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International Society of Scratchboard Artists
International Society of Scratchboard Artists 11th Annual Exhibition


11th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard 2022

ArtCenter Manatee

209 Ninth St W

Bradenton, FL 34205

United States

Phone: +1 (941) 746-2862


Entry Deadline: Aug 31, 2022

Notification:  September 21, 2022

Exhibition dates: November 30th – December 31st, 2022

Show Opening Reception – Thursday, December 1, 2022 – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Seminars – Friday and Saturday, December 2nd & 3rd – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Submit Exhibition Entries Online at:

Sign up for seminars at:

Exhibition Directors Contact Information:

Lori Sindell Horton: or

Sheryl Unwin:

The 11th annual International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) exhibition is an international art competition dedicated to presenting scratchboard 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. A minimum of $7500 in cash prizes will be awarded! 


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


Definition of Scratchboard Art:


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 colour or black and white.


NOTE: If you are unsure if your work will qualify by this definition please email an image to (must be submitted a minimum of 10 days before the show entry deadline) before submitting your entry. The ISSA Board of Directors shall make a ruling on its eligibility (this ruling will not guarantee inclusion in the show, only whether the Board feels it meets, or does not meet the definition of Scratchboard, as defined above.).





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 artworks must be original work executed by the submitting artist and any 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 three years. Works submitted and accepted to prior ISSA shows are not eligible to be submitted again. Works not accepted in previous year shows may be resubmitted if all other criteria are met. Eligible works cannot have hung at “ArtCenter Manatee” at any time.



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 may result in your work being excluded from the show.


Works must be equipped with D-rings and hanging wire, no saw tooth hangers. Works may be behind plexiglass, glass, or framed without cover (no matting in front of the artwork). Works not covered must have adequate layers of a protective varnish to avoid risk of incidental scratches in regular handling of your work. Works shipped with glass should have the glass taped for shipping.





For this exhibition ALL WORKS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE. Works that are sold while at the exhibition will have a 35% commission taken by ArtCenter Manatee (ISSA will not be collecting a commission). Works should be priced and will be sold in US Dollars. 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 will result in the artists’ exclusion from the next two exhibitions.





Open: This category is open to all Active and Signature members of ISSA. Members must be current on 2022 dues by August 1, 2022. Artists not current on membership by that date will not have their work considered for 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 2022 dues. 


Any members promoted to Master in 2022 will have their annual show jury fee refunded, but only accepted entries from the Open division show jury can be sent. They will be judged in the Master Category.


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



Entry Fees:


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. If an insufficient number of entries are received for the show, third entries may be considered.


Master Division: There is no entry fee and to be judged separately from the Open Division (except People's Choice and International Artist Award).





At least $7500 in prize monies will be awarded, with 17 different awards. People's Choice will be awarded at the conclusion of the Exhibition. Depending on sponsorship, additional awards may be given. No artist shall win more than one award in the exhibition (except for 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. Make sure your image is 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side (no more than 4MB). Images should be in JPEG format, RGB 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 (888) 666-1351. All entries are to be submitted online at All entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.





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. Final placements will be made from in-person evaluations of the works.



Jury Notification:


Results from the jury shall be delivered by September 21, 2022. To see if your work has been accepted you will need to log onto the Online Juried Show system to look in your artist profile. They no longer send an email telling you if a work was accepted or not, only an email letting you know the results are ready to view in your artist profile with instructions to view. On the OJS page there will be a link to important show information, loan agreement, label, etc. for accepted works. Please, read the Online Juried Show page carefully.

Selected works will need to be delivered to the gallery between November 7-18, 2022. International works may arrive a bit earlier. Additional shipping details will be sent to those with works that are selected for the exhibit. 

Opening Reception Event:


The opening reception at the gallery is planned for Thursday, (December 1, 2022), from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. At this time awards will be presented. All level ISSA members, family, and friends, as well as the public are invited. ArtCenter Manatee is located at: 209 Ninth St., West, Bradenton, FL 34205.



We plan for two days of seminars on Friday and Saturday (December 2-3, 2022), to be held at ArtCenter Manatee. The topics of these seminars and specific presenters will be announced by November. Sign up will be on the ISSA website. They will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.



Additional Information:


Reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of artwork while in our possession. However, neither ISSA, nor ArtCenter Manatee (nor its staff or representatives), 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.


Payment for sales shall occur within 30 days of the conclusion of the show. 


By submitting your work to this show you grant ISSA and ArtCenter Manatee permission to use your image(s) in promotion and advertising for the exhibition, publication in a print catalog, and posting on the ISSA web site. The artist will be credited for images used, when possible.




ISSA and ArtCenter Manatee reserve the right to exclude work that does not meet the definition of scratchboard when seen in person, does not match the submitted digital image, arrives damaged, or poorly framed, or for any reason deemed that the artwork would reflect poorly on these entities.



Shipping Costs:


Shipping cost, both to the show and return shipping of any unsold artworks, is the responsibility of the artist including all shipping, insurance, international tariffs, and fees.  North American artists must provide a label for return shipping inside their crate with UPS or FedEx. International artists work will be shipped back via USPS, unless other arrangements are made. These artists will be billed by ISSA for the shipping costs.


Shipping internationally can be VERY EXPENSIVE, so we recommend you take this into consideration when selecting works you plan to submit, as well as when listing your artwork’s sale price. Works will be shipped back within two weeks of the ending of the show.



Handling Fee:


ArtCenter Manatee charges a $25 USD handling fee for artwork shipped to the center. This covers crate storage, unpacking, and repacking of your artwork. This fee must be paid as a separate check made out to ArtCenter Manatee and enclosed with your artwork.  Anyone not including this fee will be billed or their artwork will not be included. Artwork that is hand-delivered will not incur this fee. 



*COVID Notes: Covid safety protocol may be in effect according to local and federal regulations, subject to change as the dates come closer. Those planning to attend from outside of the United States should anticipate that international travel may require proof of vaccination to enter the country. Participation in ISSA Conference in-person events may require a signed COVID waiver, releasing ISSA and ArtCenter Manatee from any responsibility if you should contract this virus.



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