Call for Entries: State Capitol Exhibit

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

ATLANTA -  The Office of the Governor and Georgia Council for the Arts announce a call for entries for "The Art of Georgia: Celebrating Georgia's Landscapes and People," an exhibit that will showcase current work of contemporary artists and hang in the executive offices of the State Capitol. This is the first art exhibit hosted by Georgia Council for the Arts and demonstrates the agency's effort to support Georgia's talented pool of individual artists. The initial call for work deadline, from artists who reside in the northeast region of the state, is July 20, 2012. Additional calls for entries will subsequently be issued in Southwest Georgia, Metro-Atlanta, Southeast Georgia and Northwest Georgia.  


 "The arts and expressions of creativity run deep through our cultural heritage," stated Governor Nathan Deal. "This call for entries and subsequent exhibit will celebrate and add value to the role of Georgia's individual artists, highlight the unique character of our state and illustrate our traditions and history in a highly visible, public venue for all of Georgia's citizens to view and appreciate."  


Artwork will be sought and selected regionally over a two-year time frame, with work from each area on display for six months. Entries must explore the theme of Georgia's natural and cultural heritage, its landscapes and its people. Two-dimensional visual artwork in media that includes painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and mixed media will be considered.   "Individual artists are the backbone of the state's creative industries," stated Karen Paty, director of Georgia Council for the Arts. "The contributions they make to our state not only define our culture but are also one component of what makes Georgia attractive to businesses, improves our quality of life and connects communities. We are fortunate to have a governor who supports and appreciates the significance of the connection between the arts and economic development, as well as a first lady who is involved with and committed to the arts community."  


This is not a juried competition; prizes will not be awarded. However, the selected artwork will receive exposure on a state level to the wide variety of visitors who visit the state capitol including legislators, dignitaries, and tourists.  Sale of the artwork selected for exhibition will also be encouraged via a digital guide on the Georgia Council for the Arts' website. Complete eligibility guidelines, including specific submission details and deadlines, are available on


Georgia Council for the Arts is a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development that provides support for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state.  Established in 1965 as the Georgia Commission on the Arts, its mission is to encourage excellence in the arts, support the arts many forms of expressions and make the arts available to all Georgians by providing funding, leadership, programming and other services.  Funding for Georgia Council for the Arts is provide

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