The RNMAC is competition sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council (SCAC) and its partners. This juried art exhibit is open to all Alabama residents 18 years old and up.

*All artwork must be original. Copying other artists’ work is prohibited. Artwork cannot have been entered into any previous SCAC juried art competitions.*

Accepted art work categories and examples of mediums:

Drawing-Examples: pencil, colored pencil, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pen and ink, etc.

Painting-Examples: oil, acrylic, watercolor, oil pastel, etc.

Photography-Examples: digital and film

Sculpture-Examples: 3D work including steel, cast metals, wood, clay, found objects, 3D printing, assemblage of various objects or materials, installation, etc.

Printmaking-Examples: woodcut, lithography, linocut, engraving, collagraph, etching, monotype, aquatint, etc.

Fine Art Crafts-Examples: furniture making, pottery, blacksmithing, wood carving, basketry, etc.

Fiber Arts-Examples: soft sculpture, batik, painted fabric, weaving, rugs, punch needle, quilts, tapestry, etc.

Digital Art-Examples: 2D digital painting or drawing, graphic design, data-moshing, pixel art, digital collage, photo painting, vector painting, etc.


-Exhibition dates-January 18, 2024-February 29, 2024

-Submission deadline-November 17, 2023

-Notify artist (accepted or declined)-December 4-5, 2023

-Accepted work delivery dates- January 2-11, 2024 (unless otherwise arranged with SCAC. Email lindsay@shelbycountyartscouncil.com for questions.)

-Gallery opening reception/awards ceremony- January 18, 2024

-Show closes-February 29, 2024

-Artwork pick up-March 4-7, 2024 (unless otherwise arranged with SCAC)


Stacey Holloway – Click here for judge’s bio.


A maximum of two (2) works per person may be submitted and there is a $45.00 non-refundable submission fee. Submission fee is due at time of entry. Entry and submission fee do not guarantee acceptance to this show. After the submission deadline (November 17th) the juror will make entry selections and those accepted will be notified no later than December 4-5. Entrants must complete an entry form through the SCAC website and submit digital images of work. Digital images must be in a high quality JPEG format. All artwork must be the artist’s original creation and must not have been exhibited in any previous SCAC exhibition. Artists are allowed to submit up to three (3) photos for each entry-a full shot of the piece and two detail shots. Remember, the judge uses the entry form photos to choose which pieces of art to include in the art exhibit. Include clear photos of the art piece with simple backgrounds that highlight the work.

All image files must be named as follows: title of work (underscore) artist’s first and last initial(underscore)medium category.

Primary image: title of work_first/last initials_medium.jpg
Detail image: title of work(detail)_fist/last initials_medium.jpg




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Artwork must be original and ready to display (hanging wires/frames must be attached or ready for appropriate installation). Display pedestals will be provided for appropriate work.

For work requiring specific installation: If an installation work is accepted, the artist must provide specific installation instructions or be willing to deliver and install the work themselves. If the artist chooses to deliver and install, he/she is then responsible for the de-installation and pick-up of the work the week following the close of the exhibition at his or her own travel expense. The installation, if equipped with electronic functions, must be set up by the artist to be viewer activated or be able to run continually for 7 hours daily. Such lengths of time present problems of wear and tear on an artist’s machinery and should be considered before submitting an entry with electrical or mechanical components. All equipment must be provided by the artist, unless otherwise arranged. The SCAC is not held responsible for artwork damaged during the artist’s installation.


The SCAC cannot be held liable for lost or damaged work during shipping or transportation. The SCAC will be held liable for only the cost of supplies of the artwork should a piece become damaged while on display in the gallery. Proof of supplies cost is required for reimbursement.


Artwork Delivery Dates: January 2-11, 2024

Artwork Pick Up Dates: March 4-7, 2024

Artists are responsible for the delivery and cost of all items shipped to and from the SCAC.  Works must be shipped by common carrier (Fed Ex, UPS, USPS) or hand-delivered. Crated or boxed works must conform to standard carrier length and girth requirements. No oversized / freight shipments will be accepted. Artists who choose to hand-deliver their work must also pick up their work the week immediately following the close of the exhibition. The SCAC is not held responsible for work damaged during shipment. Artwork must be delivered to the SCAC by 5:00pm on January 11, 2024.



Best in Show-$750

Best in Painting-$250

Best in Drawing-$250

Best in Photography-$250

Best in Sculpture-$250

Best in Fiber Arts-$250

Best in Printmaking-$250

Best in Digital Art-$250

Best in Fine Art Crafts-$250


The Shelby County Arts Council reserves the right to use digital images of accepted artwork and to photograph or videotape exhibited works for use in print media, website, email, or social media marketing or advertising associated with the exhibition.


Please contact Lindsay Dyess, lindsay@shelbycountyartscouncil.com, or call 205-669-0044 for information and questions.