The Schwa Show

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

Exhibition Dates: October 6 - 26, 2023

Deadline Date: August 19, 2023 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 our exterior door
(36” x 80”). 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

All entries are to be submitted digitally through www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ). Please retain a copy of the information you provide on the entry form.

Each artist may submit up to 5 entries. Artists are required to submit 3 entries for a fee of $20, with the option to submit 2 additional entries at $5 each. There is a limit of 5 entries per artist. Ideally, this would be 3 to 5 individual artworks. Each entry allows for only 1 photo, so if the same artwork is submitted multiple times, please note that if the artwork is chosen, only 1 submission will be notified of acceptance.


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


Matt Amante is an artist and educator living in eastern North Carolina. His undergraduate studies focused on Art Education and English at Western Michigan University. After graduation, he accepted a job teaching art in South Carolina and remained in that position for 2.5 years before deciding to pursue his MFA. Matt obtained his MFA in Sculpture from East Carolina University in 2010. He has been working as an independent sculptor and professor at Pitt Community College since 2011. Matt’s studio practice focuses heavily on outdoor sculpture and metal fabrication. He has been fortunate enough to exhibit public work extensively for the last 15 years and has had over 100 honorariums and commissions, mainly across the eastern United States. Some recent honors include “Best in Show” for the 2021-22 Sculpture Salmagundi in Rocky Mount, NC as well as prizes in the DownEast National Sculpture Exhibition in Pitt County NC, and the National Sculpture Competition and Exhibition in N. Charleston, SC.