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2020 Juried Exhibition: Masters as Muses

July 31, 2020

2020 Juried Exhibition: Masters as Muses

  • Organization: Cedarburg Art Museum
  • Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020
  • Event Dates: September 30, 2020 - January 10, 2021
  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Type: Competition
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

Many artists can look back and find master artists who have provided inspiration for their style of execution or subject matter. In “Masters as Muses” artists are challenged to include an image of a master artist’s creation in their application that has inspired their style of art or a specific subject matter. The idea is not to copy or re-create the master, but to re-invent. Here are some examples, but yours will be better:

Van Gogh’s “Potato Eaters” inspires you to re-invent a table of hungry eaters with today’s favorite food.

In photography, Muybridge’s study of motion may inspire a serial study of people or animals moving or Ray Metzker’s work may instigate a composite work of multiple, related images.

Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture may inspire you to use words in your 2-D or 3-D art.

Pissarro's snowy landscapes may offer a color palette for winter plein air painting inspiration.

Artwork guidelines

Original fine art. At time of online entry, submit a digital image of the masterful artwork that inspired it along with a brief artist statement.

Framed/finished works no larger than 28” in any dimension.

Accepted 2-D works must be presented ready for installation with painted or framed edges and fitted with hanging wire or D-rings. Accepted 3-D work must stand on its own if not mounted to a base.

Not previously publicly displayed within a 60-mile radius of Cedarburg.

Artist has option to sell exhibited work during exhibition. CAM retains 35% commission.

Open to artists 18 years and older who create works of original concept, design, and execution.


$1,000 in awards will be given to Best of Show, Second and Third place, and three Honorable Mentions. Annemarie Sawkins, PhD, an independent curator, art historian, and co-author of the upcoming History of Wisconsin Art is juror. Jurors typically use criteria of Fitting to Theme, Originality, and Expertise with Medium for entries.

Important Dates

July 1 – July 31, 2020: Submit online application at July 31 is the final date for receiving submissions.

Limit two artwork entries per artist. Nonrefundable online entry fee is $15 per artwork.

With entry fee, submit digital image of original artwork, digital image of the masterwork that inspired it, and brief artist statement with online application.

Hard-copy entry: fee payable by check only. Must submit digital images and brief artist statement to and submit check to CAM, c/o Registrar at address at bottom of this sheet.

3-D entry: one additional detail image per work may be sent to

A maximum of 100 applications will be processed. Approximately 52 artworks can be displayed on the full first floor of the museum.

August 25, 2020: Artists will be notified by email of Jurors’ decision. If you have not received an acknowledgment by this date, please contact

Saturday, September 12, 9am-1pm and Wednesday, September 16, 10-4pm: Artwork Delivery Dates

Artwork is to be delivered at the specified times.

Artwork that is shipped to the museum must arrive no later than September 15, with a pre-paid return shipping label for FedEx or UPS provided.

Saturday, October 3, 2020: Exhibition Opening Reception with awards for artists, 3-5pm.

Sunday, January 10, 3-5pm; Monday or Tuesday, January 11 or 12, 9:30am-3pm: Artwork Pickup Dates

*Sold artworks may be picked up by buyers on Friday, December 18 if needed for gift giving.

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