By Kathy Collins

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Center Place Fine Arts is seeking artists to enter its first ever national contemporary competition and exhibit- Square’s Off. Artists can “square off” against fellow artists with this new trend-setting, contemporary exhibit. Center Place wants artists to think outside the box and create a unique “square” piece of art.

This exhibit is a juried exhibition. The juror is Elizabeth Kozlowski, an independent curator who has over 12 years of curatorial and gallery experience with a specialty in contemporary ceramics.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, September 15. The entry fee is $35 and artists can enter up to three pieces. The Square’s Off exhibit will be on display at Center Place from Friday, January 20 through Tuesday, February 28, 2017. An artist reception will be held at Center Place on Friday, February 24, 2017. At that time, awards will be given in the amount of $500, 250, $100 and $50.

All entries must not exceed 15” by 15”, and they must be able to hang on the wall. All entries must be square and not weigh in excess of five pounds.

Entries must be the complete and original work of the artist. No kits or commercially designed work will be accepted. All work must have been completed in the last two years and not have been exhibited previously at Center Place.

According to Dawn Galia, executive director of Center Place, “We are super excited about holding a show of this magnitude at Center Place. We are hoping to encourage artists from all over the country to be a part of our exhibition. I am expecting to see so many types of artistic media included in the exhibition.”

Galia added, “This will be a very contemporary exhibit as all of the framing will need to be black, smooth, with no carvings or details. As our juror, Elizabeth Kozlowski, decides the entries, I believe this will be an exquisite group of artists who will be on display.”

For more information on Center Place Square’s Off exhibit and for entry forms, visit centerplacebrandon.org or call 685-8888 or email centerplacesquaresoff@yahoo.com.