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6th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

Extended submission deadline - midnight on November 1, 2016

Over the past five years we have had over a thousand art works submitted to this competition. Each year the judges select 30 finalists. We are proud to announce that online submission is now available for this most diverse 2-D competition. We are looking for talented young and mid-career artists throughout the nation whose work covers a variety of concepts and addresses different issues and technical considerations in art.  This year our judge is Chris Valle.

About Our Judge

Chris Valle was born in Ocala, Florida in 1976. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 2002. Valle’s paintings combine both representation and abstraction, using classical and experimental approaches.  Conceptually, Valle's work explores how the affect of entertainment content depicting sexual norms, stereotypes and sexual roles has a profound influence on our perceptions about sex and body image.  Television pretends to reflect our realities as if it were a mirror; however it does not give us a pure reflection. We are shown things from elsewhere only in an already established, ready-made version: there is no place for our own judgment, and we are unable to resist simply accepting, as reality, the images placed before us. Valle's paintings are a social commentary about our media-manipulated society that has constructed a culture of sexual exploitation and commodification.

Valle’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums in over 130 exhibitions, including the major art cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Dallas as well as internationally with exhibits in Italy, Germany, and London.  This also includes 15 solo-exhibitions in the past 14 years. His work is in numerous collections, most notably the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Sienna Art Institute Library (Italy) and the HESS Corporation.

Highlights of recent exhibitions include: BEST OF SHOW AWARD in Perspective: Fresh Look at Contemporary Painting & Drawing, Hillyer Art Space, Washington D.C., a Benefactor Award, 28th Annual Northern National Art Competition, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI; Remedy, a National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago; and Contempor Arte 2010 at the Galleria d'arte Mentana in Florence, Italy; selection into the Royal Society of Portrait Painter’s “Open Exhibition” at the Mall Galleries in London; Object Abuse at Spinach in London; and Anonymous Drawings Project in Berlin, Germany.

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $100
  • Fourth Prize: Honorable Mention Certificate

Open to all artists who live in the United States and work with 2-D media, including drawing, graphic design, painting, textiles, print-making, and photography. Artworks must not weigh more than 60 pounds nor exceed 50 inches on any side, including frames. Returning applicants and 2-D alumni are eligible to reapply.

Submission Timeline
  • 20 October 2016 - Submission deadline - Extended submission deadline - midnight on November 1, 2016
  • 10 November 2016 - Notification of applicant’s entry status into the exhibition
  • 1 December 2016 - Accepted work needs to be delivered no later than December 1
  • 12 December 2016 – 18 January 2017- Exhibition dates (gallery open until 5 p.m.)
  • 25 January 2017 - Artwork pickup*
Instructions for Online Submission

Your application must be completed and submitted online by the submission deadline. Scroll down to view and complete the online application. You can submit up to five images of artwork for review. Please note that image size and labeling are very important. Image files must be JPEG only, no larger than 1,000 pixels in height or width, and a resolution of 72 pixels per inch.

Image files must be labeled LastNameFirstName_Image#_ArtworkTitle.jpg.
Ex. SmithPat_3_ManByLake.jpg

Please include a $30 non-refundable check or money order made out to Armstrong State University. If you wish to submit more than three images, there is an additional charge of $5 per extra image. Add the extra image fee(s) to your check or money order.

Mail check or money order to:

Armstrong State University
Department of Art, Music & Theatre
Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

Fill out our online form.


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