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7th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

The Armstrong State University Department of Art, Music and Theatre is pleased to announce that online submission is now available for the 7th annual Armstrong State University National 2-D Competition and Exhibition.

Over the past six years more than a thousand works of art have been submitted to this competition. Each year the judges select 30 finalists from a growing pool of 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 artist and University of North Florida professor Jason John.

About Our Judge

About our Judge

Jason John has exhibited his work across the nation, including solo exhibitions at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Texas Tech University; and at the Sylvia White Gallery, in Ventura, California. His work was included in Get Real: New American Painting at MOCA Jacksonville, a survey of contemporary realist painting in the United States.   Jason’s work has been on the front covers of Blue Canvas Magazine, Art Calendar, Poets and Artists Magazine, Visual Arts Overture Magazine, and Weave Magazine.  Jason’s work has been featured in American Arts Quarterly, American Art Collector Magazine, Manifest Gallery’s International Painting books 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Studio Visit Magazine, Creative Quarterly Magazine, and Aesthetica Magazine.

John was born in Detroit, Michigan, receiving his BFA from Kutztown University and an MFA in painting and drawing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



  • 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.

Exhibition Guidelines

Exhibition Guidelines

Exhibition Fee

The entry fee is $30 (non-refundable). If you wish to submit more than three images, there is an additional charge of $5 per extra image. Payment may be made online with credit or debit card or check or money order made out to Armstrong State University.


Artists are responsible for shipping to and from the exhibition, and must provide a pre-paid return shipping label with their artwork. Artwork must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. Drawings, prints, watercolors and pastels must be framed under transparent plastic such as Plexiglas. Glass is permissible for work hand-delivered to and from the gallery.


Accepted artworks must be professionally prepared for exhibition and must include detailed instructions for installation or assembly as necessary. The jurors reserve the right to reject works which differ significantly from the original digital image submission.


A catalogue will be produced for the exhibition. Each entrant will receive a copy of the catalogue, available on site in the gallery and with return of artwork.


Purchase awards as well as awards of merit will be presented at the discretion of the jurors.

Sales will be encouraged. All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated. Armstrong State University Gallery will not take a commission from the purchase of works from the exhibition.


Notification of acceptance will be made via email the week of November 6th.

Agreement and Copyright

With the submission of artwork to Armstrong State University Gallery, the artist agrees to all terms set forth in this prospectus and grants permission to photograph and reproduce any accepted work for the catalogue, an exhibition website, and for publicity purposes.


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Submission & Exhibition Timeline

​Submission & Exhibition Timeline

  • Deadline for Submission—Midnight, October 27, 2017
  • Notification of applicant’s entry status into the exhibition—November 6th, 2017
  • Accepted work needs to be delivered no later than December 1, 2017
  • Exhibition Dates—December 11, 2017 - January 17, 2018
  • Closing Reception—January 17, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Instructions for Online Submission

Instructions for Online Submissions

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

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