Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science competition

About the Mid-States Exhibitions

First inaugurated in 1948, the purpose of the MID-STATES ART EXHIBITION was to showcase emerging artists from the Evansville area. As part of the application process, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and crafts were delivered for exhibition consideration by a jury of two or three arts professionals. The selected works were exhibited in the Museum’s galleries as the Mid-States Art Exhibition. However, due to the enormous number of entries, a separate exhibition for craft objects was implemented in 1960, as the MID-STATES CRAFT EXHIBITION. Currently, the exhibitions have become biennial events each with a professional juror to maintain the utmost quality.

Over the years, the objects collected through the Mid-States Exhibitions have created a wonderful and extensive collection of contemporary works by artists from a variety of educational backgrounds and talents. Many of the objects can be viewed in the Permanent Collection galleries of the Evansville Museum. A number of Mid-States artists have been invited to participate in other exhibitions curated by the Evansville Museum and to submit objects for the Museum Shop.

$15.00 fee entitles entrant to submit up to TWO entries. Make check payable to the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. Payment may be made by check, money order or credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover), please do not send cash.


August 8 – September 11- Entry Submission

October 3 – Jurying

October 12 – Notification of Jurying Results

October 23 – November 11 – Receiving Accepted Work

November 19 – Final Review and Award Selection by Juror

December 10 – Reception and Presentation of Awards 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CST

December 11, 2011 – February 5, 2012 – Exhibition

February 6 – 13, 2012 – Claiming of Accepted Work

See website to download prospectus and enter competition.


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