skip to main content columnskip to left navigationskip to horizontal navigation

ETSU Art Galleries

Department of Art & Design

Positive Negative Banner image

33rd Annual Positive/Negative
National Juried Art Exhibition
Juror: Margaret Winslow, Curator
Delaware Museum of Art
Juror: Margaret Winslow, Curator, Delaware Museum of Art
February 26 to March 30, 2018, at the Slocumb Galleries
Juror's Lecture & Reception: March 22, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Deadline for Submission of Entries: January 25, 2018

The Positive/Negative is a national juried art exhibition, organized yearly since 1985, to provide the regional community of Appalachia in Northeastern Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and nearby states, access to dynamic contemporary art practices that explore current directions in visual art. For more than 30 years, the Positive/Negative exhibitions serve as platform for dialogue to promote diversity, creative excellence and critical thinking within the academic and local communities.

All 2D, 3D and video/sound art are eligible. Open to US artists 18 years and older. There is no theme for the call for submission, Juror will select participating artists, curate the exhibition and award Best of Show and Honorable Mention. Up to $1,000 in cash prizes with exhibition opportunities. Juror's decision is final. Artists will be notified by email on or before February 5, 2018. All accepted entries muse be received by February 22, 2018.

Work must not exceed 60 inches in any direction, weight must be less than 50 lbs, or no longer than 30 minutes of digital play. Artists may submit up to 3 titles, images must be saved either as jpeg or pdf, multiple image per file is acceptable. Artist statement must be in doc or pdf formal only.

This year’s juror is Margaret Winslow, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Delaware Art Museum. Winslow has curated exhibitions for the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Delaware Contemporary and assisted with exhibits for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Recent exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum include Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism, Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990, and Retro-Active: Performance Art from 1964–1987. In 2010, she attended Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive in New York and in 2015, she served as juror for Art of the State: Pennsylvania at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Hunting Art Prize in Houston, Texas in 2013. Public presentations include lectures at the Beijing American Center in China, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, and the University of Delaware. Winslow holds a BA in Art History from the University of Mary Washington and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Theory, and Criticism from SUNY Purchase College.

For inquiries, email SG Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via or call/text 423.483.3179.
Entry fee: $36.


Past Exhibitions

Positive/Negative 22
Juror: Toby Kamps
Menil Collection, TX

Positive/Negative 23
Juror: Antoine Guerrero

Positive/Negative 24
Juror: Pradip Malde
Sewanee University, TN

Positive/Negative 25
Juror:Julien Robson
PA Academy of Fine Art, PA

Positive/Negative 26
Juror: Sammy Nicely
Atlanta, GA

Positive/Negative 27
Juror: Dr. Gail Levin
PN27 'Material Transformation'

Positive/Negative 28
Juror:Michael Ray Charles
Art21 & UT Austin, TX
PN28 'Minority Rule'

Positive/Negative 29
Juror: Buzz Spector
Washington University, MO
PN29 'Open and Pages'

Positive/Negative 30
Juror: Dr. Mika Yoshitake
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Positive/Negative 31
Juror: Al Miner
Museum of Fine Arts,
MFA Boston, MA
PN31 'American' and 'Woman'


icon for left menu icon for right menu