Radford City Fine Arts Show

A juried exhibition of recent works by Southwest Virginia artists

Exhibition Location and Dates

The exhibition will be held May 23 through June 21, 2019 at the Radford University Art Museum on Tyler, located at 214 Tyler Street in Radford, Virginia.


This competition is open to any artists, ages 18 and up, who live in Southwest Virginia – which for the purposes of this exhibition extends from Bedford and Rockbridge Counties to Lee County.

Artists from the following counties and cities are eligible to enter (there is also a map illustration at the bottom of this page):

Alleghany County, Bedford, Bedford County, Bland County, Botetourt County, Bristol, Buchanan County, Buena Vista, Carroll County, Covington, Craig County, Dickenson County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Galax, Giles County, Grayson County, Henry County, Lee County, Lexington, Martinsville, Montgomery County, Norton, Patrick County, Pulaski County, Radford, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Russell County, Salem, Scott County, Smyth County, Tazewell County, Washington County, Wise County, Wythe County

Entry Rules

  • Works that hang are limited to 84 inches in height, 48 inches in width and 45 lbs in weight. 3D pieces cannot weigh more than 75 lbs.
  • The artwork must have been created within the last 18 months (after December 2016).
  • All 2D works must be framed or gallery ready. Wire is required and must be properly and securely attached to the frame and cannot be attached with tape or staples. Entrants should be aware that most jurors take presentation into account when judging.
  • Each work must have an identifying label securely attached to the back or bottom. Stones and metals in jewelry pieces must be identified.
  • Accepted works must remain on display for the entire duration of the exhibition.
  • The organizers are not responsible for works that are not picked up during the pick-up dates (July 28-30).

Works that do not comply with these regulations will be disqualified.


Entries for the exhibition will be juried in a “blind” process. Our juror for this year’s exhibition is:

Patrick Shaw Cable is the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Education at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA. He received his Ph.D. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, and his dissertation reconsidered the art and life of the French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte. He has held curatorial positions at the El Paso Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. He has lectured and published extensively in the arts. Recent publications include the exhibition catalogs Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West (2014) and Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon (2018).


There will be cash and merchandise awards, including a top award of $500 for Best in Show.

Sale of Art

Sales are encouraged.  Anyone interested in purchasing a work will be put into direct contact with the artist.  The Radford Art Museum does not handle any sales exchanges.  Although we will not charge the standard 40%-50% sales commission, we would appreciate a donation of 20% of the sale price to help support this exhibition.


April 22 (Mon.)     Submission deadline,digital entry

May 8 (Wed.)         Notifications via email

May 16, 17 & 18          Delivery of art

May 23 (Thur.)     Opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

May 24 – June 21     Exhibition on view(Mon. - Sat., noon - 4 p.m.)

June 21-24               In-person pick-up of artworks

Fri (6/21): 4-7 p.m.; Sat (6/22): noon - 4 p.m.; Mon (6/24): 4 - 7 p.m.

Artist Agreement

The artist grants Radford University permission to use images of selected works for publicity related to current and future exhibitions. The artist will be credited any time an image of their artwork is used. No further compensation will be provided.

All reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure the protection of artworks upon receipt. However, the City of Radford and Radford University assume no responsibility for damage incurred or loss of work while in transit or during the show.

Delivering your work

All artworks are to be delivered to the Radford University Art Museum on Tyler at 214 Tyler Street, Radford, Virginia. We will email you specific drop-off and pick-up instructions in June if your work is accepted by the juror.

How to enter

Email entries to: RadfordCityShow@gmail.com

Include the words “Radford City Fine Arts Show” in the subject line.

Provide the following in the body of your email:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address, home mailing address, and telephone number
  • The following information for each image entered:
    • Entry number (matched to image, as below)
    • Title of the work
    • Medium
    • Year created
    • Dimensions, in inches - List height first
      (Height x Width x Depth)
    • Sale price (write “NFS” if not for sale)
  • Attach your hi-res image(s) in JPEG format to the email.  The filename of your image(s) should include your last name and first initial, followed by the entry number. For example, the filename for John Doe’s first entry image would be “DoeJ-1.jpg”, and “DoeJ-2.jpg” for a second entry.

Entry Fee

$15 for one work or $25 for two works.

Please pay your entry fee for the appropriate amount via check or money order. Make checks payable to “City of Radford” with “Radford City Show” in the memo line. Mail to: Radford Visitor’s Center, 600 Unruh Dr., Radford, VA  24141.


Contact: Kim Cochran, at RadfordCityShow@gmail.com


Residents 18 years of age an up living in any of these highlighted counties are eligible to enter.