Prospectus for Third Coast National



One of our most popular exhibitions, 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.  For selected artists, 3rd Coast National provides an opportunity to show and sell artwork, build one’s resume, and provides networking opportunities.

2016 Juror – To Be Announced

2015 Panel – The 2015 3rd Coast National was juried by a panel of three Corpus Christi arts professionals:  Deborah Fullerton Dunn (Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum of South Texas), Rich Gere (Chair, Dept. of Art, TAMUCC), and Ken Rosier (Chair, Del Mar College Dept. of Art and Drama).  FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR 2015 JURISTS CLICK HERE.  

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 & Director of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts & Moudy Gallery at TCU Christina Rees (’12), artist Andy Coolquitt (’13), artist Mark Scrapdaddy Bradford (’14).

Important NOTE: We do not accept hand-delivered/mailed CD/DVD or emailed images.  Entries are only accepted through the online application system.  You may snail mail your entry fee (check, money order), rather than paying via PayPal.  Simply log out before completing the PayPal payment. (We can see your submission whether you have paid via PayPal or not.) K Space will correct your submission status to “submitted” once we receive the entry fee.  Now – on with the prospectus…



July 8: Entry Deadline

July 27: Artists Notified by email

August 10-13, 17-20, from 11 am to 5 pm: Receiving Hand-Delivered Works

August 19: Shipped Works Due (must arrive between August 10-19)

Sept. 2, 5:30 – 9 pm: Exhibition Opening with CC ArtWalk

Oct. 14: Exhibition Closes

Oct. 14-15, 19-22, 11 am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works

Oct. 18: Begin Returning Shipped Artwork


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.

Eligibility: Artists age 18+ living in the USA may enter. Works previously exhibited at KSC or K Space Art Studios-Hot Spot are not eligible. Entries must be original works of art completed within the last 2 years. Reproductions (giglee’/inkjet prints, high quality copies, offset lithographs) will not be considered. All visual art forms and media are acceptable. Video is accepted if the artist provides the means for it to be viewed (computer, TV screen, monitor) or as part of a sculpture. Complicated installations must be installed by the artist. Failure to comply with the following submission guidelines may disqualify your entry – entry fee will not be refunded.

Size Limitation: Two-dimensional works must not exceed 6 feet in width or 10 feet in height.  Three-dimensional works (and shipping crates) must fit through a 36”x 83” doorway.

Awards: $2500 in Cash awards for the top 5 works: Erick Schaudies Memorial Award for Best of Show plus 4 places. Honorable Mentions are given at the panel’s discretion.

Sales: All works must be For Sale. KSC collects payment and retains 40% commission. INCLUDE GALLERY COMMISSION when pricing your work. Price & label information that you type into the online entry form is what will be displayed with your work. We do not make changes to information after you have entered it online.

Entry Fee (non-refundable): $40/non-members ($30/members) for up to 3 works of art. Each additional entry is $5. Enter online through our website. The Entry fee can be paid online through PayPal or by mailing a check or money order payable to K Space Contemporary. Your entry is not complete until payment is made.  Paying via PayPal through the online system is automatic.

Paying Entry Fee by Check or Money Order:  If you choose to mail your entry fee, simply close out of the system once you have added all of your images.  Do not click the PayPal button.  All of your information and images remains in the system, but your entry status will say “not submitted” until KSC receives the payment.  Once payment is received, KSC manually corrects your entry status to “submitted.”  Mail to K Space Contemporary, P.O. Box 545, Corpus Christi, TX 78403.  Mailed entry fees must be postmarked by June 1.

Format: Works are juried from digital images submitted online. Artists may submit one image for each work of art.

Label: Each accepted work must arrive with proper labeling (name, email address and phone number, title, media, date, retail price) securely attached to the back of frame or bottom of sculpture.

Notice: Notice of acceptance or denial will be emailed to the address in the application/Entrything form and Posted online HERE.

Shipping: All shipping costs and liability for damage are the responsibility of the artist. Accepted works must be shipped via UPS in reusable containers. Make sure your name is on your crate in permanent marker on the outside. Do NOT use packing peanuts. Shipped works must arrive at KSC no earlier than July 9 and no later than July 18. Note: Pack your work well with at least 3 layers of bubble wrap or surrounded by styrofoam in a sturdy box. Works that arrived in broken or damaged crates will be returned immediately.

Ship Accepted Works to: K Space Contemporary, 415D Starr Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Return Shipping: A pre-printed shipping label for return shipment must be included with your work OR  emailed to by September 15 with SHIPPING LABEL; in the subject line. To create a return shipping label, visit  If your work is 2D, attached the return shipping label to the back. If your work is 3D, include an envelope with the return shipping label inside your crate where it can be easily identified. If there are specific instructions for return shipping, such as a freight carrier, make a note of it on bright colored paper and staple to the return label.

Hand Delivery: Artists may deliver accepted works of art to KSC on dates and times noted in the Calendar.

Selected Works: KSC reserves the right to reject works not represented accurately in the image and description in the entry form.  KSC may refuse works that arrived damaged, are poorly constructed or poorly presented (dirty mats, warped canvases, etc.).

Framing Requirements: Sculpture must be manageable by two people. 2-D works must be properly prepared for exhibition with wire securely attached. Drawings and prints must be framed. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Only white, off-white or black mats are acceptable. Unframed paintings must be painted around the edges in solid black, white or grey or with continued image. The following is not accepted: wet paint, clamp/clip frames, fragile frames, glass, colored mats, and thick, bulky, decorative frames not represented in the juried image as part of the work of art.

Insurance: Works are not insured while on display. The gallery is climate controlled and protected by an alarm system. KSC takes precautions to protect the artwork at all times but will not be responsible for loss or damage. We recommend that you insure your work if you so choose. KSC will not assume any liability for the preservation of artwork that is vulnerable to changes in temperature and humidity due to the Corpus Christi climate.

Stats: 18-24% of the artists who enter are accepted. 180+ artists enter each year.  40-60 works of art are chosen from 550-600 works entered. KSC provides guidelines but does not interfere with the juror’s selections. KSC’s net profit from 3rd Coast National averages around $500.  Income from entry fees covers awards, juror’s fees and travel expenses, promotion, staff and exhibition production costs.

Abandoned Works: Unfortunately works left at K Space Contemporary 60 days after the last day of the exhibition are considered ABANDONED. Abandoned works become the property of K Space Contemporary and will be disposed of, sold, or given away with no compensation to the artist.