The Wiregrass Biennial is a juried competition open to all artists living and working in the South over 18 years of age. Eligible states include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. All work must be original and completed within the last three years. We are seeking innovative and progressive work that utilizes a diversity of art forms and media. Additionally, we encourage large works, installations, and new media, and will also consider performance-based work in conjunction with the exhibition opening. 

For information about B20’s jurors and judge, please click here.

There is no fee to submit work to B20: Wiregrass Biennial.

B20: Wiregrass Biennial has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Open to artists living in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, WMA encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a diversity of art forms and media. Artists can submit up to three works, with up to two images of each work in the application. Work that predates 2017 will not be considered.

All submissions must be completed online. Label all images with title and corresponding image list. The image list should include title, date, dimensions, medium, price, and insurance value. Each submission must also be accompanied by an artist statement and resume. The museum will not accept original artwork, slides, master tapes, catalogues, or reviews. All submissions must be completed before April 24, 2020. Thanks to support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, there is no fee to submit work to B20: Wiregrass Biennial.

One (1) $1000 award for People’s Choice and one (1) $1000 award for Judge’s Choice. There will also be one (1) $1,000 award for an Alabama artist.

All works must be professionally presented and ready to install by July 3, 2020. WMA will not mat, frame, or wire works for exhibition. Participating artists are responsible for the delivery of their work to the museum as well as pickup of the work at the close of the exhibition. All artwork must arrive with appropriate packaging for return pickup. The museum is not responsible for damage to artwork due to insufficient packaging. All artwork will be insured for the duration of the exhibition.

Exhibition dates are July 17-September 26, 2020.

Artists selected to participate in the exhibition will be contacted no later than May 27, 2020.

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.