MSA SELECT: Member’s Exhibition
Indoor Exhibition
Call to Artists

Submission Deadline:  July 27th, 2018
Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) members only – up to 3 works per artist
Exhibition location – Knoxville’s Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) Emporium Center’s Balcony gallery and Atrium Gallery
Exhibition dates – October 5-26, 2018 
Exhibition Opening - October 5, 5-9pm
Juror's Talk & Juror's Choice Award - October 5, 7pm
Juror – Elizabeth Turk

Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) and Knoxville’s Arts & Culture Alliance (ACA) are partnering to present a juried exhibition of work by MSA members. Selected sculptures will offer a dynamic exhibition highlighting a variety of techniques, media and content. Mid-South Sculpture Alliance (MSA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many and varied forms, promoting a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors. The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance seeks to advance the understanding that sculpture educates; effects social change; and engages artists, art professionals and the community in dialogue. Membership is open to anyone, anywhere with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture.

Gallery Info

The Emporium Center is Knoxville’s first true arts center, which re-opened following renovations during the summer of 2004. The 28,000 square feet of flexible use space houses multiple art galleries showcasing local and regional artists, the administrative offices of the Arts & Culture Alliance, and offices for seven other arts and cultural organizations. Additionally, the building houses studio for ten individual artists and rehearsal, classroom and meeting space.

A native Californian, Elizabeth Turk is an artist, primarily known for marble sculpture. Turk has also mastered a variety of media, molding forms in wax and clay, casting objects in bronze and iron, and working with fragile material such as glass and porcelain. In 2010, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the Annalee & Barnett Newman Foundation award. Today, she splits time between Santa Ana, CA and NYC. Turk received her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture in 1994, her BA from Scripps College, Claremont, CA in 1983. She has been represented by Hirschl & Adler, Modern since 2000, and continues to exhibit more experimental work in other venues. Turk’s work searches the boundaries of paradox: the contemporary in the traditional, the lightness in weight, the emptiness in mass, the fluidity of the solid, extended time in a moment. Reducing hundreds of pounds of stone to essential matrices of 5-25 lbs., her intricately carved sculptures defy gravity and make possible that which seems impossible. Inspired by the natural world, she references its myriad of elegant organic structures, yet her work is not complete until abandoned to larger environments, humbling the intensity of her creative focus. The artist’s studio is located in a commercial marble yard, giving her access to the most advanced digital carving machinery which is used in tandem with hand carving skills to create her intricately carved sculptures. in Santa Ana, CA.

Juror's Choice Award
A $500 Juror's Choice Award will be presented to the artist chosen by Elizabeth Turk at the conclusion of the Juror's Talk at 7pm during the opening event. 

Artist Eligibility

This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, who are current or new members of MSA. Each applicant may enter up to THREE works; all entries must have been conceived and created by the artist submitting the work; all media will be considered.  Applicant does not need to attend the reception to be eligible. Applying for membership can be made when submitting for this exhibition.

Application and Exhibit Timeline
Deadline for entry: July 27                                        
Notification of acceptance: August 1                           
Accepted work: hand-delivered October 1
Accepted work: shipped betweenSept. 24-27
Exhibition dates:  October 5-26
Reception: First Friday, October 5, 5:00-9:00 PM 

Pick-up of work: Monday, October 29, between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM or buy pre-paid shipping label

 No work is released before the end of the exhibition. Any artwork left beyond 45 days after the last day of the exhibition may become property of ACA. 

Sales: The following commission applies to all sales: 25% (20% for cash/check sales). To operate in accordance with the Tennessee Department of Revenue guidelines, ACA will add sales tax to the price of each work that sells from the Emporium and for which it collects payment. Sales are permitted as a service to patrons of the ACA. However, ACA cannot guarantee such sales. The receipt of funds from sales, the retention of commissions, and the disbursement of monies to Artist will be handled by ACA. Sold works are to remain in the exhibition until its official closing date and time, unless an alternate arrangement can be reached that is mutually agreeable to ACA, Artist, and the purchaser of the artwork. ACA prefers for all work to be for sale. 

Handling: ACA agrees to handle all artwork with proper care so that artwork will not be damaged, excepting ordinary wear and tear. ACA shall not be liable for damage or loss caused by war, confiscation, order of any government or public authority, or by any and all causes beyond the control of ACA. 

Theft, Damage or Loss: ACA agrees to notify Artist within 36 hours by telephone, e-mail, and/or by written notification upon the event of any theft, damage or loss that occurs while artwork is in the possession of ACA. In the event of loss or damage to artwork at fault of ACA, ACA agrees to compensate up to reasonable market value on each artwork as agreed upon by Artist and ACA Executive Director. 

Insurance/Artwork Inventory: Unless otherwise specified, ACA will insure up to $25,000 on all artwork in the Emporium throughout the exhibition. If necessary, Artist will insure work above that amount. Artist must furnish ACA with an inventory of objects to be exhibited, including the title, media, and sale price prior to the exhibition opening. ACA will provide Artist with an Excel spreadsheet for this information, which will be used to generate gallery tags for artwork. 

Transportation: Moving or shipping artwork to and from the Emporium will be the sole responsibility of Artist. Works may be hand delivered or shipped. If shipping artwork, include a pre-paid return shipping label. Artwork must arrive between September 24-27, 2018 and should be shipped to:

1715 Volunteer Blvd
213 Art + Architecture Building
c/o Jason Brown
Knoxville, TN


  1. All applicants MUST be a current Mid-South Sculpture Alliance member in order to submit an application. If you are not an MSA member, or if your membership has lapsed, you can visit to update your membership status.
  2. Artists working in any 3-dimensional medium are encouraged to apply.
  3. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces, which are complete and ready for exhibition at the time of acceptance.

Limitation & Restrictions

  • 1.     Floor, pedestal, wall and light weight suspended artworks will be considered.
  • 2.    Works must be no larger than 60”w, 108”h, 108”l, or works must be able to disassemble to fit within these dimensions. Sculptures which are disassembled and reassembled must not stand higher than 114”.
  1. Works must not exceed 300 lbs.
  2. All shipping or hand delivery and return of work for exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.
  3. MSA and ASA reserves the right to reject works that are misrepresented in the application process or are not properly outfitted to display in the gallery.

Application Procedure

  • 1.     Fill out complete application form
  • 2.    Upload a single PDF that includes:
  • a.     Contact information: name, email, address, phone number
  • b.    Short artist bio and artist statement
  • c.     Images of up to three works for consideration including captions: title, dimensions, weight, sales price, and insurance price.
  • 3.    Apply via google forms. To visit MSA Members Select application click here

For more information regarding this exhibit please visit or contact Baggs McKelvey, Managing Director at or 423-903-5648

Apply here: MSA Select Application

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