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March 05-08, 2020

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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Dirty Fingernails IV

Foundry Art Centre   /   Deadline: 12/16/19

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The Foundry Art Centre is seeking submissions for "Dirty Fingernails IV", an exhibition celebrating 'pure' printmaking. Showcasing the skill and patience of artists who, in an age of seductive high speed solutions, still prefer to work up a sweat and get their hands dirty. Printmakers are welcome to submit up to three works for consideration. Images may be representational, abstract, or nonobjective. Only original, hand-pulled prints will be considered for inclusion.
Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces of artwork, and must be submitted by December 16th, 2019. "Dirty Fingernails IV" will have an Opening Reception on Friday, January 31st, 2020, from 5:30-8pm in the Grand Hall. The exhibition will be on display from January 31st, 2020 to March 13th 2020. Three prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception: two Juror's Choice Awards, and a Going Solo Award that offers the recipient a solo exhibition in one of our galleries. The Going Solo Award winner from the "Out on a Limb" exhibition, Sharon Hutson, will be showcasing her landscape and portrait watercolor paintings in Gallery III during the opening.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public.


The Foundry Art Centre is a dynamic community art center dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual arts. Located in the historic district of St.Charles, in what once was a train car factory on the riverbank to the Missouri River, the region's art community and local officials saw potential in the 1940's building with its 36,800 square feet and decided to create a not-for-profit art hub. The Foundry features state-of-the-art exhibition spaces hosting juried exhibitions of national and international artists. The mezzanine level features 20 local artists studios where guests are encouraged to watch the creative process, buy art, and partake in classes hosted by the artists. A children's gallery on the main floor helps facilitate games and artistic activities kids can explore, and a smaller gallery reserved for emerging artists allows their work to be exposed to people who rent the room for meetings, receptions, weddings, or corporate events. Our mission is to connect everyday people with the arts through our studio artists, educational classes, special events, and exhibitions. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sunday 12pm-4pm. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information please call 636-255-0270 or visit




Open to all artists, 18 years and older, world-wide, both amateur and professional, including alternative and traditional artwork.


A maximum of 3 entries per artists may be submitted for consideration; all media in 2D & 3D forms will be considered. 2D work must be suitably framed with all hardware necessary attached to hang gallery ready. Larger pieces must be able to enter the gallery through an 84" x 71" doorway. Once installed, work may not exceed 11 feet in height. Any artist with installation or digital works must speak with the Exhibitions Manager to coordinate presentation.

Artists may submit entries through the FAC website using the online form, or if there are complications, the artist can email For emailed entries, include required entry information with each image sent, mirroring the entry form online. Limit to 2 jpegs per artwork: one full view (required), and an optional second alternative or detail view.

Submissions that do not comply with these rules will not be presented to the juror.


2 Juror's Choice Awards ($150) and 1 "Going Solo" Award where Best in Show gets to have their own solo exhibition later on in the calendar.

Evaluation Criteria

St. Louis native Paul Breuer earned an Associate Fine Art degree from St. Louis Community College, and going on to attend Washington University in St. Louis after receiving a full two-year scholarship from the Women's Society of Washington University. Breuer graduated in 1984 with a BFA in painting and drawing, and then worked with Robert Malone, master painter, in the graduate print shop at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

His most recent exhibition was "Solar Impressions" at the South Hampton Arts Center in New York, in 2019, where his group entry won "Best in Show." Breuer has also been a part of many other group exhibitions, particularly in the St. Louis area, with work exhibited at Des Peres Hospital and Barnes Jewish Hospital. His most recent solo exhibition was at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2017. His exhibited work included 30 etchings, collagraphs, and linocut reduction prints.

Contact Information

Kaitlin Wilfing
520 N Main Center Drive 520 N Main Center Drive
Saint Charles, MO 63301

P: 6362550270
F: 6362550270

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