Caring for the Wiregrass through Art

A partnership with Wallace Community College – Dothan Foundation and the Heersink Family Foundation

Wallace Community College – Dothan (WCCD) Foundation, the Heersink Family Foundation, and the Wiregrass Museum of Art are partnering to showcase the work of artists living and working in the tri-state region including Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Caring for the Wiregrass through Art will serve as a touchstone for WCCD Health Science programs.

WCCD has a rich history dating back to 1949 when 13 sheet metal students, back home after World War II, enrolled for job training. Since then, the College has grown and changed according to the social and economic forces in place during the past 65 years. Today, WCCD is a public, comprehensive, two-year college serving parts or all of Barbour, Bullock, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston Counties in Alabama; Bay, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, and Washington counties in Florida; and 15 Georgia counties.

WCCD offers one of the largest allied health and nursing program selections in Alabama’s two-year college system. Health care offers some of the most challenging and respected career options available to students. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a “faster than average” to “much faster than average” growth in each of our allied health and nursing preparation areas for the years  2016-2026, including the projected need for approximately 438,000 new nurses by the year 2026. This projected employment growth in healthcare is driven by technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventative care, and the aging population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.

The College currently offers eight different entry-level fields of study, including Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing (PN), Emergency Medical Services (EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic), Medical Assisting (Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy), Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapist, and Surgical Technology.  In addition, Registered Nurses, both graduates of our ADN (RN)  program and others within the community, also have the opportunity to achieve career mobility toward their bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) through RN to BSN mobility partnerships established with four-year institutions within our state.

The WCCD Foundation works in partnership with the College to ensure access to education and success for our students. Each year the Foundation awards over 300 scholarships to deserving students who would not otherwise be able to attend college. Through community donations and fundraisers, the Foundation is able to increase the number of student scholarships that are awarded each semester.

Artists participating in Caring for the Wiregrass through Art will receive payment for their original artworks. WCCD Foundation will retain 30 percent of the sale of any artwork. Acquired artwork will be on display at the College and artists will receive ongoing recognition through labels and didactics displayed with the work.

WCCD Foundation and the Heersink Family Foundation extend an invitation to participate in Caring for the Wiregrass through Art to artists living in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. We welcome a diversity of mediums and sizes, but all work must be two-dimensional and be able to hang on a wall. Height should be no more than 32 inches. No three-dimensional work will be considered.

Work should be appropriate for all audiences; political, religious, and suggestive content will not be considered.

All artwork submitted must be the original work and must be for sale.

To be part of the selection process, artists must submit applications along with images of their original work; a panel of college and museum professionals will make final selections. Artists may submit up to 6 works for consideration and must include a corresponding image list. The image list should include the title, date, dimensions, medium, and sale price. Each submission should also include an artist statement and resume.

We cannot accept original artwork at this point in the process, or slides, master tapes, catalogues, or reviews.

All submissions must be completed by December 6, 2019.

Artists chosen to participate in the event will be contacted by January 6, 2020.

Artwork will be displayed on February 20 and will be for sale. Works purchased that evening will be gifted to the college, and artists will receive payment. Any works not purchased will need to be picked up, or delivered with a return label provided by the artist. 

All works must be professionally presented and ready to install by February 17, 2020. WCCD Foundation will not mat, frame, or wire works for display. Included artists are responsible for the delivery of the work to Health Center South, as well as the pickup of any unsold work following the event. All artwork must arrive with appropriate packaging, to include a return shipping label for return delivery if it is not going to be picked up in person. WCCD Foundation is not responsible for damage to artwork due to insufficient packaging. All artwork will be insured for the duration of the event.

During Caring for the Wiregrass through Art, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase work to be located at Wallace Community College – Dothan. Artists will receive payment for acquired works within 30 days of the event, provided the patron has completed payment. In the unlikely event that a patron elects not to sponsor a work as intended, WCCD Foundation will immediately contact the artist to discuss alternate sale or make return arrangements.

Artists participating in Caring for the Wiregrass through Art will receive payment for their original artworks. WCCD Foundation will retain 30 percent of the sale of any artwork. Acquired artwork will be on display at the College and artists will receive ongoing recognition through labels and didactics displayed with the work.


Wallace Community College – Dothan Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity, reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works for the catalogue and publicity purposes. Artists agree that WCCD Foundation owns the artwork and reserves the right to reproduce chosen works for marketing and fundraising efforts. Participation in this event shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. WCCD Foundation reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. WCCD Foundation is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care 90 days after the close of the event.

The application process for Caring for the Wiregrass through Art has ended.

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.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

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.

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