Call for submissions to Merriam’s juried ‘Heartland Artist Exhibition’ open through Jan. 17

The Tim Murphy Art Gallery at the Irene B. French Community Center. (Photo via Facebook).
The Tim Murphy Art Gallery at the Irene B. French Community Center. (Photo via Facebook).

The city of Merriam is preparing to host its 22nd annual Heartland Artist Exhibition, a juried arts show that offers a top prize of $1,500.

The call for artists for the show will remain open through Jan. 17. Artists selected for inclusion in the show will have their works displayed at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery in the Irene B. French Community Center from March 3 through 31. There will be an opening reception March 3 that will include an awards ceremony announcing the recipients of six monetary prizes: the Best in Show award ($1,500); Second Prize ($1,000); Third Prize ($500); and three Awards of Merit ($100 each). The city will also announce one piece of art from the show that it will purchase for inclusion in the city’s permanent collection.

The juror for this year’s art show is landscape and figurative work painter Joseph Lorusso. He will be offering a two-day class Feb. 22 and 23 on constructing paintings in a studio setting.

Oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography and mixed-media works are accepted for consideration. The application and submission guidelines can be found on the city’s website here.