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13th Biennial National Art Exhibition 2022
February 18, 2022 to April 16, 2022
Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St., Punta Gorda, FL
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Application Dates:
Jul 19, 2021 - Dec 5, 2021
Application Fee:
$35.00 - 1 Image
$50.00 - 2 Images
$65.00 - 3 Images
Notification Date:
Dec 29, 2021

13th Biennial

Held in Historic Punta Gorda, FL    February 18 – April 16, 2022

Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts

Best of Show: $2,000
Total Prize Money Over $8,000

Application Opens: July 19, 2021, Application Dates: July 19, 2021 - December 5, 2021,
Application Fee: $35.00, Notification Date:
December 31, 2021


2022 National Art Exhibit (NAE) At A Glance

Entry into the 2022 NAE will begin July 19, 2021 and continue through midnight on December 5, 2021.  All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services (JAS) at www.juriedartservices.com. Use of JAS is free for applicants. JAS provides a comprehensive “help” menu as well as telephone and email support.  Artist notification will be made by email on or before December 31, 2021.  If accepted into the 13th Biennial 2022 NAE, you will receive further instructions by email regarding receiving and other important information.


The Visual Arts Center

One of the nation’s most prestigious juried exhibitions of two-dimensional media; this show is hosted by the Visual Arts Center, located in the heart of Punta Gorda along beautiful Charlotte Harbor. Punta Gorda is geographically situated in Southwest Florida between Sarasota and Naples, an affluent art-buying market. The show’s dates coincide with our greatest population of seasonal residents.  The nearly 1,000-member Visual Arts Center brings art and culture to its community through multi-media classes, state-of-the-art jewelry, pottery, and glass studios, workshops, lectures, and art festivals. The Visual Arts Center also boasts an outstanding Art and Supply Store, gift gallery and art library and displays exhibits in three galleries year-round. 

 Important Dates in 2021

  • July 19: Online entry begins
  • December 5: Online entry closes at midnight
  • Notification by email will occur by December 31

Important Dates in 2022

  • Receiving for shipped artwork: February 9th, 10th & 11th
  • Receiving for hand-delivered work: February 11th from 10am-3pm and
    February 12th from 10am-1pm at the Visual Arts Center

  • February 18th: Exhibit opens to the public
  • February 24th: Awards Reception at the Visual Arts Center
  • April 16th: Last day of Exhibit
  • April 18th from 10am-3pm or April 19th from 10am-6pm – Pick up artwork (not sold) in person
  • April 18th return shipping begins



The works selected for the show will be determined based on digital images. Awards are based upon actual artwork.

  • First Prize: $2,000
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • Third Prize: $750
  • Award for Portrait Excellence: $750 (Eligibility limited to paintings, drawings and pastels)
  • Award for Abstract Excellence: $500
  • People’s Choice Award: $1 per vote (50/50 split between Visual Arts Center and winning artist)
  • Additional monetary awards for excellence and merit
  • Total prize money will be in excess of $8,000.

Dean Mitchell (American, b. 1957) AWS, NWS 
Born in Pittsburg and raised by his grandmother in Quincy, Florida.  At the age of twenty-three, he became the youngest artist ever accepted into the National Watercolor Society; just five years later he was admitted into the American Watercolor Society.  He holds numerous gold medals from these and other prestigious painting associations worldwide.  Dean is proficient in watercolors, egg temperas, oils and pastels.  During his four-decade long career, Dean has become well known for his figurative works, landscapes, and still lifes.  He has won over 600 awards during his career as a professional artist.  His work is featured in museums, corporate and private collections throughout the Country.  The New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman praised him as a “modern-day Vermeer.”
Education: Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio.
Publications: The New York Times; Christian Science Monitor; Southwest Art; Art of the West; American Artist; Western Art Collector; Artists Magazine; Fine Art International; Art News; The Art of Watercolour Magazine; Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine; The Outwin American Portraiture Today, National Portrait Gallery.
Artist Statement:
“I believe art has the ability to transform us. It can engage our conscience landscape to help us become better individuals and members of society.” 


This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media.  Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting, and pastel. The work must have been completed in the last three years and cannot have been accepted into the Visual Arts Center’s 2020 National Art Exhibition.  Computer-generated art, etchings, prints (including mono-prints), enhanced/embellished or painted giclée’s, photography, glass, and fiber/fabric art are not eligible. No dimension can exceed 6 feet.  Work must not weigh more than 60 pounds. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to enter.  Artwork from any state or country is eligible for entry.

Entry Procedures:
You may enter up to three (3) entries for jurying.  Entry must be made online through Juried Arts Services (www.juriedartservices.com).  Your full entry (including non-refundable payment and image uploads) MUST BE COMPLETED by midnight on Sunday, December 5, 2021, in order to be considered.  No entries or applications will be accepted by email, by regular mail or in person. The entry fee is $35 for the first submission and $15 for each second and third submission.

Displaying of Exhibit Works:
All works must be properly framed. Glass and gallery quality plexiglass may be used for framing. Gallery wrapped canvases will be considered properly framed provided stapled edges are not exposed. Art must be ready to hang with securely fastened picture wire. The wire must be taped or secured with no sharp edges.  The center of the wire must be at least three inches from the top of the frame when hung. 

Accepted Work:
All entries will receive an email notification of juried results by December 31, 2021. Artists whose work is accepted into the exhibition will then receive instructions for shipping and delivery. The Visual Arts Center reserves the right to return work that does not meet the specifications herein. Any work that differs from accepted entries will be disqualified upon receipt. No work may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit.

Originality Policy:
Only original works may be submitted to this exhibit.  This means that the subject of the entry must be a concept entirely developed and executed by the submitting artist.  Duplications of another’s photograph or art (even if image is copyright-free) whether by machine or paint, are not eligible.  Reproductions, including enhanced/embellished or painted giclée’s of your work, are not eligible.  Any work found to be duplication will be removed and any awards revoked.

Release & Agreement Notice:
The Visual Arts Center will exercise the same care with respect to the property exhibited as it does in safeguarding its own property but does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to any work during the exhibit and related activities.  Each participating artist hereby agrees to release and hold the Visual Arts Center and its agents (including staff and volunteers) harmless from loss or damage to the artist or the artist’s work arising in any way from the exhibit or related activities.  For purposes hereof, the phrase “loss or damage” includes, but is not limited to, theft, mistaken labeling, damage by a guest, the Visual Arts Center or its agents or damage due to environmental conditions including shipping and receiving. 

All participating artists agree to allow the Visual Arts Center to use their artwork in advertising, in press releases, on our website, and in any other promotional activities.  Care will be taken to give each artist proper credit.

Sales of Artwork:
All artwork must be for sale.  Work will be sold at the price originally stated by the artist on the entry form.  There will be a 40% commission to the Visual Arts Center on all sales.


The Visual Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1961 by local artists. Its mission is to inspire, explore, create and promote the visual arts.



Please contact the Visual Arts Center at 941.639.8810
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