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American Women Artists
Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists



Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Breaking Through: The Rise of American Women Artists

(Application dates: September 1 – November 18, 2021)

Exhibition dates: March 5 – May 29, 2022



AWA is pleased to announce their sixth museum exhibition, at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, as part of American Women Artists’ 25 in 25 campaign, an initiative to have twenty-five museum shows for its members over the next 25 years. The Customs House Museum is a venue in Clarksville, TN, partially housed in the architecturally astonishing 1898 Federal Post Office. The Museum & Cultural Center encompasses over 35,000 square feet of award-winning exhibitions. This exhibit will have up to 150 2-D and 3-D works in the style and theme of the artist’s choosing. 


There Will Be A $10,000 Grand Prize Cash Award! 


In addition to approximately $30,000 in cash and merchandise awards, final works selected will appear on AWA’s website gallery, be featured in our monthly e-newsletters, and promoted through AWA’s social media channels. AWA is dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women in the visual arts.  We invite you to join AWA as an Associate member and enter our national juried exhibitions.



Open to women at least 18 years of age, who are working in the fine arts and living in the United States or Canada. To submit works, applicants MUST BE A 2022 MEMBER of American Women Artists. If you would like to join as a new member, or renew your membership (starting September 1), please email If you do not pay for your 2022 membership by the submission deadline (November 18, 2021), your entry will be disqualified.  


American Women Artists seeks to select an exhibition of fine art demonstrating excellence in terms of composition, technique, mastery of medium and quality of design. The final selection will be an exemplary showcase of a diverse group of representational and abstract artworks by artists who draw, paint, and sculpt. 


AWA Master-Signature Members will have a guaranteed spot in this show. Each member will need to jury at least three (3) works through One (1) work will be selected to be included in the show. Master-Signature Members must pay the $55 jurying fee. **Master-Signature Members, please select your membership level when you fill out application on** 



  1. This National Juried Museum Exhibition is open to AWA Members in good standing (2022 membership)
  2. Applications may be submitted from September 1 – November 18, 2021, 5 pm PST. Finalists will be announced no later than December 15, 2021.
  3. Only on-line entries will be accepted for this show. NO MAILED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. Please submit all entries through starting September 1, 2021. 
  4. Entries must be of original concept and design.
  5. Acceptable mediums for painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, pastel, color ink, and encaustic.  Works must have been completed in the past 2 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.
  6. Acceptable mediums for drawing:  conte crayon, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen & ink, scratchboard and original hand-pulled prints. Works must have been completed in the past 2 years and have not been shown in a prior AWA show.
  7. Acceptable mediums for sculpture:  cast metal, fabricated metal, stone, glass, wood, and any fired permanent medium such as terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware. Works must not have been shown in a prior AWA show.
  8. Mixed medium using the above-listed materials, as well as the use of textiles or fabric art, are acceptable.
  9. Not acceptable mediums include craft, jewelry, photography, digital prints, textiles, fiber art, and any work containing computer generated elements of any kind.
  10. Maximum entries: six (6)
  11. Maximum of one (1) piece of artwork per accepted artist will be juried into the exhibition
  12. Maximum size for paintings and drawings is up to 40” on the longest side unframed,
  13. Maximum size for sculpture: No size limit. Weight limit of 200 lbs.
  14. All works submitted for the juried exhibition must be for saleAll works submitted for the competition must be available for sale after acceptance into the show.
  15. By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images will be displayed on AWA’s website, Facebook page, and other social and/or print media.  Images do become part of AWA’s archives and may be used for this and future AWA promotions. Artists will retain copyright to their image(s)
  16. By entering this exhibition, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus
  17. All membership and jury fees are non-refundable; overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded
  18. All Artists accepted into the exhibition will be expected to contribute $120 towards a show catalog (unless we have an underwriter and the fee can be reduced)
  19. The Museum reserves the right to refuse any work(s).



The National Juried Exhibition application process will begin September 1 – November 18, 2021, at 5 pm PST.  Finalists will be announced by December 15, 2021 on AWA’s blog page.  The entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch (high x wide). Submitted images must not include matting or frame. Crop the photos to include only the artwork. Be sure your images are right-side-up.


Before uploading your images, make sure they are 72 dpi and 1920 pixels on the longest side, and no smaller than 800 pixels on the longest side.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space, and less than 4 mb. Help in photographing your work and property sizing your images can be found at: If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email: Do not wait until the last day to ask for help!


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All AWA Member Levels: $55.00 for up to TWO (2) ENTRIES. Each additional entry $10.00 up to maximum of 6 entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.

AWA Master-Signature Member Fees: $55.00 for THREE (3) ENTRIES. Each additional entry $10.00 up to maximum of 6 entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.


You must be a current (or new) Member of AWA to enter Juried Exhibition.  2022 Dues must be paid by November 18, 2021, or submission is disqualified.

Electronic payment for jury fees should be made through via credit card at time of application.  Membership dues can be paid separately by emailing for an invoice that can be paid directly with a credit card, PayPal, or by mailing a check to: AWA, PO Box 7281 Chesterfield, MO. 63006.



Entries will be accepted September 1 – November 18, 2021, 5 PM PST.



December 15, 2021



There will be cash and merchandise awards. Award packages are designed to support, encourage and inspire women in the visual fine arts. 



Selection jurors for AWA’s National Juried Competition work independently to assess the entries for selection to finalists. Each year, a different panel of selection jurors is chosen. 



Three Awards jurors will be selected from the Nashville/Clarksville region. Jurors will be announced in AWA’s monthly e-newsletter and on AWA’s blog page.



All jury status notifications will be posted on no later than December 15, 2021.  A list of accepted artists and their works will be posted on the blog page at no later than December 15, 2021. This will be a highly selective show. One piece per finalist will be selected to exhibit at the Customs House Museum. The full show will also be posted on AWA’s Gallery web page by February 8, 2022.



The decision of the jurors is final. All accepted artists will be provided with a consignment form to be completed, signed and returned to AWA by the end of February. Once accepted, works may be pre-sold but must hang in the Museum for duration of show and proceeds must be shared with the Customs House and AWA, under Commission terms outlined below. All accepted Paintings & Drawings must be framed or gallery-wrapped (gallery wrapped must be finished, painted around edge, no tape), and wired for hanging. Accepted Sculpture must be ready to place with any stands and title plates securely fastened.  Stone sculpture may be shipped without a base attached only if clear, simple, well-labeled assembly instructions are included and any needed installation materials (like museum putty) are included with the sculpture.  Accepted artists will be offered Advertising Opportunities in two to three different national publications.  The museum reserves the right to refuse a work, though it may have juried into the show.



All works will be sold directly through the artist. The museum will provide price sheets at the show.  Potential buyers will contact the AWA Executive Director who will then contact the artist with the buyer’s information. If a sale occurs, the AWA Artist must provide a 15% commission to AWA (85% to the artist and 15% to AWA).

Artwork must be priced in accordance with artist’s current pricing structure. Pricing will also appear with each work on the AWA website.



A Shipping Instructions form will be supplied by AWA to all finalists and a copy of this form must be included in the package with the work. Each accepted Artist is responsible for the delivery of their shipped or hand delivered work to: Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, 200 S. 2nd Street, Clarksville, TN 37040, during the following dates: February 14 – 21, 2022. 



By entering this exhibition, the artist agrees that they have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. All membership and jury fees are non-refundable. Overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded. Submission of work for this exhibit will be construed as acceptance of all conditions set forth in prospectus. AWA and the Customs House Museum reserve the right to return work that does not meet exhibition standards. Every reasonable care will be taken with original artwork.  The Customs House Museum will be responsible for insurance of artwork while at the Customs House Museum for the amount specified on Record of Consignment.  The Artist is responsible for insurance of artwork to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit.


CALENDAR – 2022 Customs House Museum & Cultural Center (subject to change)


September 1, 2021 Applications open 

November 18, 2021 Applications close

December 15, 2021 Finalists announced on the AWA website Blog page

January 5, 2022 Completed and signed User Agreement & Sales form due back to AWA

February 14 – 21, 2022 Artworks must arrive at the Customs House Museum

March 5 – May 29, 2022 Exhibition – Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

March 10 – 12, 2022 AWA Member Events

March 11, 2022 Meet & Greet

March 12, 2022  Symposium on Women in the Arts, Customs House Museum

March 12, 2022 Awards Ceremony & Artists’ Reception 

June 6 – June 15, 2022 Return Shipping and or pick-up from Customs House Museum



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