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April 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - September 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Timothy Gaewsky, In Our Lonely Minds (Detail), Acrylic, latex house paint on cradled wood panel

Timothy Gaewsky, In Our Lonely Minds (Detail), Acrylic, latex house paint on cradled wood panel, NewNow 2018

May 29, 2020: To insure the safety of its community, Cuyahoga Community College’s Gallery East has announced it will stay closed for the remainder of 2020 . As a result, the NewNow has been postponed until January 2021, date TBA. The deadline for entry will be extended until SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 and a new calendar, including exhibition dates, will be released. Thank you for flexibility and continued support during these uncertain times! 


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held January 2021. This multi-media juried exhibition will be judged by Cat Sheridan, the curator of The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery. The exhibition will be held in Tri-C’s beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122.


Cash awards of $750, $500, and 2 awards for $250 will be given out by the juror, and additional awards will be chosen by popular vote. A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece. All proceeds from the competition will fund the artist’s awards and benefit the Artists Archives, whose mission is to support Ohio visual artists and preserve their important heritage for future generations.


A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece. Please review all entry details, submission instructions and calendar deadlines prior to application. They are listed directly below.


All entries must be made online. Submit work here >>>>  https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr. <<<<


The original deadline has been extended to September 1, 2020! Artists will be notified of acceptance by October 1, 2020.

Entry Details:

ELIGIBILITY: This juried exhibition is open to living artists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Trumball, Summit, and Wayne counties.

ACCEPTED MEDIA: Painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, assemblage, collage, ceramics, glass, installations, fiber, weaving, textiles, video & film and photography. Jewelry will be accepted if it is made using metalsmithing or hand-formed using unique materials or techniques. Printmaking must be original – no giclée reproductions of work done in other media.

FILM AND VIDEO ENTRIES: Film and video submissions must be made separately at The NEW NOW 2020/ film, video

PRESENTATION: 2-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 50 lbs. in weight. No width limit. 2-D work should be appropriately framed and ready to hang (neutral matting only, glass or acrylic where applicable, frames must be strong enough to hold the weight of the piece). Any painting stretched on canvas does not have to be framed. No saw-tooth hangers. 3-D work cannot exceed 8’ in height or 100 lbs. in weight. No width limit. Work not properly presented for exhibition at the time of delivery will not be accepted.

ENTRY FEES: A total of three entries may be submitted for $40 and up to 3 additional entries at $10 apiece.

CASH AWARDS: Awards of $750, $500, and 2 @ $250 will be given out by the awards juror, and additional awards of $250 total will be chosen by popular vote.

CATALOG: Images of award winning work will be featured in a printed show catalog and names of all accepted artists will be listed.

INSURANCE: Accepted artists assume sole responsibility for insuring their work.

SALE OF WORKS: Works may be for sale at the discretion of the artist. AAWR will retain a 40% commission on all sold work, and will handle all sales of work during the exhibition.


Submission Instructions:


TO SUBMIT WORK GO TO>>>>>  https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr

To prepare images for uploading please adhere to the following guidelines:
• sRGB or RGB color space (standard) NO CMYK (typically used for printing industry)
• 72 dpi resolution
• Images sized to 1,280 pixels on the longest side, the other size width or height proportional
• Layers must be flattened
• 8-bit mode
• Jpg format
• Jpg compression at level 7 (Medium)
• Do not use characters other than a period preceding jpg in the file name. The following characters will lead to image uploading problems :!@#$%^&*()_+

As a submitter to this show you grant AAWR permission to include your name as part of future mailings and announcements. If you would prefer to NOT be included on our mailing list please notify us in writing. Artists whose work is chosen for exhibition grant AAWR the right to use images of their work for the purposes of promotion, inclusion in AAWR programs, and subsequent display on the AAWR website without further contact or compensation from AAWR.



ENTRIES: The original submission deadline has been extended from July 18, 2020. All additional dates will be updated soon!


• TBA Please note: Work should be delivered to Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. Parking for delivery is free in LOT H3, accessed most easily by the Harvard Road entrance.


• TBA Please note: AAWR & Tri-C will not be responsible for work left after pick-up dates. Work not picked up will be subjected to storage fees and disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery Coordinator.



Please email info@artistsarchives.org. Include your name and phone number so we may assist you!


About Our Judge:

Cat Sheridan is the director of The Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, which showcases the work of Ohio’s artists and the collections of the state’s museums and galleries. The Riffe Gallery is located in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, across from the Statehouse on High Street in downtown Columbus. Sheridan has had many roles in the arts throughout her career, including being an artist herself. She is a Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) graduate with a degree in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. She has worked for many years as an arts administrator and arts advocate primarily with the CCAD, and the Worthington Arts Council. Sheridan loves how art can create community and foster conversation, and is excited to expand her knowledge of Ohio artists outside of the Columbus area.


About the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR):

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.


Our Supporters:

The Bernice and David E. Davis Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC), the Gund Foundation, Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the Cleveland Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation, Zufall Foundation


April 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am
September 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm
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