Prospectus for Third Coast National

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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 – Sharon Kopriva is a visual artist born in Houston Heights, Texas. 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.

Among her many honors, 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.


  • July 8: Entry Deadline
  • Aug. 1: Artists Notified by email
  • August 10-13, 17-20, 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. 14-22, 11am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works & Begin Returning Shipments

Quick link to ENTER ONLINE


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-Schaudies Gallery (formerly known as the Hot Spot) are not eligible. Entries must be original works of art completed within the last 2 years. Failure to comply with the following submission guidelines may disqualify your entry. Entry fee is non-refundable.

Media: All visual art forms and media are acceptable. Artists must be available to install complicated works. Artists must exhibit original works if accepted; we do not exhibit reproductions such as giglee/inkjet prints, high quality copies or offset lithograph prints. Accepted video works will be shown via DVD on a 42” flat screen television, unless artist provides other means.

Size Limitation: Two-dimensional works must not exceed 6 feet either direction.  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 juror’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 the label info that will be displayed with your work.

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 automatically completes your submission.   To snail mail entry fee (check, money order),  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 submission status once received.

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 July 8th.

Format: Works are juried from digital images submitted online. Artists may submit one image for each 2D work of art and two images for each 3D 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 August 10 and no later than August 19. 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 October 14 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 are 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.

Promotion & Use of Images: Selecting “Yes” in the “Publicity ok?” blank gives K Space Contemporary permission to use your work(s) of art in promotion for the exhibition (website, social media, print materials).  Artists maintain copyright of all works selected for the exhibition. Artists are credited for works used in promotional materials as follows: “Title of Work” by Artist Name.

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.

Selection: 20-25% of the artists who enter Third Coast National are accepted to the show. This competition averages 180 entrants who submit 500-550 works. The number of pieces selected for exhibition ranges from 45 to 60 works of art.

Abandoned Works: 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.