Pet Portrait Art Show

AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS! If you have any artworks of your favorite pets, we invite you to submit them for a chance to be part of our Pet Portrait Art Show! If selected, your art will be displayed for the month of August on the walls of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery.

Submissions Open!

Submissions are open to all ages and will be judged by a team of accomplished artists who have been provided a rubric for judging. We will not be able to provide any judging feedback. Notifications on acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent by June 24th.

Please ensure your email is correct as this is the main way we contact you. You can also check your junk mail as well. Those accepted into the exhibition will receive further instructions on the drop off of the project and if you submitted multiple projects, which project was formally accepted into the exhibition.

If you are not chosen to be part of the exhibition, we would still encourage you to come join us for a fun day celebrating the Memphis Art and Animal community! 

Entry Specifications

Artwork in the following forms are accepted: Paintings, drawings, original prints, fiber art, ceramics, sculpture, photography, graphic design, jewelry, film and fashion. Our theme for the show is “Pet Portraits”, so anything pet-related will be considered. Give us your best interpretations of this theme! 

  • Two-dimensional entries may be at most 70 inches by 70 inches and must be no smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches framed.   
  • All two-dimensional work must be framed and/or ready for display.   
  • Works on paper must be framed and glazed or matted.    
  • Three-dimensional entries may not exceed 30 pounds and 30 inches by 30 inches.  
  • Photography and Digital art must be printed out, matted, and framed.
  • Photography and Digital Art must submit one print. You are not able to sell multiple prints.
  • No sexual imagery, no drug/alcohol use depicted. (Keep it PG)  



The Memphis Public Library and affiliates do not insure artworks in this exhibition while on display or while in transit to and from Pet Portrait Art Show. Friends of the Library/Pet Portrait Art Show, its staff, and its volunteers are not responsible for loss or damage to artworks in this exhibition however the damage may be caused. The entrant’s submission of the entry form constitutes an agreement to these terms and conditions.