Biodiversity | Cultural Diversity : A Juried Art Show

The Jay County Campus of Arts Place is calling for entries for artists in any medium. This regional juried exhibition will focus on new and innovative artwork. Cash awards totaling $3,000.


Cultural Diversity – When people are brought together to solve problems in groups, they bring different information, opinions, and perspectives. People from diverse cultures contribute language skills, new ways of thinking, new knowledge, and different experiences.

Biodiversity – The variety and variability of animals, plants, and micro-organisms that are used directly or indirectly for food and agriculture. It is the result of the interaction between the environment, genetic resources, management systems, and practices used by culturally diverse peoples, and therefore land and water resources are used for production in different ways.


The show will be juried by Marie Whiteman. Interconnectedness is at the heart of Maria Whiteman’s art. Engaging with animals, landscapes, and most recently fungi, she uses multiple media including photography and video to convey the deep and intrinsic ties between humans and other living things. As these interrelationships underlie environmental science, her goal at the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is to create a visual entry point for people to approach the science through a visceral, emotional experience. For information about her and her artwork visit:


Calendar of Event

August 31, 2021 – Submissions due

September 8, 2021 – Notifications sent out via email

October 8, 2021 – Delivery of artwork must be received.

Friday, October 15, 2021 – exhibition opens

October 15, 2021 Free public reception, Public announcement of the award winners 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

November 14, 2021– last day of the exhibition

Entry Fee

$35 non-refundable entry fee for the submission of up to three pieces of work for jurying.


Before uploading images, you must ensure that your image(s) are 300dpi at least 2500 pixels in the largest dimension (or at least 5×7 inches when printed). They must also be labeled properly: Last Name, First Name_Title (i.e. Doe, John_Artwork1). Poor quality images or incorrectly labeled files can lead to issues with your entry and potentially a disqualification.



The exhibit is open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in Indiana and neighboring states. Work must be made within the last two years and cannot have been previously shown at the Portland Center of Arts Place. All work must be original and created by the artist or artist team. Collaborative works made between artists are eligible for inclusion. All media are eligible. Installation interdisciplinary artists should contact us before applying to ensure compatibility of space.



2D (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) Max Dimensions: 60” W x 108” H (40 lbs. max)

3D (sculpture, assemblage, installation) Max Dimensions: MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D. Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by the artist.

Time Media (video or audio): No length restrictions. Submit with links to streaming (YouTube or Vimeo). Artists will be required to provide a/v equipment with selected time-based works.



Best in Show – $1,500

Best in 2D (including time media) – $500

Best in 3D (including time media) – $500

5 Honorable Mention – $100 each

Awards will be announced at the Opening Reception in a public ceremony on date October 15. It is encouraged that artists attend the reception, but not required.


Accepted Work

Arts Place reserves the right to remove any works from the exhibition based on special installation circumstances or discrepancies between the juried images and actual work. All accepted work must remain on display until the end of the exhibition, November 7. All work must come ready to install/hang. For multi-media and other installations, artists should be available to assist with installation (to take place October 6-7, 2020). All work may be offered for sale. Arts Place retains a 30% commission on all sales.



All artwork must arrive by October 7. Artist is responsible for the shipping cost and insurance of the work while in transit. Work must be shipped in a reusable container and return shipping is also to be paid by the artist. Hand-delivered work may be dropped off beginning Wednesday October 4 through Friday October 7. Arts Place Portland Center is open: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.



Artists are responsible for the shipping or delivery of their work. Shipped artwork must fit in a box no larger than 36” W x 36” H x 8″ D, 40 lbs.

Arts Place Shipping Address:


Kimberly Anderson

131 E. Walnut St.

Portland IN 47371



Arts Place will be responsible for insuring the Artwork during the exhibition while on view. The Artist is responsible for providing an itemized insurance list on the Art Center’s form. This form will be emailed to the artists once accepted into the exhibition. Arts Place is not responsible for the insurance of the artwork while being shipped.

How to Apply

Submit your work via the Google Form. If you are struggling to submit your work through Google Forms, please send all required information and images via email to Please see “Images” for directions regarding files and file names.

OR download the prospectus and follow the instructions within.


Oct 15 2021 - Nov 14 2021