Call for Entries: The Golden Hour

Gallery view: "Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition," October 26-December 26, 2013. Photo by Robin Hirsch-SteinhoffGallery view: "Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition," October 26-December 26, 2013. Photo by Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff

The Golden Hour is a juried visual art exhibition that features artworks about specific times of day where the light is just right: the Golden Hour, as well as dawn and dusk. The Golden Hour is that perfect time of day when the light is just right, typically right after sunrise and before sunset when the color of the light as it reflects on buildings, the sidewalk, and other things is pink, red, yellow, and golden. However, there are other times of the day when that perfect color of light can be captured & depicted in one's artwork. The act of finding that color of light and capturing it, depicting it, is a goal here. We will also consider images of dawn and dusk for this exhibit. This is an all media exhibit: this specific color of light and these times of day can be re-created and interpreted in all artistic forms, media & interpretations, from photography, painting, embroidery, and ceramics to video, metalsmithing, drawing, and any other media in which one creates artwork. All explorations & interpretations of this theme are invited. Artworks in all media, techniques and styles are encouraged. Open to artists 21+ in the St. Louis, MO region.

Open to artists 21 years of age and older living in the St. Louis, Missouri region and surrounding 200-mile radius*.
*ONLY artists from the St. Louis region may enter exhibit--if you live further than 200 miles, we appreciate your interest, but you are not eligible. Chicago, IL and Kansas City, MO are further than 200 miles and are not in the St. Louis region.


Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director, The Sheldon Art Galleries since 2001. Prior to the Sheldon, Olivia was Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at The Saint Louis Art Museum (1992-2001). She holds an MFA in Photography & Art History from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Photography & Art History from West Surrey College of Art & Design, Farnham, Surrey, England. Olivia is a photographic artist and has exhibited her work regionally, nationally and internationally; and Larry Torno, a photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in regional and national exhibitions. Larry earned his Bachelor of Arts from Webster College, Webster Groves, MO. He worked as a Graphic Designer, Art Director and Creative Director for HOK Architects, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Fleishman-Hillard, Inc.


Awards of Excellence will be selected by the Jurors for this exhibit and include (1) $250 Best of Show Award of Excellence and (4) non-cash Awards of Excellence. All five Award recipients will then be eligible for our “Honor Awards 2018” ten-artist curated exhibit presented at Art Saint Louis, June 16-July 19, 2018. “Honor Awards 2018” Curator: Artist Brian D. Smith, Professor, St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, MO. Brian is represented by Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO.


Art Saint Louis Gallery, 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis, MO. Exhibition dates: September 16-October 26, 2017. Free reception on Saturday, September 16, 6-8 p.m.


Located on the ground floor of the historic and beautifully renovated Park Pacific building at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Art Saint Louis is home to one of the most popular and frequently visited exhibition spaces in the entire St. Louis region. Created in 2013 and built upon the organization’s 32-year success in connecting St. Louis regional artists and audiences, the 2,700 square foot space Gallery boasts a year-round series of professionally juried group exhibitions showcasing the best of the region’s contemporary visual art. Highlighting each exhibition, Art Saint Louis opening receptions are a cultural mainstay in downtown St. Louis and are followed throughout the run of each exhibit with extensive viewing hours Monday through Saturday and an average of over 500 visitors per week. Uniquely designed as a gallery/café hybrid, the space is also the one and only café home of Catalyst Coffee Bar, making it a cultural and social destination like no other in the St. Louis region. Find Art Saint Louis on Facebook and view highlights from our previous exhibits in our photo albums.


The deadline to submit works for this exhibit is July 3, 2017 (11:59 MST).

PLEASE NOTE that this is an online entry process. The entry & upload process does require time, depending on your advance preparedness and image sizes, so please allow yourself adequate time when applying for & submitting your work to this exhibit. Advance registration (prior to entry deadline date) and image uploads to a Portfolio are highly recommended.


The direct link to the online entry is


Limit 3 original artworks in all media, styles, themes, and techniques that respond to the theme of the exhibit, "Rabbit Hole." Theme described at top of this call for entry.

• Artwork must be completed between 2014—2017.
• Works not exhibited in any juried exhibit in St. Louis region during 6 months prior to exhibit dates.
• Works not previously exhibited in any exhibit in Art Saint Louis Gallery.
• NO ceiling installed work, this includes installation works.
• NO artworks that sit directly on Gallery floor.
• 2-d works must be framed or, if not framed, pre-approved presentation.
• Works on canvas may be framed, strip-framed or gallery-wrapped.
• Size limits: Final installation size on all 2-d and wall-displayed/hung work not to exceed 6’ (72”) WIDE or 7’ (84”) HIGH/TALL, this includes frame.
• Weight limit: 2-d works please not to exceed 40 lbs.
• Larger sculptures, oversized 2-d work or installation works must be installed by artist under direction of Art Saint Louis Artistic Director.
• We are only able to exhibit pedestal-displayed or wall-hung sculpture. Gallery owns a limited number of standard sized pedestals & will provide for display of 3-d work. If your 3-d artwork is odd-sized, excessively heavy, or requires a very specific sized pedestal, plan on providing that pedestal or platform yourself, please.
• 3-d works that are extremely fragile, very small, that have a very small bottom/base, are unstable, or do not sit flat on a pedestal are not considered.
• NO works that are nailed, pinned, tacked, taped, velcroed, painted on, glued, adhered, or affixed directly to/on Gallery walls. Art Saint Louis uses traditional hanging hardware (hooks/nails) to hang artworks from their wires on the back of the pieces— however, we will not nail or tack an artwork directly to a wall, nor will we velcro, glue or use any other substance to directly apply an artwork to the wall. ALL works must hang by/from standard picture hanging hardware.
• No loose plexi that is clipped or nailed to wall.
• Artist must provide all equipment necessary to present video or artwork requiring electricity, incl. cords, adapters, DVD player, monitor, etc.


• Judging is only done by JPEGs online only at
LIMIT: 3 artworks.
• The image limit reads 6, and this allows for either one detail or one alternate view per artwork. Do not exceed 3 artworks total or you will be disqualified.
• Limit 2 JPEGs per artwork: 1 full view is required and either 1 detail OR 1 alternate view. IMPORTANT: IF you submit more than 2 images per artwork, the Jurors will NOT be shown your additional images. Any more than 2 images per artwork is not permitted and all additional images will be moved to the "withdrawn" category.
• NOTE: Multi-paneled artworks equal one artwork, as long as they are presented as one artwork and the total size of the artwork does not exceed our size limit rules. An artwork that is a diptych (2 panels) = one artwork; a triptych (3 panels) = one artwork, and so on. Please photograph the overall artwork and only be sure to include one detail/close-up view. if you submit images of all 3 panels and a full view of your triptych, you have exceeded your image limit.

Please make sure that the digital images of your artworks are:
• In focus.
• Cropped to feature only your artwork.
• Please, NO watermarks or name imprints/signatures.
• Free of a time-date stamp.

Upload options for image files:
• File format: JPEG only.
• File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest size.
• File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution).
• File size: 5MB maximum.

Upload options for video files:
• File formats: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS.
• Resolution: minimum 620x480; max. 1920x1080.
• Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9.
• Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps.
• Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps. The frame rate of the original video should be maintained without re-sampling. In particular, pulldown and other frame-rate re-sampling techniques are strongly discouraged.
• Codec: h.264, h.263, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, Windows Media Video, and motion jpeg mpeg-1 muxed, Apple Lossless
• Container: 3gp, asf, avi, mov, mpeg, mpeg-2, mp4, ogg
• Video file size: 100 MB maximum.

Submissions that do not comply with rules of entry will not be presented to the Jurors. Artworks selected for exhibition that are not accurately depicted by JPEGs may be removed from exhibit at Artistic Director’s discretion.


• All artworks must either have a sale price or be marked Not for Sale (NFS). If NFS, please provide an insurance value (50% retail).
• No works marked POR (Price on Request) will be accepted.
• Artwork prices may not be changed once submitted for jurying.
• All sales are through Art Saint Louis with 30% donation/commission on work sold to ASL and 70% to artist.
• Your sale price should include Art Saint Louis' 30% commission.
• Artist responsible for delivery of sold work to buyer at end of exhibit.
• Artworks are insured at 50% of retail value during exhibit. Artist responsible for work in transit to/from ASL.


• All work selected for exhibit must be delivered to Gallery ready to install.

• 2-d work must be framed & equipped with hanging wire stretched across back of artwork.

• NO sawtooth hangers, clip-style frames or keyhole mounts.

• French Cleat mounts okay.

• Works on canvas may be framed, strip-framed or gallery-wrapped.

• 2-d works must be framed or, if not framed, pre-approved presentation.
• Weight limit: 2-d works may not to exceed 40 lbs.

• NO works that are nailed, pinned, tacked, taped, velcroed, painted on, glued, adhered, or affixed directly to/on Gallery walls.

• No loose plexi that is clipped or nailed to wall.

• Oversized, heavy, or installation work must be installed by artist under direction of Artistic Director.

• Video must be presented on min. 9” monitor; monitor weight not to exceed 20 lbs. Equipment provided by artist.

• Artworks requiring electricity: Artist must provide all cords, adapters, cord protectors & equipment required to present work.

• Specific installation requirements must be resolved in advance with directions/devices provided by artist.

• Art Saint Louis reserves the right to install accepted works in a manner deemed necessary for a well-designed exhibition or for security purposes.


• Entry fee is non-refundable.
• Artist may submit up to 3 artworks for the one fee.
• $35/Non-member entry; OR
• $20/Art Saint Louis Member entry.
• Fee payable by credit card through or by check to Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, MO 63103.


Membership in Art Saint Louis is open to all and is not required to have your work considered for or juried into this exhibit. However, membership does have its benefits, including discounts on entry fees--the reduced Art Saint Louis member entry fee for this show is $20 and the non-member fee is $35. Benefits of membership include discounts on entry fees to juried exhibits, a weekly e-newsletter, a Membership & Resource Directory, access to a Members Only area of our website, 10% discount on all art purchases in the Gallery, 10 % on all coffee bar purchases, and additional opportunities. Click here to download a Membership brochure and join Art Saint Louis (PayPal accepted).


As a non-profit artists’ organization, Art Saint Louis relies on volunteer support to help present our exhibitions. All exhibiting artists are required to volunteer 4 hours per artwork selected of time to the production of this exhibit; artists may contribute food or goods for the opening reception (value $20/per artwork), help out in the Gallery, or may buy-out volunteer time at $5/hour or $20/per artwork. Volunteer sign-up upon delivery of artworks for exhibit. Cash, contributions or in-kind goods or services are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


Art Saint Louis reserves the right to photograph all exhibited works for web use and publicity purposes. Art Saint Louis reserves the right to use digital images submitted for jurying for publicity of exhibition including but not limited to email, web use and social media. Accepted artists will be required to send high resolution JPEGs of accepted artworks to Art Saint Louis for exhibition records/paperwork and publicity.


• Artworks juried into exhibit are to be hand-delivered to Art Saint Louis Gallery on either Friday, September 8, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. or Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
• Exhibited artworks are to be picked-up at the end of the show on Friday, October 27, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. or Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
• Exhibited works may not be removed from ASL prior to 9 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017.
• ALL exhibited works must be removed from Gallery by 3:45 p.m. Saturday, October 28, 2017.


Having submitted artworks for jurying & having paid the entry fee, artist (1) accepts all conditions listed in the aforementioned rules of entry/exhibit prospectus; (2) represents, warrants and covenants that artist is not infringing on any proprietary right, copyright, patent right or any other right of any third party, and artist will indemnify Art Saint Louis and its agents, employees, affiliates, licensors, and business partners harmless from and against any and all costs, damages, liabilities, and expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred in relation to, arising from, or for the purpose of avoiding, any claim or demand from a third party that the submission, ownership, display, sale or the presentation of your artworks violate any applicable law or regulation, or the rights of any third party. This is legal & binding. Accepted artworks may not be substituted and prices may not be changed once submitted for jurying.


• DEADLINE to ENTER: JULY 3, 2017 (11:59 MST). This is an online entry process, so we recommend giving yourself plenty of time (and patience) before the final entry date and time. Advance registration and image uploads to a Portfolio are highly recommended.
• Jury notifications will be e-mailed to ALL entrants by Friday, July 28, 2017.
• Deliver all artworks to Art Saint Louis Friday, September 8, 2017, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. or Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
• Install exhibit at Art Saint Louis September 12, 2017, 5-7:30 p.m.
• “The Golden Hour” September 16-October 26, 2017
• Free RECEPTION on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 6-8 p.m. FREE
• Art Saint Louis Gallery hours: M—F 7a-5p, Sat. 8:30a-4p. Closed Sundays & major holidays. Gallery free & open to the public.
• Pick-up exhibited works Friday, October 27, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. or Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.


Contact Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff, Artistic Director of Art Saint Louis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 314/241-4810, 2# (M-F 9a-5p)







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