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Tubac Center of the Arts First Nations Contemporary Biennial 2018
9 Plaza Road
PO Box 1911

Event Dates: 9/14/18 - 10/21/18
Entry Deadline: 8/2/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Tubac Center of the Arts First Nations Contemporary Biennial 2018): $25.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $3.00

First Nations Contemporary Biennial

A National Juried Exhibition:
The Tubac Center of the Arts presents the First Nations Biennial, an exhibition of contemporary art created by First Nations/Native American artists.  Artists are urged to enter work which is innovative in concept and approach, whether representational or abstract.  Work must have been completed within the last 36 months.  All work must be the original creation of the artist. Any media is eligible. 


Monday, May 13, 2018
Submissions are open.

August 2, 2018
Entry deadline.

August 3 to 8, 2018 
nJury Process

August  9, 2018
Notifications to Artists

September 8 - 10 , 2018
Shipped art due

Monday, September 10, 2018
nHand delivered art due

Friday, September 14, 2018
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony, 5:00-7:00 pm

Monday, October 22, 2018
Art must be picked up

Week of October 29, 2018
Shipped work returned.

Please contact TCA via phone at 520-398-2371 or via email at for special arrangements if you cannot meet the specified hand delivery or pickup dates.


All artwork must arrive ready to hang.  If framed, work must be suitably matted, (white, black or neutral colors preferred), simply framed and firmly wired. No saw tooth hangers.  TCA reserves the right to disqualify any selected entry upon arrival that does not meet the above requirements or is deemed unsuitable for display.


Artists agree to release the use of images of accepted works to TCA only as a permanent record of the exhibition and only for promotional use related to the exhibition and the art center.

Accepted artists will be invited to submit a high-resolution file of their exhibit image for consideration for use in print promotions including the exhibit postcard.  Once accepted, you may email a jpeg file that is at least 300 dpi to  Please include your last name and first initial along with the title in the name of the file. for example SmithJ_PaintingTitle.jpg 


Giclee reproductions printed on canvas are not permitted.  Entry must be original, entirely the work of the artist, executed within the last 36 months, and cannot have been previously shown at TCA.

No artwork may be removed from the exhibit prior to the close of the exhibition on Sunday, October 21, 2018, including sold art.


All work must be for sale. TCA will retain a 40% commission.  Price work accordingly.


Artists are responsible for shipping to and from TCA.  Unsold work will be shipped back to the artist after close of the exhibition.  Artists must provide a barcoded preprinted PREPAID shipping label for the return of their artwork.  Please no styrofoam peanut

How to Apply

To apply to the First Nations Contemporary Biennial exhibit please follow this link,  and register with CaFE™.  

The Member discount code is FNB18 which is entered at checkout.  You must be a current member to use the discount code.  Any submissions by nonmembers taking the member discount will be disqualified from the jurying process without refund. Members receive discounts on fees to all exhibitions as well as discounts in our gift shop and to special events. To renew your membership or become a new member of TCA, please register on our website at or call 520-398-2371.

First-time users must register before they can login. After registering, you need to upload an image of your work to the My Portfolio section.  Images must be sized correctly.  Please see the Media Prep instructions on the CaFE™ website.  After uploading images, click on APPLY TO CALLS and select the appropriate call.  Please copy and paste from word documents when submitting your statement or bio/resume or you may upload your bio/resume.  Checkout is the last step for ready to submit entries. Enter payment details and discount code if you are a member to finalize.


Best of Show, $500
Award of Excellence $300
Award of Merit $250
Juror's Award $100
Honorable Mention $75
Honorable Mention $75


Payments are made at the end of the CaFE™ entry process either via credit card online or a check 

mailed to the art center.

Jury Fees

Jurying will be done on the basis of digital images in a jpg format only. Up to four works may be entered for consideration. 

Non-refundable fee 

$25 ($20 with TCA Member discount) 

$3 each additional entry image up to 4 entries 

Juror: Frank Buffalo Hyde 

Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce/Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan) was born and presently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He uses American icons to explore the miscommunication of cultures. Hyde often turns stereotypical imagery of the "Indian" on its ear with his own brand of satire. Over the past decade he has had numerous sold out shows and his work has been collected by many American museum and public art collections. In 2013, a suite of thirteen paintings titled SKNDNS- Native Americans on Film was purchased by The National Museum of the American Indian. Buffalo Hyde has shown internationally, including a summer and fall 2012 exhibition of contemporary art in Russia; and in galleries in Japan, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. He has been an artist-in-residence and exhibited at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe and at the University of Virginia's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. His most recent solo exhibition, I-Witness Culture is at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, February 2017 to January 2018. Buffalo Hyde attended IAIA in 1993 to 95 and the Santa Fe Art Institute in 1996.

For more information about upcoming exhibitions and performing arts, please visit or call 520-398-2371