Athens Voices ’19

Our biennial exhibition, Athens Voices USA returns in 2019! Athens Voices ’19 is open to artists of any media living and working withing 30 miles of an Athens community anywhere in the United State. Our jurors this year are Brian T. Alloway, Glass Program Director at Hocking College, Karla Hackenmiller, Ohio University Professor of Print Making and School of Art + Design Associate Director, and Joseph Norman, University of  Georgia Professor of Drawing and Painting.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submission for Athens Voices ’19 opens September 10 and will close November 17 at midnight.

Exhibition will be on view at The Dairy Barn Arts Center January 19 – March 16, 2019.

An “Athens Community” is defined by the Dairy Barn as a City, County, Township, Neighborhood, etc. with the name Athens (such as Athens County, Ohio).

To Submit to Athens Voices ’19

  1. Read the Rule and Requirements (Prospectus) below.
  2. Follow this link to fill out the submission form.
  3. Pay your submission HERE.

About our Jurors

Photo courtesy of Brian Alloway

Brian T. Alloway is an artist, educator, and director working primarily in the medium of glass. As a mixed material artist, Brian’s work integrates blown, fused and cast glass with a host of other materials. Some of Mr. Alloway’s recognitions include a competitive residency at Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland, awards from the Glass Art Society and numerous businesses commissions. As a full time professor at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio and the director of the glass art studio, Brian developed and built the first hot glass facility for the college in 2012. At Hocking College in the Art, Design & Marketing program, he teaches in many disciplines including design, sculpture and glass. 
Brian T. Alloway received his 
BFA at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio and MFA at Kent State University Kent, Ohio.

Photo courtesy of Karla Hackenmiller

Karla Hackenmiller’s recent research has been focused on the limitless and ever–evolving results of the thought process as it relates to the physical brain and its abstract outcomes. Her detailed artworks have primarily taken the form of linear etchings, drawings, collages, collagraphs and monoprints that have been exhibited internationally as well as across the United States. She has also delivered lectures and workshops at many institutions including the University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Miami, Florida; and Anderson Ranch in Colorado. She participated in an artist residency at the Original Printmaking Base, Guanlan, Shenzhun, China; and her work can be found in the public collections of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, CA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; the Hawai’i State Foundation for Culture & the Arts, Honolulu, Hawai’i; the Center for Book Arts, New York City, NY; among others. She has been a part of numerous invitational exchanges and has won honors and grants for her research.

Currently, she is a Professor of Printmaking, the Graduate Program Chair and Associate Director of the School of Art+Design at Ohio University in Athens. She served six years as an Officer and Board Member of the Mid America Print Council (MAPC); and a term as the Vice-President for Outreach of the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI).

Photo courtesy of Joseph Norman

Joseph Norman – A highly regarded educator and artist, Norman is widely considered a world class draughtsman and printmaker. Many scholars and art historians place Norman among the most important African American lithographers of his generation. Norman has worked with the youth populations of the Caribbean, Central and South America for decades. A sensitive voice in the art world, he dedicates time and energy to empowering young people through the creative process of mural painting. Through his community outreach and service learning initiatives in the arts, Norman has touched the lives and sparked the imaginations of thousands of youths throughout the Americas. Joseph Norman is a Professor of Art at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art at Johnson & Wales University. He is the former Chairman of the Painting and Drawing Department and Founder of Study Abroad Latin America, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Joseph Norman has lived and worked in Canada, Germany, Spain, Costa Rica and Cuba. His works are housed in Americas most important museums and public collections including, The Museum of Modern Art, NY. The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The National Gallery and Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC. Statement borrowed from here.


September 10, 2018 – Submissions Open

November 14, 2018 – Submissions Close

December 7, 2018 – Artists Notified of Acceptance

December 21, 2018 – Signed Exhibitor Contract due to Dairy Barn Arts Center

January 2 – 9, 2019 – Artwork due to Dairy Barn Arts Center

January 19, 2019 – Opening Reception 5-8pm

January 20, 2019 – Exhibition open to public

March 16, 2019 – Exhibition closes


The jury is a “blind” jury which means the jurors do not know the artists names or locations. This year’s jury panel is comprised of three professionals from Athens Communities across the USA.  These talented individuals will select artworks based on originality of concept, design, technique, and craftsmanship.

Acceptance will be granted on the basis of submitted digital images. Selected works will be on display at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Sauber Gallery,

January 19 – March 16, 2019.


The Dairy Barn Arts Center is awarding $1500 in prize money. The following monetary awards will be chosen by the jurors:

Best of Show

3 Juror’s Awards

Most Innovative Use of Media

The People’s Choice Award will be tallied by the close of the exhibition and the artist will be announced.



Work may be created in any media. Innovative, contemporary work is encouraged inclusive of, but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, drawing, performance, installation, and ceramics.


Artists must be ages 18 and over. Artist must live within 30 miles of an Athens community in the USA.  Works eligible for consideration must note on the submission form if the work is the result of a collaboration.  Work cannot be created for or as the result of an instructional setting in which another artist or teacher has provided guidance.  The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.


All entries must be NEW work – completed after January 1, 2016. The recent modification of an older or previously dated work does not make the work eligible unless the artist can document significant differences between the original and the revised versions of the piece.



Each artist may submit 3 pieces with up to 2 details/views per piece. The submission fee for 1-3 pieces is $35. Discounts are available for students and Dairy Barn members.


Three (3) pieces will be accepted for consideration with up to 3 images per entry.  Images should be in focus, clean, and clear.  The work should appear as you would wish it to be reproduced. Images must be of completed work, NOT WORK IN PROGRESS.

Images must be JPG files. Be sure that each file is a .jpg and carries the extension “.jpg”. Highest accepted resolution is 72 dpi. Images should be no larger than 1800 pixels on the longest side. Maximum file size is 5MB.

FILE TYPE: JPG. Be sure each file is a .jpg and carries the extension “.jpg”.  Photos can either be uploaded in the submission form OR emailed directly to  using the file naming system indicated below.

If you are submitting video or audio work, please edit the piece down to a 5-minute short that is less than 60 MB. These may be .MOV, .MPG, .MP4 for video

and .MP3 or .WAV for audio.  Please indicate the full length of the piece in the description section of the ap- plication. This includes documentation for submissions for performance work. Online links may be provided in Slideroom entries and will be screened for names for the blind jury.

FILE NAMING: “Title of Your Work.jpg” for the complete view; if providing a detail photo, please use “Title of Your Work_detail_1.jpg” and “Title of Your Work_detail_2.jpg”. DO NOT include any other information in the naming of your file!

In the description section of each entry, please specify any special techniques used or any other pertinent in- formation that will better help the jurors understand your work.



All artists will be notified via email by December 7, 2018 following the jury process. All artist exhibition paperwork must be completed by December 21. Artists not granted acceptance will also be notified via email on or around December 7 following the jury process. The Dairy Barn Arts Center reserves the right to refuse work that is drastically different than what was represented in the submission. All installation works must be installed by artist.


Upon acceptance to AV ’19, an artist’s statement of no more than 80 words is required. This statement will appear in gallery materials. The Dairy Barn Arts Center may not publish more than 80 words per artist, and may edit statements for grammar/spelling/etc. If an artist submits more than 80 words The Dairy Barn Arts Center will not be responsible for errors that occur through text editing or printing.


Submission of a work of art to this exhibition and the completion of the online entry process shall be under- stood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all the conditions set forth. This will also grant The Dairy Barn Arts Center the rights to reproduce and distribute the images through print and electronic media for promotion of the exhibition and its entrants. Artists will retain all copyrights to their work.


Artists are responsible for the shipping of their work to and from the Dairy Barn Arts Center. Selected pieces MUST be shipped to arrive or be hand delivered be- tween January 2-9, 2019 to:

The Dairy Barn Arts Center,  AV ’19 8000 Dairy Lane,

Athens, Ohio 45701

Artwork will be returned in the same container in which it was shipped. Please make sure that your shipping container is sufficient, so that the piece can be toured to Athens Voices venues.

Please be sure to include a return shipping label with accepted work.  Do not send personal checks with estimated amount for postage.


Artists will be asked for both retail and insurance value for each piece of accepted work.  The insurance value is 65% of its fair market value.  In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the work and the extent of the claim.  The Dairy Barn Arts Center

will insure the artwork while it is in our gallery for the duration of the exhibition, but the artist is responsible for their own insurance during shipping to and from the Dairy Barn.

Accepted artists are also welcome to sell smaller works in our gallery shop online and at the Dairy Barn. Additional information regarding Gallery Shop sales will be provided upon acceptance into AV’19.

In the event of a sale, the artist will be paid 65% of the retail price listed.  The Dairy Barn will retain a 35% commission on work sold during the exhibition at The Dairy Barn or any sale that results from mediation by Dairy Barn Staff.

A work identified as For Sale (e.g. with an established retail price in U.S. Dollars) must maintain that status for as long as it is part of the active AV ’19 exhibition.  Artists whose work is not for sale

(NFS) must write NFS and must list a valid insurance value in U.S. Dollars.

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