Third Coast National Biennial

The Third Coast National is a juried exhibition of new works of art from all over the USA. We are looking for innovative, interesting contemporary artwork. Third Coast National was the first exhibition in K Space Contemporary’s new street level gallery. For its first ten years (2007 to 2016), Third Coast National was an annual exhibition. It is now a biennial exhibition held in the even numbered years.

2018 Third Coast National Juror: Suzanne Weaver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. 

Suzanne Weaver brings nearly three decades of curatorial experience to the San Antonio Museum of Art.  As the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of Adult Programs at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (2009—2014), Weaver organized more than fifteen installations and exhibitions, including a major presentation of films and photographs by the Northern Irish artist Willie Doherty.  She also helped realize over thirty key acquisitions and gifts by artists.  As the Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (1995—2008), she played an integral role in revitalizing the Museum’s international emerging artist exhibition series, Concentrations.  She organized over twenty-two Concentrations exhibitions, which included the first U.S. museum solo exhibitions for many international artists. Weaver’s last Concentrations show was the world premiere of Phil Collins’s monumental, video trilogy, the world won’t listen, which was accompanied by a cross-disciplinary catalogue distributed by Yale University Press. During her tenure at the DMA, she helped acquire over seventy acquisitions and gifts and helped establish an internationally significant new media collection.

The Third Coast National competition averages 180-200 entrants who submit up to 650 works. Approximately 20% of the artists who enter Third Coast National are accepted. The number of pieces selected for exhibition ranges from 40 to 55 works of art. Past Third Coast National jurors include: artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Sharon Kopriva, Tony Magar, Ray Smith, Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford, Andy Coolquitt and Josh MacPhee, Glasstire writer Christina Reese, Art Museum of South Texas Curator Deborah Fullerton, TAMUCC Art Department Chair Rich Gere, Del Mar College Art Department  Chair Ken Rosier, and Ballroom Marfa Co-founder and Executive Director Fairfax Dorn.


Here’s a link to a review of the 2016 Third Coast National written by Jack Wood (Thanks Jack!)


  • July 10: Entry Deadline
  • Aug. 1: Artists Notified by email
  • August 15-18, 22-25, from 11 am to 5 pm:
  • Receiving Hand-Delivered Works
  • August 24: Shipped Works Due
  • (must arrive between August 15-24)
  • Sept. 7, 5:30 – 9 pm: Exhibition Opening with CC ArtWalk
  • Oct. 5: Exhibition Closes
  • Oct. 5-6, 10-13, 11am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works
  • Oct. 10:  Begin Returning Shipped Artwork



Eligibility: Artists age 18+ living in the USA may enter. Works previously exhibited at KSC or Schaudies Gallery at K Space Art Studios (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 will not be refunded.

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. Sculpture must be manageable by two people.

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 1 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.   

Paying Entry Fee by Check or Money Order:  If you prefer 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 KSC receives your payment, we will manually correct 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 the entry deadline in the calendar.

Notice: Notice of acceptance or denial will be emailed to the address listed in the online application/Entrything form and posted on this webpage.  We also post a link on our Facebook page (@kspacecontemporary) to the webpage listing selections.

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.


Framing Requirements:  2-D works must be properly prepared for exhibition with wire securely attached. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Only white, off-white or black mats are acceptable. We prefer that drawings and prints be framed for protection; however, we will exhibit works on paper using magnets or clips. 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.

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 arrive 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 4 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 arrive damaged, are poorly constructed or poorly presented (dirty mats, warped canvases, etc.).

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.

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.