Heartland Artist Exhibition Registration

2022 Heartland Artist Exhibition Winner

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. 

Original 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.

The art featured is 2022 Heartland Artist Exhibition Best in Show Stravinsky's Junk Drawer" by Norman Carr.

Online Registration

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


Registration for this program closed on Wednesday, January 11.


Step 2.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 11 Deadline for all entries
January 20 Notice of acceptance posted on website; acceptance letter to follow 
February 10 All artwork must be received at Merriam Community Center          
February 23-24  Heartland Workshop 
March 4

Exhibition opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

March 4-April 1  Exhibition open to the public
April 2-9  Pick-up hand delivered works
Week of April 3    Shipped work prepared for return


  • Art work must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2023.
  • Work must be picked up between Sunday, APRIL 2 and  Sunday, APRIL 9.
  • 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 will be provided a W-9 that needs to be completed 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 11, 2023. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 20, 2023 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 Holly Ann Schenk.

Holly grew up in Nebraska, where she received both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art Education. She moved to Kansas City in 1982 and was an art director at Hallmark Cards for twelve years. She has taught art in numerous settings, including both public and private elementary and high schools, the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Holly’s artwork consists primarily of acrylic paintings and pastels. Having been an art teacher for students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, she has grown comfortable with many different media and styles, but her favorite is a form of pointillism using acrylics. She counts Seurat and Van Gogh as major influences.

While active in both objective and non-objective, traditional and non-traditional work, color is always a central focus in Holly’s work. She loves looking at the world and seeing the amazing array of colors and shapes. She enjoys noticing the relationships that surround us every day, and then sharing her vision through her artwork. Her subjects come primarily from personal reference photos. Some of her apparently non-objective pieces actually start out with architectural or nature photo research.

Holly has shown her work at the Ruth E Stocksdale Gallery of Art at William Jewell College (2019) and the Norfolk (NE) Arts Center (2017).  She also has ongoing exhibit relationships with ArtsKC and the Parkville Artisans’ Studio, and was Featured Artist at the 2016 ArtsKC Annual Awards Luncheon.