Heartland Artist Exhibition Registration

Art Gallery Nook with seating and art work displayed

The Heartland Artist Exhibition is open to all artists 18 and over.  Artists are invited to submit up to three digital images of original artwork.  Originals works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography or a mixture of any of the above media are acceptable.  Works previously exhibited in the Heartland Artist Exhibition are not eligible for entry.  

Maximum size of the outside frame measurement is 40 horizontal by 40 vertical inches.




Step 1.Information required for each submitted work

  1. Title
  2. Medium (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography, mixed media)
  3. Framed Size (maximum size is 40" x 40")
  4. Sale Price
  5. .jpeg file no greater than 2MB

Step 3.Payment

Please allow 2 business days for staff to process your application.  Staff will contact each applicant to process payment over the phone with a credit card.  We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.  For non-credit card transactions, please notify staff of preferred method of payment at time of phone call for additional directions.

Accepted artwork must closely represent the quality of the digital images in order to be included in the exhibition. All work must be matted, framed and wired for hanging; clip frames will not be accepted. Maximum size of the outside frame measurement is 40 horizontal by 40 vertical inches. The Tim Murphy Art Gallery is located inside the Merriam Community Center, please use discretion regarding subject matter (no nudes).


January 13  Deadline for all entries
January 22 Notice of acceptance posted on website; acceptance letter to follow
February 12 All artwork must be received at Merriam Community Center          
March 6

Exhibition opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

March 6 - 27 Exhibition open to the public
March 28 - 30   Pick-up hand delivered works
March 29   Shipped work prepared for return


  • Art work must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020.
  • Work must be picked up by Sunday, March 30.
  • Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance cost to and from the venue.
  • Provide prepared return mailing label and specific prepaid form to return art work (use forms provided by UPS and Fed Ex).
  • Packages must be marked “FRAGILE” & PLEASE KEEP UPRIGHT-DO NOT LAY FLAT.”
  • Keep a copy of your return label with the tracking number; we cannot be responsible for tracking the return shipment. Do not forget to include prepaid return labels.
  • Art must be shipped prepaid and delivered to:

                                                            Merriam Community Center

                                                            ATTN: Tim Murphy Art Gallery

                                                           6040 Slater St.

                                                           Merriam, KS 66202

  • Do not use the following: Styrofoam peanuts, second-hand filler (newspaper, magazine pages, plastic bags, etc.) non-archival quality tissue paper for wrapping art work.


The City of Merriam will not be responsible for loss or damage to artwork which is in transit or exhibited during the Heartland Artist Exhibit. Artwork that is touched up prior to shipping must be completely dry prior to shipping. The artist agrees to authorize the City of Merriam, at its discretion, to utilize photographs of exhibited work for publicity purposes, not for reproduction.



Best of Show $1,500
Second Place $1,000
Third Place $500
Awards of Merit (3) $100 Each
Irene B. French Memorial Award Honorable Mention
Tim Murphy Memorial Award Honorable Mention
Susan Hayden Award of Distinction              Honorable Mention


Winners must complete a W-9 in order to receive cash award.

The decision of the juror on all entries is final. Exhibition selections will be made from digital images that must arrive with the entry form and fee at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery on or before January 13, 2021. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 22, 2021 via the website, along with an acceptance letter. Only juror selected works will be exhibited.  Final judging will be on site. If for some unforeseen reason the juror must withdraw before judging is completed, the Tim Murphy Art Gallery reserves the right to select another juror of similar rank to complete the juror’s responsibilities. Artists will be duly notified in this event.

The juror for this event is Cris Chapin.

Cris Chapin is originally from Wellington, Kansas, a very small town near the Oklahoma border. She still lives in Kansas, but in the northeast corner in Lawrence. This is only significant because traveling back and forth to visit family over the years acquainted her with the beautiful landscape of the Flint Hills. She loves the Flint Hills in all seasons. Cris’s goal is to try and capture that sense of wonder and beauty with pastel. In each painting, she tries to paint the effects of lighting on the landscape, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon. It is the light that is magical.

Art has always been a part of her life. Growing up, she excelled in art classes in school. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degrees in Art Education, Textile Design and finally Graphic Design. Graphic Design allowed her to freelance and work from home while her children were growing up. She later taught for several years at the college level. During all of these career changes, art was the common thread. After many detours, she discovered soft pastels and the wonders of land-scape painting.

Cris uses soft pastels on a sanded surface. She starts with a loose, wet underpainting before beginning with the pastels. Pastels allow for many layers, one on top of another. She loves the vividness and tactile softness that pastels offer and the interplay of layers of color that give a richness to the final painting.

Beginning her pastel journey in 2011, Cris has had the honor of studying with remarkable artists including Loreta Feeback, Susan Ogilvie, Jerry H. Brown, Kim Casebeer, Rich Hayek, Marla Baggetta, Phil Starke, Barbara Jaenicke, Lorenzo Chavez and Tom Christopher. Cris is a member of the Mid-America Pastel Society, The Lawrence Art Guild and the Rockport Center for the Arts in Texas. Cris has participated in many regional and national shows, winning a number of awards.