Art Speaks Juried Exhibition 2024



Plein Air Sketch (Plein Air Studies)

Instructor, Joe Gyurcsak             April 25-27, 2024

This class will teach students about the value of doing studies of the same subject from different points of view. Students will learn from Joe Gyurcsak’s demo boards how to create expressive plein air studies, of various angles of the same subject. Successful field painters use this practice in order to create interesting compositions, color combinations and award-winning paintings. Learn from this veteran plein air painter how to avoid the pitfalls of unsuccessful paintings. These classes fill quickly so sign up now!    

This class is for beginner to advanced students.

The entry period for the 2024 Art Speaks Juried Exhibition has ended. Accepted artists will be announced on March 8. Thank you to everyone who applied! We are thrilled with the level of artistry we see in this year's entries. 

Gallery show dates are April 27 - May 27, 2024, with the opening reception and awards ceremony on April 27 from 5-7pm.

Joe Gyurcsak is this year's juror and judge.

This statewide show brings the best of Virginia's contemporary artists to our small-town gallery on the Chesapeake Bay. We showcase two- and three-dimensional artwork from all Virginia artists. Awards total $6,350, with separate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for 2-D and 3-D works.

View the 2023 Exhibition artwork here. 

Call for Entries

Presented by the Bay School Community Arts Center

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27, 2024


  • Any artist living in Virginia, or with a working studio in Virginia, at least 18 years old.
  • Original works only, completed since 1/1/2021, not shown or markedly similar to work shown in a previous Art Speaks (on the Bay) Juried Exhibition.
  • Eligible media include
    • 2D – painting and drawing all media, mixed media and printmaking, fine art photography, any no- to low-relief art that hangs on the wall
    • 3D – ceramic, glass, wood or metal functional ware, sculpture in any media, fiber art

Entry Fee:

  • $25 for up to 3 complete entries received by midnight, 2/1/2024
  • $35 for up to 3 entries received after 2/1/2024, until final deadline of 3/1/2024
  • $20 for full time students, up to 3 entries


  • Submission deadline: Friday, March 1, by midnight (11:59pm)
  • Delivery of art: Monday - Saturday, April 8-20, 10am–4pm to  279 Main Street, Mathews
  • Pick up art work: Wednesday - Saturday, May 29-June 1, 10am–4pm (Closed Sunday)
  • Statewide courier service will be available for an additional $25 fee. Size limitations apply.

Prizes:  $6,350 in prize money

  • Best in Show ($1500)
  • First, Second and Third Place Prizes in 2Dimensional Art and 3Dimensional Art
  • Students’ Choice awards in 2D and 3D
  • Guest Gallery Award
  • Awards of Merit


  • Fill out entry form online for one, two or three pieces. Application period opens December 1.
  • Include a digital picture of each entry, in jpg format, no less than 500K and not to exceed 2MB. Please note that the images you submit will be the ones we use for publicity on our website and in the print catalogue. Images should be cropped to show only the artwork. For 3-dimensional pieces or those without right angles, the background should be clear of other items or patterns - i.e. a blank wall or a photo booth.
  • Two-dimensional artwork must have wire hanging.
  • An entry should be no larger than 44” in any direction without prior approval.
  • An entry should weigh no more than 30 lbs, unless it is free standing and then can weigh up to 50lbs.
  • The Bay School reserves the right to exclude artwork that may be inappropriate for all audiences.

Jury Process:

  • All works will be juried in digital format. One digital for each 2d entry.  Up to 2 digitals for 3d entries.
  • Notification of acceptance to the show will be emailed no later than March 8.

Sales:    Entries may be for sale or for display only.  All work submitted must be priced for sale including commission (35% to the Bay School) or marked “NFS” (Not for Sale).  From time of publication of catalog (4/15/24) until the end of the show, commission from any sale is owed to the Bay School.

Questions? Call 804-725-1278 or email