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Tubac Center of the Arts Ex Voto
9 Plaza Road
PO Box 1911

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Arizona
Event Dates: 8/2/19 - 9/1/19
Entry Deadline: 6/24/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Tubac Center of the Arts Ex Voto): $25.00
Entry Fee (Additional entry): $3.00

Nationally Juried Exhibition
Tubac Center of the Arts presents Ex Voto, a nationally-juried exhibition featuring contemporary interpretations of Ex Votto art. Ex Votos are votive offerings to a saint or divinity.  Artists are asked to create innovative, contemporary notions of Ex Votos.

Ex-Votos or Ex Voto
The term is short for ex voto suscepto (from the vow made) or in gratitude or devotion. Ex Votos take a wide variety of forms. They often include texts explaining a miracle attributed to saints or other divinities. The tradition is quite old, going as far back as Abydos in Ancient Egypt. 

Artists are asked to imagine contemporary ex votos. From the Mexican tradition, many depict dangerous incidents or challenges which the offeror survived. The rich folk art tradition of Ex Voto is paralleled in other countries, including Italy and Spain. While there are a variety of types of Ex Votos, this exhibition seeks contemporary views of gratitude or plaintive assistance in two-dimensional representations.  Think outside of the tradition, however, and consider smaller 2D work with visuals and text wherein the notions of help or gratitude are depicted.

Juror Ruben Urrea Moreno
Ruben Urrea Moreno is a self-taught painter, muralist, and illustrator. His work has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Seattle, Phoenix, and Mexico. His art is also part of the El Paso Museum of Art’s permanent collection.  His work recently appeared in the Tubac Center of the Arts' exhibition In This Together in collaboration with the ACLU of Arizona. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Call is open

Monday, June 24, 2019
Deadline for application

June 24 to 28, 2019

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Notification to the artists

Friday, July 26, 2019
Shipped artwork due

Monday, July 29, 2019
Hand-delivered art due

Friday, August 2 to Sunday, September 1, 2019
Exhibition Dates

Friday, August 2, 2019, at 5:00 PM
Exhibition Opening Reception and prizes

September 2 & 3, 2019
Unsold artwork pickup

September 9, 2019
Shipped artwork 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 sawtooth 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 art may be removed from the exhibit prior to the close of the exhibition on Sunday, September 1, 2019, 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 the closing of the exhibition.  Artists must provide a barcoded preprinted PREPAID shipping label for the return of their artwork.  Please, no styrofoam peanuts.

Best of Show $300
Award of Excellence $200
Award of Merit $150
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 three works may be entered for consideration. 

Non-refundable fee 

$25 ($20 with TCA Member discount). Member discount code is VOTO19.

$3 each additional entry image up to 3 total entries 

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

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