GALEX 52 (March 2 - 31, 2018) Call for Artists!

The Galesburg Civic Art Center's annual exhibition and competition is now open for entries, DEADLINE TO ENTER: January 21, 2018. Download the prospectus now or enter online.


GALEX 52 Entry Information

GALEX is the combination of the words “Galesburg” and “Exhibit.” What began as a regional competition has grown into a national competition/exhibition in its 52nd year. The juror who will also award over $2,500 in prizes will choose over 50 works for the exhibition. 



Janis Mars Wunderlich is considered to be a contemporary ceramic master, she has been creating intricately detailed ceramic sculpture as a studio artist for nearly 30 years. Her work has been included in hundreds of national and international publications and exhibitions, including CONFRONTATIONAL CLAY:  THE ARTIST AS SOCIAL CRITIC, at the American Craft Museum (NY), AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS, at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan), and FORM AND IMAGINATION:  WOMEN CERAMIC SCULPTORS, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (CA).  Drawn to process-oriented art forms, Janis also has extensive background in printmaking, mixed media, and experimental materials and methods. 

Janis is the recipient of multiple Virginia Groot Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and Greater Columbus Arts Council Grants. She has an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BFA from Brigham Young University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Monmouth College, where she teaches Ceramics, Design, and Art History. 

As a juror, she is drawn to images and forms that bear personal evidence of the maker, yet expand and engage the viewer on a universal level. Craftsmanship, detail, meaning, and intentionality are all critical factors, but powerful images and forms that pullthe viewer in and evoke deeper contemplation fascinate her. 



  • GALEX 52 is open to all artists residing in the United States. 
  • All work must have been completed within the last three years and MUST NOT have been previously shown in Galesburg Civic Art Center galleries or gift shop. 
  • Art must be the original work of the submitter. 
  • All media are acceptable; however, work is not to exceed 100 pounds or be unstable. 
  • Two-dimensional work may not exceed five feet, and must be ready to hang. Plexiglas is preferred for framed work. 
  • No work will be suspended from the ceiling. 
  • One entry (up to four works) per artist. 



Blick Art Materials Purchase Award $1000 

One piece is chosen each year to expand the Art Center’s Permanent Collection.  The artwork is not returned to the artist, $1000 is awarded regardless of the price of the piece.  It is optional to be considered, please mark the appropriate space on the entry form.

Lonnie Eugene Stewart Award of Excellence $600
Merit Award $400
Medallion Award $300

Special Awards

Kent Leasure Memorial Fine Print Award $100
Robert Reed Memorial Sculpture Award $150


Accepted Work Delivery 

Accepted works may be hand-delivered or shipped to the Galesburg Civic Art Center. Art Center hours are Tuesday – Friday 10:30-4:30pm and Saturday 10:30-3:00pm 

Telephone: 309.342.7415 



Attach identification to the back of your work listing artist name and address, title of piece, medium, price and indicated “top.” Artists are responsible for the cost of ALL shipping. The Art Center prefers the use of a call tag or prepaid shipping label sent with the piece for return shipping.  All shipped works will be returned in original containers. 



All accepted work is insured for up to $1,000 for the duration of the exhibition. The Art Center is not responsible for items damaged due to improper packing or from damages that occur in transit. Work will not be insured for more than the retail value. 



All sales made during the exhibition are subject to a 30% sales commission. Work that is not for sale may be submitted, but the insurance value must be listed. 



  • The Galesburg Civic Art Center reserves the right to photograph works for the purpose of documentation, education and publicity. 

  • The Galesburg Civic Art Center is not responsible for work left longer than 30 days after the close of the exhibition.  

  • The Juror reserves the right to reject any work not conforming to the digital format. 

  • Sending an entry to this exhibition constitutes agreement with all conditions of the prospectus. 


Online Entry Instructions

CLICK HERE, choose and attach the appropriate image files (titled: lastname_firstname1.jpg, lastname_firstname2.jpg, etc.) and submit. You will be directed to a page where you will be able to pay the entry fee according to your status as a Member or Nonmember of the Art Center. Your entry will be complete when you have been directed to the "Thank you for your GALEX 52 entry and payment" page.

If you have any difficulties please e-mail or call (309)342-7415.