Matting and Framing

Artwork juried into the CPSA International Exhibition must be ready for hanging because this show takes place in a gallery setting. Academic framing is required in order to create a harmonious look and avoid jarring distractions. Judges are very much aware of framing requirements and the presentation can influence their decision when selecting awards.

  • “Academic framing” consists of off-white, white or neutral (gray, beige or black) mats. Colored mats are not allowed for this exhibition, though a narrow—less than 1/4 inch wide—colored liner is permissible.
  • The mat should generally be at least 3 or 4 inches wide and have the same dimension for the top and sides. A wider or “weighted” bottom is perfectly acceptable.
  • Simple metal or wood frames are preferred because they contribute a more uniform look to the show and are easier to fix should the artwork slip from behind the mat during shipping. Choose frames in muted, neutral tones such as gold, silver, copper, black, white, or gray. Avoid decorative colors and ornately carved or gilded wood frames.
  • Acrylic/plexiglass is the only kind of glazing permitted because it weighs less than glass and is less likely to shatter.
  • It is also permissible to present artwork without glazing as long as it is properly mounted and protected with some kind of fixative.