ARTISTS REFLECT ON THE DEATH PENALTY.





Deadline: All entries must be uploaded, emailed or postmarked by 11:59 pm Central U.S. time on March 28, 2006. Please note that we have extended the original deadline to March 28.

Jurors: We are very pleased to have Annette Carlozzi, Malaquias Montoya and Lora Reynolds as jurors. Carlozzi is Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin. Reynolds is owner of Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas. Montoya is an artist and professor of art at the University of California, Davis. In January 2005, he brought his own works of art dealing with the death penalty to Austin’s Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Arts Center, in a show entitled "Premeditated: Meditations on Capital Punishment, Recent Works by Malaquias Montoya".

Awards: Exemplary works selected by the jury will be displayed in an exhibition at Gallery Lombardi in Austin, Texas from May 6 - 22, 2006. All works submitted will be displayed in an online exhibition that will remain online for at least one year. The jury will select works for the following cash awards totaling $1,300: Best of Show - $500; Second Place - $250; Third Place - $175; Youth Award - $175; (2) Merit Awards - $50 each. Viewers' Choice Award - $100 (Viewers' Choice Award will be chosen by people who attend opening night of the exhibition at Gallery Lombardi on May 6). To be eligible for the Youth Award, artists must be 19 or younger.

Acceptance/Notification: Artists will be notified by April 10, 2006 as to whether or not they have been selected for their work to appear in the exhibition at Gallery Lombardi in Austin, Texas. Artists whose work is selected should ship their artwork to arrive in Austin by May 2, 2006. Artists are encouraged to supply a valid email address for the purpose of receiving communications from the art show organizers. Award winners will be announced at opening night of the exhibition at Gallery Lombardi on May 6, 2006.

In order to meet all entry requirements artists must:

  1. Submit a completed entry form
  2. Submit up to 3 images
  3. Send $15 entry fee

Eligibility: Open to all artists living anywhere. Work in all media is eligible. All art submitted must be the original work of the applicant and must somehow address or be inspired by the issue of capital punishment. We welcome submissions from artists who engage the issue from any and all sides.

Size limits: Two-dimensional work must be suitable for installation, ready to hang and must not exceed 84” in any dimension. Sculpture should not exceed 84” including base, and must be light enough for two people to handle. Videos/DVDs must be no longer than 15 minutes.

Sales/Commissions: If artists opt to offer their work for sale, 65 percent of the sale of any artwork will go to the artist and 35 percent will go to Texas Moratorium Network. Artwork submitted does not have to be available for sale, however, sales will be encouraged. Artists will set their own prices. Sales transactions will be offered by credit card at Gallery Lombardi, online at www.deathpenaltyartshow.org, or by check. There will be sales in the gallery as well as a process for bidding for artwork on line.

Submissions: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks with a non-refundable fee of $15 US dollars and a completed entry form. For sculptural or three-dimensional pieces, 2 images may be used for each work. Artists wishing to submit more than 3 pieces may add $5 for each additional artwork.

Submitting Online Images Guidelines: Jurying will be from digital images (strongly recommended) photographs or slides. Submissions on CDs must be labeled with artist’s name. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their images at www.deathpenaltyartshow.org. Images should be 72 dpi JPEGs, min- 300 pixels maximum 600 pixels in any direction. File names should be artist’s last name followed by title. Example: SmithDeathRow.jpg.

Submitting Slides or Prints Guidelins: Slides must be labeled with artist’s name, title, medium, and dimensions. A dot must appear in the lower left-hand corner on the front of each slide. Only standard cardboard or plastic mounted 35mm slides will be accepted, no glass slides please. Please do not send originals. For the best chance of being accepted, artists are encouraged to submit high-quality images that are well-photographed with evenly distributed lighting and accurate color. Slides, photos, and CDs will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) is provided. Submit DVD or VHS (1/2”) video tapes (one per video work being submitted). Label video with name, title of video, date of work and full running time of piece.

Opening Reception: On Saturday, May 6, 2006, there will be an opening night reception. Postcards will be printed and mailed to various lists. Postcards will also be available to any artist whose artwork has been chosen for exhibition, if requested.

Gallery Talk: Conducted by Annette Carlozzi, Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 7 pm.

Death Penalty Issues Discussion Forum: With a panel of experts on the death penalty and members of the public. Date and time to be announced.

Delivery and Return: Accepted work should be shipped to arrive at Gallery Lombardi by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2006. Shipped work must be sent in a sturdy, re-usable container to be used for return of the work. Include a pre-paid return shipping label with street address for delivery. Shipping costs to and from the gallery are the sole responsibility of the exhibiting artist. Work that arrives damaged or fails to meet the specified conditions for exhibition may be disqualified. Work will be packed and shipped for return a week after the show closes. Artists may also deliver their work in person to the gallery between noon and 7:30 pm on May 2, 2006.

Outside of US: If applying from outside the US, purchase international coupons from your postal service to be exchanged in the US for stamps. Please enclose the appropriate amount with your package to ensure its return. If no SASE is included, we will assume you do not want your submission returned. Return Postage/shipping is the responsibility of the artist.

Liability: Reasonable care will be taken to ensure the safety of all artwork. Artwork will be handled by Gallery Lombardi staff only. However, Gallery Lombardi, Texas Moratorium Network, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center and any other sponsoring organization will not be liable for any damage or loss during the jurying, delivery, exhibition, removal or return shipping of artwork. The artist is responsible for insuring work including return shipping insurance, Insurance is not required.

We reserve the right to use submitted images for educational purposes or for the purpose of publicity and to post them to the websites of www.deathpenaltyartshow.org, as well as the websites of Texas Moratorium Network, Texas Death Penalty Education and Resource Center and Gallery Lombardi. Sending an entry to this exhibition shall imply an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

*Entries received without payment of the $15 entry fee will not be reviewed. Acceptable forms of payment include check, money order, or online with a credit card. Make checks payable to Texas Moratorium Network.

Questions? Contact us at or leave us voicemail at (512) 302-6715.

Mailing address for entries not submitted online:

Texas Moratorium Network
Attention: Death Penalty Art Show
3616 Far West Blvd, Suite 117, Box #251
Austin, TX 78731
USA