Call for Entries: Annual Contest

New BeginningsSCA Call for Entries:


This Year’s Annual Open Studio Tour Contest calls for work on the theme of New Beginnings.
Enter for your chance for feature exposure and Tour registration rebate!

“The magic in new beginnings is truly the most powerful of them all.”
— Josiyah Martin

The 2020 Winning Entry by Robert Abele

The 2020 Winning Entry by Robert Abele

Artists are invited to submit original artwork on the theme of New Beginnings to SCA’s Annual Art Contest. The theme is very broad, so that all artists have the opportunity to choose their very best work that incorporates the theme of New Beginnings: springtime, new life, blooming, emerging from the quarantines of the past year, sunrise, awakening, nature, the color green, buds emerging from the warming ground, a welcome rebirth from the slumber of winter, and other creative concepts.

Eligibility: Participation is open only to South Coast Artists members who are registered for the 2021 Open Studio Tour.

Entry Procedure: Enter via the Annual Art Contest form, below. One entry per member. No size limit. Work must have been created within the last three years.

Submission Dates: February 24 – April 14

Registration Fee: NONE

Image Requirements: The contest will be judged on digital images only, so clear quality images are important. JPEGs must be a minimum size of 4″ x 6″ and saved at 300 dpi. The contest image must be labeled as follows: artist’s last name, underscore, first initial, underscore, a shortened version of the title, underscore, CON. For example, Roberta Smith’s painting, Two Trees in the Woods, would be labeled: Smith_R_2Trees_CON.jpg.

Awards: Best in Show receives their tour registration free (a $275 value); 2nd place receives $150; 3rd place receives $100. All winning artworks will be showcased in the  tour brochure’s feature section, and are eligible for inclusion in marketing materials.

Contest winners will be announced at the May SCA Members’ Gathering, and publicized on our website, Facebook, and lnstagram pages. By participating in the contest, you grant SCA the right to use your image for any SCA promotional purposes. The images me be modified for publication, marketing or public relations use.

Ben Shattuck

Ben Shattuck

Download the Annual Contest prospectus HERE.

Juror: Ben Shattuck is the lead curator of the Dedee Shattuck Gallery. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His paintings have been exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum, Sloane Merrill Gallery, Greylock Gallery, Steven Amedee Gallery, and Julie Heller Gallery. He is also the founder and director of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency. Shattuck has received fellowships from the US National Parks Service Artist-in-Residence program, The Vermont Studio Center, Bush Creek Center for the Arts, The Arts Students’ League of New York, and the Lighthouse Works.

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