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International Society of Scratchboard Artists
8th Annual International Exhibiton of Scratchboard Art - 2019




8th Annual International Exhibition

of Scratchboard Art - 2019


Kentucky Artisan Center

200 Artisan Way

Berea, KY 40403


·         Show Reception Friday May 17, 2019   5:00 to 7:30 PM

·         Demonstrations/Presentations May 18, 19

·         Optional Kentucky Horse Park Visit May 20

·         Optional Caving Expedition with John Agnew May 20

·         Exhibition Dates: May 17– July 31, 2019



Entry deadline: February 15, 2019


Please note: All persons wishing to participate in the 2019 exhibition must be current on ISSA membership dues (active or above) by February 1, 2019.  Any artist not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the show.


Submit Entries Online at:


Exhibition Director Contact Information:

Kathy Conroy -


The 8th annual International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) exhibition is an international art competition dedicated to presenting scratchboard art as a fine art medium.  This competition allows Active, Signature and Master members of ISSA the opportunity to exhibit their work and compete with other artists working in the same medium, as well as having their work seen by the public in a high quality venue.  At least $4500 in cash prizes will be awarded! 


Definition of Scratchboard Art: Scratchboard Art is a two-dimensional, subtractive medium that involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a secondary layer of a contrasting value (typically white). The majority of the values within the artwork should be achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been scratched away or left. Reapplying transparent mediums over the initial scratching is permissible, but the integrity of the underlying scratching should remain visible. Works may be color or black and white.


NOTE: If you are unsure if your work will qualify by this definition please e-mail an image to the above e-mail before submitting your entry and the ISSA board of directors shall make a ruling on its eligibility (this ruling will not guarantee inclusion in the show, only whether we feel it meets or does not meet the definition of Scratchboard Art as set out by ISSA).


Persons not following the rules laid out in this prospectus will have their work excluded without further consideration.  Please read it over carefully!


Eligibility: This contest is open to scratchboard artwork only, but may include any subject matter or style.  The exhibition is only open to Active, Signature and Master Members of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists in good standing.  All artwork must be original work executed by the submitting artist and works based on outside photographs must have the photographer’s written permission before entering that work.  Works completed in workshops, from a kit or pattern are not eligible.  Submitted works must have been completed in the past 3 years.  Works submitted and accepted to a prior ISSA show (including on-line) are not eligible to be submitted again.  Works not accepted in previous year shows may be resubmitted.


All selected works are expected to be framed in a professional gallery quality manner. No metal frames.  Works that are matted must be behind glass or plexi-glass.  Float frames where the artwork is extending beyond the depth of the frame may be excluded.  Take pride in your work and set it off with high quality framing!  Poor quality framing will result in your work being excluded from the show.


Works must be equipped with hanging wire.  Works may be behind plexi-glass, glass or framed without cover (without matting in front of the artwork).  Works not covered must have adequate layers of a protective spray to avoid risk of incidental scratches in regular handling of your work.


Sales:  Works that are for sale and are sold while at the exhibition will have a 40% commission taken by the event. Works will be sold in US Dollars so please price accordingly taking commission and exchange rates (if needed) into consideration. Works may be removed before the conclusion of the exhibition.  All accepted works MUST be sent to the show.  If your work is juried in and not sent it may result in the artists’ exclusion from the next exhibition. The Artisan Center requires all works to be for sale.  Not for sale pieces are not permitted this year.





Open – This category is open to all Active and Signature members of ISSA. Members must be current on 2019 dues by February 1, 2019. Artists not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the exhibition.


Master – A category for existing ISSA Master Members. ISSA Master Members may submit up to two works to the exhibition without being juried or paying jury fees. They must still submit the entry form with information about the works and image of the completed artwork that they intend to send to the exhibition by the entry deadline. No Work in Progress images are permitted - please only submit completed works. Members must be current on 2019 dues by February 1, 2019.  Artists not current on membership by that date will not have their work hung in the exhibition.


Approximately 70 total works shall be selected for the exhibition, depending on size of work submitted, including both Open and Master divisions.


Entry Fees for Open Division:  There is a $40 entry fee which allows exhibitors to submit up to three works, but no person shall have more than two works accepted for the exhibition.  Entry fees are non-refundable and must be paid by the entry deadline.


Awards:  At least $4500 in prizes will be awarded.  Seven cash awards shall be presented in the Open Category and three cash awards in the Master Category.  People's Choice will be awarded at the conclusion of the Exhibition.  Depending on sponsorship additional awards may be given.


Master Member Division pay no fee and will be judged separately from the Open Division (except People's Choice).


Entry Submission Process: Jurying will be completed from digital images only.  Submit only one photograph of each image being entered.  Good image quality is very important to the jury of your work.  Images should be in focus and adjusted to show proper contrast, minimal glare, and accurate colors.  Images must be cropped to show only the artwork; all framing and background should be excluded.  For best results, make sure your image is at least 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side (no more than 4MB).  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949-287-8645. All entries are to be submitted online at  All entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.


Size Restrictions: Artwork should be a maximum of 3 feet. There are no height restrictions.


Jurors:  Three ISSA Master Scratchboard Artists (MSA) will be assigned by the ISSA Board of Directors to jury the exhibition and assign awards to the open division.  Up to three outside jurors will judge the Master division.


Jury Notification: Results from the jury shall be delivered by e-mail no later than February 30, 2019.  If you have not received an email by that date, please contact the Exhibition Director at


Selected works will be due to the Kentucky Artisan Center between April 12 and April 27, 2019.  Additional shipping details will be sent to those with works selected for the exhibit. Approximately 70 works will be selected for the exhibit.  A Consignment Agreement will need to be submitted with your works sent which will be e-mailed at a later date.


Opening Reception Event: There will be an opening reception at the gallery on May 17th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  At this time awards will be presented.  All ISSA members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome. The Kentucky Artisan Center is located at 200 Artisan Way, Berea, Kentucky.


Additional Information:

All accepted work must match the submitted images.  Submitted jpg images may be used for exhibition publicity purposes, including posting on the ISSA web site.  The artist will be credited for images used.


ISSA reserves the right to exclude work that does not match the submitted digital image, arrives damaged or poorly framed.


Reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of artwork while in our care. However, ISSA will not be held liable for any damage or loss during the delivery, exhibition, removal or return shipping of art work.  Works need to be insured by the artist for shipping and the duration of the show.


Shipping cost both to the show and return shipping of any unsold artworks is the responsibility of the artist including all insurance, international fees, and shipping costs.  International shipping can be very expensive, so we recommend you check with your preferred shipping carrier to get a price estimate if you are planning to submit and ship large artworks from outside the United States before you submit the work for jury.  Works will be shipped back within 4 weeks of the close of the show.


ISSA and Kentucky Artisan Center will not accept nor be held liable for any work damaged in shipment.


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