Am I Blue?

TVAA at Initial Point Gallery

March 5, 2021 – April 2, 2021

Opening Reception: March 5, 2021, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm



Blues: of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day.

Blues: a state of melancholy, sadness or depression

Blues: music expressing longing for a better life, lost love, or lamenting injustice. By listening to or creating the music one is said to overcome the sadness and lose the blues.

I am Blue? 

The color blue is significant in our lives. It symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust. The lighter the color of blue the freer we feel. Blues speak of peace and tranquility. And yet, Blue has a darker side, one of pensive thoughts, dejection and despondent emotions. Gloomy and mournful blue can express our deepest sadness. 

How do you feel about blue? What does blue say to you? Explore the blues! We are looking for predominantly “blue” creations. Creativity with the theme is always encouraged. Artist’s statement is very important. Please include a 100 word artist’s statement that details how your work is relevant to the theme. A separate artist’s bio must be 100 words or less.

The Initial Point Gallery is a public all ages venue. Only family friendly subject matter will be considered. 

Creativity with the theme is always encouraged. We are asking for a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Artist’s statement is very important. Please include an artist’s statement that details how each work is relevant to the theme (100 words or less). You may also provide a separate artist’s biography or general statement (100 words or less). Our host, the Initial Point Gallery is a public all ages venue.

  • 3D work can be submitted only if the work can be hung on a wall. All mediums will be considered.
  • Please inquire early about special display needs.
  • This is a curated show with limited space. Not all submissions will be accepted.

Application Procedure

A TVAA member at the Exhibiting Artist membership level in good standing through the dates of this exhibition may submit for no additional fee. TVAA members at the Artist membership level and non-members may pay a $25 submission fee to be in this show. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Click here to join now if you are not yet a member and would like to join the TVAA. Annual membership is $75.

  • Provide your name and contact information.
  • Please provide your artist’s social media handles and website links.
  • Please include title of work, medium, total dimensions including frame for each artwork, price or value (even if not for sale).
  • Please also include images sizes. (juried shows only)
  • Please include an artist’s statement.
  • You may submit up to three digital images of original work(s).
  • See below for submission period and deadline.
  • Image files should be named as follows; artists last name followed by title and submission entry number (example: Smith_Hero_01.jpg)
  • Image files must be in JPG format and no larger than 2MB. Please see this article on Photo Tips for preparing quality photos of your artwork.  High quality photos are strongly encouraged, since this is how your work will be evaluated. 
  • Late entries will not be accepted, so be advised to not wait until the last minute to submit an entry, allowing time to catch any technical issues with an application.
  • Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application. Submission confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive this email, please contact curator or resubmit application.



Acceptance of Work

See Application Procedure above for fees related to this exhibition. Artwork selected for the exhibition must be available from the drop-off date through the pick-up date. Substitutions will not be considered. If you think there will be a conflict in scheduling a particular artwork, please do not submit that piece. The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to exclude any artwork for any reason, including not being appropriately prepared for installation.

Hanging Devices

The Initial Point Gallery’s hanging system for two-dimensional pieces works best if D-rings are used on the back of each piece pointing upward, approximately three inches from the top of the frame. If the D-rings are too low, the work has a tendency to angle away from the wall. A wire need not be added to the D-rings. 

Pieces without appropriate hanging devices will not be installed.

Frames need to be securely attached to artwork and in good condition.

Unframed artworks, such as gallery-wrapped canvases, are acceptable as long as they have presentable edges (example: no visible staples).

Please contact curator in advance for special display needs, such as especially heavy artworks, electricity needs, etc.

Delivery of Artwork

Accepted artwork must be dropped off during specified time and place (see below). All artwork should be labeled on the back with the artist’s name, the title of the piece and any special hanging instructions. This is important for properly identifying each piece, as signatures are sometimes hard to decipher. Artists will also be required to fill out and sign a release waiver and drop-off sheet upon delivery of work. Please take your packing materials home with you, as there is no storage available.


Each venue has specific policies regarding artwork sales, posting of prices and artist’s contact information. Neither TVAA nor the venue will handle any sales.

All sales are between the artist and client. The City of Meridian does not participate in nor facilitate sales transactions beyond posting the price list in the gallery. Artists may provide contact information for contact by potential patrons. Any work not for sale will be labeled NFS. 

When the show comes down if the work has sold, artists are encouraged to donate 10% to TVAA retaining 90% of the sale for themselves. Sold work must remain on exhibition for the duration of the show and will have a “red dot” on the label indicating the work has been sold. Purchases must be arranged by the individual artists and their buyers.

Important Dates

  • December, 2020 Submission of digital images begins
  • February 5, 2021 Midnight deadline for submission of digital images of original artwork
  • February 12, 2021 Notification of accepted artworks emailed to artists
  • March 5, 2021 Accepted artwork delivered to Initial Point Gallery, 9:30 AM
  • March 5, 2021 Opening Reception 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Initial Point Gallery, 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, Idaho (Pending current Covid-19 restrictions)
  • April 5th, 2021 Exhibition closes, pick up artwork at Initial Point Gallery at 9:00 AM