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Nouveau Art

What is Nouveau Art?

Nouveau Art  is a themed, juried show, occurring every two months, except for February, which is the Nassau County Student Show, and March, the IAA member show. It is displayed in the South Hall as a separate show from the exhibiting art in the IAA Gallery.  Any artist may submit 2 pieces per show. The fee for members to enter is $15 for one piece and $25 for 2.  For non IAA members, the cost is $25 per entry. Prize money is awarded for Best of Show and first, second, and third places. A reception is held on the evening of the downtown Artwalk, which is monthly on the second Saturday evening.

Intake for each show is on the first Monday of the opening month of each new show from 9AM until noon. Artists may enter 2 pieces of their work per show. All Nouveau Art Shows are for original art only, no patterns or copying from photos, other than your own. The work must have been created within the past 2 years, or in other words, “new art”.

Size limitations- The limits for 2D & 3D are not to exceed 144 united inches (For Example, the outside measurements – 36″ + 36″+36″+36″ + 144″). Work should be ready to hang, with appropriate hanging wires, no saw tooth hangers or tiny hooks. If any 3D pieces need a (small)stand, artist must furnish that.

“New” artwork is submitted by Island Art Association (IAA) members and other community artists and citizens for five juried themed shows each year. This gives all artists the opportunity to display and sell accepted artwork in the gallery for a period of two months.

The Nouveau Art Show promotes the arts in Nassau County by allowing more artists to show their work in the art gallery, by inspiring artists, and by insuring a continuous flow of NEW artwork for the public to appreciate.  Nouveau Art shows began in 2004 when IAA received funding for that year from the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

The Island Art Association, a philanthropic organization, sponsors and hosts a Student Art Show, every year open to all art students of the Nassau County high schools.  In addition to the show, the Island Art Association provides funds for art supplies to the country high schools.

"Tangled Up in Blue" Show Winners

Best in Show   

Susan Henderson, “Circular References”, Oil


First Place

Suzanne Batchelor

“Sailboat at Rest”, Oil


Second Place

Gwen Cowart

“”Octopoda,  Embossed Pewter

3rd Place

Cindy Jenkins

“Blue Wave Cresting” , Pastel

Honorable Mentions

  • Susan Schraft, “Seaside Circles”, Mixed Media
  • Nancy Williams, “Dark Blue Matter”, Mixed Media
  • Ray McWhorter, “Continuous Strand”, Pottery
  • Pam F. Bennett, “The Blues”, Watercolor
  • Sandy Castiaux, “Turtles Tangled in Blue Surf”, Acrylic

Nouveau Art Future Events

Aug./Sept“Ordinary People”,  Receiving Aug. 2,  Reception Aug. 14, Chair Becky White

Oct./Nov. “Dance of Light”,  Receiving Oct. 4,  Reception Oct. 9, Chair Marlene Strobach

Dec./Jan. “The Big Show”,   Minimum size 120″ overall,   maximum 168″ overall.   2 entries. Receiving Dec. 6,  Reception  Dec. 11.  Chair Diane Hamburg

2022   Feb. H.S. Art Student Show, Chairs Denise Murphy, Camille Breen

March Members Show,Off Beat”, Receiving March 7,  Reception March 12, Chair Georganna Mullis

April/May , “Our Island Paradise”, Receiving April 4, Reception April 9, Chair Rosemary Skidmore