2017 Heartland Artist Exhibition

March 4–April 1, 2017

Opening reception: Saturday, March 4, 5-7 p.m
Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr, Merriam, KS 


Join us for the 21st Annual National Heartland Artist Exhibition at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery, Merriam's largest art show of the year. This national show draws artists from all corners of the united States - from New York to California! The opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Saturday, March 4 from 5–7 p.m. Delicious hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served with live music. 

Best in Show: $1,500
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500
Awards of Merit (3): $100
Irene B. French Memorial Award
Tim Murphy Memorial Award
Susan Hayden Award of Distinction
Purchase Award (sponsored by the Merriam Park Recreation Community Center Foundation)

Click here to download an application.

JUROR: Michael Walsh
Michael has been painting professionally now for 30 years. Michael’s work can be described as heartfelt, poetic, expressive, truthful, luminous and visually pleasing. His ultimate goal is to achieve a narrative that is simple, eye catching, visceral and convincing. A collection of expressive marks within a component shape, forms its identity, yet reads with the impression of realism. This is the exciting visual mystery and headscratcher of the thing. Moreover, Michael’s technique is to apply his pigment with gradations of thin to thick (fat over lean) from background to foreground within the visual plane. The beauty of one simple brush stroke has the power to seize the viewer’s attention for minutes. This is what makes painting worth it all. Mike wants his audience to be able to participate and connect with his paintings, by contributing their own personal experiences to the motif in the viewing process. In doing so, his hope is that the participant would enlarge the overall sense and meaning of the painting. Michael's work can be benchmarks and reminders for many.


The 21st Annual Heartland Artist Exhibition is accepting entries thru Tuesday, January 17, 2017. A maximum of three digital images in jpeg format may be submitted to be juried. The entry fee of $45 is non-refundable and payable to the City of Merriam. 


Entries can be mailed to the Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203, delivered in person, or you can fill out an online application. If you fill out the online application, images will be submitted via dropbox and can be no larger than 2MB. After we receive your application will will contact you for the entry fee. A maximum of three (3) digital images in jpeg format may be submitted to be juried. Images can be submitted on a disk, flashdrive or via dropbox, and files should be named with the titles. Please include a self-addressed envelope if entry submission is to be returned.

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be accepting photography!

MEDIUMS: Oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography or a mixture of any of the above media. 


Artists, age 18 and over, are eligible to enter the exhibition. Original works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, photography or a mixture of any of the above media are acceptable. The decision of the juror on all entries is final. All entries must be FOR SALE and remain for the duration of the exhibition at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery, March 4-April 1, 2017. Works previously exhibited at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery are not eligible for entry.

Information on specifications, presentation, judging, sales, delivery, and liability is available on the application
For more information please contact Park & Recreation staff at 913.322.5550.
Tim Murphy Art Gallery
Irene B. French Community Center
5701 Merriam Dr., Merriam, Kansas