African American Art Exhibition

Submissions extended through November 25



The African American Art Exhibition is one of the leading national shows of its kind.

The annual exhibition celebrates African American history, culture and art, and features the multi-disciplinary work of local and national artists.

The 26th African American Art Exhibition will be on display from January 8 through February 23, 2020. A public awards ceremony honoring the selected artists will be held on January 24, 2020.

The exhibition is not theme-specific and accepts submissions from a variety of art forms. Actors Theatre is a not-for-profit professional regional theatre located in the heart of downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands view the exhibition annually, which has become a popular highlight of the region’s visual arts season.

This Year's Judges:

Amethyst Beaver | LaNia Roberts | Duffy Williams

How to Enter


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions due November 25, 2019

Artists submitting to the exhibition should self-identify as descendants of the African diaspora.

Artwork should be properly matted, framed and in ready-to-hang condition, if applicable.

All artwork must be original.

All artwork must be available for display and sale during the exhibition.

Up to six works may be submitted per artist. Each work should be submitted in a separate image. Please provide one image for each two-dimensional piece and three different images (showing different views) for each three-dimensional piece. NOTE: 

Gallery Requirements:
The Roanne H. Victor Gallery cannot support any artwork that has an installation requiring mounting to a wall for display. Mixed media artwork and sculptures must weigh no more than 75 pounds and must be no more than 7 feet tall. Artists may submit work with special display requirements only if artist is available to install and remove. NOTE: The Roanne H. Victor Gallery reserves the right to refuse any work that presents complex installation problems and/or is not acceptable for presentation.



Include a reference sheet with the information below:

– Artist’s name
– Title of work
– Arrow indicating top
– Medium
– Framed/finished dimensions (height, width and depth)

50-word artist biography and 50-word artist statement must be included with entry.

Each image should be labeled with the title of the piece. If submitting digitally, please name image file with title of work.

Images must definitively reflect the artwork submitted.

Submission imagery needs to be high-res (300 dpi) if submitted digitally. The quality of your slides/images will influence the Juror’s decision.

Slides or digital images will be accepted. Images pasted into the body of an email will NOT be accepted.



Mail Entry Packet to:
African American Art Exhibition
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202-4218


Email Entry Information to:


Fill Out the Online Entry Form

NOTE: Actors Theatre reserves the right to refuse any work that does not meet all requirements listed above.


Accepted Work

Artists are responsible for round-trip shipment of their artwork to and from Actors Theatre in Louisville. Return postage MUST be included with accepted artwork package. (Further details will be provided following acceptance).

For local artists, self delivery can be scheduled by appointment. Contact Charlotte Stephens at (502) 584.1265 x3145 or to schedule. (Further details will be provided following acceptance.)

Accepted work will be insured while on Actors Theatre of Louisville's premises through the run of the exhibition. NOTE: If artwork is shipped, Actors Theatre of Louisville is not liable for packages during transit to and from the exhibition.

Payment of awards will be distributed after artist has signed and returned any/all necessary forms.

NOTE: Actors Theatre retains 40% commission on the sale of all artwork.

This Year's Judges:

Amethyst Beaver | Lania Roberts | Duffy Williams