2nd Annual Art Expedition
National Juried Exhibition Prospectus 2018-2019

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Student Show - Transition

The mission of The Art Center of Waco (ACW) is to promote the arts in Central Texas through educational programs, exhibitions and collections. The Art Center of Waco received a grant from Creative Waco Arts Match Program (AMP) and Texas Commission of the Arts to create a mobile art exhibition, housed in a renovated race-car trailer (24 feet long and 7 feet wide), to take artwork directly to schools and students in the Waco area during the 2017-2018 school year. After a successful pilot year, The Art Center is preparing for another great year sharing quality artwork from around the U.S. with the community in Waco and surrounding areas through the Art Expedition program.

We are seeking artworks to include in the 2nd annual exhibition of “Art Expedition,” a trailer renovated into a traveling gallery. The gallery will go to Waco and surrounding area schools and Waco public events.

The exhibition will be de-installed, stored safely during transit, and re-installed before each visit, to ensure the safety of the artworks. The trailer is climate controlled and wheelchair accessible to make it available to as many participants as possible.


About the Juror

Alison Hearst is a curator, art historian and writer based in Fort Worth. In her role as the Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth she organizes the FOCUS exhibition series, intended to highlight emerging and mid-career artists.

In 2017 Hearst organized Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, which traveled to the Lowe Art Museum, Miami; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln.

She has an MA in Art History from Texas Christian University, and a BFA in Art History from the University of North Texas.


Transition is defined as “movement, passage, or change from one position, state, or place to another.” Through this show you have the opportunity to write your own commentary on change through your visual representation of the concept. When thinking on the theme you may consider the different stages of transition - before the change, during transition and afterwards. Transition in our own lives can surprise us, excite us, knock us down, and save us. We will be looking for inventive approaches, interpret this theme as it applies to you and your life experiences.  

By nature, the Art Expedition is constantly moving from place to place, new visitors and students tour at each location and each experience for the viewer is slightly different. As such, for the 2018-2019 school year the Art Expedition will be filled with artwork that encourages dialogue about movement and change.

*UPDATED* Important Dates

Application deadline: September 1, 2018, 11:59 pm, CDT
Notification begins: September 10, 2018         
Accepted work due: September 17, 2018
Exhibition dates: October 1, 2018 - May 30, 2019
Reception date:  TBD
Return works begins: June 1, 2019

Cash prizes

Winner: $250
Second Place: $100
Honorable Mention: $50


  • Eligibility: Artists must be enrolled in college or have graduated within the last six months; both Undergraduate and Graduate work considered.

  • Entry fee: $20 for up to three entries.

  • Entry fees are nonrefundable.

  • 2-D works that are ready to hang with dimensions no larger than 24 inches in any direction, as well as 3-D works no larger than 10” horizontally or 18” vertically, no heavier than 10 lbs.

  • Submitted work must have been produced in the last two years.

  • The artwork must be age appropriate for school children.

  • Accepted work must remain on view in the gallery until the close of the exhibition.

  • No substitution for accepted artworks. Work that does not match submitted images may not be included in the exhibition.

  • The artwork entered should be prepared for professional display and not so fragile as to be potentially dangerous to the work or others when shipped/displayed/handled with reasonable care.

  • Artist is responsible for shipping work to and from ACW. Prepaid return shipping must accompany artwork upon delivery to the ACW. If return arrangements are not made, artwork becomes property of the ACW one month after the exhibition closes.

  • Artwork will be insured while with the ACW, artist is responsible for insuring work during transit to and from ACW.

  • Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes.

  • By submitting artwork the artist acknowledges that artwork may experience wear as it travels with the trailer to and from events and schools throughout the course of the exhibit.


After payment of your submission fee is complete (click here to pay online), send an email to submissions@artcenterwaco.org with properly labeled jpeg images (requirements listed below) and an Image List in a Word document. For questions, call ACW at 254-752-4371 or email info@artcenterwaco.org

Include contact information with your Image List:
Address, City, State, Zip
Expected Graduation Date
Email Address

Please submit a brief artist statement (no more than 150 words) with your Image list that explains your work’s connection to the theme of Transition.

Image requirements

  • Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration and up to 2 images of each piece (one complete photo plus one detail or alternate angle).

  • Digital images must be high quality JPEG images.

  • Image resolution should 150dpi minimum; 300 dpi maximum, each image file size no larger than 4 MB.

  • Title each image with your first initial, last name, and submission number. For example jsmith1, jsmith2, jsmith3. When including alternate image view, title as jsmith1a, jsmith1b.

  • Do not put any text directly on the image.

  • ACW reserves the right to photograph works and uses submitted digital images of accepted pieces for the purposes of documentation, education, publicity, promotion and future grant proposals. Images of accepted work will not be returned.

Image List in a WORD document that includes the following information:

Work 1: Title
Year made
Insurance Value

Work 2: Title
Year made
Insurance Value

Work 3: Title
Year made
Insurance Value


Submission of this application and images shall constitute your agreement to comply with all the conditions and terms set forth in this prospectus. Only those applications that meet requirements will be considered. All decisions by the ACW, the juror, and the project directors are final. Submission of application releases and discharges the ACW and its workers from any and all claims.


Once you have added the fee to your cart, scroll back up to the top of the page to access the cart and check out. Payment is due at time of submission, only those applications that meet all requirements will be considered.