Juried “Best of Show” Information

The Urban Artist Market offers our artisan exhibitors the opportunity to participate in our juried “Best of Show” competition. Each exhibitor can submit 2 pieces of work into the same or different categories for recognition during our event. Only participating exhibitors can enter into this competition. Jurors include Art Professor Brett Dyer, Assemblage Artist Roberta Masciarelli and ACTX Publisher Ken Villalovos. Award winners will be on display during Friday night cocktail reception. Seeking artists in 2-D art, basketry, ceramics, encaustic, fiber art, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mosaic, photography, pottery, sculpture, stained glass and novelty.

Brett Dyer, M.F.A., B.F.A.
Artist and Professor

Brett Dyer, originally from East Texas, currently lives and works in Dallas where he exhibits nationally and serves as an art professor at North Lake College. He teaches private workshops at various art centers and museums and has previously taught at El Centro College, Tarrant County College and Collin College. He has won multiple awards for teaching and his art. Recently he was named the 2015-2016 Presidential Scholar of North Lake College. He has also won mural competitions in which he painted large murals in both Deep Ellum and the City of Irving.

Roberta Masciarelli
Artist and Gallery Owner

Roberta Masciarelli is a Brazilian born visual artist based in Dallas, Texas. Being in the visual arena her entire life, her artistic expression has evolved through time. Her art is based on what she believes: recycling, repurposing, thinking about the planet and the effects of environmental pollution. She has participated in art events throughout the United States including Dallas, New York, Santa Fe, Sedona and Washington, DC. She has exhibited in international shows in Bosnia, Denmark, English, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal and South Africa. She currently owns and operates the gallery in the Addison Circle Art Center.

Ken Villalobos
ACTX Publisher

Ken is founder and publisher of Arts and Culture, Texas.  Arts and Culture Texas (ACTX) is a state-wide magazine focused on the contemporary visual and performing arts and their affect on life and lives in Texas. Editorial content in the print publication and online site includes feature articles, artist interviews, reviews, think pieces and more. The magazine is distributed in Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston and San Antonio. Ken is passionate about supporting local arts, music and theater and has juried several shows.

Urban Artist Market Best of Show Juried Process


• All work must be original, produced by the artist and signed. In addition to originals, prints will be accepted but must be professionally signed Giclee prints on canvas, watercolor paper etc., to maintain enhanced integrity. No poster prints allowed.

• Limited editions must be appropriately numbered or identified as artist’s proof.

• Reproductions must be identified.

• Wearable art must be of original design and individually made.

• Art submitted for Jury Consideration must be in the category the artisan is currently exhibiting in during the Urban Artist Market.

• Artist must be present with their work at the event.

• It is the Artist’s responsibility to identify the category for which they would like to be juried. Please choose the category which best describes your work. If you do not choose a category (medium) your application will not be processed. Artists may only submit work in two (2) unique categories for this event.

• Only one (1) Best of Show per category will be selected and displayed in lobby throughout event

• Artists must be participating exhibitors in Urban Artist Market during event.

• Artists may enter two different submissions in the same category.


Pottery/Ceramics: All original work other than jewelry accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed. Mosaic based in ceramic or pottery tile, should be entered under this category.

Digital Art/Photography/Printmaking: Digital art includes any original work for which the original image or the manipulation of a source material is executed by the artist using a computer. Digital art could be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image (e.g., film or digital) which have been processed by the artist or under their direct supervision are included in this category. Images printed through software such as Photoshop are to be entered in this category, not in mixed-media or digital. Print works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens, which have been signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, book arts and paper making. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns, or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist may be exhibited. Embellishment of commercially-made fiber items are not allowed (e.g., embellishment added to commercially made shoes or hats).

Glass: Original work created in glass by the artist. Pressed glass, massed production and embellishment of commercial glass products are not permitted. Mosaic made out of glass should be entered under this category.

Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials may be entered in this category. Jewelry may enter into two categories. For example: If a jeweler works in metal they may enter the metal category and the jewelry category.

Metalwork: Includes any work crafted from metal. Any artwork that is crafted from the ‘ores of the earth’, including bronze, gold, tin, lead, silver and iron is defined as metal art.

Mixed Media: This category includes two-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in the production of the artwork.

• Jewelry is not considered mixed-media and should apply in the JEWELRY category.

• Photography is not considered mixed-media and should apply in the DIGITAL ART/PHOTOGRAPHY/PRINT MAKING category.

If you have questions or need clarification, call and talk with us.

Painting/Drawing: Painting works created using such materials as oils, acrylics and watercolor, are in this category. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited editions. Drawing works created using such dry media as chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils and wax crayon, or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Sculpture/Assemblage: Three-dimensional sculptural work done in any medium (e.g., bronze, stone, acrylic). Assemblage is a work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects and can be wall mounted or require a pedestal for display.

Wood/Leather: Original works that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Novelty: This category is open to any artisan whose work falls outside of other categories or any unusual one-of-a-kind novelty element. This category includes soap, candle making and other distinctive artisan products.