Call for art: Poetry Bleeds Rust

Curatorial Statement

This is a materials-based show, and the work in will feature rust, which complements encaustic beautifully. When exposed to water, whether as rain, fog, or dew, iron will oxidize into iron oxide, which is rust. From one point of view, that of the aesthete —rust is beautiful. Yet it also a poignant reminder that everything is changing, decaying, leaving us no firm place to stand. From a more positive point of view, the nature of rust also assures us that because everything changes, anything is possible. Deeply understanding the nature of rust gives us the opportunity to embrace the truth of all things. Transformation is not only possible but inevitable.


The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), founded in 1889, is the oldest professional women's fine arts organization in the United States, continually providing a forum for women artists to share ideas and exhibit their work. The organization has been promoting and nurturing the work of professional women artists, sponsoring local and national exhibitions, offering merit prizes, lectures and special events for its 850+ membership, and hosting ongoing exhibitions at its headquarters address in NYC.

NAWA advertises and promotes each exhibition in the Gallery Guide, ArtTimes magazine, and numerous online sites.


80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1405

New York, NY 10011

Phone: 212.675.1616


International Encaustic Artists (IEA) is a non-profit, professional artists’ organization that was founded in 2005. IEA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for encaustic art. The membership of IEA includes approximately 450 artists spanning three continents with members in thirty-four states in the U.S., five provinces in Canada, and artists in Mexico, Europe and Asia.


Our juror will be Jenn Dierdorf. She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2008. She has received several awards including the Hollander Family Foundation award, Daniel MacMorris Scholarship and in 2009 was named a Rema Hort Mann Foundation nominee. Dierdorf has participated in residency programs including the Vermont Studio Center and the Contemporary Artist Center Woodside. Her work has been exhibited widely including Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, NYC, Lancaster Museum of Art, PA, Minnesota National Print Biennial at the University of Minnesota, MN and coming up in 2014 at Art Space in New Haven and Cindy Rucker Gallery in New York City.

Exhibition Dates:

October 1 - 29, 2014. Reception, Thursday October 2, 5-7 PM .


Open to all IEA member artists in good standing. Applicants must be members at time of entry and must maintain IEA membership through October 2014.

Entry Deadline:

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 EDT on Friday, August 1, 2014 via


All 2D and 3D encaustic work, including artist books, is eligible.

All 2D work must be ready to hang with wire in place (no saw  tooth or other types of hangers). All work submitted must have been created within the past two (2) years.

Size/weight restrictions:

18 inches is the maximum for 2D work on the longest side. 3D work must stand securely on a 12-inch square standing pedestal. No work may be suspended from the ceiling.

Entry fees (non-refundable):

$35 for up to 3 images, $5 for each additional image up to 6 total. Please submit payment via Paypal.

Preparation of artist entries:

Each artist may submit up to 6 color (RGB) images of their work. Artists submitting images of 3D work may include 1 additional image per work to show detail. Each image should be 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, JPEG format, and maximum quality.Please include the title, size, year made and materials used for each work.

Jurying process:

Artwork will be blind-juried online from the images submitted to Entrythingy.

Artist notification:

Artists will be notified of acceptance on Friday, August 15, 2014.At the time of the hanging of the exhibition, the curators reserve the right to decline work that differs significantly from the submitted imagery.


All selected artists’ work must be for sale. 60% of the selling price will go to the artist. 35% of the selling price goes to NAWA and 5% goes to IEA. Sales are conducted directly between NAWA and the buyer.

Shipping and Hand Delivery Deadline:

All accepted work must be delivered to NAWA Gallery on Thursday September 25 or Friday September 26 between the hours of 10AM and 5PM. Installation will be Tuesday September 30. All shipped work must be delivered in sturdy, re-usable packing materials/containers, which will be used for return shipping. All work received must be accompanied by a pre-paid, bar-coded return shipping label. Work that is hand-delivered must also be packed in sturdy, reusable containers. No packing peanuts.

Please note: IEA is unable to return work that is not accompanied by a pre-paid, bar-coded return shipping label.


While artwork will be handled with utmost care during the exhibition, neither NAWA nor IEA is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork while it is en route to and from the gallery. Artists must insure their own work during shipping and throughout the show.

Pick up/Return:

Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual artist to hand-deliver or ship their work both to and from NAWA Gallery. Work that is hand-delivered must be picked up on Thursday, October 30, 2014 between the hours of 10AM-4PM. Work must include a pre-paid shipping label (must show bar code to be pre- paid) for return of any unsold work. Work that does not include a valid return-shipping label will not be returned. Any artwork left for 30 days or more becomes the property of IEA at it’s sole discretion.

Entry into this exhibition constitutes agreement with all terms enumerated in this prospectus, including a commitment to show accepted work for the duration of the exhibition. All of the conditions must be met or work will not be accepted.