Special Talents in Artistic Representation

Merrimack Hall invites you to participate in the first-ever STAR showcase, where we celebrate the creative brilliance of individuals with special needs!

Submissions Window
April 1st - 30th
Artist Notification
May 24
Artist Celebration
June 20, Location TBD
Artist Installation
June 20 - 27, Location TBD

Are you an artist with a disability looking to showcase your unique talents?

Artists in Madison County, over 16 years, with a disability causing physical or mental impairment of one or more major life activities are eligible.  Examples of major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, personal care, learning or working. Your selected artwork will be displayed to the public for viewing.
Pottery Class with Instructor

A Juried Exhibition & A Public Display of Selected Works

Our jury panel is carefully selected to ensure inclusivity. With at least one member living with a disability, we guarantee a fair and understanding review process.

The STAR art show jurists will award ribbons to selected pieces in six categories, including Graphic & Print, Oils & Acrylics, Watercolor Painting, Sculpture, Photography, and Mixed Media. Plus, one standout piece will be crowned Best in Show.

2-Phase Art Show Jury Process

Our jury process consists of two phases. In Phase 1, submit digital images of your artwork for review. Selected pieces will proceed to Phase 2, where original artworks will be evaluated for inclusion in the showcase.

Art Student with artwork

Art Specifications & Categories

Artists can submit up to four entries in any of the specified categories below. Ensure your work is original, created within the past three years, and suitable for display.

Art Specifications

  • Four entries per artist, per category as described below.
  • Entries must be submitted under artist name and contact.
  • Artist must have a disability at the time of art creation.
  • Art must be the original work of the artist and created within the past three years.
  • Previous entries are not accepted.
  • Art (Phase 2) must be the same as the online entry image (Phase 1) – NO SUBSTITUTIONS.
  • Art must be suitable for display and hanging. Art must be framed, dry mounted, laminated or otherwise presented so that it may be hung. 3D works must not exceed 20 pounds and measure no more that 18” wide, 12” deep, 24” high. 
  • All art must include a label with artist’s full name, title, medium.
  • Merrimack Hall has the right to refuse any artwork.
  • Any artwork that differs significantly from the digital entry, arrives after the deadline, or is sub-standard quality will be disqualified from the art show and sale.

Entry Categories

  • Graphic & Print – charcoal, chalk, crayon, pastel, pencil, or pen and ink, woodcuts, stencils, engraving, etching and lithography, or screen-printing, foil imaging, digital art, computer graphics
  • Oils & Acrylics – oils, gouache, acrylics, tempera, or encaustic paints
  • Watercolor Painting watercolors, alcohol, ink and wash
  • Sculpture – 3-D art, bronze, stone, marble, wood, glass, jewelry, or clay
  • Photography – all types and styles of photography
  • Mixed Media – hanging art with variety of materials, hanging fiber art

Artwork Drop Off & Pickup

Selected artists will be notified of drop-off and pick-up schedules. Please ensure your artwork is securely packaged to prevent damage during transit.

Are you ready to enter?

Please fill out our artist entry form below. Please ensure that all fields are accurate and completed to the best of your knowledge.

Anna C making pottery

IMPORTANT DATES

Submissions Window
April 1st - 30th
Artist Notification
May 24
Artist Celebration
June 20, Location TBD
Artist Installation
June 20 - 27, Location TBD
Artist Entry Form

Please ensure that all fields are accurate and completed to the best of your knowledge.