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Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kansas City
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Entry Deadline: 7/19/19
Application Closed

Entry Fee ( Look Me in the Eye : Portraits of Kansas City): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Kansas
Event Dates: 9/15/19 - 11/29/19

The Epsten Gallery
5500 W 123rd St
Leawood, KS 66209
(913) 266-8414

Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kanas City (runs Sep 15 thru Nov 29, 2019) is a juried exhibition of portraits by artists who live or work within a 60-mile radius of Kansas City. We expect to exhibit work by at least 50 area artists who will each receive a printed exhibition catalog. 

The Kansas City area is a much more diverse community than many realize, and this exhibition intends to acknowledge that. The Epsten Gallery seeks portraits of people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders for this exhibition.

  • Call Type: Exhibitions
  • Eligibility: Regional
  • Application Fee: $15.00
  • Legal: The Epsten Gallery Foundation bears no legal responsibility for any work submitted in response to this call for proposals, or any outcomes connected to the use of submitted work in this The Epsten Gallery exhibition including but not limited to the exhibition, catalog, promotional materials, web site, social media.
  • Copyright: Artist retains copyright of their work. The Epsten Gallery Foundation reserves the right to use submitted images with credits, for the purposes of promotion, fund-raising, catalog publication, archive, web site, and social media. 


  1. Work must be a portrait by an Area Resident. Area Resident means anyone living within 60 miles of Kansas City including the following counties: Douglas, KS; Johnson, KS; Leavenworth, KS; Linn, KS; Miami, KS; Wyandotte, KS; Bates, MO; Caldwell, MO; Cass, MO; Clay, MO; Clinton, MO; Jackson, MO; Johnson, MO; Lafayette, MO; Platte, MO; Ray, MO
  2. Work should be 2D. 
  3. Photography and digital print submissions are discouraged.
  4. A brief bio, artist’s statement and CV are required along with at least one and not more than three images of your work and non-refundable fee of $15.
  5. Accepted artwork must be shipped ‘installation ready’ unless otherwise noted in the acceptance letter.
  6. Our preferred standard for 2D installation is  hanging wire, D-ring, or cleat. 
  7. Only Plexiglas should be used in framing (no glass framing) for shipped 2D artwork. We cannot guarantee against breakage and damage to the artwork if glass if shipped.
  8. The Epsten Gallery reserves the right to reject accepted work at any time; including work that differs significantly from the submitted images or is inadequately prepared for installation.
  9. Each artwork must have a label attached on the back or bottom of the pieces containing the following information: Artist’s name, title of piece, media, date of completion, sale price (or if NFS, the insurance value).
  10. All works will be handled with the utmost care and respect by The Epsten Gallery. The Epsten Gallery is not liable for artwork during transportation to or from the gallery. The Epsten Gallery is not liable for damages caused by insufficient preparation or construction of physical works during the exhibit run.
  11. The Epsten Gallery reserves the right to refuse coverage to artwork with inherent difficulties, high values, or that is deemed unstable. By entering into this show, the artist agrees to abide by all rules and details established in this call.
  12. Accepted works must remain on exhibit at The Epsten Gallery until the exhibition closes.
  13. The Epsten Gallery will retain a 40% commission on all sales made as a result of the exhibition.
  14. The Epsten Gallery reserves the right to use images of the Work for educational and promotional purposes including but not limited to newspaper, television, radio and internet.
  15. Artist may be asked to submit a high-resolution image of the accepted Work and a clear image of the artist’s face for such purposes.


The bio and statement of each accepted artist and work will be published in a printed catalog documenting the exhibition. One catalog will be provided to each artist in the exhibition. Additional catalogs may be purchased from The Epsten Gallery for $20 each plus shipping.


Work accepted for the exhibition need not be for sale, but if accepted work is for sale and is sold by The Epsten Gallery, the gallery will keep 40% of the price and remit 60% of the price to the artist by December 15, 2019.


  • July 19,2019 - Deadline to apply to this call
  • August 1, 2019 - Notification of accepted work. 
  • August 15-31, 2019 – Artist must deliver accepted work to The Epsten Gallery / 5500 W 123rd St / Leawood, KS 66209 / (913) 266-8414.
    • Artwork must have a label attached on the back or bottom of the pieces containing the following information: Artist’s name, title of piece, media, date of completion, sale price (or if NFS, the insurance value).
    • Please do not deliver work earlier than Aug 15. Late or damaged shipments will be returned collect.
    • Please arrange delivery Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11 am and 5 pm or by appointment: call (913) 266-8414.
    • We prefer that accepted work be hand-delivered by the artist, but we will accept shipments on the condition that work is shipped PREPAID in substantial, reusable packing cartons with repacking instructions. (NO Styrofoam peanuts). 
  • September 1-10, 2019  – hang the exhibition 
  • September 15, 2019 – exhibition opens to public
  • November 29, 2019 – exhibition closes
  • December 1-7, 2019 – pack artwork back in original shipping material
  • December 8-14, 2019 – artwork which was hand-delivered may be picked up at the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by appointment: call (913) 266-8414
    • If return shipment cannot be completed, or if works are sent without return shipping provided for, or if hand delivered works are not picked up, The Epsten Gallery will dispose of the work(s) in any way it sees fit without liability or further notice to the artist or lender.
  • December 15, 2019 – deadline for payment for sold work to be mailed to artist.


Originally founded in 1991, The Epsten Gallery Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit that provides innovative art exhibitions and partnerships that engage, inspire and enlighten a diverse community through all stages of life and celebrates our common humanity through art. The Epsten Gallery is a place where multi-generational communities may enrich their lives by sharing the wonder, excitement and inspiration of art through regular exhibitions throughout the year. Learn more at 


Elisabeth Kirsch is an art historian, curator and writer who has curated over 100 exhibitions of contemporary art, American Indian art and photography, locally and across the country. She writes frequently for national and local arts publications including KC Studio and The Kansas City Star. Learn more at 

Mike Lyon is a full-time artist based in Kansas City whose work is typically portrait or figure. His work is in the collections of many museum, public, and private collections. Lyon’s work and unique studio practice have been featured in numerous publications including “Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC and Digital Methods” by Paul Catanese & Angela Geary, “Modern Printmaking” by Sylvie Covey, “Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop” by April Vollmer, and “Silverpoint and Metalpoint Drawing: A Complete Guide to the Medium” by Susan Schwalb & Tom Mazzullo. Learn more at 


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