• Finish off your work completely by using fixative (for pastels, pencils, etc.), sealer or varnish (for acrylics or oils, etc.). Be sure that it is dry in time for the Ingathering.
  • Use your discretion when dealing with the edges of the canvas: there is no rule, it’s a matter of personal preference. Raw edges are sometimes appropriate in abstract or modern pieces. At the very least, be sure to seal the edges with varnish to prevent staining from handling.
  • Make sure to sign your artwork. You may sign the back as well and include the title of the piece, the year, and contact information. Make sure to display this information on the canvas, as opposed to the stretcher bars (the artwork will survive longer than the stretcher bars.)
  • Use D-Rings (below). This method will work on framed artwork or on stretched canvases. Using this method will help the artwork rest flush with the wall. D-Rings will accommodate the rail-hanging system and traditional hanging hooks.

Use the following steps to install the D-Ring system:

  1. Measure the height of your work. Make a mark 1/3 from the top of the work.
  2. Use an awl to start a hole where you want to place the screw.
  3. Screw the D-rings into place on both sides of the work, facing the peak of the “D” upwards.
  4. Use the appropriate size (or weight) wire, especially on heavier pieces.
  • Place your business card on the back of the piece (optional, but recommended).


Canvas Back Diagram


  • Present work that has dust or has unraveling canvas threads.
  • Submit wet pieces.
  • Expect others to ensure that your art looks presentable.
  • Submit unframed Studio canvases (profile [or edge] sizes 5/8 -7/8”.) No exceptions.