Call for Entries
Meridian Museum of Art
44th Annual Bi-State Art Competition
The annual Bi-State is a juried exhibition presented by the Meridian Museum of Art, offering over $3,000 in awards and prizes including the $1,000 Best of Show Award. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase contemporary artists in Mississippi and Alabama and reward their efforts.

William Kitchens

Loyola University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Professor of Printmaking



B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., University of Georgia

Short Bio

Bill Kitchens has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in numerous juried and one-person exhibitions since 1980. He is the recipient of the 1991 Loyola University Alumni Association Teaching Award and the 1987 Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship. He has participated in many artist/printmaker collaborations and is an active member of The Los Angeles Printmaking Society, The Boston Printmakers, and The Print Consortium.  He participated in the 14th Annual Bi-State Art Competition in 80s.


Competition Eligibility: Open to all artists who are current or past residents of Mississippi or Alabama.
Media: Original works of art, such as, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, ceramics, fibers, glass, or mixed media.
Entries: A maximum of three (3) entries per artist may be submitted. Works must be original and created during the years of 2014 to present.
Rules of Entry: Do not send original works for consideration. Works may be submitted for consideration as digital images. Digital entries must be JPG files and should be submitted on one cd or emailed to MMA.
Fee: A non-refundable entry fee of $30.00 is required. A cashiers check, money order or personal check made out to the Meridian Museum of Art will be accepted. Please do not send cash.
Size Requirements: All 2-D work will not exceed 72 x 96 in. and should be wired ready to hang (unless special conditions exist). All 3-D work should not exceed 8 feet in any direction and weigh no more than 50 lbs.
Liability: All Possible CARE Will BE EXERCISED in handling entries. The Meridian Museum of Art will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any artwork submitted to the show. The artist should insure all artwork before submitting to the competition. The museum will not insure works in transit to or from the museum. Works left by the artist two months after the closing date will become the property of the museum.  The museum reserves the right of reproduction of entries in catalogues, and for news and promotional use. Sending an entry to this competition will constitute agreement with all the conditions in this prospectus.
Delivery & Pick Up: Last DAY TO RECEIVE accepted works is July 30, 2017. All shipped works must be prepaid with return shipment enclosed. All shipped entries should be packaged in returnable containers. All accepted entries (shipped or hand delivered) must be received July 26 – July 30. Ship entries to MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART, 628 - 25th Ave., Meridian, MS 39301. The museum is not responsible for returned shipments of works. Works will be returned in the same container within two months after the closing date. Other works can be picked up anytime after the closing date during normal museum hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sales: The museum will retain a 25% commission on all sales made during the exhibition. (The commission does not apply to awards.) Work must remain for the show's duration.
Entry Dates: Digital Images, ENTRY FORM AND $30.00 FEE must be received by July 2, 2017 by your preferred preference:
Meridian Museum of Art
 P.O. Box 5773
Meridian, MS 39302
628 25th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301
Notification: Notification of acceptance/rejection will be emailed by the museum on or about July 16, 2017. (The Meridian Museum of Art is the final authority on eligibility and has the right, without restrictions of liability, to reject any entry believed not creditable to the show.)
Awards & Honors: The juror will have a minimum of $3,000.00 for cash and purchase awards. The Best of Show artist will be featured in an exhibition at the museum in the fall of 2016.
EXHIBITION DATES:  August 23 – October 7  
Awards Reception: Saturday, October 7, 2-4 p.m. A special invitation is extended to artists and their friends. Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m.

Please contact for a fillable PDF Entry Form or complete the following form.

44th Annual Bi-State Art Competition
Meridian Museum of Art Artist Entry Form
P.O. Box 5773 • Meridian, MS 39302 • 601.693.1501

Address: ______________________________________________________________ City ______________________________________State ______Zip ____________
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I understand and agree to all of the conditions set forth in this prospectus.
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Entry No.1:  Title: ______________________________________________________
Medium: ________________________________________Price: ________________
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Entry No. 2:  Title: ______________________________________________________
Medium: ________________________________________Price: ________________
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Entry No. 3:  Title: ______________________________________________________
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