Eligibility Rules

  • Adults (from ages 16 yrs)
  • Limit to 2 pieces per artist. Maximum Size: 3’x3’
  • Submission Fee: $30 (March 1 to 14) (Late Fee: $40 after March 14th)
  • Original work of artist, based on the themes provided.
  • Artwork to be representative of the dignity of Islam.
  • No depictions in any shape or form of Allah, Prophets, Angels or anything else prohibited in Islam
  • No depictions of facial features of animals or humans. Abstracts forms and outlines are fine.
  • All mediums of fine art paintings, calligraphy, photography, ceramics, quilting, metal and woodwork, collages and any other unique ideas are welcome.
  • Artwork must be ready for display. Please see guidelines on framing and measurements
  • Artwork to be hung must be framed and wired. In case of stretched canvas it does not need framing, only wiring. See guidelines
  • Inform in advance of any non-conventional Artwork that will require special display facility via email by 3rd March 2014. Send jpg via email of art piece.
  • Artists’ statement required for describing their Artwork, this is to be emailed to islamicartexhibit@gmail.com. All work must be accompanied with email.
  • Artwork once submitted to remain in possession with IAE. Any removal during the year results in a $50.00 fee for early exit and return to exhibit.
  • Artwork sold during an exhibit is fine to replace with a new piece and is exempt from any fee.
  • Since this is a Traveling Exhibit, the following are not acceptable:
    • Large ornate frames
    • Heavy Artwork. Weight limit is 5lbs (including frame).
    • Breakable glass. Glass pieces to be limited to 18”x18”.
    • It is at IAE’s discretion to object to any hazardous frames or Art pieces, which may damage walls or result in handlers’ injuries due to weight.
  • All art pieces need to arrive in adequate CLEAR plastic bag with handles and large permanent legible sticker for label of ownership.


Islamic Art Exhibit Policy:

  • Neither Islamic Art Exhibit nor the venue will be held liable for loss, theft, or damage to the artwork from any cause.
  • Art work will not be insured by IAE. Artist needs to obtain own insurance for the value of their piece, IAE is responsible for handling artwork to and from venues but limited to minor repairs or damage.
  • Submission of the work constitutes an agreement to the terms listed on the eligibility rules at www.islamicartexhibit.com.
  • Art work will remain the property of the owner. It will be returned on the date announced after the completion of all the exhibitions.
  • Artist will pick up the art work within a month of the announced Return Date. Any artwork left after the pick up deadline date will become the property of IAE.
  • Islamic Art Exhibit will have the right to photograph and catalog the Art Work for publicity purposes.
  • Islamic Art Exhibit reserves the right to reject any artwork for any reason.
  • Submission of Artwork constitutes an agreement to the rules listed herein.

Guidelines on Wiring and Hanging:

How to Wire a Painting for Hanging:
Materials: Kits available at Michael’s or Walmart.
1) 2 eye screws of appropriate scale (When inserted, they should pierce the stretcher about one/half inch–enough to hold securely but not enough to weaken the stretcher; on the small side.)
2) Woven picture wire. (Enough to cross the width of the painting plus 6-8 inches with strength sufficient to support at least twice the weight of the painting.) Other strings and ribbons or yarn not acceptable
1) Mark 2 points on the inside of the two side stretcher bars about 30% down from the top of the canvas. (1/3 from top is fine)
2) Screw the eyes into the stretcher being careful not to apply pressure to the stretched area of the canvas.(use a fine drill bit for harder wood). Make sure that the screws are not sticking out of the frame.
3) Measure a piece of wire the width of the canvas plus 6-8 inches

4) Thread the wire through the first screw twice then neatly wraps the remaining wire around itself.
5) Pull the wire across the back of the painting so it is not quite taut (allow about 1 inch of give), then repeat the threading process on the second side.
6) To hang the painting, use an appropriately strong hook, i.e. one that can support double the weight of the painting. If the painting has a center stretcher bar, avoid it by using two hooks spaced about 3 inches apart. The painting should hang as flush to the wall as possible.

Substitutes to wiring and hanging will not be accepted. Artwork in other media should be secured with similar methods, which are secure and ensure that hung artwork will not fail with its weight. Three-dimensional work or in a shadow box needs similar hanging methods.


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