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Event Details

The Pump House Regional Arts Center, Great River Writes and La Crosse Public Library invite submissions for an upcoming exhibition: Mark my Words 2019. This exhibit will showcase artwork and the short poetry it inspires. During the exhibition, the art and the poetry created in response to it will be displayed side by side.  The culmination of this project will be a gala reception on Friday, November 15, 2019. At this event, poets will read their work in front of projected images of the connected art, and $600 in prizes will be awarded:

  • 2 “First Place” prizes of $125 each ($125 to artist and $125 to poet)
  • 2 “Second Place” prizes of $100 each ($100 to artist and $100 to poet)
  • 2 “Third Place” prizes of $75 each ($75 to artist and $75 to poet)

Poets and artists who are interested in allowing their work to be further exhibited at the main La Crosse Public Library will be asked to sign a permission waiver.

The Process

Poetry jurors will select 15 short poems from submissions received. Art jurors will select 15 artists, also from submissions received. A variety of approaches and genres will be selected, both in poetry and art. Each poet will be sent one of the artworks as determined by the jurors and will have four weeks to create a new poem in response to it.


Complete the application and Submit two unpublished SHORT poems for consideration. All genres will be considered. Selected poets will receive a photo to respond to by creating a new poem for the exhibition. Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2019.


Complete the application and Submit two images of your work. Acceptable file formats are .jpg or .png. The jurors will be looking for a variety of media and styles. Deadline for submissions is August 28, 2019.

All final work must be delivered to the Pump House on November 11 at 9:00 am. This final work must not exceed 60” in any dimension (including frame) and, if to be hung, must not exceed 70# in weight. All 2-D work must be framed and ready to hang with wire of appropriate size and weight. 3-D work must be ready to display. No shipped in work will be accepted.

All work must be for sale. The Pump House will handle all sales and retain a commission of 40%. Sold work will remain in the exhibition until the close of the show. The Pump House will issue checks for sold work within 10 business days after the show closes.

Neither the Pump House nor the La Crosse Public Library assumes responsibility for lost or damaged entries.

Jury Fee/Entry Information

The Pump House has a user-friendly online submission process. All submissions and payment of the $15.00 non-refundable jury fee must be made online. Entry application is accessed by going to the Pump House website, www.thepumphouse.org. Click on “Call to Artists and Musicians” in the column on the right. Then scroll down to “Mark My Words 2019 – Application. Direct further questions to: contact@thepumphouse.org or 608.785.1434.


Wednesday, August 28: Submission Deadline (application closes at midnight)

Monday, September 9: Notification of jury results by e-mail (selected poets will have photo attached)

Wednesday, October 9: Deadline for poems to be done.

Monday, November 11 (9:00 am): Drop off artwork.

Wednesday, November 13: Exhibit opens to public.

Friday, November 15 (5:00 – 7:00 pm): Reception – Program and Prizes.

Saturday, January 4: Last day exhibit is open to public.

Monday, January 6: Show transferred to La Crosse Public Library.

Wednesday, January 8: First day exhibit is open for viewing at the La Crosse Public Library.



Please submit application before paying jury fee.

Submissions will not be considered for selection if the jury fee is not paid.