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Call opens April 1, 2019        Call closes May 31, 2019

This fall, Valley Art Center presents an exhibit focusing on comics (Ka-PLOW!). In conjunction with Cleveland-area comic artists Gary and Laura Dumm, this exhibit will combine educational material with original pieces by local, regional, and national comic artists (ZING!), as well as students from local schools and colleges.
Gary and Laura Dumm are Cleveland-based artists. Gary is a comic book artist (BLAM!) known particularly for his work illustrating the comics of Harvey Pekar. Mr. Dumm’s work has appeared in many other comics, and in several full-length graphic novels, and has had his editorial cartoons published locally in Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Free Times, and The Plain Dealer. Laura is first and foremost a painter, known for her bright color palette (ZAP!), and has exhibited several solo shows and public art projects throughout the Cleveland area. They have worked as a team on many projects, from painting series to comic projects, with Laura providing digital color work to Gary’s black and white art.
This exhibit (POW!) will feature an open entry segment to be juried by the Dumm’s, as well as pieces by select artists curated by the Dumm’s to spotlight specific moments or movements in comic history with a focus on Ohio’s contributions to this fascinating medium.
This exhibit will be on display September 13 through October 16, 2019, with (THWIP!) an opening reception September 13 from 6-8 p.m.  

Entry Fee: $10, up to four (4) pieces per artist

Apply to This Show

Margaret "Peg" Bowen Gallery at Valley Art Center, 155 Bell ST, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Exhibit on view September 13 – October 16  • Opening Reception Friday, September 13, 6 – 8

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Gary and Laura Dumm


  • A–Textiles
  • B–Glass/Enamel
  • C–Photography/Prints
  • D–Wood/Metal/Sculpture
  • E–Jewelry
  • F–Painting/Drawing
  • G–Ceramics
  • H–Other/Mixed Media

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What you will need

  • One digital image of each art piece, up to four submissions. These must be good photographs of the actual, original art work you want to enter to potentially exhibit.
  • Digital images must be saved in the JPG (JPEG) file format.
  • Your pictures should be no smaller than 960 pixels and no larger than 4600 pixels on the longest side.
  • They should be no bigger than 4 Mb in file size.
  • Please make sure you are settled on titles, medium descriptions and prices. The way you identify yourself and your work in the submission form is what we start with when we present your information on art labels and in program listings.

How to enter

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Entering artwork submissions
After logging in or creating a new account, you will Add a new submission. You will fill out the form with Category, Title, Dimensions (height, width, and depth), Sale price (all work entered must be for sale for this exhibit), and Medium for your first artwork submission. You will then pay your entry fee and upload an Attachment that is the photo of your artwork. If you would like to enter more than one work of art, please upload and pay for each entry separately.

Important Dates

  • Call to entry
    • CTE opens April 1, 2019
    • CTE deadline, May 31, 2019 at 4 p.m.
    • Notification of jury results, June 4. Please do not call or email VAC for results.
  • Artwork delivery
    • Shipping—please plan for shipped art to arrive by August 30, 2019 or earlier and include a prepaid return shipping label inside your package.
    • Thursday drop off, August 29, 4–6 p.m.
    • Friday drop off, August 30, 8–10 a.m.
    • Saturday drop off, August 31, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Event dates
    • Exhibit opens, September 13, 2019
    • Artist reception, September 13, 6–8 p.m.
    • VIP donor event, TBA.
    • Exhibit closes, October 16, 2019
  • Artwork pick up
    • Return shipping, ASAP after close of exhibit
    • Thursday pick up, October 17, 2019, 4–6 p.m.
    • Friday pick up, October 18, 8–10 a.m.
    • Saturday pick up, October 19, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

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