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Workhouse Glass National 2017
October 21, 2017 to January 14, 2018
Lorton, VA
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Application Dates:
Mar 21, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Oct 9, 2017

3rd Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2017.

Application Deadline Extended to September 27, 2017

The Workhouse Arts Center (WAF) is proud to announce a call for entries for its 3rd Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition 2017. This 3rd Annual Workhouse Glass National Exhibition is an “Open Call” for functional and/or sculptural glass artworks.  The Workhouse Arts Center is very excited to promote and display the breadth of contemporary glass artwork being created throughout the USA and Canada.

Juror- Charlotte Potter

In this age of over-connectivity, Charlotte Potter’s studio practice seeks to visualize relationships and the impact they can have on the self/self-identity, often employing a combination of new and old technology. Gravitating towards glass as a material and inspiration because of its ability to hold a dual identity; as hot and cold, fragile and strong, elastic and brittle, her works materialize as installation, sculpture, performance, and video. In addition to her personal studio practice, Potter has pioneered the field of performance glass in her work as the Glass Studio Manager and Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. An avid educator, Potter is the mentor of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistantship program and has taught glass and new media courses at Penland School of Crafts and Oxbow. She received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 and a BFA from Alfred University in 2003. 

Another facet to Potter’s practice is to bring contemporary art into the public, and create opportunities for viewing art in the collective space. Potter has co-founded two performance glass troupes, Cirque de Verre and the Glass Theater as well as being a co-founder of the Neon Arts District in Norfolk, VA, the director of Grand Point Weird, a contemporary art component to the Grand Point North Music Festival in Burlington, VT, and serves on the Glass Art Society Board, as the co-chair of the 2017 Glass Arts Society Conference. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues, including S12 in Bergen, Norway; the Shelburne Museum in Vermont; the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Her artwork is included in the following permanent collections: the American Museum of Glass, the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the Henry J. Neils Frank Lloyd Wright House.

Entry Guidelines

Open to all glass artists 18 years and older residing in the U.S. and Canada

All works must be primarily Glass. Mixed media works will be accepted only if glass materials are the primary media.  The juror will make final determinations.  Size is limited to artwork that fits through a standard door. Floor works must be firmly stable.  Large scale installations shall be installed by artist.  Wall-mounted pieces are limited to 20 lbs. per section.  Work must have been produced within the last 3 years.

Please visit www.workhousearts.org  for a detailed prospectus. 

Selections will be conducted from images of works. No substitutions will be allowed.  Artists may submit up to 3 entries with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed 6 images. Please proof read your entries carefully as this will be the information used to generate any publicity information.

Image Submission Guidelines

Please be prepared to submit the following when applying online:

·       Name

·       Title

·       Year completed

·       Type of glass and finishing method

·       Size (inches) H x W x D

·       Weight (lbs.)

·       Insurance Value/ Retail Price

·       A brief artist statement of no more than 150 words describing        your work

* Artist must be ready to upload professional quality JPG images.

* The resolution of images should be 150DPI minimum; 300DPI maximum.

* Images need to be smaller than 15MB.

Entry Fee

All U.S. and Canadian artists- $30

(Fee is non-refundable - payable thru PayPal when applying) for up to 3 entries plus one detail of each entry.).   


Best of Show- $500

1st place-$350

2nd Place-$250-Sponsored by Workhouse Glass Program

2 Honorable Mentions


Entry Submittal deadline:  September 27, 2017
Acceptance notification: on/after October 11, 2017
Acceptance Contracts due by October 23, 2017
Delivery of accepted work-being shipped: Due by October 20, 2017

Delivery of accepted work-being hand-delivered: October 23, 2017 10am-5pm only!
Installation: October 23 - 27, 2017
Exhibition Dates: October 28, 2017-January 14, 2018
Opening Reception: November 11, 2017 from 6pm-8pm

Return of Shipped Artwork:  Starting January 15, 2018

Pick-up of Delivered Artwork: January 15, 2018 10am-5pm only!


Artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the Workhouse Arts Center and insuring it while in transit.  Works may be shipped or hand delivered to the Workhouse Arts Center.  Works must be shipped in reusable containers and packaging for re-packing and return shipping.  Artist must provide a pre-paid return shipping label or check to cover return shipping costs*.  Please! No Shipping Peanuts!  If you must use them, please place in bags first!

Accepted work and contracts should be shipped/mailed to: 

Workhouse Arts Center

Workhouse Glass National 2017

Gallery Bldg. W-16

9518 Workhouse Way

Lorton Virginia 22079

*Any check received for return shipping should be for the same amount as it costs to ship to the Workhouse Arts Center.  When determining return shipping cost, artist must be sure to use same address as it was sent from.

Photography and Permissions

Accepted artists agree to allow the Workhouse Arts Center to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. 
Images of accepted entries will be retained for the Workhouse Arts Center archives and may be reproduced and posted on its website and in printed materials.

It is understood that works in the exhibition may be photographed, telecast, and reproduced for press and publicity purposes including but not limited to reproduction in newspapers, periodicals, magazines, in television programs and on the internet about the exhibition and the Workhouse Arts Center.


An Opening Reception will occur on November 11, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Workhouse Arts Center-Vulcan Gallery.

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