The Red Clay Survey:  2014 Exhibition of Contemporary Southern Art

August 17 - October 26, 2014  |  Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, Alabama

ENTER ONLINE at beginning Saturday, March 15, 2014

ENTRY DEADLINE is Saturday, May 17, 2014


The Red Clay Survey is a major recurring regional competition sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art. The exhibition "takes the pulse" of contemporary Southern art every two years through a selection of work in all styles and media determined by a juror with strong national credentials. The exhibition recognizes and encourages excellence, and provides a permanent record of the development of regional art through the publication of a comprehensive digital catalogue. The Red Clay juror has the option to select up to 3 works per artist for inclusion in the show (artists may submit up to 6 works for consideration). Works selected for the exhibition will be displayed in 5 galleries in the Museum's elegant facility, located in Big Spring International Park in Downtown Huntsville.



Best known for her intimately sized self-portraits addressing androgyny and the gendered image, the work of Susanna Coffey also encompasses themes of war, still life and plein air landscape often painted at night. Coffey received a BFA from the University of Connecticut in 1977 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1982. A fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, she has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Europe. Coffey is the F.H. Sellers Professor in Painting at The School of The Art Institute in Chicago, where she has taught since 1982. She lives in New York and Chicago.



• Artists must be over 18 years of age and reside in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

• Artists may submit up to six digital images for a non-refundable entry fee of $10 per image. Members of the Huntsville Museum of Art may enter for a reduced fee of $8 per image.

 • Entry deadline is Saturday, May 17, 2014. Entries received after midnight May 17, 2014 will not be accepted.

 • Works in all media are eligible, provided they can be juried by digital image. These include Painting (watercolor, oil, acrylic), Drawing (charcoal, graphite, pastel), Printmaking, Photography/Digital Media, Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Fine Craft (wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass).

 • Works must be original and executed within the last three years (since 2011). Works previously exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art are not eligible.

 • Works chosen for the exhibition must be finished, dry, and ready to exhibit. Works must be framed and, where appropriate, glazed with Plexiglas (hand-delivered items may be glazed with glass). No substitutions are allowed.

 • The Museum reserves the right to eliminate any entry that is not reasonably adaptable to its physical facility (for example, a sculpture should fit within a hypothetical 12-foot cube; the horizontal dimension of any work should not exceed 12 feet).



The Huntsville Museum of Art will publish a full-color documentary catalogue of the exhibition as a digital flipbook. The catalogue will illustrate one work by every artist included in the show, accompanied by artist biographies.



It is very important that your images represent your work as accurately and professionally as possible. Artists must submit images as JPGs, with maximum size not to exceed 25MB. The Huntsville Museum of Art reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted entries in the catalogue and for promotion of the exhibition in the media.



All work included in The Red Clay Survey will be available for sale unless designated Not for Sale (NFS) by the artist. Prices will be available only upon request, and purchased works will not be released until after the close of the exhibition. The Museum will deduct a 50% commission from each sale made during the exhibition. By the close of the exhibition, the Museum will issue a check for 50% of the purchase price to any artist whose work is sold.



Questions, contact David Reyes, Curator of Exhibit

Pen and Ink
Color Pencil
Traditional Photography
Digital Photography
New Media
Digital Art
Printmaking (hand pulled)