest gallery offers an intimate viewing experience for works in all media. The gallery Shop sells work by artist members and past exhibitors.

artspace is conveniently located three blocks south of the Mayo Bridge (14th St.), close to the restaurants and attractions of Shockoe Slip and Downtown Richmond. Traveling on Interstate 95, take Exit 73, Maury St., towards Hull St.

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