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2018 Competition Calendar

Sept 5:            Entry Deadline at 5 pm

Sept 15:          Jury Selection Notifications Sent

Sept: 25-29     Finalists Drop-off Artwork 11 am - 4 pm

Oct 2:              Exhibit Opens

Oct 13:             Awards Reception 7 - 9 pm

Oct 27:             Exhibition Closes

Oct 27:             Finalists Pick-up Artwork 2 - 4 pm

Oct 30 to:        Finalists Pick-up Artwork 11 am – 4 pm

Nov 3


Anna Schoenfeld 
ArtSpace Herndon


ArtSpace Herndon

Arts Herndon is an independent 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and serves as the official arts agency of the Town of Herndon. We operate ArtSpace Herndon, the Art Gallery and Performance Space at 750 Center Street, Herndon. We also provide arts education, arts scholarships, works of public art and grants to small arts organizations and artists. All Arts Herndon programming and exhibits are made possible in part by generous contributions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Town of Herndon, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Nelson J and Katherine Friant Post Foundation, Steve and Pat Macintyre, and by our generous sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Visit us on the web ArtSpaceHerndon.org.



ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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  The 10th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition
Call for Art

Entry Deadline:  Saturday, September 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Finalists in the competition will exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon during the Expressions Portrait exhibit and be eligible for awards.

Competition Information and Rules 

Awards and Prizes
$800 to be given out in prizes and honorable mentions, at judge's discression. 

Eligibility: Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia,  West 
Virginia, and Delaware. Preference will be given to works adhering to the traditional definition of
portraiture: “a painting, sculpture, or other artistic artistic representation of a person, in which the
face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even
the mood of the person.” (taken from Wikipedia, March 2015)
  • Artwork entered must be original 2-D or 3-D portraiture. No photography, electronic or computer generated/ assisted art, or reproductions.
  • Artwork juried into previous ArtSpace Herndon Portrait Competitions or exhibited at ArtSpace Herndon is ineligible.
  • No copyrighted source material is permitted.
  • No work that is sexually explicit (work that is representational or realistic in depiction of human genitals will be considered sexually explicit).
  • No graphically violent work.

ArtSpace Herndon can refuse to exhibit artwork it deems unacceptable or that fails to resemble the images submitted.

Exhibition:  Up to 25 finalists will be selected to exhibit their work at ArtSpace Herndon.

Entry Fee: $35 (non-refundable) for up to 2 entries.

Finalist Notification:  Artists will be notified of jurors’ decision by email by Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Framing:  All finalist artwork must be suitably framed  and wired for hanging (no clips or saw-tooth hangers).  Works on paper must be matted, framed, and glazed.  Artwork may not exceed 72” in any direction and must weigh less than 40 pounds framed. Galley-wrap permitted as long as the edges are finished and staples are on the back of the stretcher bars.

Artwork Delivery:  Finalist artwork should be delivered to and picked up from ArtSpace Herndon in-person during the scheduled dates and times. A $5 per day storage fee is charged for items not picked up on time. Items left over 30 days become the property of ArtSpace Herndon.

Shipping: Out-of-town artists may make special arrangements with ArtSpace Herndon to ship artwork less than 36” in any direction and weighing less than 20 pounds.  A separate packing/repacking fee applies.  Contact Executive Director, Exhibits Anna Schoenfeld by phone (703)-956-6590 or email exhibits@artspaceherndon.com in advance of shipping.

Sales: Artwork need not be for sale, but must be available for display the entire exhibit.  ArtSpace Herndon charges a 25% commission on works sold.  ArtSpace Herndon collects and pays sales tax.  Exhibiting artists must complete an IRS W-9 form prior to the exhibit.  Finalists will be sent additional instructions.

Rights: Artists grant ArtSpace Herndon and Arts Herndon the right to photograph and use images of artwork featured in the exhibit for educational and promotional purposes.

Liability: Artwork displayed in ArtSpace Herndon is exhibited at the artist’s own risk.  Artists should insure their artwork.  ArtSpace Herndon and Arts Herndon employees and volunteers are not liable for theft or damage to artwork in transit, on display or otherwise, or for theft of or damage to proceeds from sales.

Cancellation:  If ArtSpace Herndon deems the pool of entrants insufficient, the competition will be cancelled and entry fees will be returned to the artist.

Agreement:  By entering the competition, artists agree to abide by all contest rules and to hold ArtSpace Herndon and Arts Herndon and their employees and volunteers harmless.  Failure to comply with these rules constitutes withdrawal from the competition.


Step 1:  Registration & Payment

Click the Register Now button below to register and pay your entry fee.

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Step 2: Submission of Art

  • All images must be sent via email. 
  • Do not send a CD or photographs. 
  • Submit up to two pieces of art for consideration by emailing a jpeg file for each piece.  
  • Send only one image per work. 
  • Jpeg files cannot exceed 5 MB.  Label each file with your name, title of the work, medium, framed size: Example:  doe_jane_portraitofsusan_oil_20x30.
  • Email images to exhibits@artspaceherndon.com.  The subject line of the email must read:  “2018 Portrait Competition Submission by your name.” For example: “2018 Portrait Competition Submission by Jane Doe.”

Entry Form, payment & jpeg submissions must be received by

5:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 5, 2018.

Check list

1) Entry Form - on-line  2) Payment -on-line   3) Images -sent by email

Assistance photographing your portrait:  If you do not have an electronic image of your portrait, there are many professional photographers that will assist you.  Contact your local arts organizations for referrals.

For more information contact Anna Schoenfeld at (703)956-6590 or exhibits@artspaceherndon.com.

- Featured Image:  2017 Expressions Winner The Fishing Hat by Nathan Loda