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NewNow 2022 – CALL FOR ENTRY

May 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am - June 30, 2022 @ 11:59 pm


UPDATE 6/29/2022: new EXTENDED DEADLINE for entry: 11:59pm on Monday, JULY 4, 2022. 


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow 2022, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held September 15 – October 28, 2022. The exhibition will be held in-person in Tri-C’s beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. Gallery East, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122.


Cash awards totaling $1750 will be given out: Four chosen by the juror, and one additional award by popular vote from attendees at the opening reception. 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.


All entries must be made online at https://client.smarterentry.com/aawr. 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.


About Our Judge:

Amalia Amaki

Amalia Amaki

Amalia K. Amaki is an artist, art historian, curator, and writer. She received a BA in Journalism from Georgia State University, BA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, and MA and Ph.D. in Modern American Art and Culture from Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts where she was a Foreign Study Fellow in France.  Dr. Amaki has taught at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, University of North Georgia, University of Delaware and University of Alabama. She also taught photography at Student Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Her publications include: A Century of African American Art: The Paul R. Jones Collection; Hale Woodruff, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, and the Academy; two books on Tuscaloosa, AL, and a book on Tuskegee, AL.  Her more than thirty solo shows include a retrospective at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.  She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in photography, artist grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council and the City of Atlanta, and won art commissions from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Valdosta State University, the 1996 Olympics, several public agencies and private corporations and The High Museum of Art’s Creative Hearts Youth Art Community Quilt Project.  Dr. Amaki has curated numerous exhibitions, primarily as curator of the Paul R. Jones Art Collection.  She has published five books and written several catalog essays, articles and art related blogs.

Entry Details:

  • ELIGIBILITY: This juried exhibition is open to living artists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Trumbull, 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. 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. 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 @ $200 will be given out by the awards juror, and an additional award of $100 will be chosen by popular vote. Images of award-winning work will be featured in the show catalog and all accepted artists will be listed in the catalog. Awards will be presented at the opening reception, September 15.
  • 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

Login and select the competition you wish to enter, either the “NewNow Film & Video 2022” for video work, OR the “NewNow 2022” for all other media (including photography)

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: Begin May 1 and end July 4, 2022.
  • NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Artists will be notified of the acceptance of their work the week of July 11, 2022.
  • DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK: September 6 and 7, 2022, 11am -5pm
  • Work should be delivered to Gallery East, Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus, Education Center Building, 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122. Parking for delivery is free in LOT H3, accessed most easily by the Harvard Road entrance.
  • OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY: Thursday September 15, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • SHOW DATES: September 15 – October 28, 2022
  • PICK UP OF EXHIBITED WORK: November 1, and 2, 2022, 11am – 5pm


Please Note: AAWR & Tri-C will not be responsible for work left after 11/2/2022 Work not picked up will be subjected to storage fees and disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery Coordinator


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



May 1, 2022 @ 12:00 am
June 30, 2022 @ 11:59 pm
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