Women's Show

Persistence III: d’Art Center’s Annual National All Women’s Exhibition



Persistence III: d’Art Center’s Annual National All Women’s Exhibition


Description: Persistence is an annual exhibition that features work from female artists from across the country to celebrate Women’s History Month. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Women’s History Month, this exhibition is only open to female artists, and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. This exhibition is open to all female artists living in the United States, and receives over 600 submissions from over 200 female artists annually! D’Art Center will have an in person public reception according to state COVID Guidelines, will do a FB Live of the reception awards, will upload the award video to YouTube, and will also list the exhibiting pieces for sale on the d’Art Center website. If you have a question about if your work qualifies, please email abradley@d-artcenter.org.


This is a juried exhibition, and it will be co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror, Lori Pratico.


Juror Biography: Lori Pratico is the founder of the Girl Noticed Community Mural Project. Girl Noticed is a community-based arts outreach program that through self discovery uncovers and showcases the unique strengths, contributions and abilities of females, illuminating their greatness and its value in society. Nominations cover a wide spectrum, from overcoming personal struggles to momentous achievements. The individual chosen represents many others like them and has brought attention to subjects such as Asperger’s Syndrome, racism, poor body image, domestic violence, education, breast cancer awareness, and LGBTQ rights to name a few. The murals are done in charcoal, which will fade off the wall, adding a sense of urgency to “notice.” Notice the girl and what she values in herself, what makes her feel good about herself, before those things change or fade away. It is a temporary mural with a positive and permanent message. For Lori, her artwork is not only her passion but also her voice. She is driven to inspire people to recognize that no matter what, there is always something about them extraordinary and worth noticing. As a teenager Lori’s life was greatly affected when a teacher nominated her for The National Honor Society and let her read the nomination letter. The small act of someone taking notice had a great impact on her life. “Most girls and women compare themselves to unrealistic norms society has put into place. We strive for perfection, and live in a constant state of I’m not good enough”, says Pratico. Girl Noticed reminds us to pause, acknowledge and appreciate others and ourselves.




D’Art Center’s Main Gallery:


D’Art Center’s Main Gallery is located within The Center at 740 Boush St. Norfolk Virginia, in the heart of the NEON District; Norfolk’s Art District. D’Art’s 2,200sqft gallery has incredible visibility to Boush Street traffic and pedestrians due to its massive street side window facade. The gallery is also amongst a thriving new apartment community of over 400 new apartments and more than 1,000 residents.


D’Art Center History:


As Norfolk’s community art center, the d’Art Center proudly serves the greater Hampton Roads area by connecting the community with the visual arts. A non-profit 501c (3) organization, d’Art offers both youth and adult art education and classes, exhibits that give the public a broader exposure to many local and national artists, programming and outreach through art in public spaces, and events to showcase local artists, ceramicists, sculptors, fiber artists, and woodworkers.


Celebrating thirty five years in 2021, d’Art was founded in 1986 at the College Place location in downtown Norfolk. Modeled after the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, part of d’Art’s mission from the onset was to provide working artists with affordable, short-term studio space. In 2005, the d’Art Center relocated to the historic Selden Arcade, continuing a legacy as a vibrant arts organization. The d’Art Center remained at the Selden Arcade for the next ten years.  After an explosion caused major damage to the d’Art Center at the Selden Arcade, the d’Art Center organization recovered, regrouped, and revived itself in the New Energy of Norfolk (NEON) Arts District at its Duke Grace Building location. In 2021, d’Art Center moved into its forever home in the NEON District: The Atlantic Permanent Building.


The NEON District is anchored by the Chrysler Museum of Art, Harrison Opera House, and The d’Art Center, and extends to The Plot on Granby Street. The NEON District includes many creative small businesses and arts partners


Exhibition Information:


Exhibition dates:     Saturday, March 13th 2021 - Wednesday, March 31st



Reception:     TBA

Call Open:                             Monday, January 12th 2021 - Sunday, February 7th


Notifications (by email):     By 5pm, Monday February 15th, 2021

Accepted works arrive by:   March 2nd - March 6th, 2021

Submission fee:     $35.00 for 3 works  (one image per submission)

                                                $5 for additional submissions (maximum of 10, and one

                                                image per submission)


All accepted works must arrive by Saturday, March 6th, 2021 without exception. Works CAN NOT arrive before March 2nd. We do not take possession of our new venue until March 1st.


Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact





1st Place: $500.00

2nd Place: $300.00

3rd Place: $150.00


Eligibility: This exhibition is open to all artists, 18 or older, residing in the United States. All work must be original and created without the aid of an instructor or kit. Work needs to have been produced within the last five years. All styles and aesthetics are considered. The d’Art Center is a public non-profit art center open to everyone; as such, the content of submissions should be appropriate for all viewers.


Submissions: All entries and payments must be submitted via Call for Entries (Cafe). Please follow the directions on Cafe. If you have exhibition questions, please contact abradley@d-artcenter.org; questions related to submitting through the Cafe platform should be directed to Cafe.


Limitations: Works cannot exceed a weight of 40 pounds. Work can not be longer/larger than 60 inches in its longest dimension. If you have a question about if your work qualifies, please email abradley@d-artcenter.org.


All 3D works that require presentation other than standard pedestals must include those items with the works. Works that require special installation must come with clear instructions. Any works that require complicated specialized installation must be installed by the artist. ALL WORK MUST BE HANG/PRESENTATION READY. We reserve the right to reject work for the exhibition that differs significantly from the submitted images and/ or for craft issues.




1. The gallery staff will take great care handling artworks for exhibition. However, the d’Art Center, its staff, and gallery are not responsible for any damage that may occur. We strongly recommend artists insure the works themselves, and also purchase insurance from the shipping company used. Shipping your work means you agree to this.


**Disclaimer: D’Art Center’s insurance does not cover damage to art during shipping and transit to or from The Center. Artists should insure all work to and from The Center.


2. The d’Art Center mails exhibition award checks separately from the artwork and up to 45 days after the exhibition reception date. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that their mailing address is correct in their CaFe account. If the artist fails to list their address correctly, d’Art Center is not responsible for any fees associated with canceling and re-issuing a new award check to the artist.


3. The d’Art Center lists exhibiting work for sale using the price of the work listed on the artist’s CaFe account. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that their sale price is correct in their CaFe account, or to otherwise notify the gallery manager. If the artist fails to list the price correctly or fails to otherwise notify the gallery manager, d’Art Center is not finically responsible if the work was sold at the CaFe account listed price. Please note that d’Art Center commission on sales is 60/40 (60% artist, 40% d’Art Center)




The artist is responsible for shipping costs to and from the gallery.


Please send work to:


d’Art Center

ATTN: Amanda Bradley

740 Boush St.

Norfolk, VA 23510


Hand delivered works are accepted through pre-arrangement; please contact



Artists must issue pre-paid return labels for their works through UPS or FedEx. We do not arrange shipping in any other manner. Works must have pre-paid return labels through FedEx or UPS to be returned which allows us to call for pick up as the Center’s insurance does not cover transporting work offsite to local shipping companies or the United States Postal Service, which is why the postal service is not an option for shipping.


Works should be shipped in reusable containers for return. PLEASE MAKE YOUR RETURN LABEL EASY TO FIND UPON UNPACKING. Clearly indicate any packing directions for return of works. Works that do not include a return label, and/or works that are not picked up within one month of the end of the exhibition become property of the d’Art Center.


NO PACKING PEANUTS. Works packaged with packing peanuts will be returned immediately and not included in the exhibition.


The d’Art Center displays artist statements with the art work in its exhibitions. Please make sure that your artist statement on CaFe is 555 characters (including spaces and punctuation) or less. Please also make sure that your statement is free of grammatical errors.


Entry Fees and Materials: Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration (one image per submission) and the entry fee is $35.00 and $5 for additional submissions (maximum of 10, and one image per submission as well)


Commission for works is 60% (artist)/ 40% (d’Art), not including awards.

Prize Summary: 
$950 in Cash Prizes
Prizes Details: 

1st: $500

2nd: $300

3rd: $150


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
$35.00 for 3 Entries
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