2015 launched the first of what was to become two prestigous National Shows held at the Mena Art Gallery “The Art of the Heartland National Competition” was the first. This outstanding show showcases some of the finest in representational paintings from across the country. In it’s 5th year, it will be formally on exhibition from the time of it’s invitational awards reception, October 5 through November 2.

After the success of this show and the trend toward a smaller format, in 2017 the “Small Works National Competition” was held. As is the case with the Heartland show, “Small Works” fills the gallery with outstanding paintings, representing most of the United States and occasionally you find one no larger than an inch in size.

2020 will see both shows extended to two months on exhibition. “Small Works” will be in place from May 2 through June 27. “Heartland” will return and hang from September 5 through October 31. Artists wishing to participate in either or both of these shows may find the prospectus and entry information at www.smarterentry.com/callsforentry/swa. As entries close well in advance, artists are advised to make their plans early.

For more detailed information on our National shows, click here.