Share This


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

Showcasing artists living and working in Arkansas and its border states, the Annual Delta Exhibition presents a vision of contemporary art in the American South. Founded in 1958, the exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the Delta region and features work in all media. The Delta Exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with an innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter.

For the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition, a panel of guest jurors – Bradbury Art Museum director Les Christensen, conceptual artist Shea Hembrey, and Baum Gallery director Brian K. Young – selected 52 works by 46 artists to be featured out of 1,424 entries by 618 artists.

“We selected work with faux fur, coffee, cold wax, ziatype, video, yucca, fluorescent tubing, resin, found objects, copper point, and of course the traditional materials,” Young said. “Despite this seemingly endless list of media, there is a thoughtfulness and subtlety in nearly all of the works. These traits come in the manner in which these Delta artists have captured the essence of the region. People, place and nature remain strong unifiers.”

Interactive Gallery Experiences

BeaconSageThe Arkansas Arts Center’s beacon program will enhance the visitor experience in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition. Equipped with only their smartphones, visitors will be able to access artist statements, bios and more. Visitors will receive a notification in the mobile app when they approach a work driving them to additional content. Patrons can then choose to view that content in real time or save it in the app to view later.

Download on the App Store Android App on Google Play


Voices of the Delta

Learn more about some of the art and artists in the 60th Annual Delta Exhibition. Visit Voices of the Delta on our blog.

The opinions expressed are the artists’ own and do not reflect any particular or specific viewpoint of the Arkansas Arts Center.

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

From the selected works, the jurors named a Grand Award winner, two Delta Award winners and three Honorable Mentions. A Contemporaries Award winner was selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Grand Award – $2,500 prize

Lisa Krannichfeld of Little Rock, Ark., for New Skin

Delta Awards – $750 prize

Anais Dasse of Little Rock, Ark., for Sticks and Stones
Louis Watts of Burlington, N.C., for Carbon Alphabets (The Ship Minerva Series)

Honorable Mentions

Aaron Calvert of Arkadelphia, Ark., for Always Facing South Bear
Tim Hursley of Little Rock, Ark., for Pine Bluff Mortuary
James Matthews of Little Rock, Ark., for Eviction Quilt #3 (Green Medallion)

Contemporaries Award – $250 prize

Ray Allen Parker of Fayetteville, Ark., for Post Punk

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.

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.


Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

© Copyright 2018 Arkansas Arts Center.
All rights reserved. All text and images are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written permission from their respective owners.