74th Ohio Annual Exhibition

About the Exhibition

The Ohio Annual exhibition celebrates the Zanesville Museum of Art’s commitment to discovering, encouraging, and recognizing Ohio’s finest artists and artisans.  In its 74th year, this competitive, juried exhibition welcomed submissions from all Ohio artists, in all stages of their careers. In 2018, over one hundred and eighty artists vied for the opportunity to exhibit their work at the museum and earn the title Best in Show.

2019 Juror: Elizabeth Brown, Director, Decorative Art Center of Ohio

2019 Juror: Elizabeth Brown, Director, Decorative Art Center of Ohio

This year we are honored to have distinguished guest juror, Elizabeth Brown, Director, the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, select this year’s participants and award a $1,000 prize for Best in Show.  The museum would like to thank the Beaux Arts Club, the ZMA’s affiliate group, who will present The Mrs. Janice Ballas Excellence in Fiber Arts Award and a $250 prize to one outstanding quilt-maker, textile, or fiber artist. The museum will also recognize and present $100 awards in 1-Painting, 2-Drawing, Prints, and Collage, 3-Sculpture, 4-Jewelry and Functional Metalwork, 5-Ceramics, 6-Glass, 7-Photography.

Each year we look forward to presenting a stylistically and thematically diverse exhibition that captures the essence of Ohio’s vibrant visual arts scene. The people, places, and customs found in each unique region of the Buckeye State inspire its artists, and the ZMA is in the fortunate position of recognizing and fostering this creativity. We look forward to your submission and we will see you at the exhibition opening Thursday, June 20.

Submission Requirements

Artwork entered into this show must not exceed 80”h x 96”w and 100 lbs. No more than two artworks may be submitted by each artist for consideration in the Ohio Annual Exhibition. Whenever categories are in question, final decisions will be made by museum staff. The ZMA reserves the right to reject entries deemed unacceptable.

Image format

All artwork will be juried based on the high resolution digital images submitted with the entry form. Each image should be a JPG and a minimum of 3,300 pixels tall by 2,550 pixels wide, 300 DPI. Images that adhere to these guidelines may be considered for inclusion in promotional materials including the ZMA Member Bulletin and exhibition postcard. Images of accepted artworks will be retained by the ZMA for educational and promotional purposes. Send one image of each two-dimensional submission and two different images of each fiber or three-dimensional submission. The title of each image should follow these guidelines: Last Name, First Name, category number, Title.JPG (For example, Cope, Leslie, 1, Evening Landscape.JPG). Please send all artwork to ohioannual@zanesvilleart.org. The ZMA reserves the right to reject an artwork if that artwork was not accurately or clearly represented during the submission process. Please make sure the images of your original artwork are of the highest quality.

Enter Online or By Mail

Apply and submit the entry fee online at www.zanesvilleart.org by clicking on the link 74th Ohio Annual Exhibition Artist Entry Form on our homepage. Online entrants should submit images or a Dropbox link to the images by email to ohioannual@zanesvilleart.org by April 5. The entry fee is $25 per work, and artist may submit no more than two works. Payment of entry fee does not ensure acceptance of any or all artworks submitted. The ZMA does not provide a refund on the entry fee. Apply in person by dropping off or by mail by sending the completed entry form, CD with properly labeled images, and the entry fee (check made payable to the Zanesville Museum of Art) to the Zanesville Museum of Art, 620 Military Road, Zanesville, Ohio 43701 postmark deadline April 5.

Sales and Insurance

Artwork should be eligible for sale. The ZMA will retain a 30% commission on all artwork sold from this exhibition. Prices of accepted works may not change and all artwork for sale will be insured at that value. Artwork that is not for sale must be marked NFS on the entry form and an insurance value not exceeding fair market value must be provided.


Two-dimensional submissions must come framed and ready to hang with D-rings and wire. Upon delivery, all artwork must be dry and in stable condition. Please attach a label with your last name, first name, and artwork title (for example: Cope, Leslie, Evening Landscape) to the bottom of a three-dimensional work or to the lower right back section of a two-dimensional work.

Delivery and Pick Up

Artists are responsible for the transit of artwork to and from the ZMA. A return label must be included in the shipping box covering full shipping charges. COD shipments will not be accepted. Shipped artworks must be received at the ZMA no later than 5 pm, Friday, June 7, 2019. Hand-delivered artworks will be accepted at the ZMA, 620 Military Road, Zanesville, Ohio from 10 am–3 pm, Saturday, June 8, 2018 or by prearranged appointment. The ZMA is not liable for any damage or loss incurred in transit. Settlement for any artworks damaged in transit will be the responsibility of the artist and shipper. All work must be picked up within two weeks of the exhibition closing. The artist must notify the ZMA in writing to authorize another party to pick up their artwork.


The ZMA’s Executive Director or the 74th Ohio Annual Exhibition juror, Elizabeth Brown, will present the cash prizes and awards during the exhibition opening Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6 pm. All award and prize decisions are final and at the discretion of the museum’s Executive Director and exhibition juror. The Best of Show award recipient will receive $1,000 and The Janice Ballas Excellence in Fiber Arts award recipient will receive $250. Awards and prizes of $100 will be presented in 1-Painting, 2-Drawing, Prints, and Collage, 3-Sculpture, 4-Jewelry and Functional Metalwork, 5-Ceramics, 6- Glass, and 7-Photography.

74th Ohio Annual Prospectus

74th Ohio Annual Prospectus