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Bluegrass Biennial

Eligibility and Fees

Artists 18 and older currently residing in Kentucky are eligible to apply working in all media. The submission fee is $20. Submissions are only accepted through Artists currently employed full time at Morehead State University cannot exhibit in the Bluegrass Biennial. The juror will choose one work as Best in Show to receive a $500 award, and several works to receive merit awards in the amount of $100 each.


2018 Juror - Daniel Pfalzgraf

Daniel Pfalzgraf is a curator and occasional artist who has been exhibiting work for nearly twenty years. He is currently the Curator for the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. Pfalzgraf was also previously Director of The Green Building Gallery, Director of Media Services at B. Deemer Gallery, and an assistant preparator at the Speed Art Museum (all in Louisville, Kentucky) and Media Coordinator at the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also independently curated exhibitions under the name Pfalzgraf’s art is represented by Swanson Contemporary in Louisville, KY. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Murray State University (1999) in sculpture and drawing, and is currently finishing a Master of Business Administration degree at Indiana University Southeast.



March 16 – Submission Deadline

Early April – Exhibition Jurying

Mid April – Artist Notification

May 17-18 – Artwork Delivery

June 4 – Exhibition Opens

August 29 – Exhibition Closes with Reception/Juror’s Talk

September 4-7 – Return Shipment/Pickup of Artwork (or immediately after the closing reception.


Submission information

Artists will submit with quality images approximately 300 dpi at 4 x 6 inches through their portfolio. Image file names should include artist’s last name and a short version of the title, plus an indication of being a full or detail image (for example: Reis_Flower_Full.jpg or Reis_Flower_Detail.jpg). Images must accurately reflect artwork to be submitted/exhibited or risk being excluded from the exhibition.

Artworks will be juried only from images submitted through; no original artworks will judged, nor will emailed or mailed submissions be accepted.


Artists should be prepared to have an artist statement and bio to submit at time of submission and/or acceptance of work.


All media is accepted for the Bluegrass Biennial, including new media and installation. All 2D work must arrive in the gallery “ready to hang”, with either a wire, cleat or other professional hanging mechanism. Work with unframed glass or other materials that will potential harm gallery staff cannot be accepted. 3D work must be self-supporting and stable in composition. Nontraditional and/or installation work (including work hung from the ceiling) will necessitate the artist’s involvement with installing the art. Any work deemed a liability to the gallery, the staff or the audience may not be exhibited. Artwork accepted in the exhibition must stay in the gallery for the run of the exhibition. Work should not exceed 8 x 8’ or 100 lbs. weight, and be able to pass through a standard-sized door.



All artwork will be insured based on the value stated by the artist (no greater than $10,000 per work) from the time of artwork delivery through return shipping dates as noted above.


Art Sales

The gallery collects 20 percent commission on works sold while on exhibit. The price list can include “works for sale”, “not for sale” (NFS), or “price on request” (POR), per artist’s request.


Shipping information

Upon notification of acceptance, works can be shipped during the time scheduled through common carrier or by artist delivery. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from gallery. Return shipments MUST include a pre-paid shipping label ready to used by the gallery director at a shipping center (FedEx/UPS account numbers and/or “shipping order” forms cannot be used). Works that remain in the Claypool-Young Art Building longer than 60 days become property of Morehead State University.


Notification of acceptance

Artists will receive notification in mid April through AND directly from the gallery director. Artists should rely on information from the gallery director as being most correct on works accepted as the platform will sometimes send rejections for detail images in error.