Dirty South Cup Competition/ National Call

03 April 2020 To 23 May 2020
River Oaks Square Arts Center is looking for a few good pieces to include in its' 6th Annual Dirty South Cup Call and Competition.  We are looking for ceramic vessels (mugs, cups, yunomis) that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with ceramics.   Up to 125 artists will be chosen for this inspiring Southern event, because we all need a good mug for our tea and coffee and if not, we always need a good conversation piece!

The 2020 Dirty South Cup Call & Competition is a national, juried exhibition. Up to 125 artists will be chosen to display traditional or non-traditional ceramic vessels at River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, Louisiana.

• Entry Fee: $15 per artist, up to three entries (credit cards)

• Work may not be larger than 7” x 7” x 7”. Mugs, Cups and Yunomis accepted.

• Open to all artists working in the medium of clay, residing in the United States.

• Functional & Non-functional, traditional and non-traditional pieces accepted

• All work must be for sale. No single work may exceed $250 in value. Artists will pay a 30% commission to the Gallery on all sales.

• Artist responsible for shipping/insurance cost to/from the Gallery. All work must include a Return Shipping/label for return shipment.  Weight Limit 15 lbs. River Oaks is not responsible for any damage during shipment.

• Digital entry only, JPEG format, 5MB maximum. Click here for supported image format.

• River Oaks will be utilizing the™, also known as CaFÉ™, an online application and adjudication system for exhibits and more. Go to to complete your application form.

• River Oaks Square Arts Center reserves the right to photograph exhibited work and use these or the artists digital images for reproduction in both printed and electronic materials for publicity.

• Entry free must be paid at the time of application submission.

Guest Juror: Deborah Schwartzkopf
Deb was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alaska in 2002. She worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area, which gave her a strong foundation to spring from. Deb focused on glazes for a year of independent study at San Diego State University; after which she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Penn State in 2005. She went on to teach at institutions such as: Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Washington, and University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb has worked nationally and internationally at places such as the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), The Clay Studio (PA), Pottery Northwest (WA), Watershed (ME), Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Residency for Ceramics-Berlin, Germany. Since 2002, she has taught over eighty workshops and exhibited work locally and abroad. She moved back to Seattle in 2009 and bought a house/studio in 2013. Since then Deb has created a beautiful, communal pottery studio where she instructs community clay classes and workshops.


First Prize $500 

Juror’s Choice: 4 awards, $125 each

“Exhibiting Artist” designation: In addition to the monetary award winners, the top 20 artists will be considered for spots as “exhibiting artists” in future invitational shows hosted by ROSAC.

Please complete and submit images to CaFE with credit card payment information.

• Works will be insured for 50% of the stated value from the time of delivery to the end of the exhibition

River Oaks 6th Annual Dirty South Cup Call & Competition Calendar:

•March 7th, 2020 - Deadline to enter

•March 19, 2020 - Acceptance notification

•March 27, 2020 - Delivery of work, no later than 5pm

•June 19, 2020 - Return of artwork

Calendar of Events Related to the Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 3 - May 29, 2020
•April 3, 2020 5-8 p.m. Opening Reception/Award Announcement/Juror Remarks

Deborah Schwartzkopf Ceramic Workshop

 •April 1st & 2nd

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Mid-day Break for lunch)

$95 per person (Two day class)

Class is Limited - FCFSB

Must Pre-Register

To register, call 318.473.2670

Rita Hendricks, Jasmine Washington, Outreach Projects

07 February 2020 To 28 March 2020

Opening Reception

Watercolor Workshop with Rita Hendricks

06 February 2020 To 07 February 2020

Fluid Color

GAEDA Education Series

Fluid Color

Watercolor Workshop with Rita Hendricks

*Feb 6-7, 10am-4 pm
*Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
*$75 per student
*Call 318.473.2670 to register and for a supply list.
Bring the power of color to your watercolors. Simplify color effects and literally "let loose," relax, and embrace the process, the results are powerful and freeing. This two day watercolor workshop will focus on color selection, color placement and color harmony that will make any subject matter sing with. renewed enthusiasm.


02 April 2020 To 03 April 2020

Ceramics Workshop


Exploration of Form 
2020 Dirty South Cup Call Guest Juror Deborah Schwartzkopf
April 2nd & 3rd  ✦  10 am - 4 pm     (Mid-day break for lunch)
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced (Students need to be able to throw a cylinder)
$95 per person (Two day class)  
Class is Limited - FCFSB


Shape clay in new ways! This workshop is about the exploration of form. A technique based course, students will develop a dinnerware set blending wheel-throwing and hand-building. This two day class will explore bisque fired clay molds for shaping slabs, template making, and constructing functional vessels from multiple parts. Demonstrations will offer ways to make functional forms with altered, wheel-thrown and slab-built sections. With the ultimate goal of creating a set, the class aims to create a large plate, smaller tray, bowl, dessert dish, and a cup – staples for any potter. Deb will demonstrate creative ways to blend visual relationships between varied forms!  Students will also explore how expressive shapes spring from sketches, patterns, our environment, and the process of making itself. Ignite your studio practice with new tips and tricks! Come ready to push the limits of what you know and build your clay working skills.



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