The Schwa Show

The Schwa Show is a National Juried competition recognizing excellence in fine arts and crafts

Exhibition Dates: October 7 - 27, 2022

Deadline Date: August 20, 2022 by 11:59pm


This exhibition is open to artists in any media and subject matter. Artists must be age 18 and up. All work must have been completed in the past 3 years and never previously exhibited at Emerge Gallery. All pieces must fit through a standard sized door. Work must be available for entire exhibition. Video entries are accepted, but special equipment must be provided. Work must be ready to hang or will not be eligible.

Application Submission & Deadline

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Entries & Fees

Each artist may submit up to 5 entries. The entry fee is $20 for three entries and $5 for each additional entry with a limit of 5 entries. All work must be labeled with title and artist at time of delivery, if accepted.


There will be cash awards:
1st Place - $500
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100

Juror - Sheila Ferri

Sheila Ferri was born in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Sculpture and went on to receive a MFA in Sculpture and an MAT, both at the Rhode Island School of Design. As a sculptor, Ferri has worked in a variety of materials and mediums from clay modeling, bronze casting, wood and stone carving to glass. For many years now, her work has been predominately in wire. Her sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country and internationally.
Ferri recently retired after 38 years as an art teacher at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, NY. She lives in Middletown, NY with her husband. Ferri is the mother of three adult sons.