Friday, February 11, 2022


Holy Smoke! I've been rejected from many art things in my life - but NEVER from an outdoor art show! 


And I was even once the juror for this show! And over the years I've won a few prizes at this festival! And that is why artists need to have a THICK skin! And we move on and apply next year...

On the good news side, I've just found out that the Phoenix Art Museum has just acquired one of my pieces for their permanent collection! BOOM!

Dear F. Lennox,

Thank you for applying to the 31st annual Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art Festival, formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

The highly competitive pool of applications was individually evaluated by three independent jurors and selections were made based on their reviews. Unfortunately, your application of works was not selected for display at the Festival this year. We encourage you to apply again next year when we have a new panel of qualified professional jurors whose perceptions may vary. As a 2022 Festival applicant, you will automatically receive notification regarding the 2023 Festival application in the fall.

We sincerely appreciate your support and interest in the Festival, and we wish you much success in all your artistic endeavors.


Jaynelle Hazard                                                  Hannah Barco

Executive Director and Curator                           Associate Curator and Festival Director

Why do artists need a resume?

 Let me tell you why!