Eligibility Rules

  • Adults (16 and above)

  • Limit to 2 pieces per artist. Maximum Size: 3’x3’

  • Submission Fee: $30.

  • Original work of artist, based on the theme 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.

  • Artwork to be hung must be framed and wired. In case of stretched canvas it does not need framing, only wiring. Please see guidelines on framing and measurements.

  • In case artwork is not (properly) wired, IAE will charge a fee of $10 for any wiring corrections.

  • Label the back of each piece of artwork with the name and phone number of the artist, and the title of the artwork.

  • Artists’ statement required for describing their Artwork, emailed to islamicartexhibit@gmail.com.  (Max. words 75)

  • Artwork once submitted to remain in possession with IAE until the completion of all exhibits.

  • Artwork sold during an exhibit is fine to replace with a new piece.

  • If any artwork gets sold, the artist will get 70% and IAE will get 30% of the sale price.

  • 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


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.      

  • Artwork 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.

  • Artwork will remain the property of the artist. It will be returned on the date announced after the completion of all the exhibitions.

  • Artist will pick up the artwork 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.

  • The submitted Artwork will be displayed in at least one venue. The display of artwork at the rest of the venues will depend on the available space and curators’ discretion.

  • 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. Two 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.