Bellwethers 2022

Deadline Extended to September 20th

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5th Annual Juried Exhibition of Collegiate Student Art

West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Humboldt, Tennessee

October 03 – November 17, 2022

Reception and Awards, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2022

Juror: John Roberts – Artist

John Roberts is an artist working in Sharon, Tennessee. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Harding University and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from the University of Arkansas. John is currently represented by David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee.

Show Prizes:

1st Place 2D - $ 200 

2nd Place 2D - $ 100 

Honorable Mention 2D - $ 50 

1st Place 3D - $ 200 

2nd Place 3D - $ 100 

Honorable Mention 3D - $ 50 


The Bellwethers 2022 exhibition is open to all undergraduate art students enrolled in a visual arts program at a two-year or four-year institution in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Students who have graduated in the past 6 months are also eligible to submit to the competition. Work entered must have been produced during the student’s undergraduate enrollment period, must have been created solely by the artist themselves, and must have been finished within the last two years. Masterwork or artist copies are not eligible for submission. Media may include: painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, fiber art, mixed media, and jewelry. 2D works should be prepared for professional exhibition, framed, and must be wired and able to hang from the installed hanging system, which means nails or screws cannot be driven into the art gallery walls. Works requiring electricity and/or technology can be submitted but any computer or display/projection technology must be provided by the artist and left for the duration of the exhibit.  Works requiring additional hanging structures beyond the wall hanging system should not be submitted and cannot be exhibited. Large sculptures must be self-installed by the artist and the definition of “large” in this case is left to the discretion of the exhibition planners. The gallery has more than a few typical size pedestals for 3D works. If your work requires a special size or specifically shaped pedestal you may want to bring it with your work. Works arriving not prepared for hanging as described in this paragraph will not be installed. Any questions about framing and preparation for display can be sent to the organizers at


Online entry form, fees and digital files must be received by September 20, 2022 in the University of Tennessee at Martin Visual and Theatre Arts Office.  All selected artists will be notified as soon as possible with specific exhibiting and shipping information. Works juried into the exhibition either shipped or hand delivered must arrive at the West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt, Tennessee by 4:00 p.m. on Friday September 30, 2022 ready to hang.

Entry Procedure:

Step 1:

Fill out the entire online submission form, web address to find the entry form is below. It is the first link on the top of that page.

Step 2:

Pay the non-refundable $25 entry fee online or by personal check, cashier’s check or money order payable to: UTM. A link for the entry fee payment can be found on the same webpage as the submission form. It is the second link on the webpage.Make sure to put your first and last name on the check, money order, or cashiers check if you mail it for our records.


If mailing send the fee to:


Bellwethers 2022

Department of Visual and Theatre Arts

201 Fine Arts Building

16 Mt. Pelia Road

University of Tennessee at Martin

Martin, TN  38238

Step 3:.

Digital file submissions can only be submitted as email attachments to the following email address. ““ All files must be in the .png, .jpg or .jpeg file format. All digital files should be at least 800 pixels in the smallest dimension and no larger than 1400 pixels in the largest dimension. All digital files should be smaller than 5 MB in size. No .gifs or files on physical media will be accepted. Each email should include your name, the medium, framed or object size, date of completion, and title of work in the text area of the message. Type the words “Bellwethers Entry” in the subject line. Sending an email with images does not constitute an official entry; online entry form must be submitted and fees still have to be paid online or mailed to Department of Visual and Theatre Arts office.


The University of Tennessee at Martin and the is not responsible for damage to artwork while artworks are in transit or for damage or loss of artwork while it is on the gallery premises. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure that artworks are handled properly and as secure as possible on site. Gallery staff are always on hand when the gallery is open.

Return of Work:

Hand delivered works must be picked up on November 22 or 23, 2022 during normal museum hours. Please call to discuss your pick up plans with Bill Hickerson, 731-784-1787. All shipped works must arrive with a prepaid return label from UPS inside the shipping container. You can make these yourself online very easily. Any works that arrive without a shipping label will have to be picked up in person. Works not picked up by November 23rd will be disposed of due to lack of storage.

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