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How to Enter

Complete the online form, upload images, and pay a non-refundable fee ($20 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry.) There is a maximum of 3 entries. The entry deadline will be announced at a later date.

Artists may only submit the online form once. Any additional or duplicate submissions will be discarded and no refunds will be made available.

Guidelines, Notification, and Delivery

The exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center. There are no size or medium restrictions for entered artworks. Entrants must be 18 or older.

Notifications of selected artwork will be sent after the close of the entry process. All shipping is the responsibility of the artist. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by the specified date given in the selected notification information. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artists and works not for sale may be noted on the entry form.

Digital Images

The juror selects the exhibition based on digital submissions. Medium resolution images are preferred. Resolution is sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. If possible, keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information may require cropping of the image. Works with multiple components must be represented by at least one image which shows the complete work arranged for display. Entries are not accepted via paper or email.

Please keep each image file to 3mb or less. The form can only transmit a limited amount of data and may become unresponsive if the file size is too large.


The guest juror selection will be determined by curatorial staff before the opening of online submissions. The juror selects the artworks to be in the exhibition and assigns three awards, one Grand Award ($2500 prize) and two Delta Awards ($750 prize).


The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to omit any artwork from display due to space or condition concerns. The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce any accepted artwork in exhibition booklets, websites, and other media. Upon submission of this form you agree to receive emails pertaining to the competition. Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this form.

60th Annual Delta Exhibition

May 25, 2018 — August 26, 2018

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Lisa Krannichfeld, New Skin, 2018, Chinese ink, watercolor, acrylic, paper collage, and toned cyanotype on paper mounted on board covered with resin, 36 x 36 x 2 inches, 2018 Grand Award

The Annual Delta Exhibition was founded in 1958 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and bordering states. Today, it is one of the most anticipated Arkansas Arts Center exhibitions of the year. The Annual Delta Exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the artists from the Mississippi Delta region and a glimpse into the contemporary art scene, reflecting the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter.

Returning to a format early in its history, this year’s Delta Exhibition will be juried by a distinguished panel of three art professionals: Les Christensen, Director, Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University; Shea Hembrey, an American conceptual artist; and Brian K. Young, Director, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas. The panel will select the artworks to be exhibited and assign the $2500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center.

guidelines       Entry Form

About the Jurors

Leslie Ann (Les) Christensen is Director of the Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University, a position she has held since 2001. Trained as a sculptor working with a variety of media, Christensen’s artwork has appeared in six previous Delta Exhibitions; her Portrait with Fur Collar won an Honorable Mention in the 29th Annual Delta Exhibition (1986).

Shea Hembrey is an American conceptual artist. An advocate for artwork that “marries intellectual rigor, technical mastery, and heart and soul,” Hembrey earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In 2011 he received national attention with the release of “seek,” a biennial of art, which contained artwork by one hundred artists—all of whom were invented by Hembrey and for which he created the artwork. That same year he delivered a TED talk entitled, “How I Became 100 Artists,” which has since been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Hembrey lives and works in Hickory Grove, Arkansas.

Brian K. Young earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and his Master of Arts degree in Art History from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Since August 2016, Young has served as the Director of the Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas, where is also a lecturer in the Department of Art. Prior to joining the Baum Gallery, Young worked as a curator at several institutions, including: the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas; the Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland; the University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland; and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland.

Featured Works from the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition

Anais Dasse, Sticks and Stones, 2017, oil, ink, charcoal, pencil on gessoed paper, 48 x 80 inches, 2018 Delta Award

Louis Watts, Carbon Alphabets (The Ship Minerva Series), 2015–2018, graphite on paper, 60 x 42 1/2 inches), 2018 Delta Award

Ray Allen Parker, Post Punk, 2017, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2018 Contemporaries Award

Aaron Calvert, Always Facing South Bear, 2017, glazed stoneware, 40 x 23 x 13 inches, 2018 Honorable Mention

Tim Hursley, Pine Bluff Mortuary, 2017, chromogenic color print, 30 x 48 inches, 2018 Honorable Mention

James Matthews, Eviction Quilt #3 (Green Medallion), 2017, hand-tied quilt made from jeans and dress recovered from an eviction, 86 x 68 inches, 2018 Honorable Mention

The 60th Annual Delta Exhibition is Sponsored by

Isabel and John Ed Anthony

The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston

Mrs. Lisenne Rockefeller

Terri and Chuck Erwin

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

AAC Contemporaries

East Harding Construction

Barbara House


  Grand Award supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund

Exhibition supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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