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Open Awards Show 2019 Is Coming!

Welcome to the Open Awards Show (OAS) 2019 information.  Below you will find:

  • OAS Guidelines

  • Instructions for Entry

  • OAS Online Entry Form

  • OAS Printable Entry Form

Please read the guidelines and instructions before completing your entry form. ​

New this year!

$25 additional day of registration fee.

Register before April 26th

to have this fee waived.

New categories for this year-- so make sure to investigate where your art belongs.

Important Dates for Artists
Entry and Art Drop Off: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, from 2:00-7:00 pm at Heritage Museum
Opening Reception and Award Presentation: Friday, May 3, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 pm
Judge's Critique: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9:00-10:00 am
Show Closing/Pick up Art: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 pm
Award Amounts:

Category Prizes:  1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50.

Best in Show  $300

People's Choice  $200

Judges Award  $100

Business Choice Awards  $50

OAS Guidelines


  • Art will be accepted at the discretion of Chaffee Arts Entry Team.  

  • Artist must be a Current Member in good standing in Chaffee Arts and sign the Liability Contract.

  • Artist’s first submission is free with membership, second submission is $15, maximum of 2 pieces entered in the show.  

  • Artist must volunteer two hours of time at the event or can pay $20.00 to "buy" hours.  

  • Artist to bring finger food for Opening Reception on Friday, May 3, 2019.

  • Artwork must be original, designed and created by the Artist entering the work.  

  • Art must be created in the last five years and not previously shown at OAS.

  • Art will not be removed from show until show is over.  

  • If extra insurance is needed, artist will supply it.

  • Artist to offer Buyer a 10% discount as an incentive on any art purchased at the opening reception.

  • There will be a form you can fill out to include information for the Judge about the Artwork (process, inspiration, medium, etc.)  Artist’s Bio and Contact Information for a book that we will use for Judge’s questions and will be placed on the Docent Desk for visitors to view after judging.  Business cards, descriptions, etc. will not be displayed with art.

  • 2019 Categories: 

    • Oil

    • Watercolor

    • Acrylic

    • Pastels/drawing/print making

    • Photography

    • Mixed Media 2D & 3D

    • Jewelry

    • Glass

    • Ceramics

    • Sculpture-Wood/Metal

    • Fiber

    • Digital Art 

  • There must be 3 different Artists entered in the category for the category to be judged.  If a category is below three entries all pieces will be put in a Miscellaneous category and judged on their own merit.

  • Sculpture, Jewelry, 3D Mixed Media, Wood, Metal, Glass and Ceramics will be put on Chaffee Arts pedestals for display.  

Additional Category Requirements


  • Wall Art:  Dimensions no larger than 3ft. by 4 ft. Must be appropriately framed and ready to hang with wire.  No saw tooth hangers allowed. Unframed canvas must be museum wrapped and all edges painted. No reproductions.  Triptych or diptych must have matching frame.

  • Jewelry:   Must have its own display and designs are to be original and created by Artist.

  • 3D Art:   Art must be stable. Any work over 25 pounds needs to be delivered and installed by the Artist at the discretion of the show arrangers on the day the show is hung.

  • Fiber Art:   All pieces must be original, no kits; designs must be by the artist entering the work.   

Instructions for Entry

Before you complete your entry form:

  1. You must be a member of Chaffee Arts to enter the OAS. If you are not a member please visit our membership page to complete your form and pay through PayPal.

  2. Make sure you know which category your art pieces fall into (see above).

  3. If you are interested in having your bio and artist statement available at the show we suggest you prepare it in a word document before completing the Entry Form and cut and paste  this information into the Entry Form (this will save you time and effort). 

  4. After you complete your form, please pay any additional fees for the show:

    • 1 Submission included in membership

    • 2nd Submission: $15 

    • Buy out 1 volunteer hour: $10   

    • Buy our 2 volunteer hours: $20


If you download the form email to or mail with payment to:

 P.O. Box 1154, Buena Vista, Co 81211

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