Accepting Entries for the Dirty South Cup Call

10 January 2023 To 16 March 2024

Give us your best mug, cup or yunomi! 

River Oaks Square Arts Center is looking for a few good pieces to include in its' 10th 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 2024 Dirty South Cup Call & Competition is a national, juried exhibition. 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 (Café entries only)

• 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.

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

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

•Entries will be blind juried by digital images.

•Each artist may submit up to three works. ONLY ONE IMAGE PER ENTRY/PER CUP.  PLEASE TITLE EACH PIECE INDIVIDUALLY. (to aid with accepted selections) 

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

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

•The price of your artwork entered into the Cafe system for this call will be the price of your artwork in the exhibition and the online virtual show.  We cannot change the price of the piece if it is accepted into the Cup Show. All information listed in Cafe is used to generate label information for the virtual & onsite shows.  Make sure this info is correct upon data upload.

• Artist responsible for shipping/insurance cost to/from the Gallery. Featured artists may include a return shipping label with the initial shipment to the Arts Center, however, artist can verify sale of inventory prior to conclusion of the show before forwarding a return label to River Oaks.   Weight Limit 15 lbs. River Oaks is not responsible for any damage during shipment. 

• 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: Randy Brodnax

Randy Brodnax, a life-long potter, educator and former River Oaks Resident Artist that creates everything from functional dinnerware to large decorative vessels to clay sculpture. A Louisiana native, Randy has retained much of the Cajun joie de vivre with which he was raised, and has spent a career building bridges among clay artists of all levels of experience. In workshops, Randy entertains as he shares his knowledge with participants, and helps individuals seeking a refined focus, new direction, or simply camaraderie among clay artists. He is know for his innovative Raku fire techniques.  We are excited to have this legendary potter back at the art center for this years Dirty South.


First Prize $500 

Dr. Betsy Long’s Choice: $200

Juror’s Choice: 3 awards, $100 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 10th Annual Dirty South Cup Call & Competition Calendar:

•March 16th, 2024 - Deadline to enter

•March 21, 2024 - Acceptance notification

•April 4, 2024 - Delivery of work, no later than 5pm

•June 2024 - Return of artwork

Calendar of Events Related to the Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 18 - May 25, 2024

•April 18, 2023 5-7 p.m. Opening Reception/Award Announcement/Juror Remarks


Randy Brodnax Ceramic Workshop

April 16-17

 All levels (beginning to advanced)

Info: class description coming soon

 •Wednesday,  April 16 & Thursday, April 17.

•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, use LINK


Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix

04 May 2024 To 04 May 2024

May The 4th Be With You!

Tickets Link On Event Brite
Men Who Cook & Men Who Mix (#MWCAM) stands as one of River Oaks’ most anticipated annual fundraisers, aligning this year with the excitement of Star Wars Day on May 4th. This event beckons local culinary aficionados, professional chefs, and enthusiastic home cooks to showcase their signature dishes and concoctions for public tasting. Annually attracting over 500 attendees, #MWCAM is renowned as a community highlight, offering a universe of flavors and an engaging experience for everyone involved—from the culinary creators to the event organizers. 
Immerse yourself in a galaxy of taste-testing adventures - this event is your ticket to culinary delight. Join us on this special Star Wars-themed evening and may the flavor be with you!

2024 Porch Sale

07 December 2024 To 07 December 2024

December 2 9am - 3pm

The 2024 Annual Christmas Porch sale is right around the corner!  December 7th, 9am-3pm.
Orginal works from over 100 regional, local artist and craftsmen. Art vendors onsite in the historic Bolton Home and Annex Building. Perfect for Holiday Shopping 
 River Oaks is also home to a sales gallery which features exclusive works by the Louisiana Crafts Guild. With single-day sales often surpassing the $60,000 mark, this seasonal sale continues to be a major shopping event for artists, members and patrons.


Become A Member for Art Camp!

07 March 2024 To 25 March 2024

Summer Arts Studio

This summer we are using a new platfrom for membership and registration.  You have to be registered this way to register on March 13 when registraion opens.  We will not except any an mail-in or phoned in registrations. Use the link below to become a member and set up your user profile.  We will post the links for registration on our Facebook pages, website, sawyer email blast and membership email blast. We can't wait to get our 30th summer started in the studios of River Oaks Arts Center.




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