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International Society of Scratchboard Artists
9th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art



9th Annual International Exhibition

of Scratchboard Art - 2020


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Ironwood Gallery

2021 N Kinney Rd

Tucson, AZ 85743


·        Show Reception Friday November 6, 2020   2 – 4 PM

·        Workshops/Presentations November 7-8

·        Exhibition Dates: November 6, 2020 – February 7, 2021



Entry deadline: August 6, 2020



Please note: All persons wishing to participate in the 2020 exhibition must be current on ISSA membership dues (active or above) by July 6, 2020.  Any artist not current on membership by that date is not eligible to enter.


Submit Entries Online at:


Exhibition Director Contact Information:

Anne Palmer -


The 9th 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 $6500 in cash prizes will be awarded

Definition of Scratchboard.  "The Scratchboard technique is a two-dimensional, subtractive process. It involves the use of abrasive tools to directly remove a surface layer of one value (typically dark) to expose a second layer of a contrasting value (typically white). The values within the artwork are predominantly achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that has been scratched away or left. The texture and form of all key compositional elements within the artwork must be created by subtractive removal, not exclusively by the addition of paint or ink. Reapplying transparent mediums over the scratching is permissible, but the underlying scratches must 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 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 plexiglass.  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 plexiglass, 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 30% commission taken by the event host, ASDM.  Works will be sold in US dollars so please price accordingly taking commission and exchange rates (if needed) into consideration. Works may not 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 all exhibitions the following year.  Not-for-sale works are permitted this year but we strongly encourage all members to offer their work for sale.




Open – This category is open to all Active and Signature members of ISSA. Members must be current on 2020 dues by July 6, 2020. Artists not current on membership by that date are not eligible to enter.


Master – A category for existing ISSA Master Members in good standing. 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.


Approximately 60 - 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 $30 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:  A minimum of $6500 in prizes will be awarded.  At least nine cash awards shall be presented in the Open Category and four cash awards in the Master Category.  People's Choice will be awarded by 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 of your work is very important to the jury.  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.


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 August 25, 2020.  If you have not received an email by that date, please contact the Exhibition Director at


The selected works will be due between October 16 and October 30, 2020.  Additional shipping details will be sent to those with works selected for the exhibit.


Opening Reception Event: There will be an opening reception at the Ironwood Gallery on November 6th from 2 - 4 PM.  At this time awards will be presented.  All ISSA members and their guests are encouraged to attend. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is located at 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743.  We will also have two days of seminars on Nov. 7-8. Keep an eye on your email for more details.


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 whenever possible.


ISSA reserves the right to exclude work that does not match the submitted digital image, arrives damaged or poorly framed.  Works that when viewed in person do not meet ISSA’s definition of scratchboard may also be excluded from the show.


Reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of artwork while in our possession. However, ISSA nor the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will be held liable for any damage or loss during the delivery, exhibition, removal or return shipping of artwork.  Works need to be insured by the artist for shipping and the duration of the show.


Shipping cost to the show is the responsibility of the artist, including all insurance, international fees, and shipping costs. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will pay the return shipping of any unsold artworks. 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 RETURN shipped from the Desert Museum by February 19, 2021.


ISSA and the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum will not accept nor be held liable for any work damaged in shipment.


If you have problems with the email address please contact the Exhibition Director, Anne Palmer, at <>.

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