About the Exhibition

The Emerging Perspectives Exhibition is a juried exhibition open for submissions from artists ages 18 to 35 in any medium, and is geared toward artists beginning the pursuit of their creative discipline of their own volition, be they, in art-centered higher education programs or engaged in their own artistic practice while taking strides in setting their career paths.

Currently receiving submissions

Questions? Contact Corey Frey, Exhibitions Manager (301-698-0656 x108)

About the Juror:



Born in Southern California, Ryan Lauterio is a working studio artist whose practice is broad in scope and interest. Lauterio specializes in Painting, Drawing, Studio methods, Curation, and Art and theology. In 2006, He and his wife Laura were married and moved from California to Richmond, VA, where they live with their three beautiful children. Lauterio holds a B.A. (’03) and an M.A. (’05) in Studio Art from C.S.U. Sacramento, and an M.F.A. (’09) in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lauterio is the Director and Curator of Shockoe Artspace, which he founded in 2011. Since its formal launch as a 501c3 in 2016, Shockoe Artspace has hosted numerous exhibitions from artists of both local and national acclaim. Lauterio’s work as a visual artist has been published in New American Painter, Beautiful Decay, Sick of the Radio, Image Journal, and more. In addition, Lauterio’s studio work is included in several private and corporate collections, including Capital One’s primary art collection. Lauterio has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Detroit, Richmond, Brooklyn, Wisconsin, Italy, London, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Taubman Museum.

Lauterio co-hosts with Dr. Garreth Blackwell an Art and Design Podcast called Shockoe Artspeak; Lauterio has co-directed with Photographer Nick Sietz a multi-award-winning feature documentary called The Builder. Art and Design are significant to Ryan’s work, co-founding, leading, and teaching at the Maker Institute of Studio Art and Theology (Fall 24). Lauterio is also a full-time Assistant Professor and Drawing Studio Area Head at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught since 2007 in the School of the Arts Art Foundation program. V.C.U. has ranked Nationally as the number one public Art School for over a decade of Lauterio’s time there.


First Place–$500

People’s Choice–$250

Call for Art

  • Artists must enter their artwork through the online EntryThingy portal at the submission link below.
  • In order to access EntryThingy, artists must sign in or create a login and password.
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  • Three submissions per artist will be accepted.

Important Dates

Deadline for Entries: February 28, 2024

Notification of Results: March 14, 2024

Drop-Off of Selected Artwork by: March 30, 2024

Exhibition Dates: April 6-28, 2024

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