Art, Dept. 20


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2016 Entry Instructions

ONLINE ENTRY IS PREFERRED. To be an Exhibitor, click on the Online Entry link and follow the instructions. The alternate way to enter is to print out the offline entry form, fill it out, and mail it in according to the deadline outlined on the form and on the Entry Deadlines and Delivery Schedule page. (Please contact your Department if you are unable to print the entry form.)

Rules & Guidelines

  1. Exhibitor Requirements
    1. You must be 16 or over to enter.
    2. Amateurs only, please! You many not enter a class (#01 – #11) in which you earn money through employment, selling, teaching, etc.
    3. For 2016, we are piloting a new class, #12: "Amateurs Plus", for those who sell their art. These entries will not be judged, and are therefore ineligible for premiums or People's Choice. They will, however, be awarded a special ribbon.
    4. You may enter more than one class but are limited to one entry per category (01A, 01B, etc.)
  2. Entry Requirements. All works must be:
    1. Completely original in composition and execution and not previously exhibited at the Durham Fair.
    2. Dry. No wet work will be accepted.
    3. Framed and wired for hanging (unless a sculpture). No standing frames. Wires must be firmly attached to the frame itself and not to the backing. No work hung by use of ribbon, string, tape, glue, glued tabs or tabs punched into cardboard will be accepted.
    4. Framed work must not exceed 24" x 36".
  3. When possible, a committee member will oversee the Art department during the Fair. The building is locked at night and security guards are on duty. However, the Fair is not responsible for any damaged or missing items.
  4. Item pick-up is Sun. from 7 – 8 pm and Mon. following the Fair from 5 – 7 pm. The Art Department is not responsible for items not picked up within these hours.

Judging Criteria

  1. All entries will be judged on their own merits, including those where there is no other competition in the category.
  2. Judges reserve the option to reclassify entries.

Points will be awarded in the following categories:

  1. Elements of art: Color, space, form, media—up to 8 points.
  2. Creativity: Uniqueness, originality—up to 6 points.
  3. Technique: Use of media and tools—up to 5 points.
  4. Presentation: Appearance, framing/mounting—up to 2 points.
  • 1st place ribbon: 14 – 21 points/$8 check
  • 2nd place ribbon: 10 – 13 points/$6 check
  • 3rd place ribbon: 6 – 9 points/$4 check
  • Honorable Mention ribbon: 1 – 5 points

2016 Special Ribbons

  • Best in Show Rosettes for Painting; Drawing; Other (2-D or 3-D Mixed Media, Print-making, Sculpture).
  • Judges' Special Rosettes: to acknowledge excellence.
  • Inspiration Rosettes to acknowledge excellence for Class #11 categories (Eco-Art, Humor in Art, Forgeries, Asian Art; Sneaker Art).
  • Senior Special Rosette for Class #8.
  • Special ribbons for Class #12.
  • People’s Choice Rosette for Friday, Saturday, Sunday.


Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
Painting 1st 2nd 3rd
01A Oil 8 6 4
01B Acrylic 8 6 4
01C Watercolor 8 6 4
Computer-Generated Art 1st 2nd 3rd
02A Computer drawing 8 6 4
Drawing 1st 2nd 3rd
03A Pencil  8 6 4
03B Colored pencil 8 6 4
03C Pastel 8 6 4
03D Pen and Ink 8 6 4
03E Charcoal 8 6 4
Portrait 1st 2nd 3rd
04A Single person 8 6 4
04B Single animal 8 6 4
04C Single flower, plant or tree 8 6 4
Mixed Media 1st 2nd 3rd
05A 2 dimensions 8 6 4
05B 3 dimensions 8 6 4
Printmaking 1st 2nd 3rd
06A Please list technique on entry form 8 6 4
Folk Art 1st 2nd 3rd
07A Painting 8 6 4
07B Drawing 8 6 4
07C Other medium 8 6 4
Seniors 1st 2nd 3rd
08A Art executed when age 75 years or older 8 6 4
Sculpture 1st 2nd 3rd
09A Must be 3D, no kits or purchased greenware 8 6 4
“Scapes” 1st 2nd 3rd
10A Landscape 8 6 4
10B Seascape 8 6 4
10C Farm scene 8 6 4
10D Still life 8 6 4
Special Categories for 2016, any medium 1st 2nd 3rd
11A Eco-Art: Scrap metal cans and parts, leaves, plastic junk, or fabric scraps. Take what you find in nature and recycle or make something beautiful, interesting, wonderful! Must be your own idea and creation from found/recycled materials. 8 6 4
11B Humor in art: For example, a parody of another work of art, trompe l’oeil piece, or other humorous content. 8 6 4
11C Forgeries: a) Works may NOT be the same size as the original. b) Works may NOT be computer generated. c) Please attach a photograph of the original work to the front of the submission. Include the artist’s name and title of the piece. 8 6 4
11D Asian Art:  Any medium or style of Asian inspiration. 8 6 4
11E Sneaker Art:  Decorate a sneaker with any materials to make Wearable Art! 8 6 4
Amateurs Plus
12A Any medium: An unjudged category for those who sell their art. Special ribbons


  • C. Tracy Camassar
    P.O. Box 225, Art Dept.
    Durham CT 06422
  • MaryLou Shoemaker
    Asst. Superintendent
    Or email questions to:
  • Jason Camassar
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