2024 Juried Members’ Exhibition

Mark A. Chapman Gallery at Kansas State University will host this year’s exhibition, which will be juried by Norman Akers. The show will run in conjunction with the 2024 MAPC conference from September 16–October 11, with a reception on October 4.

Read the complete entry instructions, expectations for accepted artworks, and exhibition timeline below. A print-friendly PDF prospectus is available here.

Questions? Write to info@midamericaprintcouncil.org with “2024 Member Show Question” in the subject line.

About the Juror

Norman Akers is an Osage artist who teaches painting and drawing at the University of Kansas. His artwork addresses concepts of place through multilayered visual images to form narratives bridging a personal understanding of Osage culture and experiences to contemporary issues. Akers’ artworks act as maps of culture, memory, and place. The intersecting lines that serve as the background for his images are clearly cartographic, but it is with the images placed on top of these maps that Akers creates forceful visual statements. He states, “Through color, line, and visual form, I express deeply felt concerns regarding removal, disturbance, and the struggle to reclaim cultural context.”

Akers’ work has received national recognition, including a solo exhibition at the Albrecht Kemper Art Museum, Saint Joseph, Missouri, and group exhibitions including Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, and the traveling exhibition Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Fellowship, and his artworks are in several collections, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, KS, and Gilcrease Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK.

Entry Instructions

  • No more than three entries per artist are permitted.
  • Payment for this entry is on a sliding scale. Please pay what you can. We suggest student members pay $10 and regular members pay $20.
  • Original works in all printmaking media are eligible, and must have been created within the last four years. Digital work and video are not permitted.
  • Images must be in .jpg format and sized under 2MB.
  • The maximum height and width of both two- and three-dimensional work is 36 inches.
  • Pedestals are available in a range of sizes up to 18 inches square; 3D work requiring a vitrine must be smaller than 12 inches square.
  • Work intended to hang from the ceiling is not permitted.
  • Print-based installation (including non-permanent vinyl) and sculptural prints will be considered. If the work is accepted, the artist must provide clear instructions for installation and all necessary hardware for display—or to be on site to install the work themselves.
  • Works accepted into previous MAPC Members’ Exhibitions are not eligible.
  • Entrants must be current MAPC members. If you are not already a member, please purchase or renew your membership.
  • Entrants will be notified of acceptance status at the email provided in the submission process.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM Central Time on June 1, 2024.

Instructions for Accepted Entrants

  • All work must be ready to hang with hardware and installation instructions included. Work must be framed with plexi rather than glass. Because the gallery walls are plywood-backed drywall, T-pins may not be used to attach artwork to walls. 
  • Works may be hand-delivered or shipped. Artists are responsible for all shipping charges. Artists who ship their work must utilize sturdy, reusable containers and provide prepaid return labels inside the package upon delivery. Artists are responsible for insuring their work while in transit. No weekend deliveries, please. Artists may use FedEx, UPS, USPS, or an art shipper as a carrier to ship their work.
  • After acceptance, artists will sign an exhibition contract with Kansas State University Mark A. Chapman Gallery. This communication will occur via email with your acceptance letter.
  • Work must arrive at Kansas State University Mark A. Chapman Gallery between Aug. 26 – Sept. 6, 2024.
  • Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, alter a work, nor withdraw a work after it has been accepted. Kansas State University Mark A. Chapman Gallery reserves the right to refuse any entry which does not match the image submitted or meet the submission criteria. Kansas State University Mark A. Chapman Gallery reserves the right to refuse work that is not appropriate for the space.
  • Every precaution will be taken to handle artwork with the utmost care. Kansas State University Mark A. Chapman Gallery will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause during transportation. Accepted works will be insured for the duration of the exhibition; however, artists are responsible for ensuring their work while in transit.
  • Inquiries regarding sales will be referred to the artist.
  • Several prizes will be awarded at the reception. Details for the prize amounts and sponsors are forthcoming. Stay tuned to MAPC social media and email communication for details.

Deliver work to:

ATTN: MAPC Members’ Exhibition
Kansas State University Dept of Art
111 Willard Hall
Manhattan, KS, 66506
Phone: 785-532-6605

Include the artist’s name, contact information (e-mail, phone
number), title of work, dimensions, media, year completed, and
price (for insurance purposes) affixed to the back of framed work
or the bottom of 3D work.

Timeline

Submission deadline: June 1
Tentative notification of acceptance: July
Insurance / Inventory forms due: September 6
Delivery to the gallery: August 26–September 6
Exhibition: September 16–October 11
Reception: October 4
Return of Work: work shipped back to artists by November 22, 2024

Questions

Please email questions to info@midamericaprintcouncil.org with “2024 Member Show Question” in the subject line.