Juried Exhibition Opportunities

The Runnels Gallery annually offers three competitive exhibition opportunities for artists to submit their creative work. Those whose work is selected by the jurist will have their work publicly showcased in the gallery located within the ENMU Golden Student Success Center. A public reception will be held for each exhibition.

We believe creativity lives within us all and strongly encourage individuals to enter their artwork to be considered for inclusion in one of our exhibitions.

Community Exhibition


Anyone living, working, or attending school within 40 miles of Portales, New Mexico can enter the Community Art Exhibition.

Entry Fee and Number of Submissions Permitted

There are no entry fees for this exhibit. Each artist may submit up to five pieces of work.

Community Exhibition Entry Form

Important Exhibition Dates

Friday, April 26, 2024 Submission deadline
Friday, May 3, 2024 An email notification of acceptance will be sent.
Friday, May 17, 2024 Artwork is to be received by the gallery by 5 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 2024 The exhibition is open to the public.
Friday, July 26, 2024 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. Public reception
Friday, July 26, 2024 The exhibition closes to the public.

Media and Size Restrictions

All media types are welcome. Artwork must be original, completed within three years of the entry deadline, and may not have been previously shown at the Runnels Gallery. Artwork must be stable and capable of fitting through a standard doorway. Artwork that requires suspension from the ceiling, water, perishable food or electricity is prohibited.

Theme/Subject Matter Requirements

Artwork of any theme may be submitted to the exhibition. Artists will be adjudicated in the following areas and may consider these when selecting pieces for submission.

  • First Impression – How powerful is the first impression?
  • Originality and Creativity – To what degree of originality and creativity does the work speak?
  • Artist's Perspective – Your voice embodies a distinct style that is uniquely yours. It’s a blend of your perspective, the materials you use, your techniques, chosen themes, and color choices, all combined in a manner that distinctly reflects your personal touch, distinguishable as your work and no one else’s.

Jury Selection of Awards

Work submitted to the exhibition will be juried by an art professional(s). Exhibition awards include Best of Show, first, second, and third runners-up.

How to Submit Work to the Exhibition

Artists must submit their work for this exhibition using the gallery’s online submission form. An online
submission form must accompany each piece of art entered. In addition to the standard biographical
information, the following information must be included:

  • Title of piece
  • Media type
  • Sales price (if for sale)
  • Unframed dimensions (inches only)
  • 50 to 75-word artist statement describing or explaining the concept, the process, materials used, the
    goal of the project, etc.
  • Photograph of the work being submitted (JPEG files only)

Artist's work will be juried based upon the photographic evidence of the artwork being submitted. Consider the following recommendations to best capture an art piece in a photograph:

  • Artwork should be properly lit. Lighting that is too bright or too dark can negatively affect colors, diminish or hide detail and may create the inability to clearly and accurately see the work. When lighting artwork, glare can be avoided by removing glass or other protective elements in front of the artwork. Adjusting the angle of the artwork, camera or light source can also reduce glare. Avoid using lights that emit yellow or blue tones.
  • Artwork should be level and positioned in the center of the photograph.
  • Photographs should be focused properly.
  • Adjust camera's image quality setting to "fine" or the highest resolution possible.
  • File format must be JPEG.
  • Two-dimensional works must be photographed without matting and framing.
  • Three-dimensional works must be photographed using a neutral background and stable surface. Consider using a lightbox to photograph three-dimensional work.
  • See the How to Photograph Your Artwork instructional sheet

Acceptance into the Exhibition and Delivery of Work

  • All artists will be notified about their acceptance through their email account.
  • Artwork chosen for inclusion in the exhibition must be delivered to the Runnels Gallery by the required delivery date and must be finished (ready for presentation). Artwork can be delivered by appointment only or shipped to the gallery.
  • The gallery reserves the right to refuse any work deemed unfinished or those which are delivered after the deadline.
  • Accepted pieces must remain on display until the close of the exhibition and must be claimed within 30 days after the exhibition's conclusion.
  • If artwork is unclaimed, it will become the property of Eastern New Mexico University.
  • Artists are solely responsible for the delivery and retrieval of their work. The artist's name, title of the work, medium and price information must be secured to the back of the work and must be legible (type is preferred).

Presentation Ready Requirements for Accepted Work

All work must be finished at the time of delivery. Suggested presentation standards include:

  • Submitted Two-Dimensional Work
    • Work should be matted or attached to a display board. Suggested matte/display board colors are white, black, charcoal, or any shade of gray.
    • Paintings with large wooden stretchers with painted canvas overlap do not require framing.
    • Dry mounting to foam/gatorboard with imagery flush (bleed off) to all four edges acceptable.
  • Submitted Three-Dimensional Work
    • Work must be stable.
    • Work requiring special/custom stands for presentation must be provided by the artist at time of delivery


Eastern New Mexico University will exercise due care in handling all artwork submitted. ENMU, the Runnels Gallery, the Golden Student Success Center, or any of their agents will not be responsible for any artwork lost or damaged, whether on display, in storage, or in transit to or from the artist. All accepted artworks must remain on display until the close of the exhibition. ENMU assumes the right to photograph any work for catalog or publicity purposes and to use the artist’s name. The artwork submission to this exhibit will imply agreement and consent on the artist’s part with the conditions set forth here.