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National 2D Competition

June 28 @ 6:00 pm July 23 @ 5:00 pm

Cape Fear Studios is currently accepting submissions for the following show:

Cape Fear Studios is proud to announce its 11th National 2D Competition. This juried competition is open to all artists, 18 or older, in the United States. The exhibit will be on display June 28th – July 23rd,2024 in the Cape Fear Studios Main Gallery in Fayetteville, NC.

Best of Show: $1000 First Place: $750 Second Place: $500

Honorable Mention (2): $50 each

Show Juror:   Paula B. Holtzclaw

     “I choose to paint what is beautiful and meaningful, knowing that this act of celebrating and communicating the beauty in this world has the power to uplift and inspire.” North Carolina artist Paula Holtzclaw has gained a national reputation for her ability to capture the drama of nature on canvas. She is most widely known for her landscapes where her fascination with light and atmosphere is most evident. Her still life paintings demonstrate a love of the Old masters’ works. As a native Carolinian, she gains much of her inspiration along the coastline, vast marshlands and the southern landscape. Holtzclaw’s paintings have been included in international, national and museum exhibitions. Museum venues include the Haggin Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Booth Western Art Museum, Muscarelle Museum of Art, and the Tucson Desert Museum. Paula has been the recipient of notable awards including: First Place Plein-Air Salon Competition November 2022, “President’s Award ” Women Artists of the West 51st National Exhibition, Award of Excellence  American Women Artists National 2019, Third-Place – Master’s Division Women’s Artist of the West National 2021, 2020, 2019, The F & M Bank Purchase Award, American Women Artists National 2018, First Place, Nautical Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2017, Best Landscape, NOAPS “Best of America” National 2016, Best in Show, Women Painters of the SE Exhibition, 2015, Gold Medal-American Women Artists National 2013.


PleinAir Magazine, PleinAir Salon, Feb/Mar 2023 Southwest Magazine, “A Soft Glow”, November 2020. Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, “Today’s Masters,” January 2019. Art of the West, The Studio of Paula Holtzclaw, April 2019 

Paula has also been featured in various other arts publications including American Artist magazine, the American Society of Marine Artists News & Journal, Charleston Style & Design Magazine, Today’s Charlotte Woman Magazine, and Fine Art Connoisseur

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & HONORS: Master Member of American Women Artists (AWA), Master Member of the Women Artists of the West (WAOW), Signature Member Oil Painters of America (OPA), Signature member American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Signature member American Impressionist Society (AIS), Signature member National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society (NOAPS), Out-of-State Artist Member of the prestigious California Art Club. By invitation: Member of the Salmagundi Club of New York and the Plein Air Painters of the SouthEast (PAPSE)

Entry Specifications:

 •   Maximum of two 2-dimensional entries per artist.

•   Works must be completed in the past 2 years and not copied from any other artist or published materials, created under supervision, nor previously exhibited in Cumberland County, NC.

•   Must be for sale.

•   May not exceed 36 x 36 including frame and must be properly wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers.

•   Work requiring extraordinary installation will be declined. *Plexiglass required on all shipped works on paper.


•   All 2-D painting and drawing media, hand pulled prints, and collage

•   Diptych and triptych only accepted when created as a single concept in multiple frames, judge’s discretion shall rule.

•   Photographs, recolored image transfers and digitally produced images will not be accepted.

Entry Fee:

$35 for 1st Entry.    $15 for 2nd Entry.   Up to 2 entries.

Accepted Entries:

•   Artists will be notified of acceptance/decline no later than Thursday May 31st, 2024.

•   Dates for delivery work, shipped or hand delivered, are shown below in the schedule.

•   Exhibit label with artist name, contact info, title, medium, and price should be attached to back of art, upper left corner.

•   The artist is responsible for insurance and cost of shipping to/from Cape Fear Studios.    

Shipping guidelines and additional information will be sent with notification of acceptance.

•   Shipped entries must include a pre-paid return label.

*Any artist withdrawing an entry after acceptance will not be eligible to enter this competition for 2 succeeding years.

Sales: All works must be for sale. In the event a work is sold, Cape Fear Studios will retain a 30% commission of the sale price. State sales tax is applicable to all sales. No work may be withdrawn early from the show. Payment from sales will be made to the artist within 30 days after the close of the exhibit. Price must remain the same as listed on the entry form.

Disclaimer Agreement: Work is submitted at the risk of the artist. While all possible care will be taken, Cape Fear Studios, its’ members or representatives, will not assume responsibility for any loss or damage incurred before, during, or after the exhibit. Cape Fear Studios reserves the right to refuse any work that does not comply with all specifications or differs greatly from submitted digital images. Your submitted entry signifies your agreement with the terms and conditions stated herein, including granting permission to Cape Fear Studios to reproduce accepted paintings for advertising the 2024 Exhibition.

Competition Schedule:

•  Tuesday May14th, 2024 at midnight entry deadline through CAFE at www.callforart.org

•  Friday May 31st. 2024   Accepted/declined notifications posted

•  Accepted works shipped or hand delivered must arrive June 18-21 to Cape Fear Studios.

•  Cape Fear Studios is open between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday; and closed on Sunday and Monday. Address: 148 Maxwell Street, Fayetteville, North Carolina.

•     Friday June 28th, 2024, 6-8 pm: Reception and Awards Ceremony.

•     July 23rd Exhibit closes (pick up hand delivered works July 24th- 26th from 11a.m.to 5 p.m. or July 27th from 10am-2pm

•     Return shipping will begin July 25th 2024.

Contact information: Cape Fear Studios, (910)433-2986 or artgallery@capefearstudios.com

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