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Heart of America Artists Association
Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Art Exhibition

Heart of America Artists’ Association

Call for Artists

Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Art Exhibition

Introduction and Overview:


The States of Arkansas and Oklahoma will commemorate 200 years of the Arkansas Territory in 2019.


This project will commemorate this milestone by presenting historical subjects through the medium of fine art. Paintings and drawings based on people, places or things from any of the 200 years’ history of the geographical area referred to as the Arkansas Territory of 1819, will be of a quality worthy of becoming part of a permanent historical archive of the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Exhibition will travel to several locations including museums and galleries in Arkansas and Oklahoma throughout 2019 and 2020.


The Territory of Arkansas, initially organized as the Territory of Arkansaw was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1819 until June 15, 1836, when the final extent of the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Arkansas.


Arkansaw Territory (later Arkansas Territory) was created from the portion of the Missouri Territory lying south of a point on the Mississippi River at 36 degrees north latitude running west to the St. Francis River, then followed the river to 36 degrees 30 minutes north latitude, then west to the territorial boundary. This included all of the present state of Oklahoma south of the parallel 36°30' north.


HOAA is in the process of securing show venues throughout the Region. There will be an initial opening exhibition at Historic Cane Hill Museum in Cane Hill, AR March - May 2019 followed by

a traveling exhibition. Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock will be hosting a portion of the show during July and August 2019. Additional locations will be announced in the future. Accepted works will be included in a high-end book printed to commemorate the event.


Cash and Prize awards will be given, including a $5,000 Best of Show award.


The "Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Collection &

Exhibition” suggested subjects:

In submitting, Artists should consider a variety of subjects including:


·         Arkansas and Oklahoma State Parks

·         Historical Sites & Buildings

·         Rivers and Lakes

·         Beauty of the Landscape

·         Historical Personalities

·         Historical Still Life

·         Historical Events (i.e. Trail of Tears).

·         Everyday Life

·         Sports Teams


To help, we’ve compiled a list of important people, places and events for both Oklahoma and Arkansas. Just click on the links here:


Arkansas Subjects:


Oklahoma Subjects:


These ideas are not comprehensive, nor are they meant to bind you to a certain subject. They are merely suggestions.



1. Only museum-quality 2-D paintings and drawings will be accepted. No photography.

2. Work must be framed in a professional manner and ready to hang. No Gallery Wraps. Floater frames are allowed. No metal frames. No sawtooth hangers.

3. All work must have been executed in 2017, 2018 or 2019.

4. Artwork must be for sale.

5. Commission: Artist-70%, HOAA-30%, unless the exhibition has a gallery host in which case it would be Artist-60%, Gallery-20%, HOAA-20%.

6. All artwork will remain in the show through final date, including touring.

7. A maximum of 3 works may be entered per artist, but each artist may only have one work accepted.

8. Size limit: 30” largest dimension, not including frame.

9. Artists are required to provide for display and print (book) a short bio and synopsis of each accepted painting’s significance to the Arkansas Territorial history.

10. Artists are required to provide a high resolution photo of accepted works to be printed in a high-end book.

11. Artists will be responsible for packing and crating costs and shipping to the initial show venue and for return shipping at the end of the tour.

12. HOAA will handle packing and transporting of works between venues. More packing information will be provided later, but boxes should be durable for transport and contain reusable packing materials.

13. Insurance will be the responsibility of the Artist.


Entry Procedures

1. Entries will be accepted through once the Prospectus is finalized. Follow guidelines for image specifications on the website. Note: Jury selections are based on the images submitted for entry. A poor quality image could keep a well-qualified work from being accepted.

2. Entry fee: $45 for one entry; $55 for two entries. Nonrefundable. There are no membership requirements to apply to this event.

3. Entry deadline: January 31, 2019.

4. Jury Notification: February 2019.

5. Ship/delivery date will be sometime in March 2019.

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