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NewNow 2024 – CALL FOR ENTRY

May 20 @ 10:00 am - July 28 @ 11:59 pm

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The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is pleased to announce a CALL FOR ENTRY for the NewNow 2024, Northeast Ohio’s premier biannual competitive art exhibition to be held September 12 – October 17, 2024.

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.

The deadline for entry is 11:59pm JULY 28, 2024.

Please review all entry details, submission instructions and calendar deadlines prior to application. They are listed directly below.

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 2024/ film, video. Photography should be entered in THE NEWNOW 2024, NOT the NEWNOW 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 12.
  • 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 2024” for video work, OR the “NewNow 2024” 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 (standard)
  • 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 20 and end July 20, 2024.
  • NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Artists will be notified of the acceptance of their work the week of August 11, 2024.
  • DELIVERY OF ACCEPTED WORK: September 3 and 4, 2024, 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 12, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • SHOW DATES: September 12 – October 17, 2024
  • PICK UP OF EXHIBITED WORK: October 21, 22, and 23, 2024, 11am – 5pm


Please Note: AAWR & Tri-C will not be responsible for work left after 10/24/2024 Work not picked up will be subjected to storage fees and disposed of at the discretion of the Gallery Coordinator


About Our Judge, George Whitten:

George Whitten

George Whitten

George is currently the Executive Director of The Mansfield Art Center. A position he has held since 2014. In addition to being an active community leader of the arts, Whitten is also a well-respected practicing artist and teacher. He received his BFA at Florida Atlantic University and earned his MFA at Wichita State University. Whitten’s ceramics, sculptures and paintings are represented in national and international private, corporate, university and museum collections. His work has been published in magazines such as Ceramics Monthly and Studio Potter.

Whitten recently received the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his support of artists across the state and region and for engaging the community in the arts. Presented annually for 45 years, the award recognizes organizations and individuals who champion the field of fine crafts and working artists. As Executive Director of The Mansfield Art center Whitten was asked to help revive the education program. He spearheaded a fundraising campaign that raised $3.2 million in a year and a half, resulting in the expansion of the center’s education wing to include a new glassblowing studio and an updated ceramics studio, as well as 3-D printing and STEAM areas.

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



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