3rd Annual Members’ Juried Art Show

September 30, 2023 - January 28, 2024

Exhibitions are free with General Admission.


September 30, 2023 – January 28, 2024

Exhibitions are free with General Admission.

Join the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) in hosting its 3rd Annual Members’ Juried Art Show (MJAS). MJAS provides a welcoming space and opportunity for the community to professionally display their artwork at IMAS, available to be seen by museum visitors of all ages.

Submitting artwork to be exhibited in this show is an IMAS membership benefit. All current IMAS members 18 years old or older may enter up to two pieces of artwork; at least one will be included in the show. Up to two adults from the same household address may participate if they have a Family membership or higher level. A membership can be purchased or renewed up to the date of artwork submission. The IMAS has moved to a Jan.-Dec. membership cycle. If you have not renewed for 2023, you will need to renew before entering. Contact IMAS for renewal or questions at (956) 681-2800 or www.theimasonline.org/member.

Exhibition is supported by:
Atlas, Hall, & Rodriguez, LLP

To participate, download the application below, complete, and bring with you during one of the designated drop off dates and times along with your artwork(s). The IMAS Curatorial team will review and collect these items for submission and successfully submitted works will then be juried by non-IMAS representative Jurors. Jurors will select the final artworks to be accepted into the exhibition as well as provide the IMAS with a Best of Show (1st place), Second Place, Third Place, and 3 Honorable Mentions, all with a monetary value. Declined artworks will be ready for pickup at the designated dates and times, and the accepted works will be displayed. All artists submitting work must provide a reliable form of contact information in order to be notified of declined artwork, received awards, or updates to their submissions.

Join us for a reception and awards ceremony on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 5-7PM. Awards will be announced at 6PM. The MJAS reception is free for all IMAS members. Exhibiting members will receive two complementary guest passes on the day of drop-off. Additional guests may purchase a ticket for $10.

2023 MJAS Winners

Best in Show

Johanna Villareal
Oil on canvas
Edinburg, TX

2nd Place

Gerardo Medina
Guardian Angel, Does This Day Have to End?
Mixed Media
McAllen, TX

3rd Place

Sandra Urie


Oil on linen

McAllen, TX

Honorable Mention

Marco López
La Adelita
McAllen, TX

Honorable Mention

Berry Fritz
Chinese Figurine with Persimmons
Oil on linen

McAllen, TX

Honorable Mention

Ruth Keitz

Floating Door with Crosshatching Instead of Lace Curtains
Mixed Media

Los Fresnos, TX

Meet the 2023 Jurors

Gina Otvos

Gina serves as the Library Art Gallery Coordinator at South Texas College and holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Museum Studies. Raised in Brownsville, TX, her focus centers on how museums can contribute to the community’s overall growth and healing. Currently, she is working on creating virtual experiences that connect users with art and library resources, with a special emphasis on improving information literacy and access. With more than 15 years of experience as a ceramicist, Otvos specializes in carved high-fire stoneware.

Melissa D. Terry

Melissa is an art history instructor at South Texas College. She holds an M.A and has completed doctoral coursework in Art History. Her research focuses on the aesthetics of social movements, where she uses cultural geography to explore the spatial aspects of handmade protest signs as they move between users and places (real and digital). As a teacher, she loves finding ways for her students to make connections between art history, local community, and their lived experience.

Key Dates

  • Artwork Drop Off Dates:
    • Sat. Sept 9, 10AM-5PM
    • Wed. Sept 13, 10AM-6PM
  • Declined Artwork Pickup Dates:
    • Wed. Sept. 20, 10AM-5PM
    • Sat. Sept. 23, 10AM-5PM
  • Opening date & reception:
    • September 30, 5-7PM with awards at 6PM.
  • Closing date:
    • Jan 28, 2024
  • Artwork pickup:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024 Saturday, Feb 3, 2024 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Entry Requirements

  • Current IMAS membership renewed for the 2023 calendar year;up to two adults from the same household address may participate if they have a Family membership or higher level.
  • Up to two entries per member; one guaranteed acceptance.
  • All artworks must be display-ready; wall pieces must have hanging wire (no saw tooth hangers accepted).
  • 2D works can be no larger than 3’w x 4’h. 3D works can be no larger than 1’w x 1’h x 1’d. All works must be movable by the artist.
  • Any works with plant or animal matter, liquids, electrical or battery powered objects are not allowed.
  • All works must have been created after January 1, 2020, and not previously exhibited at the IMAS.
  • Accepted artwork must remain on display through January 28, 2024.
  • All works must be titled and show display orientation on non-display side including artist name and date created.

IMAS retains the right to decline artwork based on space or safety considerations. Call or email cmichel@theimasonline.com with any questions.


Works will be juried across the entire exhibition. Award recipients will be notified prior to the reception and awards will be noted on exhibition labels.

  • Best of Show: $500
  • Second Place: $300
  • Third Place: $200
  • 3 Honorable Mentions: $50