Entry Deadline: 12/17/14


Images – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6
Total Media – Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6

Entry Fee (River Oaks Square Arts Center): $25.00

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The 2015 Dirty South Mug Competition is a national, juried exhibition. Up to 125 artists will be chosen to display traditional or non-traditional ceramic mugs at River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.
• Entry Fee: $25 per artist, up to three entries (credit cards preferable/checks mailed to ROSAC)
• Work may not be larger than 10” x 10” x 10”.
• Open to all artists working in the medium of clay, residing in the United States.
• Functional & Non-functional, traditional and non-traditional pieces accepted
• All work must be for sale. No single work may exceed $500 in value. Artists will pay a 30% commission to the Gallery on all sales.
• Artist responsible for shipping/insurance cost to the Gallery. All work must include a Return LABEL for return shipment. Return postage will be absorbed by ROSAC . Weight Limit 15 lbs. River Oaks is not responsible for any damage during shipment.
• Digital entry only, JPEG format, 300 dpi and no more than 2100 pixels at the longest dimension. All files must be labeled with artist’s first initial and last name followed by entry number (ie, e.smith01).
• River Oaks will be utilizing the™, also known as CaFÉ™, an online application and adjudication system for exhibits and more. Go to to complete your application form.
• River Oaks Square Arts Center reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use these or the artists digital images for reproduction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.
• Entry free must be paid at the time of application submission

Juror: Tom Coleman
Tom Coleman is considered to be one of the greatest potters in America. His relevance to the field of ceramics can be confirmed by the many artists whom his work has inspired. A graduate of the Northwest College of Art and a resident of Nevada since 1987, Tom continues to grow as an artist and shares his discoveries and enthusiasm through numerous workshops, years of university teaching experience and as a NCECA presenter. For over fifty years, Tom Coleman has been developing his craft as a hand-built potter working with both porcelain and stoneware, each equally refined and well-balanced. His work and lectures have gained him numerous awards and notoriety in the field of ceramics. Tom Coleman’s work is featured in a number of different galleries and has been included in numerous exhibits throughout the United States. He has written much on the subject of ceramics and has himself been the subject of much published review.

First Prize $500

Juror’s Choice: 4 awards, $125 each
“Exhibiting Artist” designation: In addition to the monetary award winners, the top 20 artists will be considered for spots as “exhibiting artists” in future invitational shows hosted by ROSAC.
Please complete and email images to CaFe with credit card information, or mail with check/money order for entry fees no later than December 17, 2014 at 5pm.

• Works will be insured for 50% of the stated value from the time of delivery to the end of the exhibition

River Oaks Arts Center

River Oaks Square is a contemporary visual arts and fine crafts center made up of resident artists working with a variety of media. In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After renovations to the Home, River Oaks opened its’ doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves. In 1999, a 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened it’s doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria’s Cultural District and are connected by a unique columned walk-way. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a full scale ceramics studio comparable to most university systems, and rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 30 years, it has been River Oaks Square Arts Center’s (ROSAC) mission to promote contemporary visual art and fine crafts, to stimulate interest in, exhibition of, education of and appreciation for regional, resident, and local artists and their work. Currently, there are over 40 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty four exhibits are featured annually; outreach events are conducted; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.

1st Annual Dirty South Mug Competition

December 17, 2014 – Deadline to enter
January 21, 2015 – Acceptance notification
March 25, 2015 – Delivery of work, no later than 5pm
June 17, 2015 – Return of artwork


Calendar of Events Related to the Exhibit


Exhibit Dates: April 7 – May 23, 2015

April 21-24, Workshop/Classes with Guest Juror, Tom Coleman

April 24th, 5-8 p.m. Exhibit Reception/Juror Remarks