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IMAGE Art Show 2017

IMAGE 2017 Art Show 

The deadline to enter was Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:55 p.m. No additional registrations will be accepted.

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This is the 30th year of IMAGE, an annual judged art show, sponsored by the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC)!!! ECRAC will host the show at its office and gallery in downtown Braham, MN. The show opens Saturday evening, April 22, 2017, and will be open for viewing through Friday, April 28.

There is no fee to attend or participate in IMAGE.  However, artists wishing to exhibit a work of art at the IMAGE Art Show must read and complete an online entry form and submit it before or on the deadline date of Monday, April 3, 2017. No late entries or entry changes can be accepted.  The entry form was online and the registration deadline has passed.


If you want to receive ECRAC's newsletter or get on the mailing list.  Or if you have any other IMAGE Art Show questions you can call ECRAC at 320-396-2337 extension 1 or email

Please note that the IMAGE Art Show is not utilizing set categories for entering artwork or for distributing awards this year.  Instead, artists will describe the medium used, in their own words (up to 50 characters), on their entry form. 



These will be awarded at the Art Show Opening Celebration on Saturday, April 22, starting at 6 p.m.:

              -  2 Judge's Choice Awards - $500 each;

              -  up to 10 Excellence Awards - $200 each;

              -  up to 10 Merit Awards - $150 each;

              -  and Purchase Awards will also be made.  Amount to be determined. 

                  ECRAC will purchase 1 or more entered works of art to become

                  part of the permanent artwork collection.

To be awarded on Saturday, April 29:  People's Choice Award - $300.




Before the Show...

Online Entry Deadline - Closed on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 11:55 p.m.

Entry Confirmation - with your required Identification and Receipt Cards will be emailed and mailed to entrant artists by ECRAC before April 15, 2017.

Artwork Accepted from Registered Artists –

Monday - Wednesday, April  17 - 19, 2017 (during business hours 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Wednesday evening, April 19, 2017 (4:30 - 7 p.m.)

Your Identification Card must be attached to the back or underside of your artwork at the time of delivery to ECRAC. 


During the show...

IMAGE 2017 Gala Opening Celebration at ECRAC - Open to all!!!

     Saturday, April 22, 2017 (5 - 8 p.m.)

              Note that the show can't open any earlier than 5 p.m. due to judging.

     Welcome and Judge's Award Presentation (6 p.m.)

     Artist entrants are encouraged to attend!  Hors d'oeuvres!

              Live music!         Invite your family and friends!


IMAGE 2017 at ECRAC - Open to all!!!

Art Groups and School Field Trips are encouraged!

     Sunday - April 23, 2017 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

     Monday - Friday April 24 to 28, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


After the show...

Artist Grant Workshop for IMAGE Art Show Artists Only!

      Saturday, April 29, 2017 (8:30 to 10 a.m.)

Artwork Pick-up at ECRAC*!  Saturday, April 29, 2017  (10 a.m. to noon)

Artwork Pick-up at ECRAC*

     Mon. -  Tues., May 1 - 2, 2017 (business hours 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

     Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017 (4:30 to 7 p.m.)

*For security reasons no artwork will be released without the IMAGE RECEIPT CARD sent to you by ECRAC!  Please ensure it is available before arriving to pick-up the artwork.  Any Artwork not picked up by the designated dates listed above will become property of ECRAC.




All IMAGE Art Show entrants must be at least 18 years old and be permanent residents of Region 7E (the Minnesota Counties of: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine). Works must be original works of art (conceived and executed by the entrant artist), recent (completed within the last three years), and cannot have been exhibited in prior IMAGE Art Shows. Artwork must be ready to display at the time of delivery to ECRAC.  All artwork entered in the IMAGE Art Show will remain in the exhibit until the show is closed on April 29, 2017.

- There is no entry fee to participate or attend the IMAGE Art Show.

- Artists can only enter one work of art due to space limitations.

- Advance registration is required. No late entries (after April 3) can be accepted.

- After you submit the entry you will see a confirmation. In addition, before April 15 eligible entrants will receive additional confirmation by email and mail with their required Identification Card and Receipt Card. You will need both of these cards.

- Entry requirements are enforced.



Artwork entered must be original, conceived and executed by the entrant. Copies will be rejected. If you are a student, the artwork submitted should have been executed without the help of an instructor, or as part of an organized class.

The artwork entered should be an expression or application of your own individual creative skill and imagination in a visual form.

Entries must be of recent work (within the last 3 years), and not exhibited at a previous IMAGE Show.

All wall hanging show entries must be framed (unless a frame is inappropriate for the artwork) and must be wired for hanging. Sawtooth hangers are not allowed! Canvas works must have finished edges and must be wired.  Call 320-396-2337 extension 1 with any questions on framing or if you are new to this process.

Artwork cannot exceed eight feet (8') in any direction. Any direction includes diagonal.  This size limit also includes frames and bases.

Artwork cannot have any special display equipment or instructions.  For example, no electrical cords will be allowed.

ECRAC and the IMAGE Art Show Committee reserves the right to refuse artwork or to ensure the medium identified is correct. The IMAGE Curator has the final determination on how artwork will be exhibited.

ECRAC reserves the right to photograph any artwork or artist in the IMAGE Art Show exhibition for educational, catalog, internet, and/or publicity purposes.

IMAGE 2017 will be staffed during public viewing hours and the utmost precaution will be taken to protect all artwork. Submission of this entry form and your artwork indicates acceptance of all conditions and are a waiver of liability.

The East Central Regional Arts Council and IMAGE 2017 and any other sponsors are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged artwork. Artists are strongly encouraged to personally insure their own work.



By entering the IMAGE Art Show the artist certifies that the information included in the entry form is correct, that they are the sole creator of the artwork being entered, that they relieve the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), IMAGE 2017, and any other sponsors, from any responsibility for loss or damage to the artwork being entered, and that they agree to the dates, rules, terms and conditions listed on the entry form.

In addition, by saying yes and submitting the entry form the artist gives IMAGE 2017 the permission to publish their name, city of residence, email address, and website URL in the show booklet. They also give permission to include the title, medium, and price (if any), and the exhibit status of the artwork entered.


Exhibit Only Option

If an artist wants their artwork to have Exhibit Only status during the IMAGE Art Show it will not be judged and will not be eligible for the People's Choice Award. In other words, Exhibit Only artwork will be a part of the IMAGE Art Show, and will be available for viewing, but will not be considered during the IMAGE Art Show judging processes and will not be eligible for an award.

Exhibit Only status does not affect your price or the potential sale of your artwork.  In addition, any ECRAC Board, Staff, or Contractors entering an artwork will be Exhibit Only and are not eligible for judging.