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 34th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition

Juror: Ann Meisinger,Independent Curator, and Assistant Educator, Public Programs & Creative Practice, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

January 28 to February 22, 2019, at the Slocumb Galleries
Juror's Lecture & Reception on February 21, Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Submission via Slideroom*:

*Entry Form issues has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience

Deadline for Entries: December 18, 2018.
The Positive/Negative is a national juried art exhibition, organized yearly since 1985, to provide access to dynamic and innovative contemporary art practices that explore current directions in visual art. For more than 30 years, the P/N 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 January 10, 2019. All accepted entries must be received by January 24, 2019.Work must not exceed 60 inches in any direction, weight must be less than 50 lbs, or no longer than 15 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 format only.

For inquiries, email SG Director Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay via or visit

Entry fee: $41. Deadline for submission: December 18, 2018.


About the Curator:

"Over the past six years, my practice as an arts administrator has focused on working on public programs in arts institutions that are invested in evolving and developing the way that individuals relate to exhibitions, artists, and ideas. Public programs can have an immediate and profound impact on the relationship between a visitor and a museum that is based on experience. The most fulfilling part of what I do is to strategically think through a suite of programs, whether over the course of an evening, exhibition or broad subject, that is designed to offer a wealth of opportunities to engage with an idea because an engaged museum audience, regardless of the context of their visit, reveals art to be a vital and meaningful part of life on an individual and communal level."

- Ann Meisinger


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The Positive/Negative is a national juried art exhibition, organized yearly since 1985, to provide the regional community of Southern 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 to investigate formal pursuits by visual artists, and in its presentation provide opportunities for critical discourse within the academic and local communities.
Former Art & Design Chair, Prof. M. Wayne Dyer established the Positive/Negative National Juried Art Exhibition in 1985, on his first year as faculty and gallery director at ETSU. For the first juror of the Open National Juried Art Exhibition, he invited a curator from the National Gallery of Art from Washington D.C., the exhibition was a huge success that drew entries from different parts of the US. Since then, the Positive/Negative continues to serve the region as a survey of contemporary art practice, and educational showcase of current trends and ideas in visual arts. Its highly anticipated annual exhibitions are juried by nationally renowned artists and influential curators from prestigious institutions. The diverse work promote exchanges and discourse among the participating artists, the viewing public and the jurors who present public lectures and critiques during the awarding reception. 



P/N Exhibitions

Positive/Negative 33
Juror: Margaret Winslow
Delaware Art Museum

Positive/Negative 32
'We Are The Artists'
Juror: Anja Foerschner
Getty Research Institute,
Los Angeles, CA

Positive/Negative 31
'American' and 'Woman'

Juror: Al Miner
Museum of Fine Arts,
MFA Boston, MA

Positive/Negative 30 'Uncanny Valley' and 'Open'
Juror: Dr. Mika Yoshitake
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

Positive/Negative 29
'Open' and 'Pages'
Juror: Buzz Spector

Washington University,
St. Louis, MO

Positive/Negative 28

'Minority Rule'
Juror: Michael Ray Charles
Art21 & University of Texas, Austin, TX

Positive/Negative 27
'Material Transformation'
Juror: Dr. Gail Levin
City University of New York, New York, NY

Positive/Negative 26
Juror: Sammy Nicely
Atlanta, GA

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

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

Positive/Negative 23
Juror: Antoine Guerrero
Queens, NY

Positive/Negative 22 
Juror: Toby Kamps
Contemporary Art Center,
Cincinnati, OH











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