Call Detail
11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Grand Canyon Conservancy
Attn: Anne Dowling
1824 South Thompson Street, Ste 205
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact Email:
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: International
State: Arizona
Event Dates: 9/8/19 - 1/20/20
Entry Deadline: 1/15/19
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 20

Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 8
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 8
Entry Fee (11th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art): $45.00
The event is open to all artists 18 years and older with plein air experience and experience painting the Grand Canyon from the rim. Please include plein air experience in the résumé that is submitted with your application.

Entry Form, Fee and Deadline
Please submit a completed entry form, a one page résumé (including contact info), three (3) to eight (8) images of plein air and studio artwork (including at least one Grand Canyon image painted from the Rim) in JPEG format (see following paragraph), and a non-refundable entry fee of $45. All artwork must be submitted in JPEG format; slides and prints will not be accepted. All submissions must be submitted by January 15, 2019.

Image Format
Each artist must submit a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of eight (8) professional-quality images of their artwork in JPEG format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Images should include the title of the piece in the file name. At least one Grand Canyon image painted from the Rim must be included in your submission. In addition, please list the title, dimensions, medium, plein air/studio, and price of your pieces on the Entry Form. If you have format questions please contact Alysa Ojeda at

Selection Process
The Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an invitational and juried event. A panel of several jurors will review all applications and will select four to six artists who, together with returning and invited artists, will comprise the participants in the 2019 event. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to each applicant no later than February 1, 2019.

Specifications for Works Accepted for Exhibition
Studio Submission:  Each participating artist will submit one studio piece for the exhibit.
A professional-quality electronic image of this piece must be submitted by March 31, 2019 for reproduction in the exhibition catalog. Files must be high-resolution (300 dpi when reproduced at 9 x 12 inches).

Plein Air at Grand Canyon: Additional artwork must be completed on site at the Grand Canyon between September 7 and September 14, 2019, and must feature Grand Canyon National Park subject matter. Blank canvases will be stamped with an official event insignia beginning on Friday, September 6, 2019 during the artists’ orientation and registration. All works must be suitably framed and ready to hang. D-rings with picture wire or a suitable hanging device must be attached. All participating artists must adhere to the event schedule and participate in the Quick Draw and Auction on September 14, 2019 (exceptions made with the approval of the Event Coordinator).

Number of pieces: Each participating artist will submit a minimum of five (5) plein air paintings which have been produced during the event. Grand Canyon–themed artworks produced prior to the event is allowed for backup display and sale but must be approved by the Event Coordinator prior to submission.

This event is a fundraiser for the Grand Canyon Association, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon Association will retain a 50 percent commission on all sales. Payments for work sold will be mailed to the artist after the sale of each piece.

Shipment of Unsold Art
Artists are responsible for the cost of returning unsold artwork. All artists must provide FedEx or UPS account numbers for the return of unsold art.

Lodging and Transportation
Reservations and cost of lodging are the responsibility of the artist. Lodging options will be sent to participating artists in their notification packets.

Artists are responsible for providing their own transportation to, from and within Grand Canyon National Park.

People’s Choice Award (voted on by the public during Quick Draw event)
Artists’ Choice Award (participating artists select one of their peers, based on body of work)
Best of Show: Studio Painting Award (judged by master jurors)
Best of Show: Plein Air Award (judged by master jurors)

Calendar and Deadlines
January 15, 2019– Artist Entry Form submission/postmark deadline
January 2019 – Jury meets
February 1, 2019 – Artist notification emailed
March 31, 2019 – Hi-res image (300 dpi when reproduced at 9 x 12 inches) of studio piece submitted for exhibition catalog

2019 Event Schedule*
Friday, September 6 – Artists arrive for orientation and canvas stamping (afternoon)
September 7 – 14 – Artists paint on site (in addition, scheduled public demonstrations along the rim adjacent, locations and artists to be determined)
September 12 – Framed art turned in for hanging (afternoon; exact times to be determined)
Friday, September 13 – All artists paint along rim between Mather Point and Trailview Overlook  (sunrise to 10:00 a.m.)
September 14 – Quick Draw event and auction (morning)
September 14 – Collectors’ Preview and Sale Reception (evening)
September 15 – Opening Reception (morning)
Exhibition & Sale through January 20, 2020

*Additional events and/or presentations will be scheduled at a later time.

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