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Art Array encourages entries for third annual exhibition

Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa—The City of Muscatine and the towns that surround it have a remarkable number of talented artists with work that appeals to people of all ages. For the third year in a row, the Muscatine County Arts Council will celebrate this talent by encouraging artists from across Muscatine County and other nearby cities to enter their favorite works in the Art Array art exhibition. This special show honors the work of local artists in a way no other event does.

Art Array seeks to find the best artwork created in the region while still staying local. To that end, they accept submissions from anyone living in Muscatine or within a 50-mile radius of it. Artists may submit up to two two-dimensional pieces of artwork for the show. To help cover the Arts Council’s expenses related to the show, each entry must come with a $25 application fee. Interested artists have until Jan. 14, 2022 to make their submissions and should visit the Muscatine County Arts Council website for additional information and drop off details.

Art Array stands out among other open art contests because professional judges jury the show and award prizes to each entry. This year, the judges are Jennifer Saintfort of the Augustana College Teaching Museum of Art and Dawn Wohlford-Metallo of Quad Cities Arts. These two professional artists will evaluate each piece based on its originality, materials used, technical skill, and the piece’s overall impact. The first-place winner will receive a $500 prize, the second-place winner a $300 prize, and the third-place winner a $200 prize.

This year’s Art Array exhibit will run from Mar. 18, 2022 to May 29, 2022 at the Muscatine Art Center. A special reception will also celebrate the work of all the artists included in the show.

With Art Array open for applications, Muscatine Area Arts Council member Angela Woodhouse encourages area artists to apply both for the personal satisfaction of displaying their art and for the possibility of winning a cash prize. “I would encourage artists to participate and enter their artworks as an opportunity to share the works they’ve created with others,” urged Woodhouse. “Also, there are not many opportunities for artists to have the chance to win cash prizes and have their artwork to be displayed in a museum,” she added.

Over the past two years, 50 local artists have participated in Art Array. Woodhouse looks forward to gathering new submissions from new artists this cycle and cannot wait to see the creativity and individuality they bring to the show. “I always look forward to seeing the various pieces of art that are created for the show,” she enthused. “The level of creativity and quality of artwork brings much joy to those who have the chance to view the exhibit.” With such a large number of artists in the region who work in numerous different styles, Woodhouse knows that this year’s Art Array will surely exceed everyone’s expectations once again.

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