Heartland Artist Exhibition Registration

Art by Michael Walsh

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 2021 Heartlnad Artist Exhibition Best in Show "Luminous Grazing" by Michael Walsh.


2022 Heartland Artist Accepted Works(PDF, 497KB)


2022 Heartland Award Winners(PDF, 2MB)


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.Complete this form-    Registration for 2022 Competition has passed.

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 12 Deadline for all entries
January 21 Notice of acceptance posted on website; acceptance letter to follow
February 11 All artwork must be received at Merriam Community Center          
March 5

Exhibition opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

Awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

March 5 - 26 Exhibition open to the public
March 27-April 3   Pick-up hand delivered works
March 28 Shipped work prepared for return


  • Art work must be received NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2022.
  • Work must be picked up between Sunday, MARCH 27 and  Sunday, APRIL 3.
  • 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 12, 2022. Notice of acceptance will be made no later than January 21, 2022 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 Catherine Kirkland.

Ms. Kirkland knew from childhood that she wanted to be an artist, and to accomplish this, she pursued an art-focused education, including her studies as a Studio Art major at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. There she studied illustration, painting in oil and acrylic, ceramic and metal sculpture, as well as theater set design and film language. After college, she continued acquiring skills through her profession and through independent study. As an art director and graphic designer she explored photography, digital media, as well as film/video art direction and production.
Following her formal education, Ms. Kirkland enjoyed a 35+ year career as an award-winning art director, illustrator, graphic designer in advertising and publishing. At Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal Press Syndicate, she worked with internationally and nationally known creators. Some of the best known are: Abigail Van Buren/Jeanne Phillips (Dear Abby), Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), Gary Larson (Far Side), Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Scott Adams (Dilbert), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Betty Debnam (The Mini Page), Jim Davis (Garfield), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), and many more talented cartoonists and writers.
Just prior to retiring from her professional graphic arts career, she began painting again in earnest. Her style has evolved from representational landscapes and figural works to vivid abstracts with thousands of applied colorful dots. She creates her pointillist works on canvas or panel with brushes as well as with unconventional tools, such as spoons, forks, skewers, chopsticks and dowels.