Calls for Entry

The exhibition programming at The Dairy Barn Arts Center aims to nurture and promote contemporary artists from our region as well as artists from across the United States and beyond.

The Sauber Gallery, on the main floor of our facility, features four main exhibitions each year that draw over 8,000 gallery patrons from all over the world. Proposals for this space are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Chaddock and Morrow Gallery is a newly renovated space, ideal for many solo, group, and curated exhibits. For more information on submitting an exhibition proposal click here.

Current Call for Entry:

A regional, biennial mixed-media juried exhibition open to artists currently living in Ohio and the five surrounding states.

Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
Submissions are now closed.
On View at The Dairy Barn Arts Center January 17 – March 14, 2020.
JURORS:  Click here for OH+5 2020 Jury Info
Kevin Harris
Shalya Marsh
Robert Peppers

These talented individuals will select artworks based on originality and innovation, design, technique, and craftsmanship. Acceptance will be granted based on digitally submitted images by a “blind” jury process, meaning the jury will not be informed of the artist’s name, background, location, or any other personally-identifying information. Selected works will be on display at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Sauber Gallery, from January 17 – March 14, 2020.

AWARDS: The Dairy Barn Arts Center is awarding $900 in prize money. The following monetary awards will be chosen by the jurors:

  • Best of Show $400
  • Most Innovative Use of Material $200
  • Juror’s Award of Merit (3) $100 each

EXHIBITION AGREEMENT: Submission of a work of art to this exhibition and the completion of the online entry process shall be understood to constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to all the conditions set forth.

ELIGIBILITY: All forms of artwork are acceptable, including installations and digital media (videos). Alternative mediums are welcome. Any current resident of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia who is over 18 years old may submit work(s) for consideration. Works eligible for consideration must be the result of independent effort unless the collaborator(s) is listed. Works must be no older than 2 years with a completion date on or after January 2018. All works must be original and not a copy or variation of another artist’s work.

AUTHORSHIP: Works eligible for consideration must be the result of independent effort unless the collaborator(s) is listed.  The work must be an original design, not a copy or a variation on the original design of another artist working in any medium.

ONLINE SUBMISSION OF WORK: Each artist may submit one to three original works for consideration. Online submission of works will be accepted by completing the SUBMISSION FORM (click here) beginning September 6, 2019. In order to submit work, you must complete the online submission form and pay the entry fee by November 10, 2019. All submission photos must be emailed to by November 10, 2019, at midnight.

ENTRY FEE: The entry fee is $35 with discounts for current students and Dairy Barn members, to be paid online BY CLICKING HERE. The entry fee allows up to three works to be submitted. Each artist is only allowed one entry of up to three works. Reduced entry fees are available for current students and The Dairy Barn Arts Center members. You can also pay the submission fee by cash or check. Please contact The Dairy Barn Arts Center before paying by cash or check.

ENTRY IMAGES: All submission photos must be emailed to no later than November 10, 2019, at midnight. Be sure to follow the “file naming” system below. Submissions will be accepted in digital format only. Image quality is extremely important in determining acceptance into a juried exhibition. It is important the work appears as you would wish it to be reproduced, as entry images could be used for promotional material.

Each work entered may have up to three photographs: one full, overall image of the artworks is required and two detail images (or alternative views) may also be submitted. You MUST submit a full, overall image showing the entire work.

IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS: images MUST be JPG files. Be sure that each file is a .JPG and carries the extension “.JPG”. The maximum file size is 5MB.

FILE NAMING: For images of the full, entire work, the file name must be Title Of Work.jpg. If you are providing a detail photo, please use the file name Title Of Work_Detail1.jpg. If you are providing a second detail photo, the file should be named Title Of Work_Detail2.jpg. Do not include your name, initials or any other information in the file name. For example, if a work is titled “Dairy Barn” then the files will be named Dairy Barn.jpg, Dairy Barn_Detail1.jpg, and Dairy Barn_Detail2.jpg.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: All artists that submit entries will be notified by email on or by November 22, 2019, following the jurying process.

SHIPPING AND DELIVERY: Shipping or delivering works to and from The Dairy Barn Arts Center is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist. The artist shall provide a prepaid, self-addressed return shipping label with artwork that is shipped to The Dairy Barn.

SALES: The Dairy Barn Arts Center will retain a 35% commission on work sold during the exhibition at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, while on tour or on any sale that results from the mediation by The Dairy Barn Arts Center staff. A work identified on this form as For Sale (e.g. with an established retail price in U.S. dollars) must maintain that status for as long as it is a part of the active exhibition. Artists whose work is not for sale must indicate NFS in paperwork and must list a valid insurance value in U.S. dollars.

INSURANCE: The Dairy Barn Arts Center will insure any artwork for an amount of 65% of its fair market value, and reserves the right to limit the amount of insurance coverage on a particular piece. In the event of loss or damage, it will be the artist’s responsibility to provide documentation concerning the value of the artwork and the extent of the claim. Insurance values listed on the information form will be in effect for as long as the artwork is part of the exhibition. Exhibitors will have the option to maintain their own insurance on their exhibited artwork.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Artists will retain all copyrights to their work.  Submitting to OH+5 grants The Dairy Barn Arts Center the right to reproduce and distribute the images through print and electronic media for promotion of the exhibition and its entrants.


  • September 6, 2019: Submission open
  • November 10, 2019, at midnight: Deadline for submissions
  • November 22, 2019: artists notified of acceptance or rejection via email
  • January 2 – 11, 2020: All accepted artwork must arrive at The Dairy Barn
  • January 17, 2020: OH+5 opening reception at The Dairy Barn Arts Center
  • March 13, 2020: Exhibition closes at The Dairy Barn Arts Center


Q: Where do I fill out the submission form?

A: Click HERE!

Q: When is the deadline to submit?

A: November 10, 2019, at midnight.

Q: How can I pay the submission fee?

A: By clicking here or contacting The Dairy Barn Arts Center to pay by cash or check. The Dairy Barn phone number is 740-592-4981.

Q: Will my work be accepted into the exhibit?

A: We don’t know yet! The jury will decide what works are accepted. This exhibit will be selected by a “blind” jury meaning the jury will not be informed of the artist’s name, age or location.

Q: I have another question – who can I contact?

A: The Dairy Barn Arts Center 740-592-4981 or email

Sponsored By:

Ohio Arts Council

Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott of Athens, Ohio

Click here to submit a solo, group and curated exhibition proposal for our newly renovated Chaddock and Morrow Gallery!

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