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 2023 Heartland Artist Exhibition Best in Show "When Life Hands You Snow" by Robert Klausing.

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

Step 2.Registration for 28th Annual Exhibition

Registration closed on January 10th. Stay tuned for more information for the 29th annual exhibition coming later in 2024.

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 10 Deadline for all entries
January 19 Notice of acceptance posted on website; acceptance letter to follow          
February 11 All artwork must be received at Merriam Community Center                            
February 22-23                Heartland Workshop                                                                                           
March 2

Exhibition opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.   

March 3-30  Exhibition open to the public                             
March 31-April 7   Pick-up hand delivered works 
Week of April 1    Shipped work prepared for return


  • Art work must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2024.
  • Work must be picked up between Sunday, MARCH 31 and  Sunday, APRIL 7.
  • 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 10, 2024. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 19, 2024 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 2024 Heartland Juror is Jean Cook.

Jean Cook is a former Hallmark artist, working 21 of 34 years as an Artist Engraver creating emboss and hotfoil dies. She took early retirement to pursue a career as a professional artist. She studied at KCAI and Hutchinson Community College as well as with well-known artists, Phil Starke, Al Currier, Charles Sovek and others.

She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists and is president of the Heartland Art Guild, Paola, KS. She is one of the founders of the Heartland International Miniature Show held annually in July at the Miami County Historical museum in Paola, KS.

Jean is the winner of many national and local BOS and other awards. She has won the plein air event 3 years in a row at the Kansas State Fair. She is represented by Galleries in Newton and Hutchinson, Strecker-Nelson West in Manhattan, Eva Reynolds in Overland Park, KS and Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. She is a regular exhibitor in the miniature shows around the US. She was a finalist in the American Artist Magazine competition (21,000 entries) and a 3 time exhibitor at the Arts for the Parks Competition, Jackson Hole, WY. She also was a winner of the Versus Competition at Mark Arts, Wichita, where a 24 x 30 painting was done in 20 minutes before a group of Arts Patrons. 

Medium of choice is oil but she has also worked in acrylic and pastel. Subjects of choice are the animal kingdom, especially cows and horses. Jean has a long history with cows and horses being a farm girl and showing appaloosa horses around the US. She has also traveled extensively around the world including the Galapagos Islands,  two trips to Africa, two trips to Alaska and several trips to Yellowstone to photo wildlife.