John Bernhard is a Swiss American artist, photographer, designer and writer who traveled North America extensively before settling in Houston, Texas in 1980. He founded Bernhard Associates in 1984, a creative design firm specializing in corporate branding and identity programs for the real estate, transportation, and petroleum industry. Concurrent with running his company, Bernhard has pursued his fine art career, and his work has been exhibited in more than 30 solo shows along with three museum exhibitions throughout the world. He is the author of 10 books and his work is included in 20 museum’s permanent collections.
In January 2018, Bernhard assumed the reigns of Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Houston.
For the past 9 years, Bernhard has been the publisher and editor-in-chief of ArtHouston, the only magazine devoted exclusively to the arts in Houston.
BE THE PEACE – BE THE HOPE provides elementary, middle and high-school students and their teachers the social and emotional learning and character-building programs, allowing them to develop competencies to increase their well-being and academic performance and to become contributing members of the community. The programs have a specific focus on underserved, low-income, and minority students, including new immigrants and refugees. Competencies include self-management, self-reliance, healthy relationships, responsible decision-making and leadership.
Since its inception in 2015, BE THE PEACE – BE THE HOPE has addressed negative social, emotional and environmental factors that have contributed to children’s trauma, disengagement, delinquency, and academic failure. The organization works with students throughout Houston in low-income, under-served and at-risk communities.
May 11 – June 23: Apply to Show
JUNE 24 - 30: Review and Selection of Works by Juror
JULY 2 - 3: Notification of Acceptance via Phone or Text
JULY 5: Deliver Works to Gallery (10 AM – 7 PM); See Instructions
JULY 6: Review of Works by Juror
JULY 7: Installation (No Work Delivered on this Date)
JULY 8: Opening of Show /Reception (5 PM – 8 PM); Juror’s Remarks / Awards (6:30 PM)
JULY 29: Closing Reception / and Live Music by Heights Fools on Stools; Remarks by Participating Artists (6 PM – 8 PM)
AUGUST 3: Final Day of Exhibition / Unsold Artwork Picked Up (4 PM – 6 PM)
AUGUST 4-5: Unsold Artwork to be Picked Up (10 AM – 6 PM)
Open to all area artists, age 18 and older. Eligible 2D and 3D works which have been completed within the last 3 years independent of a class or workshop and not previously exhibited at Archway Gallery. Current members of Archway Gallery and staff/board members of our community partner or juror may not enter the competition.
Works featuring violent, sensational or sexual content will not be displayed. Archway Gallery and the juror reserve the right to reject any work deemed inappropriate for this exhibition, for any reason.
NOTIFCATION AND DELIVERY TO GALLERY
All submitting artists will be notified of the status of their entries via phone call or text on July 2 and 3. If selected, works should be delivered to the Gallery between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 5.
RECEPTION AND AWARDS
A reception on Saturday, July 8 will open the exhibition to the public, attended by the juror and representatives of our community partner. A video presentation will be posted on our website of the exhibition and awards following the reception. We encourage artists and their supporters to visit and view the exhibition on the day of the reception and thereafter.
First Prize is a cash award of $500, with guest artist privileges for one month at Archway Gallery. Cash awards will also be presented to the Second and Third Prize-winning artists. Honorable Mention awards will be granted at the discretion of the juror. All prize-winning works will be labeled as such throughout the exhibition.
Cash awards and certificates will be held at the Gallery for winners to pick up at their convenience when visiting the exhibition. The gallery will make arrangements with the first-prize artist to bring in additional work for the month following the exhibition.
All work submitted must be for sale, and all sales will be transacted through Archway Gallery. If work is sold, 50% will be dispersed to the artist and 50% will be paid to the community partner at the close of the exhibition. Any credit card fees on the artist’s portion of sales will be split between the gallery and the artist. Sold artwork will remain on display in the online exhibition site until the close of the show but will be marked “SOLD” when the purchase has been transacted. Archway Gallery will contact selling artists to arrange delivery to clients and will assist with any shipping or delivery of sold artworks. The gallery will share the names and contact information of clients who purchase work with selling artists.
We encourage and invite artists to promote the show via personal websites, social media, links, mailings, and visits with guests. The digital invitation and catalog will be posted at www.archwaygallery.com. The show will be extensively publicized through our website and social media, email blasts, gallery street signage, public relations posts and listings, our resident artists' social media activities, and other opportunities in coordination with our community partner. Please check the gallery’s website for business hours.
Artists may submit two works. The entry fee for one or two works is $25. Titles and prices must be included on your entry forms and cannot be changed thereafter. All work must be for sale.
Deadline for the application is June 23!
It is important that your digital images accurately reflect your work. Works which are found not to be accurately represented by the image submitted may be disqualified at the discretion of the juror.
You may choose to enter a “framed” shot of 2D work, as well as side shots of 3D work. These images will give the juror and interested patrons accurate knowledge of your work and its presentation. Note however, that only one image of each submitted work may be entered. Therefore, you may choose to show a framed work or the work without framing. Please label these images with artist name_title_medium_size_price. For example: john doe_my painting_oil on canvas_24x36_$1000.jpg
2D work must not exceed 48” horizontally. All work must fit through a standard doorway with a weight limit of 50 lbs. ALL 2D WORK MUST BE FRAMED, WIRED AND READY TO HANG (NO SAWTOOTHS, NO D-RINGS), AND ALL WORKS ENTERED MUST BE READY TO RELEASE TO CLIENTS UPON SALE OF THE WORK. Gallery wrapped canvases are acceptable, but must be properly wired for hanging. No wet work, please. Archway Gallery warrants professionalism to our clients and patrons, and we ask for yours in the preparation of your work.
Works featuring violent or sexual content will not be displayed. Archway Gallery and the juror reserve the right to reject any work deemed inappropriate for this exhibition, for any reason.
Submission of this application and the piece(s) represented shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus, including the following: While I understand that great care and all steps will be taken to mitigate the possibility of loss or damage, I hereby release Archway Gallery, its members, publicist, and clients, John Bernhard, BE THE PEACE / BE THE HOPE and its members, staff, volunteers, associates and boards from any and all claims occasioned by injury, damage, or loss of artwork while on the premises of Archway Gallery. Permission to photograph and/or reproduce the work for publicity, documentary or educational purposes is hereby granted.