3rd Coast National

3rd Coast logo2016 Entry Deadline – July 8th
The Third Coast National, now in its 10th year, is a non-thematic, juried exhibition of new works of art from across the USA. We are simply looking for innovative, interesting contemporary artwork. 3rd Coast National introduces the Coastal Bend community to innovative artists and artwork being created in other parts of the country, as well as in our own region.  In 2015, 528 images were submitted by 178 artists from all over the USA. Of these, our jury panel selected 46 works of art by 35 artists for exhibition.

2016 Juror: Sharon Kopriva

K Space Contemporary is thrilled and honored to announce that internationally renowned artist Sharon Kopriva is our 2016 Third Coast National Juror.

Sharon Kopriva is a visual artist born in Houston Heights. Educated in Houston public schools and the University of Houston, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1981 and an earlier Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1970. Her teachers include New York painter John Alexander, and sculptor James Surls and mentors Edward and Nancy Kienholz.

Sharon Kopriva’s extensive exhibition record includes solo shows at prestigious institutions, such as The Menil Collection in Houston, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and museums in India, Germany, China and other parts of the world. Kopriva’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art in America, Art News, Art Lies and Art+Culture.

Kopriva was awarded the prestigious Texas State Visual Artist of the Year (Awarded by the Texas Legislature) in 2005, Texas Artist of the Year-Art League of Houston in 2001 and a Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Award in Sculpture in 1993.

Previous Jurors: Prestigious jurors of past 3rd Coast National exhibitions include: painter Ray Smith (’07), artist activist Josh MacPhee(’08), Director of Ballroom Marfa Fairfax Dorn (’09) , artist Trenton Doyle Hancock (’10), artist Tony Magar (’11), Glasstire critic Christina Rees (’12), artist Andy Coolquitt (’13), artist Mark Scrapdaddy Bradford (’14), 2015 jury panel: Deborah Fullerton Dunn, Rich Gere, Ken Rosier. 


  • July 8: Entry Deadline
  • August 1: Artists Notified by email & Selections posted online
    August 10-13, 17-20, 11 am-5 pm: Receive Hand-Delivered Works
    August 19: Shipped Works Due (must arrive between August 10 – 19)
    September 2, 5:30-9 pm: Exhibition Opening with CC ArtWalk
    Oct. 14: Last Day of Exhibition
    Oct. 14-15, 19-22, 11 am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works
    Oct. 18: Begin Returning Shipped Artwork


2015 3rd Coast National Awards below:

3rdCoast Awards for Web


Deadline to enter 2016 3rd Coast National is July 8, 2016