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10 Jan 2023

Compete On the Streets: The Urban Experience

MVA Gallery Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Modern Visual Arts Gallery

Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: January 24, 2023 – The MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts) invites artists and photographers of all levels (emerging to established) to submit original artwork to this exhibition.

Streets and urban scenes — an inspiration for generations of artists and photographers. Pictorial records offer extraordinary interpretations of city content including buildings, streets, signs, people, objects, machines, technology as well as space, light, and movement.

Artists and photographers who explore public places for visual ideas frequently encounter contradictions. Daily activities are depicted, whether ordinary or dramatic. People react to the random, fleeting events of urban life with clarity or ambiguity, calm or frenzy, sadness or joy. In addition, these contradictions and opposing forces are expressed in the creative execution of a multiplicity of imagery about wealth and poverty, health and illness, youth and old age, beauty and ugliness, kindness and hostility, growth and decay, order and chaos.

What do you emphasize in your art and photography as you narrate your experiences of a city, town, or suburb? Do you capture the “decisive moment,” assert the “significance of place,” focus on storytelling and visual anecdotes, concentrate on oddities and psychic vulnerability, reflect social and economic issues, or reveal normality and joyful moments?

Do you observe cultures and subcultures, probe human behavior whether attractive or sordid, or create lyrical or foreboding visions? What artistic techniques — conventional or experimental — are used that empower you to make viewers believe in the immediacy and reality of an image?

Exhibition Dates : February 22 through March 19, 2023.

The MVA Gallery supports all efforts and approaches to this subject matter. We invite you to show us your personal interpretations and visions. They can be traditional or non-traditional as there are no restrictions on style and technique.

Photographers can submit black-and-white or color images, and all photographic processes are welcome. This is a great exhibition opportunity for street photography and for urban scenes in any medium.

Entry fee is $35.00 for 3 images. You may include additional files for $5.00 each up to a total of 9 maximum.

These “Art of Distinction” Awards will be granted at most exhibitions.

  • First Prize: $450
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $100
  • Annual Grand Prize: One New York City Exhibition Opportunity. One artist or photographer will be selected from all the individuals who were accepted and displayed in an MVA Gallery exhibit during the past calendar year. This artist will be offered an exhibition opportunity in New York City and will be notified in December.

Visit us for complete details and easy online application.

No later than January 24, 2023 (Midnight). Notification by email. Artists will receive separate email messages for “Invited” and “Not Invited” artwork entries.

Artists can determine whether they wish to sell their artwork. For sales, the artist must list a specific price and not indicate “Upon Request.”

Commission Fees:
70% of the final sale price to the Artist.
30% of the final sale price to the Gallery.
Artwork must remain in the Gallery for the full duration of the exhibition or event.


  • Entry Deadline: January 24, 2023. (Midnight Denver, Colorado, time where CAFE is located.)
  • Notification to Artists: No later than January 28, 2023 (Midnight). Notification by email. Artists will receive separate email messages for “Invited” and “Not Invited” artwork entries.
  • Art Arrival Deadline: All accepted artwork must arrive at the Gallery no later than February 17, 2023.
  • Exhibition Dates : February 22 through March 19, 2023.
  • Artwork Returned: The Gallery will start to return unsold art to the participating artists March 23 – 28, 2023.

The MVA Gallery (Modern Visual Arts) is located in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bethlehem, along with its neighboring cities Allentown and Easton, comprise the third largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania (after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). Bethlehem has a vibrant arts and cultural life — numerous active art galleries and nationally acclaimed festivals that attract tens of thousands of visitors each year. Located one hour from New York City, Bethlehem has become an art destination for informed collectors and prominent art professionals.

MVA Gallery
35 E. Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 35
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Opportunity Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opportunity Types: Compete. Opportunity Tags: Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Benefits: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition - Group, and Sales.

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