2018 Annual Juried Art Competition



  • Extended Entry Deadline: June 5
  • Juror Announcement: June 12
  • Art work Due at SAAC: July 1
  • Exhibit Opens: July 3
  • Artist’s Reception: July 13
  • Last Day: July 30
  • Artists Pick-up Work: July 31
  • Shipped Art Returned: August 1-6

Submit any number of entries by digital image.
All entries are $10 each.

    • 2-D and 3-D Fine Art Media
    • Artists 18 and Older in the US.
JAC Deadline

Entries can be submitted online or by mail.  For more information or assistance with an entry contact the South Arkansas Arts Center 870-862-5474 or e-mail juriedart@saac-arts.org

Online Entry Form
Download PDF Entry Form


Over $2000 in Prize Money

  • BEST of SHOW • $600
  • 1st Place • $350
  • 2nd Place • $250
  • 3rd Place • $150
  • Honorable Mention • $50
  • Peoples’ Choice • $100
  • Purchase Award • $600

One piece from the competition will be purchased for SAAC’s permanent art collection. The Annual Purchase Award is made possible through an endowment from the family of Wilma Riley in memory of her commitment to the arts, her community, and SAAC.

Juror René Paul Barilleaux

SAAC is excited to welcome René Paul Barilleaux, of the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, as the juror for the 2019 Annual Juried Art Competition.

René Paul BarilleauxThe McNay Art MuseumRené Paul Barilleaux (American, born Lafayette, Louisiana) is Head of Curatorial Affairs at the McNay Art Museum. Previously, he was Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art. One of six top-tier managers, Barilleaux works with the Director to provide overall artistic vision and supervises four senior staff.

Since joining the McNay in 2005, he has greatly expanded the postwar and contemporary art collection in range and number, while developing new collecting areas including photo-based work and installation art. Barilleaux has organized solo presentations by Lynda Benglis, Judith Godwin, Jane Hammond, Joseph Marioni, and Sandy Skoglund, among other artists, as well as American Art Since 1945: In a New Light; New Image Sculpture; Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune; Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting; and Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography. He initiated new exhibition programs including a video series, and has edited and contributed to numerous publications including the Whitney Museum’s Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE. Barilleaux recently served on the McNay’s master planning committee.

Working in museums for over 35 years, Barilleaux held curatorial positions at the Mississippi Museum of Art; College of Charleston, South Carolina; Madison Art Center, Wisconsin; and Museum of Holography, New York. Barilleaux received a BFA from The University of Southwestern Louisiana and an MFA from Pratt Institute.

Exhibit Prospectus


The exhibition is competitive and open to artists 18 years of age or older living in the United States, no international addresses accepted. All 2-D and 3-D fine arts media accepted, including photography and computer generated work. Pieces must be original and completed in the last five years. 

  • 2-D works must be completely ready for gallery display – a clean, neat, professional presentation with a secure hanging method. If subject to damage, works should be framed under plexi or glass. Work not ready to hang may be disqualified.
  • 3-D works and Multi Media Presentations must be display ready. Work weighing over 50 pounds, presenting complex installation problems or requiring electrical power should be approved by the gallery manager prior to paying the entry fee. Work unsuitable for installation in the gallery may be disqualified.
  • The juror and gallery manager have final authority to define what constitutes an acceptable entry. Works may be rated unacceptable if considered unsafe or appear to be significantly different from the image submitted to the juror.  Artwork completed under classroom supervision and/or reproduced from work by other artists or published material is not accepted.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 5, 2019. Entries must be submitted online or delivered to the South Arkansas Arts Center by June 5, 2019.

ENTRY & IMAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Artists may submit any number of entries by digital image. A second image of the work to show a detail or alternative view is allowed. If video is incorporated in a multi media presentation, do not send a video file but provide a link to where it can be viewed on the web. ONLINE ENTRY: Upload images with the online entry form. Click the green button above and follow the instructions. MAIL-IN ENTRY: Mail entry form, entry fee and digital images to SAAC Juried Competition, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730. Save all images on a SD card, Memory Stick or CD labeled with the artist’s name.

ENTRY FEE: All entries are $10 each. Payment can be made by PayPal, credit card, check or cash. Make checks payable to SAAC. Entry fee is non-refundable.

NOTIFICATION: June 12. Juror’s notification of accepted works will be announced on June 12. A list will be posted online at www.saac-arts.org and artists will be contacted by email.

DELIVERY/SHIPPING: July 1. Deliver accepted work to SAAC by July 1. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of all works.  Return shipping instructions must be included when work is received.  Work can be picked up in person on Wednesday, July 31. If using a shipping company, please make arrangements for pick up of your work August 1-6. After 30 days, unclaimed work will become the property of SAAC..

EXHIBITION: July 3-30, 2019. All accepted works will be on exhibit in the SAAC Galleries July 3-30, 2019.  All work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.

SALES: A commission of 35% will be charged on all sales. Work that is not for sale must be clearly marked on the entry form as NFS.

LIABILITY: Artists are responsible for the transportation of accepted entries and expected to carry their own insurance if shipping the artwork. South Arkansas Arts Center is not responsible for damages during transport. Every precaution will be taken during packing and unpacking for the safety of each entry, but neither SAAC, its board, staff, nor volunteers will be responsible for loss or damage caused during transport. If artwork is accepted in the exhibit, artists agree to allow the artwork to be reproduced for promotional purposes. The receipt of an entry in the juried exhibition will constitute agreement by the artist with all conditions set forth in the prospectus.