2022 FMU Juried Art Exhibit

November 1st – December 16th

Gately Gallery

142 N. Dargan Street

Florence, SC 29506

This exhibit provides FMU visual arts students with an opportunity to exhibit their work in an online gallery and gain experience in presenting their work according to professional practices. This year’s exhibit will be held in downtown Florence at Gately Gallery.

After the jury process the link to the online gallery will be posted here. This year’s juror is Robert Garey.



Robert Garey was born in Richmond, Virginia but grew up in Florence, South Carolina. In 1978, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work in construction while painting and maintaining a fine art studio. In 1985, he moved to New York City where he worked as a freelance muralist for several studios. While in NYC, he studied at the Art Student League and The New York Academy of Art. Garey maintained his fine art studio in the city and also painted with muralist Dianne Warner. He exhibited his paintings in New York in group and solo exhibitions. In 2011, he moved back to Florence and has continued his art practice by exhibiting his work and teaching art classes. Garey recently painted an 8×10 foot mural that is housed in the Florence County Judicial Center.



September 17th-October 7thSubmissions open
October 7thEntries due before Midnight
October 14thNotifications emailed
October 18-20th, 25thDelivery of Artwork to Steven F. Gately Gallery12-5pm
ReceptionNovember 3rd5:30pm
November 1st-December 16thExhibit DatesCheck Gately Gallery Page for hours
December 17th and 19thPickup Artwork from Gately Gallery10am-4pm

ELIGIBILITYAny Visual Art major, minor or Art Education major enrolled in courses at FMU within the last year (Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) are eligible to enter.


ENTRIES: All entries must be submitted by the artist. All entries must be original works created while enrolled at FMU, but do not have to be works made while enrolled in an FMU Art Course. Copies, studies or photographs of other artwork will not be accepted. Entries may include paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed media, video, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts. Up to four entries will be allowed.


AWARDS: Award presentation format (online or in-person) to be announced at a later date.

1st Place:$500
2nd Place:$200
3rd Place:$100
Honorable Mention



Selected artists will be notified by email no later than October 14th.



In an effort to follow professional gallery practices, Gately Gallery implements the following rules and regulations for exhibiting artists.

Failure to adhere to rules and regulations may result in the disqualification of entries.




2-D works, such as drawings, prints and photography, should be wired (with hanging wire and a d-ring), framed and ready to hang. No saw-tooth hangers or clip frames are allowed. Wire should not go above the top of the frame. Frames must be free of scratches and in good condition. Glass or Plexiglas must be clean and unscratched with no broken pieces. Mats must be free of marks with clean cuts. Paintings must be gallery ready (canvas edges painted, no visible staples, wired and ready to hang). Work requiring special installation must be installed with the artist’s assistance. All artwork should be labeled on the back (if it is possible to affix a label to the artwork) with the artist’s name, title, media, phone number and email address.


If you have a piece with special hanging or display requirements or have questions regarding hanging and display requirements contact Julie Mixon: jmixon@fmarion.edu.

The juror, FMU visual arts faculty and the coordinator of Gately Gallery reserve the right to exclude any artwork not adequately represented by the entry image or that does not abide by professional presentation standards.

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: Artwork must be delivered to Gately Gallery on October 18th-20th or October 25th between 12-5PM. If you cannot accommodate delivery during this time, please contact Julie Mixon to schedule a delivery in advance of the delivery deadline. jmixon@fmarion.edu.

Failure to deliver work during the designated times will result in disqualification.

PICKUP OF ARTWORK: Artwork should be picked up from Gately Gallery on Saturday, December 17th or 19th between 10am-4pm.

For delivery or pickup questions contact Dawn Fenimore (Steven F. Gately Gallery Coordinator): dawn.fenimore@fmarion.edu

Artwork not claimed by January 16th will become the property of Francis Marion University.

CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT AND INSURANCE: Entries will not be insured while on display at the Hyman Fine Arts Center. By entering the FMU Juried Student Art Exhibit, the artist agrees to keep work on display for the duration of the exhibit. If for any reason the artist wants to cancel participation in the exhibit, Gately Gallery must be notified no later than four weeks in advance of the exhibit opening date.

SALES: No commission taken. If you wish not to put your artwork up for sale, enter “NFS” in the price field.

QUESTIONS: Email Professor Julie Mixon with questions here.


If you do not have experience with photographing your artwork for display on the web or for entering a juried art competition, please take the time to read over the tips below. The Visual Arts Department has a lighting studio available for photographing artwork. If you would like to use the lighting studio contact Julie Mixon. jmixon@fmarion.edu.

Files should be jpgs, no larger than 2MB each. Name files with First Name and Last Name followed by a sequence number that matches your entry form. For example, entry number one for John Smith should read as follows: jsmith1.jpg.
A maximum of 4 entries are allowed per student.

If you are unsure about how to prepare your image file for submission Mrs. Mixon has created a tutorial, here.

A few quick tips for photographing artwork: If you are photographing a 2-Dimensional artwork, it should be cropped to the edge of the artwork (the background, room or easel should not be showing), in sharp focus and colors should match your original artwork. Also take great care not to distort or skew your artwork. Keep your camera parallel to the artwork and avoid wide angle lenses that cause distortion. 3-Dimensional Artwork should be taken on a neutral or graduated background (not on grass, concrete or your kitchen table).

If you need tips for photographing your artwork click, here.

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