The Annual Art of the Heartland National Competition has grown to be one of the nation’s premiere shows for representational art.   It is an opportunity for advanced amateurs and professional artists across America to compete with their peers for cash awards in excess of $8,000, including a special $1,000 award to support the artists of our home state of Arkansas.

Artists are required to submit their entries by visiting the following link:, where they will also find the show prospectus as entry time approaches. Paintings, including frame may not exceed 36 inches in any direction.  In 2020 the show will be extended to be on exhibit from September 5 through October 31.  Entries will close July 15, 2020. 

Judge for the show is Trey McCarley, an accomplished painter who specializes in working plein air, outdoors.   Artists will have the opportunity to visit with Trey during the special awards reception that formally opens the show.

The 2019, 5th Annual Art of the Heartland National Competition will be on exhibition in the gallery from October 5 through November 2.

To see photos of this years and past years entries, click here.