Race in America

National Juried Exhibition

Charvis Harrell, Juror

This national juried exhibition asks artists to explore the idea of what it is like to live as a person of color, whether personally or systematically, and how all Americans can work together to improve racial equality. Art works can be a documentation of events or other investigations of the idea of living as a person of color in America.


Entry Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020
Notification of Accepted Works: Friday, October 9, 2020
Accepted Works Received by:  Friday, October 30, 2020
Exhibition: November 6-25, 2020
Pick Up and Return of Works:  December 1-11, 2020


There is no fee to enter this exhibition.  All entries must be received by September 25, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted. Shipment and delivery fees for accepted works will be the responsibility of the artist.  Works arriving at the gallery without prepaid shipping will not be returned and become the property of Drury University in not picked up after 4 weeks of the end of the exhibition.


This exhibition is open to artists over the age of 18 living in the United States.

Works Eligible

  • Up to 3 entries per artist in any medium and subject matter that relates to the theme of the exhibition.
  • 2-D works should be no larger than 3’x5’ and must be framed and ready for display with hardware on each piece. Photographs and 2-D works on paper or canvas that are not framed will not be displayed in the exhibition.
  • 3-D works are limited to fitting through a standard doorway.
  • Artists must be present for works requiring special installation.
  • At the discretion of the University, any works deemed unstable or dangerous to the public will not be accepted.

Juror Information

To understand the artwork of Charvis Harrell, one must understand the driving force behind his art and life. A third-generation mason, he had only enough time for art as a hobby until June of 2004. That summer, at twenty-eight, Harrell was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a disease that produces polyps within various organs in the body. This diagnosis put him on very light duty in his occupation, but, more importantly, it gave him a newfound appreciation for living. His desire to make the most of his time by paying tribute to the people and things that impact his life impacts his work. Through art, Harrell shines light upon the unsightly realities that we live. Refusing to revolt, he continues his journey to examine the darkness.

Method of Selection

The exhibition will be selected from digital image files.  Images should accurately represent the works entered and be JPEG or PDF format, no larger than 3MB. 

It is the intention of the gallery that all acceptances will be considered final.  However, the gallery reserves the right to delete from the exhibition any artwork that does not conform to the entry specifications. 

Delivery and Return of Accepted Works

All accepted works must be delivered to the gallery by Friday, October 30, 2020. All fees for shipped works are the responsibility of the artists and should include a prepaid UPS or FedEx return shipping label or they will not be returned.  Stamps should not be included since the post office will not accept stamped boxes over a certain weight.  After the close of the exhibition, works will be shipped back within two weeks and hand deliveries must be picked up within two weeks or they will become the property of the gallery.  Upon notification of acceptance to the exhibition, further delivery instructions will be provided.


The Drury University Gallery on C-Street and Pool Art Center Gallery will exercise professional care in handling all entries, but cannot assume liability for loss or damage, however caused, while works are in the gallery’s possession or in transit. Accepted entries will be insured, while on exhibit, for the amount indicated on the Entry Form, subject to the standard policy provisions. Works NFS should still include insurance amount or they will be valued at $50.00.


The Drury University Gallery on C-Street and Pool Art Center Gallery reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all artworks accepted for the exhibition regardless of copyright. Images may be used for exhibition brochures, educational, and/or publicity purposes only. 

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