Call for Entries • $600 in Prize Money

Judge: Steven E. Ochs
from Southern Arkansas University
in Magnolia, Arkansas

Entry Deadline February 3
Exhibit February 5-26, 2020
Fee $10 for SAAC Members & $15 for Non-Members

Competition Prospectus

TO ENTER submit up to two framed photographs along with a completed entry form and the entry fee for each piece.
• Original photographs created with any type of camera, printed on any media
• Basic corrective editing, but no graphic manipulations
• Photos taken in the last five years, not under supervision or in classroom environment
DELIVER entries by February 3, 2020, to the South Arkansas Arts Center at 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730.

BEST of SHOW • $300
1st Place • $150
2nd Place • $75
3rd Place • $50
Honorable Mention • $20

Entry DEADLINE • February 3
Opening • February 5
Reception • February 21, 5:00-6:30pm
Last Day of Exhibit • February 26
PICK-UP Artwork • February 27

Photographs can be take with any type of camera and printed on any medium. Basic corrective editing in the dark room or digitally on the computer is allowed but no graphic manipulations. Photographs must have been taken in the last five years and not previously shown at SAAC. Each piece must be ready for display in the gallery with a sufficient hanging method. No work done under supervision or in a classroom environment will be accepted. The judge and show chairperson have final authority to define what constitutes an acceptable entry.
ENTRIES/FEE: Limit 2 pieces per person with an entry fee of $10 each for SAAC Members and $15 each for Non-Members (Entry fee is non-refundable.) Make checks payable to SAAC.
DEADLINE: February 3, 2020 – Entries must be received in the SAAC Office by Monday, February 3, 2020.
DELIVERY/PICK-UP: Works must be delivered to SAAC by February 3 and picked up on February 27. Artists are responsible for the delivery and pickup of all works. Shipped pieces must include a return shipping label or instructions when received. Work not picked up after 30 days will become the property of SAAC.
EXHIBITION: All works will be on exhibit in SAAC’s Galleries February 5-27, 2020. An Artist Reception will be held February 21, 5:00-6:30pm with an awards presentation at 6:00pm. All work must remain for the duration of the exhibit.
SALES: Sales are encouraged. A commission of 35% will be charged on all sales resulting from the exhibition. Works NOT FOR SALE must be marked NFS.
WAIVER: Any work submitted to SAAC for exhibition may be reproduced for promotional purposes. The receipt of an entry in the competition will constitute agreement by the artist with all conditions set forth in the prospectus.

Steven E. Ochs

Professor of Art and Chair, Dept. of Art & Design
at SAU in Magnolia, Arkansas

Steven Ochs is a Professor of Art at Southern Arkansas University with 37 years of experience in education. He has been serving as the Chair of the Department of Art and Design and is the owner of Public Art Walks, which specialize in public art projects utilizing decorative concrete.

Steven mainly teaches basic and advance photography, ceramics, sculpture, 3D design and is currently serving on the Magnolia Arts Council. He has received awards in both teaching and research. In 2013, Steven was awarded SAU’s Honor Professor of the year. He has published numerous articles about creating and marketing decorative concrete, photo-documentation, and has been a presenter and artist at the World of Concrete, Concrete Décor Show and Bosch Tool events.

In November of 2016, He collaborated with the Art Professors of Artemisa Cuba to create a large mural on their campus and co-presented this project at the Universidad 2018 in Havana.

Steven holds degrees from the following: B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston: M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana: M.F.A. from Ohio University – Athens.

South Arkansas Arts Center hosts a bi-annual open competition in photography for any type of photographic cameras – SLR, digital, poloriad or cell phone. If a picture paints a thousand words, then “The Viewfinder,” speaks volumes.

Photos of 2012 Winners • Mourning Light,” by Heather Canterbury was awarded Best of Show. Joanna Tilley was awarded First Place for her piece entitled “Father.” Second Place was awarded to Kelly Campbell for her piece entitled “T2G.” Deleath Ludwig was awarded Third Place for her piece entitled “When Time Stands Still,” and Marty Burns was awarded Honorable Mention for his piece entitled “40.”

Enter the 2015 Competition
Deliver Entries to SAAC by April 29

For more information or assistance with an entry contact the South Arkansas Arts Center 870-862-5474 or e-mail