Kingsport Art Guild

1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN    423-246-1227

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Due to the abundance of precautions regarding the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 APPALACHIAN ART SHOW is being postponed to May.

The new deadline for submissions is now April 17th at noon.

A revised schedule is below.

***We want you participate.  If you do, please know that the schedule may change again as it has as of 03/25/2020.

Pay for One Student Entry Here......$10.


ENTRY DEADLINE: April 17, 2020

SHOW DATES: May 3 - 25th, 2020

AWARDS and RECEPTION:Sunday May 17th 2:00 - 4:00pm


  • First Place - $700

  • Second Place - $500

  • Third Place - $300

  • 10 Awards of Excellence - $100 each


  • You must be 16 years of age or older to enter.

  • Artwork must be original and completed in the past two years.  (Artwork completed prior to 2018 is not allowed)

  • Artwork previously displayed in any Kingsport Art Guild related show (Members Show, Fun Fest, or previous Appalachian Art Show) is not allowed.

  • All artwork must be the artist's own composition and design, and not from a pattern or class.

  • Artwork must be an original composition and may not be a be literal copy of a photo not taken by the artist.

  • Any source material used must be the property of the artist or from sources that legally release images for public use granting permission for use through the Creative Common License.  Source materials from: Pixabay and Unsplash, and Pexels, amongst others are allowed.

Exclusions: The following artwork is specifically excluded and will not be accepted for this show:

  1. Artwork produced in a class or under the direction of another artist.

  2. Photography, photo etchings, and prints reproduced by photographic processes.

  3. Computer generated artwork. 

  4. Artwork using glass,

  5. Artwork that exceeds size restrictions as outlined below.

  6. Artwork which is dangerous or offensive.

Please read carefully and measure your artwork. Artwork not meeting these criteria will not be accepted or judged.

2-D Artwork

  • Any traditional medium including, but not limited to: Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Charcoal, Egg Tempera, Mixed, Collage, Ink, and Prints by traditional methods (lithography, serigraphy, etching, etc.) will be allowed to enter.

  • Dimensions of artwork must NOT exceed 52 inches high or 52 inches wide or 3 inches deep including the frame.

  • Paint and other materials must be dry.


  • Artwork must either be framed or gallery wrapped and conform to the following guidelines:

  1. Framed artwork must utilize a sturdy frame (No uniframes will be accepted.) and artwork must be adequately secured within the frame.

  2. Gallery wrap canvas will be accepted ONLY if: a) the sides are at least 1.5 inches in depth or larger, b) the sides are completely painted, and c) no staples are visible.

  • Artwork must be have a sturdy and properly placed wire for hanging.  Saw tooth hangers, clip hangers will NOT be accepted.

  • Artwork needing to be protected, such as watercolor, should be protected using Plexiglass.  GLASS will be accepted at the artist's own risk.

  • Artwork may not exceed 25 lbs total weight inclusive of framing, painting, protective cover, etc.

3-D Artwork

Hanging 3-D Artwork:

  • Must NOT exceed 52 inches high or 52 inches wide or 4 inches deep and must not exceed 25 pounds.

  • Must have a sturdy and properly placed wire (or wires) for hanging.

  • 3-D artwork which cannot be secured to the wall will not be accepted.

The judgement of the Show’s chair regarding suitability, such as whether the artwork is offensive, dangerous or non-compliant, is binding and the chair will remove such items before submission to the juror.



  • When: ***Saturday, APRIL 25th, 2020 between 9:30AM and 12:30PM.***

  • Where: Renaissance Arts Center & Theater Building / 1200 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN / Main Gallery - 2nd Floor


  • Artwork NOT accepted must be picked up Saturday, MAY 2nd, 2020 between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm from room 212.

  • All accepted artwork must be picked up from the Main Gallery of the Renaissance Arts Center on Tuesday, MAY 26th between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.  All accepted artwork may not be removed from the show prior to MAY 25, 2020.

The Kingsport Art Guild, The Renaissance Arts Center and Theater, and all associated sponsors are not responsible for artwork entries not picked up on the pickup date of May 26, 2020. Artwork not picked up 14 days after the closing will become the property of the Kingsport Art Guild. 


Sales are encouraged. All sales are subject to a 15% commission for Kingsport Art Guild Members and 30% commission for non-Kingsport Art Guild members.


Artists may enter one or two pieces of artwork. (Diptychs will be treated as two works of art.)

The non-refundable entry fee is $20 for one entry and $30 for 2 entries.

Reduced fees for students are $10 for 1 entry and $15 for 2 entries.  Fees will not be refunded if your submission fails to meet eligibility, presentation, size or entry requirements or if the juror does not choose your artwork to be displayed in the show.

To enter, complete the online entry form below. (All entries and fees must be submitted electronically.) A checklist with instructions appears below for the artists convenience.


  • Fill out the ONLINE ENTRY FORM below and click submit.  DEADLINE is APRIL 17. 2020 at noon.  Please provide complete address including street address, town, state, and zip code!

  • Complete your ONLINE PAYMENT for one or two entries.  Link is below.  Pay online through PayPal or Pay with a check or money order when you drop off your artwork on April 24th or 25th.  Make payment out to:  Kingsport Art Guild

Please make sure you have submitted BOTH the entry form and the payment. These are separate actions!  If name on the payment and the entry differ please inform the chair by email (

  • Fill out the Identification Card from this entry LINK or create your own. (If printing your own, include artist, phone contact, email, title, medium, price or nfs, non-student or student entry.) Print legibly or type your card.

  • Secure the Identification Card to the upper back of artwork.

  • A list of the artists chosen by the juror to participate will be posted on this website Saturday, May 2nd, 2020.

Artwork must have an identification card securely attached to the back in the upper left-hand corner when submitted. 

By completing the online entry form, the artist agrees to abide by the Release & Indemnity Agreement.

RELEASE & INDEMNITY AGREEMENT: The exhibitor of the 53rd Annual Appalachian Art Show sponsored by the Kingsport Art Guild and the EASTMAN Foundation for and in consideration of the permission and privilege granted to the exhibitor to store and display said works of art in the Renaissance Arts Center April 24 - May 25th, 2020, hereby releases the Kingsport Art Guild, associated sponsors, the Renaissance Arts Center and Theater, and the City of Kingsport, Tennessee from any and all claims for damages to or loss of any said works so exhibited or stored, whether such damage or loss results from theft, acts of vandalism, or any other cause.

For the same consideration, the exhibitor covenants and agrees to hold the Renaissance Arts Center and Theater, the City of Kingsport, Tennessee, Its employees, agents, and the Kingsport Art Guild harmless from any claim for loss or damage to such artwork exhibited by the exhibitor, which are asserted by any persons other than the exhibitor, including without limitation the owners of such works exhibited, which grow out or arise during the exhibit (during display or storage) of such works by the exhibitor.

Permission is granted to photograph entered artwork for publicity purposes and historic record. ​

2020 JUROR
Callie Hietala

Callie Hietala is the Tours and Community Programs Manager at the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, VA.  She has been with the Museum since 2010, joining the staff shortly after graduating from the College of William & Mary where she majored in English and Classical Studies.

At WKMA, she has held a number of titles including VanGogh Outreach Instructor, Director of Educational Programming, and Curator.  She is also the producer and co-host of Art Speaks, a weekly radio program on WEHC 90.7 that explores the artistic culture of the region.  Outside of her work at the William King, Callie serves on the boards of the Wolf Hills Community School and the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire.  She is also on the committee for A! Magazine for the Arts and on the Programming Committee for Bristol's PUSH! Film Festival, referees FLL LEGO Robotics competitions, and occasionally gives ghost tours of historic downtown Abingdon as the town's Assistant Haintmistress. 

Pay for One Entry Here......$20.

Pay for Two Student Entries Here......$15.

Pay for Two Entries Here......$30.