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29th Annual

Maritime Art Exhibit

On Exhibit – Friday, July 7, 2023 – Friday September 22, 2023

Online submission deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023

Background: Coos Art Museum continues its tradition of hosting a Maritime Art Exhibition on the scenic Southern Oregon Coast. The 29th Maritime Art Exhibition is recognized by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).

Featured Artist: Debbie Daniels

Debbie Daniels is a self-taught oil painter who has been painting for four decades. She has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work may be found in the permanent collection at hospitals and corporations across the US, most notably at Google in Seattle. She is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Debbie works from her studio at Friday Harbor Atelier in Friday Harbor, WA, and is represented by Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Seattle; Articles Gallery, St. Pete; and Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor.

Juror: Nicolas Fox

Nicolas Fox resides in North Chatham, NY. He grew up in New York City and on Cape Cod and comes from a sailing family. Graduating from Harvard College, Nick spent years working in boring offices while continuing to paint. A stint as a graphic designer and artist for a home furnishings company reawakened his desire to pursue painting as a career. He is represented by the Copley Society (cosogallery.org) on Newbury Street in Boston, MA and is a Signature Artist member of the American Society of Marine Artists. He is currently the President and a Director of The American Society of Marine Artists. Nick is also the founder of the new Center for American Marine Art at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Juror: Carolyn Hess-Low

Nationally recognized artist Carolyn Hesse-Low graduated from University of California and continued her training at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In the style of the early California Impressionists, her landscapes, figures and marine subjects capture the changing mood and rugged beauty of what she sees. “I am attracted to the feeling that a scene offers. What appeals to me is a subject that has depth to explore, one that can reveal the feelings within ourselves.”

Juror: William A. Selden

William Selden has been a professional artist all of his adult life. His work encompasses all styles and mediums: acrylic, pastel, watercolor and oils. He pioneered the watercolor technique still in use today by the portrait artists at Disneyland. His artistic talent surfaced at the age of 9. He received a formal art education at both the California Institute of Arts (Chouinard) and the Art Center College of Design. Along with portraits, Mr. Selden specializes in realistic landscapes and ocean scenes sold through art galleries.

Events: Coos Art Museum is proud to announce the return of in person opening weekend events. Friday night will be the artist’s preview and dinner. Saturday’s events are the Plein-Air Paint Out, with the Maritime Dinner and Awards Ceremony in the evening.

Eligibility Events:

  • Open to all artists producing original maritime-themed art works in painting and sculpture, including members of American Society of Marine artists and International Society of Marine Painters.
  • If you are submitting a work that is part of a series, the submitted piece MUST be unique and distinguishable from any of your other works of art.
  • Works that have previously been exhibited at Coos Art Museum are NOT eligible.
  • Submissions are to be ‘recent works’, ones that have been created within the past six (6) years (created in 2017 or newer).
  • Works that are accepted must be the same as the digital images entered.
  • Paintings – limitation of 60 inches in any one direction this includes the frame and weight limitation of 20 lbs.
  • Sculpture – limitation of 60 inches in any one direction and weight limitation of 25 lbs.
  • Prints (photo serigraphs, digital or giclée) and photography are not eligible. Paint enhanced giclée prints on canvas are not eligible.

All information on the original entry as to title, size and price must remain the same on the delivered work. Entries must be original in concept, composition and execution. Artwork created under the supervision of an instructor is not eligible. Artwork must not be copied, in part or wholly, from any published or copyrighted work. 
Notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent via email by May 19, 2023.

General Specifications for Accepted Works of Art
Detailed information regarding artwork specifications will be sent with acceptance notifications. However, all accepted painted works must be framed and ready for hanging prior to arrival, and be no more than 60 inches in any one direction, including the frame, nor weigh more than 20 lbs. All accepted sculptures must be no more than 60 inches in any one direction nor weigh more than 25 lbs. All accepted works will be insured by the Museum from time of arrival until departure. Artist is responsible for insurance during return shipment.

Works in the exhibition may be available for sale. Artist agrees to donate 30% of any sale to Coos Art Museum. Artist is to be paid three weeks from end of show. Please price your works with this in mind. Sales made from the Museum are final.  Your entry confirms all terms of this agreement.

Shipping of Accepted Works of Art
Detailed information regarding shipping will be sent with acceptance notifications. However, each accepted artist is responsible for the cost of transporting artwork to and from the Coos Art Museum. A $20 handling fee will be charged by the Museum for artwork that is shipped to the Museum without prepaid arrangements or prepaid shipping label in addition to shipping charges. The handling fee covers the time and effort to uncrate, inventory, tag, re-crate works of art and to work with couriers and shipping companies.

Judging and Awards:
Panel of 3 maritime artists will jury the submissions. 8 awards will be given out.
Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $750.00 – selected by Featured Artist.
Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Award will receive a cash prize of $250.00 – selected by Port Official.
Coos Art Museum Board of Directors Choice will receive a cash prize of $250.00 – selected by CAM Board.
People’s Choice Award will receive a cash prize of $250.00 – selected by a vote of museum attendees.
4 – Honorable Mention awards.

Important Dates:
May 12, 2023- Deadline for submissions on Smarter Entry.
May 19, 2023 – Notification of acceptance/rejection.
June 15, 2023 – Deadline for Registration/Consent forms
June 23, 2023 – Accepted artwork receiving at the Museum deadline – all work, hand delivery and courier. 
July 7, 2023 – Sneak Peek/No-Host Mexican dinner
July 8, 2023 – Maritime Dinner
September 22, 2023 – Maritime exhibition ends
September 23 and 24, 2023 – Hand retrieval of artwork from 1 – 4pm.
September 26 – 30, 2023 – Artwork returned via couriers.

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