DISTRICT Arts is a new contemporary art gallery that is housed in an old McCrory Store in the heart of downtown Frederick, MD.  For our first special event, we are pleased to announce “FIVE AND DIME,” a juried exhibition that honors the heritage of the building we occupy but in a way that explores the relationships of these iconic American stores and their towns with the dramatic use of color and  intensity.  Norman Rockwell enters the 21st century?  Maybe.  Or maybe Marc Trujillo looks back and reimagines the lunch counter.

Whether it’s McCrory or F.W. Woolworth or W.T Grant or G.C. Murphy, the five and dime was an important part of Main Street in every town.  Where else could you get a sandwich and a Cherry Coke at the lunch counter, buy some clothes, buy some clothespins and walk out with change from a $10 bill?

The works of 15 artists will be featured reflecting a variety of media, styles and interpretations.

All artists residing in the United States are invited to enter the juried exhibition. Any original 2-D work or 3-D work is eligible for entry. Works selected will be on exhibit in the DISTRICT Arts gallery in Frederick, MD from April 10 to May 12, 2019.

Entries Must be Received by End of Day February 28.



Jury information will be announced shortly.  Please check back.

Exhibition Specific Terms of Entry



A maximum of 3 original works created within the past 3 years may be entered.

Works previously exhibited in a juried show at DISTRICT Arts are not eligible.

2D Works may not exceed 60 inches in width or height, including frame, unless otherwise specified for a particular exhibit.  Artwork must be ready to hang with wire and sturdy enough for normal handling.  3D Works must fit a 12″ square pedestal or be freestanding.

All work must be visibly signed by artist (2D front or back) and include edition numbers (1/1, 2/50, e.g.) for hand-pulled prints.

Works must be priced for sale.

No Reproductions



Cash awards:

  • Best in Show: $750
  • Award of Merit: $250


Entries and Submission Fees


Entries must be submitted online.

Entry fees are $15 for one entry and $5 each for up to two additional entries. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Submit one JPEG image per piece entered. To provide the best image for juror, set pixel dimension to around 1900 pixels on the longest side. File size may be no more than 2 MB.

Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of DISTRICT Arts for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.  Copyright is retained by the artist. 

Exhibition Schedule


January 1 On-line entry open for submissions

February 28 Deadline for entries

March 15 Notifications are sent by email. Contact District Arts if you do not receive an email by the end-of-day.

March 28-30 Shipped work and hand-delivered work must arrive at DISTRICT Arts, 15 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD, 21701

April 10 11-6 p.m. First day of exhibition.

April 13 3-5 p.m. Reception at DISTRICT Arts. Awards presented at 4:00 p.m.

May 12  Exhibition closes

May  12-15 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Pick up hand-delivered work. No early pick up. 

By May 16 Shipped work will be sent.


Jury results will be provided to all entrants by email.  A list of accepted artists and artwork will also be posted on the DISTRICT Arts website. Please set your email account to whitelist this address: Contact us if you do not receive notification.