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Emerging Artist Program: EmergEAST at Gallery 110
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Entry Deadline: 1/27/23
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington

Gallery 110 Emerging Artist Program
Call for Entry: EmergEAST

Deadline: January 12th, 2023
Heritage University’s Virginia Hislop Gallery Exhibition: March 2023
Gallery 110 Seattle Exhibition: June 1 – July 1, 2023

Founded in 2018, Gallery 110’s Emerging Artist Program provides visual artists exhibition opportunities, subsidized gallery membership and other resources to help grow their art career. This year, eligible applicants are those emerging visual artists who live in Eastern Washington without significant solo exhibitions and/or gallery representation. With this program, we seek to support artists from predominantly rural regions in WA who are not afforded similar access and opportunities to connect with larger audiences in metro areas. Emerging artists for whom membership dues would not be a significant hurdle are encouraged to apply for membership directly. Gallery 110 welcomes artists of all races, beliefs and cultures as members.


EmergEAST is an opportunity for artists east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State for three potential opportunities:

  1. 15 Semi-finalists will be selected by jurors for a group exhibition at Heritage University (HU) in Toppenish, WA.
  2. 10 Finalists will be jury selected from the Heritage University exhibition to participate in a group exhibition at Gallery 110 in Pioneer Square, Seattle
  3. Up to 2 artists will be selected from the Finalist exhibition at Gallery 110 to be offered an Emerging Artist Membership Award

In addition to the 2 exhibition opportunities in Toppenish and Seattle for selected artists, the Emerging Artist Membership Award includes:

  • 2-year fully paid Gallery 110 memberships for up to two (2) artists
  • Gallery representation (physical and virtual)
  • A solo exhibition within 24-months membership period
  • Additional opportunities to exhibit work in the gallery
  • Mentoring with gallery artists
  • Participation in gallery operations and decision-making

Application opens: November 15, 2022
Submission deadline: January 12, 2023
Notification of 10 semi-finalists: February 7, 2023
Studio visits or portfolio review (in-person or remote): January 25 – February 10, 2023
First Exhibition of Semi-Finalists (12) at Heritage University: March 2023
Notification of seven (7) Finalists for Seattle Exhibition: May 25, 2023
Seattle Exhibition and award announcements: June 2023


Rosie Saldana, Artistic Director at Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, WA
Rosie Saldana is an artist who focuses primarily on painting in a variety of mediums. Rosie has a BA from Heritage University and is completing her MA in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University this year. Rosie has also participated in a cohort with WESTAFF ELC, and has been instrumental in enriching the Yakima Valley through dynamic community arts programming. Rosie’s artwork blends both personal and cultural aspects of her Latino heritage and has been exhibited regionally at Neplanta Cultural Arts Center in Seattle, Moses Lake Cultural Arts Museum, Gallery One, Larson Gallery, the Yakima Valley Museum and many other venues.

Christie Tirado, Artist/Educator, Yakima, WA
Christie Tirado’s artwork revolves around the many diasporas that compose her Mexican American identity. As the daughter of two immigrant parents from Mexico, her artistic creation has organically branched out beyond her own realities, to include and articulate the livelihoods of many who systematically go unheard and unseen: Central Washington’s farmworkers. Working primarily in linocut, her bold graphics are inspired by the Mexican tradition of relief block printing which has historically been used as a vehicle for artistic, social, and political expression. 

Tirado earned her BA at the University of Washington and her MIT at Heritage University, and has exhibited her prints widely, including exhibitions at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, SOIL gallery in Seattle, The Sun Valley Museum of Art in Ketchum, Idaho, Sonoma State University in CA, and La Productora Gráfica del Bosque in Oaxaca, MX. She was the recipient of the 2020 Larry Sommers Fellowship through Seattle Print Arts, and her work has been featured in various newsrooms and magazines across the nation like High Country News, ProPublica and Crosscut. She currently teaches art to K-8 students in Yakima, Washington.

Gregory Pierce, Professor of Art, Chair Fine Art Department, Heritage University, Toppenish, WA
Greg is an artist/educator who worked in professional art studios and residencies in Norway, Texas, Maine, California and Massachusetts before moving to Washington State. His art process emulates geologic processes of landscape formation while condensing personal viewpoints, memories, and traces of human detritus into layered visual abstractions. The resulting structures are building blocks in a personal vocabulary that communicate his connection to place.

Greg has completed large scale installations, Cascading Core Stratigraphies, in North Cascades National Park, and Weather or Not on Pier 61/62 in Seattle. He has helped curate exhibits such as: Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art 1977-2015; Leo Adams: Reservation Viewpoints; and Northwest Connections: Contemporary Works in Clay. He received his BFA from Alfred University, and his MFA from San Diego State University.

Panelists will review applicants through a lens of racial equity and will be encouraged to highlight a range of disciplines and practices. Euro-centric language commonly used to parse evaluations gives a veneer of impartiality, but the result risks overlooking the emotive power of embodied knowledge and the aesthetic magic of ancestral memory. In addition to using a scoring rubric, the jury will use combined independent and collaborative decision making to achieve consensus.

Application Requirements


Applications will be accepted through CaFE (application opens November 15, 2022). There is a $25 entry fee, though this can be waived for those in need by contacting the gallery Director ( If you need help with the application process, please contact

  • Biography (150 words or less)
  • Artist Statement – (350 words or less)
  • Work samples – (up to 6 images)
  • Work sample descriptions – (include title, materials, dimensions, time, year completed, and 1-2 sentence description of the work)
  • Personal declaration of need for Member Award Scholarship for those who select this option, and how they would benefit from such an opportunity (100 words or less)

Eligibility Criteria


  • 2D and 3D visual artists
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Residents in the following 20 counties in Eastern Washington: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Spokane, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima
  • No prior solo exhibitions in commercial or public galleries except for student exhibitions at matriculating institutions
  • Communicate serious long-term art goals, can travel to Seattle for exhibition opportunity
  • For those interested in the subsidized membership opportunity, a desire to be an active member of Gallery 110, and agreement to contract terms