2015 Annual Waterfront Show & Competition

Annual Waterfront Art Show Montgomery, Alabama

In Memory of Nell Hardeman, the founder of this competition, please join us for the 36th Annual Waterfront Show and Competition.

Learn more about Nell Hardeman.


Montgomery Visitor Center
(in the Union Station)
300 Water St
Montgomery, AL 36104

See map (bottom of page)

Entry Deadline

Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm  ( Judging begins promptly at 3:00 pm )

Entry Form: Click here to download PDF

Reception & Awards Presentations

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Art Exhibit

Dates: September 13, 2015 – September 29th, 2015

Visitor Center Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Learn more

Competition Rules

  • Works of art have a “Water” or “Downtown Montgomery” theme.
  • Entries must be brought to the Visitor Center on Wed, September 9th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    • Judging will be promptly at 3 p.m.
  • Entries will be accepted in 3 Categories:
    • Cat. 1: Paintings, Drawings, and Original Prints, 2-D Mixed Media
    • Cat. 2: Photography and Computer Generated Works
    • Cat. 3: Three-Dimensional Works
  • 2-D Entries must be framed or gallery wrapped, and must have wire for hanging.
  • Items must not have been entered in a previous Waterfront Show and can be no more than 2 years old.
  • Best of Show, and 1st-3rd place in all categories, will receive appropriate rosettes and monetary awards. Prize amounts will be based on the number of entries. Ribbons will be awarded for Honorable Mentions.
  • Purchase Awards: $500 and/or $300 Purchase Awards will be available. Purchase Award recipients will also receive a Ribbon of Merit.
  • Entries need to be picked up at the Visitor Center on Tuesday, September 30th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


SAC’s Members: $8 per entry ($25 memberships can be purchased at turn-in)

Non-members: $12 per entry

  • Limit of 6 entries per artist, with a limit of 4 per category.
  • The Society of Arts and Crafts and the Jurist reserve the right to reject artwork that does not fit with the theme of the show or is not appropriate to show in the Visitor Center. A commission of 20% of sales will be taken.
  • Best in Show sponsors in honor of Becky Weeks and Lee Hardeman, and in Memory of their mother Nell Hardeman for whom this show is named.
  • The Donnave Lindsey Memorial Merit Award for Fine Painting, sponsored by Kathleen and Fred Rousch.
  • Our Purchase Award Sponsors:
    • Dwight Henderson
    • Joyce Smith
    • River Bank & Trust
    • Peyton’s Place Restaurant

About Our Jurist

Elliot A. Knight works for the Alabama State Council on the Arts where he is the Visual Arts Program Manager and Director of the Georgine Clarke Alabama Artists Gallery.

Knight, an Opelika native, holds three degrees from the University of Alabama including a BA in Visual Communication, an MA in American Studies, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is the founder of the nationally recognized Black Belt 100 Lenses Program, which is a participatory photography and arts program that works with high school students in twelve Alabama Black Belt counties.

Knight has developed and taught several courses at the University of Alabama in the Department of Art History and the Honors College. He also served as Director of the Arts Living Learning Community.

Additionally, Knight has served as an advisory board member for the Alabama Art Kitchen and the Beauty Amid Destruction project and currently serves as a member of the Montgomery Public Art Commission.

Knight is also a photographer with both a photojournalism and fine art photography background. His work has been published in magazines in the UK and Australia, the New York Daily News, and a number of other publications.

Knight’s fine art photography has been shown around the state and is part of the Paul Jones collection in Tuscaloosa.

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