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How to Enter

Complete the online form, upload images, and pay a non-refundable fee ($20 for one entry and $10 for each additional entry.) There is a maximum of 3 entries. Entry for the 61st Annual Delta Exhibition opens on December 17, 2018. The deadline for entry is February 13, 2019.

Artists may only submit the online form once. Any additional or duplicate submissions will be discarded, and no refunds will be made available.

Guidelines, Notification, and Delivery

The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Artists currently living in one of these states must be a resident for six (6) consecutive months prior to the submission date. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center. The artist’s submission does not infringe upon any third party’s proprietary rights and must not violate any intellectual property laws.

Submitted artwork must adhere to size limitations set by the Arkansas Arts Center here in the guidelines; after an artwork’s acceptance for the exhibition; during installation of an accepted work for the exhibition; or at any other time. The maximum vertical length of any 2-D work should not exceed 12 feet wide unless otherwise agreed upon by the Arkansas Arts Center. 3-D artwork must be no longer or wider than 10 feet, unless otherwise agreed upon by the Arkansas Arts Center. The maximum amount of vertical space is subject to the height of the walls in the exhibition’s location. Artists whose submission has special requirements for exhibiting the work should explain these requirements in the “special exhibition requirements” section of the entry form. The Arkansas Arts Center cannot guarantee that such requirements can be met.

In the entry form, artists must provide dimensions for 2-D works for both the artwork framed and unframed. For 2-D works with multiple components, the artist must provide the latter, as well as the total space required to exhibit the work. Artists must provide height, width, and depth for 3-D works.

For film, video, and new media works, artists must provide the length of the production and indicate in the “special exhibition requirements” section how the work should be shown. Artists must provide projectors, laptops, and other equipment required to show the work.

Accepted artwork should be ready to hang or install. For 2-D and other wall-mounted artworks, artworks should have weight-appropriate D-rings. Artist who require non-standard pedestals, bases, or other display platforms should provide the platforms themselves. For digital media, film, video, etc. that require a projector, computer, or monitor to display, the artist must provide such equipment for installation and use during the exhibition. Artworks deemed not ready to hang or show as delivered will be excluded from the exhibition.

Notifications of selected artwork will be sent after February 13, 2019. Artists are responsible for the shipment of their works; however, the Arkansas Arts Center will not accept works delivered by UPS, USPS, FedEx or any non-fine arts shipping company. Artists are encouraged to deliver and pick up their artworks personally, if possible. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by the specified date given in the selected notification information. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artists and works not for sale may be noted on the entry form.

Digital Images

The juror selects the exhibition based on digital submissions. Medium resolution images are preferred. Resolution is sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. If possible, keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information may require cropping of the image. Works with multiple components must be represented by at least one image which shows the complete work arranged for display. Entries are not accepted via paper or email.

Please keep each image file to 3mb or less. The form can only transmit a limited amount of data and may become unresponsive if the file size is too large.


The guest juror selection will be announced prior to the closing of online submissions. The juror selects the artworks to be in the exhibition and assigns three awards, one Grand Award ($2500 prize) and two Delta Awards ($750 prize). Please check the Arkansas Arts Center Delta Exhibition page for updates regarding juror selection.


The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to omit any artwork from display due to space or condition concerns, as well as for safety concerns regarding the art and guests. The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce any accepted artwork images, artwork information, artist statements, and artist biographies in exhibition booklets, websites, and other media or publications. Upon submission of this form you agree to receive emails pertaining to the competition. Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this form.

Annual Delta Exhibition

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

The Annual Delta Exhibition presents a vision of contemporary art in the American South. Founded in 1958, the exhibition provides a unique snapshot of the Delta region. The Delta Exhibition reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with an innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter. A guest juror will select the artworks to be exhibited and assign the $2500 Grand Award and two $750 Delta Awards. Additionally, a $250 Contemporaries Award will be selected by the Contemporaries, an auxiliary membership group of the Arkansas Arts Center.

The exhibition is open to all artists who live in or were born in one of the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Art must be original, completed in the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Arkansas Arts Center.

Entry for the 61st Annual Delta Exhibition is closed.

Deadline for online entries: February 13, 2019

Reception & Preview for artists and AAC members: May 2, 2019
Exhibition Dates: May 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019
Learn more about the 61st Annual Delta Exhibition

guidelines       Entry Form


About the Juror

Kevin Cole is a contemporary artist best known for sculptural works, paintings, and intentional use of color. An Arkansas native, Cole’s artwork has been featured in more than 475 national and international exhibitions, including the 42nd Annual Delta Exhibition (1999) at the Arkansas Arts Center. His work can be found in notable private and public collections around the country. Among his public commissions are a fifteen-story mural commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta and a twenty-foot high by fifty-five feet long sculpture commission at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta. His recent sculpture, When My Scars are my Testimony, is featured in the 2019 Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Cole has been a member of AfriCOBRA since 2003 and was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2018. Read More »


Voices of the Delta

Learn more about the art and artists in past Delta Exhibitions. Visit Voices of the Delta on our blog.

The opinions expressed are the artists’ own and do not reflect any particular or specific viewpoint of the Arkansas Arts Center.

Featured Works from past Delta Exhibitions

David Bailin, Slippage, 2014, charcoal, oil, pastel, and coffee on prepared paper, 78 x 83 inches, Grand Award, 56th Annual Delta Exhibition

Mark Lewis, Under the Oak (Woodward Park), 2014, graphite and paper collage, 74 x 59 inches, Grand Award, 57th Annual Delta Exhibition

Tim Hursley, Pocahontas, AR, 2016, chromagenic print, 25.5 x 34 inches, Grand Award, 58th Annual Delta Exhibition

Dawn Holder, Grass Variation (Mown Path), 2015, porcelain, 60 x 60 x 2 1/2 inches, Grand Award, 59th Annual Delta Exhibition

Lisa Krannichfeld, New Skin, 2018, Chinese ink, watercolor, acrylic, paper collage, and toned cyanotype on paper mounted on board covered with resin, 36 x 36 x 2 inches, Grand Award, 60th Annual Delta Exhibition


The 61st Annual Delta Exhibition is Sponsored by

Isabel and John Ed Anthony

Bank OZK

Philip R. Jonsson Foundation

Lisenne Rockefeller

Dianne and Bobby Tucker

Terri and Chuck Erwin

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

AAC Contemporaries

Phyllis and Michael Barrier

Robert Chandler

Sandra and Bob Connor

East Harding Construction

Barbara Rogers Hoover

Don A.Tilton, The Capitol Group


  Grand Award supported by The John William Linn Endowment Fund

Exhibition supported by the Andre Simon Memorial Trust in memory of everyone who has died of
acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Reception support provided by Catfish Farmers of Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of North Little Rock; Arkansas Arts Center Board of Trustees; and the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.


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