International Guild of Realism
International Guild of Realism 14th Annual Juried Exhibition

At the Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA  |  September 20th - October 15th, 2019

The International Guild of Realism (IGOR) is proud to announce a "Call for Entries"for our upcoming 14th Annual IGOR Exhibition. This exhibition will be held at the prestigious Principle Gallery in historic Alexandria, VA., from September 16th through October 15th, 2019. The Principle Gallery hosted our 10th Annual Exhibition in 2015 and they were thrilled with the quality of the show so they have asked us back for a return visit. We are honored to return because everything was a success in our 2015 show including strong sales, a great gallery staff, super busy reception and wonderful experiences touring Alexandria and Washington, D.C.!

Since it's opening in 1994, Principle Gallery has established a reputation for providing the very best in contemporary realism and representational art. Nestled in historic Old Town Alexandria on historic King Street, Principle Gallery caters to the needs of their local clientele in and around Washington, DC., as well as ships artwork to collectors around the world. Showcased inside the historic Gilpin house, which was built in the 1790's, the gallery is highlighted by its original fireplaces, wood floors, and a beautiful open skylight. The gallery has been featured in numerous national art magazines

including American Art Collector and Fine Art Connoisseur. In a city filled with art, history, culture, and quality dining, there is no better place in Alexandria to have an International Exhibition than on King Street. It's a beautiful street that is home to many art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and numerous historic buildings. Alexandria is also located very close to Washington, D.C. where many of the best museums in the nation reside. For more information please visit:

Since we had amazing success with our two days of art events and other fun activities at our 13th Annual Exhibition in Santa Fe last October, we will again be offering several days of interesting art activities for attending IGOR members. We are planning to have a private gourmet dinner with a seminar portion, a historic tour of oldtown Alexandria, a possible day trip to the museums of Washington, DC. and much more. The public opening will be on Friday, September 20th. The entry deadline is July 1st and there will be no extension! This exhibition will be a major selling event which will be heavily marketed in many national art publications. We encourage all of our IGOR members to start painting their masterworks and have them finished before the deadline. All paintings must be "For Sale". Every IGOR member is invited to participate in our multiday art events whether juried in or not.


About the Gallery

With locations in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and historic Charleston, SC., Principle Gallery has been dedicated to exhibiting the best of American & European Contemporary Realism since opening in 1994. Focusing on paintings in oil and bronze sculpture, the gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established artists with a distinct personal approach to their work. Principle Gallery gains great exposure for its artists through solo exhibitions, selective group shows and national art fairs. For more information please visit:

Key Dates

Entry Deadline: July 1st, 2019
Juried Results Announced: July 10th - 13th, 2019
Shipping or Delivery: Delivered to gallery between September 4th - 11th, 2019
Exhibition Dates: September 20th - October 15th, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 20th, 2019



All entrants must be Guild Members at the time of the judging as well as during the exhibition (e.g., annual dues must have been paid, and all rules and entry requirements fulfilled).

We do encourage members to submit new and fresh works of art of the highest quality in order to make our 14th Annual IGOR Exhibition a smashing success! Ideally, the submitted artworks ideally should not have been exhibited in previous gallery shows.

Only original artwork created solely by the artist's hand will be accepted. No digitally-manipulated images, photos, collages, giclees, photocopies, prints, laser prints, and/or any other reproductions will be accepted.

Once the judges have selected the finalists, no substitutions or withdrawals will be allowed. Be aware that this requires the entered paintings to be set aside from the time you send us your entry until shipping starting in early September, 2019. This means the entered painting(s) should not be for sale at another gallery.

Entries received after the July 1, 2019, deadline will not be considered, nor will the entry fee be refunded. The deadline indicates that your entry by email needs to be in our IGOR inbox on or before July 1, 2019. It is best to send your entry in as soon as the artwork is ready to avoid missing the deadline.


IGOR Awards

As customary during our annual juried exhibitions, we ask the gallery to appoint a guest judge(s) to award ribbons in different categories to selected Guild Members for their outstanding artwork. All award winners will receive their custom designed ribbons by mail after the conclusion of the exhibition.


Opening Reception and Art Events

The Principle Gallery welcomes all IGOR Artists and their guests to attend the opening reception on the evening of Friday, September 20, 2019. We will also be having a seminar on current topics plus other art get-togethers for attendees. We plan to do something similar to what we did at our 10th Annual including a gourmet group dinner, museum tour in Washington D.C. and much more. There are excellent hotels and resorts in the Alexandria area. As usual, we will send out a Travel Guide by email a few months before the opening reception. We will truly have a fun filled two or three days of numerous art related activities so we encourage as many IGOR members as possible to attend these events this September in beautiful Alexandria whether you have been juried in the show or not.

To learn more about the area and the beautiful city of Alexandria, please click on the links below:

About Old Town Alexandria

Short Video of Old Town Alexandria

World Class Museums in Washington, D.C.

10th Annual Art Events including Gourmet Group Dinner, Guided Tour of the National Gallery of Art (Rembrandt!),
Historic Tour of Alexandria, and Opening Reception


Video of the 10th Annual IGOR Exhibition



Both the Principle Gallery and the International Guild of Realism will be doing extensive advertising and publicity to promote this exhibition on your behalf. As soon as you have learned that your artwork has been selected by the judges, the Guild will send out our advertising discounted offer to juried in members so don't miss this promotional ad campaign.

Please start working on your masterpieces and yes, we do encourage members to submit new and fresh works of art of the highest quality in order to make our 14th Annual IGOR Exhibition a major success! This is an amazing opportunity for guild members and the competition will be stiff so please enter your very best artworks.


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