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Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition & Exhibition

McKinney Performing Arts Center

’Unique by Nature’ Juried Art Competition and Exhibition is hosted by McKinney Performing Arts Center (City of McKinney) with help from Arts and Music Guild volunteers. The event is sponsored in part by the McKinney Arts Commission and community leaders.

The Juried Art Show and Exhibition was created to build a public and permanent art collection for MPAC. Artists from all over the state of Texas submit work for cash prizes and the chance to have their piece hung in our historic halls.

  • April 4
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • McKinney Performing Arts Center
  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided

Art Exhibition 

  • Located in the Gallery and Ruschhaupt Hall
  • April 4-30

Cash and Purchase Prizes Totaling $8,500

  • One large-scale work will be awarded a $6,000 Purchase Prize and will become part of MPAC’s permanent and public art collection. Eligible pieces must be 36″ or more in one dimension (not including the frame). 
  • To be considered for the Purchase Prize, artists must submit an online application. There is a $28 application fee to submit three works. All fees will be applied to the prize pool and scholarships.
  • Please provide up to three JPGs of original work, a bio and contact information. 
  • Large work submission deadline is Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
  • An additional $2,500 in prize money will be divided among five works of art chosen by the judges from among those submitted and juried into the non-purchase prize category.
  • If you are interested in submitting smaller work, submissions will be accepted in person on Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at MPAC. More information about in-person submissions is available from the Arts and Music Guild.
  • There is a $25 cash / check application fee to submit two works. All fees will be applied to the prize pool and scholarships.

Forms and Information 
**This application is intended for artists submitting larger work eligible for the $6,000 purchase prize.**

 Other Considerations

  • Based on received applications, 10 large-scale pieces will be selected for the show and displayed from April 4-30. 
  • Three finalists will be chosen by 2020 judges Karl Buchberg, retired Senior Curator, Museum of Modern Art, New York; and J. Patrick Cooney, J. Patrick Cooney Fine Arts. 
  • One purchase prize winner will be selected.
  • ‘Unique by Nature’ is open to professional and emerging artists who are legal residents of the United States and at some point have been residents of Texas.
  • Entrants must be at least 17 years of age by May 2020.
  • Any additional sales will be handled by MPAC with a 25% commission to MPAC. These funds will be used to purchase additional work and fund future competitions.
  • Staff and volunteers will use care in handling the work; however, we are not responsible for losses or damages. Artists may consider insuring their work based on its value.
  • Notifications of jury decisions will be emailed by Tuesday, March 24, and work must be delivered to McKinney Performing Arts Center by Tuesday, March 31. 

 2020 Calendar

  • Mar 20 – Deadline for online submission
  • Mar 24 – Notification of acceptance to show
  • Mar 28 - In-person submission of cash prize work
  • Mar 31 – Deadline to deliver purchase prize work
  • Apr 4 – Opening and awards reception
  • Apr 25 – Show closes
  • Apr 26 – Retrieve work

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  • $28
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  • 972-547-2650

111 North Tennessee Street · McKinney, TX 75069