Calls for Entry


The Art and Artists Of (AAAO) and Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (FOL) announce the Call for Entries for the juried exhibit “Characters that Define Us” from July 2 – 25, 2014 at the Carnegie Gallery, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.


Theme: AAAO, FOL and CML invite artists of all mediums to submit their best interpretation of the theme “Characters that Define Us”, work inspired by literary characters.

“Characters that define us” means many things — a literal physical depiction or the manner in which a literary character influences the artist’s work. So we ask, which literary character do you connect with? Which inspires you? Which makes your mind take off? Perhaps you identify with a character’s temperament, humor, or emotion; their physical appearance; their charisma or demeanor; their point of view or purpose. We challenge you to consider how you, the artist, are influenced by the simplicity or complexity of the literary character you select.

Juror: Rob Jones (see below for info about our juror)


  • Work must be suitable for all audiences.
  • Work must be under 6 ft. in any direction and weigh less than 50 lbs.
  • Exhibit is open to all members of AAAO Chapters 614, 740, 419, and 216. Note that accepted work must be hand delivered. To become a member of AAAO, join the Facebook group of your respective area code.

How to apply:

  • Email to the following by May 11, 2014:
    • One (1) themed entry in digital format. One detail shot is allowed.*
    • One or two sentences on the literary character(s) you chose, and how the character(s) influenced your process or piece.
    • Provide title, medium, size, and price.
    • Provide your name, mailing address, email and phone number.

*  Image guidelines: Accepted file formats for images are JPEG, JPG, and TIFF. Images should be formatted so   that the longest side is set at 1920 pixels and the resolution is 72 dpi. File names should match the following: “FirstInitialLastName.jpg” (e.g., bsmith.jpg). Detail shots should be named “FirstInitialLastNameDetail.jpg“.

There is no fee to participate. The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), its affiliates, and the Art and Artists Of (AAAO), will not be responsible for the sale of artwork and/or other exhibit items. Artists will make 100% of any sale made as a result of the exhibit. CML will keep a list of artist contact information as well as prices; interested parties will need to contact the artist directly.

All work must be labeled with Artist, Title, Medium, Size, and Price, and wired to hang or otherwise prepared for installation. Accepted artists are required to fill out and sign and Exhibitor Agreement at time of drop-off. AAAO , FOL and CML reserve the right to refuse any accepted work for any reason.

Important Dates:

  • Entry Deadline: ­­­­­­­­Sunday, May 11
  • Notification sent to artists: by Monday, June 2
  • Artwork Drop-off (Hand Delivery Only):  June 23 – 26 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; June 27 – 28 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215), Second Floor, Arts and Media reference desk.
  • Exhibit dates:  July 2 – July 25, 2014
  • Opening reception: Thursday, July 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Artwork Pick-up (work MUST be picked up in person on this day):  Saturday, July 26, 12 – 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Gallery

About our Juror
Rob Jones is a Columbus-based folk artist and art educator known for his prolific multi-media constructs of blues musicians and the occasional sea monster. Using everything from paint to found wood to jute rope to scrap metal to bottle caps, Rob’s assemblages have been displayed in galleries throughout Ohio. He says it best when he describes his work as “preachin’ the blues and the like through handmade artifacts.” Visit Rob on Facebook to learn more about his work.

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
The Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library support CML through social, educational and membership activities, and provide reach and resources beyond what the library can do on its own. In 2011, they earned Ohio Library Council’s Friends of Ohio Libraries Recognition Award. Their support has funded Homework Help Centers, Job Help Centers and Teen Read Week author visits. Visit Friends of CML or pick up a brochure at any library branch to learn more.

The Art and Artists Of
The mission of the AAAO is to uplift, educate, and connect artists and art groups, in an effort to stimulate collaborative efforts throughout our network system and beyond. Since its inception in early 2013, The Art and Artists Of social media pages have served as a place to network, inform, critique, and discuss by encouraging its members to take part in conversations.



A juried selection of varied works by The Art and Artists of Ohio (areas in and around 614, 740 & 216 locales), will be on display at tacocat cooperative, in Columbus Ohio. Artists who are residents of Ohio are invited to submit 1 or 2 of their best, original works for consideration.

Show Date: April 6 – 27, 2014
Jurors: tacocat Cooperative
Show Director: Lisa McLymont
An admin of The Art and Artists Of, and tacocat member

Entry Fee: $20 per member for 1-2 pieces.  Max. size: 24″ sq. / Max weight: 60lbs.  A portion of this fee will go to the AAAO Artist Awards.

Deadline for online entries: Submissions are closed! Thank you for your entry, and good luck!

Notification of acceptance will be by March 23rd.

Delivery address: 937 Burrell Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43212
For hand delivery, drop off is Saturday and Sunday, March 29 -30, between 12-5pm. All work must be dry and ready to hang or be accompanied by a pedestal. Alternate days and times to drop off are limited but may be arranged. Please contact Lisa McLymont (lisamc369{at} to request 3 alternate options. Hand delivery is preferred.
If you need to ship your work, please notify us in the entry form so we know when to expect your delivery. Artist is responsible for shipping costs and in-transit insurance. Shipped artwork must be sent prepaid and in a suitable reusable container. Special shipping instructions and prepaid shipping label must accompany each piece of delivered artwork if it is to be shipped back. The Art and Artists Of and tacocat will not be responsible for an insufficient prepaid shipping label and will not pay any difference.
Artists are encouraged to arrange for insurance on valuable artworks. While care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, we  do not assume liability for any loss or damage.
tacocat  charges a 30% commission for art sales; work should be priced accordingly.
Pick Up of unsold work after the show is Monday April 28 between 12-5pm, and Saturday, May 3, between 12-5pm. Please contact Lisa McLymont (lisamc369{at} if you need to arrange an alternate day or time. We have limited storage capabilities and claim no responsibility for unclaimed art.

Artist Awards!

The Art and Artists Of team is proud to announce that this show will include Best in Show cash awards for works in 4 categories: 2D, 3D , Photography, Jewelry. Professionals, Amateurs* and Students are encouraged to submit their best work.

Submitting artists will each get a chance to vote once per category (counted as the number of likes to photos of work posted on our Facebook Like page), so winning artists will know the peers in their communities have assisted in the choosing!

*How we classify professionals and amateurs:

Professionals artists…

  • are recognized as professionals by peers.
  • are juried into several exhibitions.
  • have had several solo exhibitions.

Amateur artists…

  • do not meet the professional criteria listed above.
  • are new to or not yet skilled in a particular medium.
  • create as a pastime.

10 thoughts on “Calls for Entry

  1. I will show my work 1 0r 2 but I have exhibited inn Columbus off and on for 15 years plus, I have sold my work through small german village shops restaurants so I do not think I am a amateur but I will always still be learning

    1. In creating the guidelines for this show, we’ve chosen to follow the standard definitions set by the Ohio State Fair. Guided by their definitions of Professional and Amateur, many of us who have been creating for years find ourselves in an interesting place! We do anticipate a large Amateur submission pool for this show. We also look forward to celebrating the first time our virtual groups come together in a physical space, representing as many areas of Ohio as possible!

      1. Hi, it’s too late to submit to our first show at tacocat, but we just put a call out for the next show! Look at the top of this page to learn more about the Friends of the Library show. Thanks for your support and interest!

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