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2022 National Fine Art Show
Entry Deadline: 3/23/22
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $45.00
Media Fee(Media Fee): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado

The Lincoln Gallery and the Thompson Valley Art League invite you to enter the 2022 NATIONAL FINE ART SHOWOpen to all U.S. artists working in the 6 categories listed below.  All entries must be for sale.  No installations or sets of works to make one entry will be accepted.  Cash awards of $2,000 will be awarded.

The exhibition will run from May 13-June 2, with the Artists’ Reception and Awards Presentation on Friday, May 13. 

ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS!  Due to the large number of photographic entries we have been receiving, we are no longer accepting photography for our National Fine Art show.  Instead we are announcing a show strictly for photography.  The 2022 REGIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is now accepting entries on and will run from April 8 – 24.  Here is the direct link to the Photography Show. 

Juror: A self-taught artist, Dave Santillanes began painting shortly after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Graphic Design. But he points to his first plein air excursions as the true beginning of his development as a painter where direct observation allowed for a more precise rendering of color, light and atmosphere. And although studying the physical aspects of nature is important, it isn’t the only reason Dave paints outdoors. He says, “the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There’s no better way to get to really know a place than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can’t be achieved in mere passing and allows me to “speak” with complete sincerity in each painting.” Dave’s passion for painting has led to a number of recent awards including the Grand Prize at the 9th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition in 2020, the Aritst’s Choice Award at the 2020 Quest for the West Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis and First Place in the Landscape Category at the 12th annual International ARC Salon. He’s also won numerous awards for his plein air work and has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Art of the West Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine.


1.  Oil 
2.  Mixed Media 
3.  Acrylic 
4.  Watercolor
5.  3D & Sculpture
6.  Pastel & Drawing
Artists may enter multiple categories but total entries may not exceed 6.  Artwork not meeting any of the above criteria will be rejected.  The Thompson Valley Art League reserves the right to categorize your entries if we feel they are entered incorrectly.
Only entries received online through CaFE’ ( will be considered.  EXTENDED Deadline for entry is midnight, March 23, 2022.  All artists will be notified by email of the juror’s decisions by April 6, 2022.  While the Lincoln Gallery will undertake the utmost care in handling all entries, the Gallery will not be held liable for damage occurring either while in the gallery or during shipping.  Insuring the artwork is the responsibility of the artist.

$45 entry fee includes up to 2 entries.  Additional entries are $10 each for a maximum of six (5) entries total. Fees are non-refundable.  Your email address will be our primary contact.  Only works selected by the juror will be displayed and eligible for awards from the show. 

Shipped deliveries will be received between April 27- May 4.  Hand delivered work will be received between May 6-May 7 at the Lincoln Gallery between the hours of 12:00-5:00pm.   Any artwork not received by May 7 may not be exhibited.  Shipping containers will be stored and reused for return shipment.   If a piece is sold and the artist wishes the shipping container returned, the Lincoln Gallery must be notified by email.   A prepaid return-shipping label must be included with all shipped artwork.   Return shipments will be shipped by June 15.  Please deliver or ship to:

Lincoln Gallery
429 North Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537 
Phone:  970 663-2407

All works must be for sale and preferably remain on display until the close of the exhibit. Sales will be encouraged to further the efforts of the artists and to stimulate acquisition of original art by patrons and the public.  The Lincoln Gallery will collect a 35% commission on all sales.  Payment for sold items will be mailed to the artists on the 20th of the month following the close of the show.

Cash awards of $2,000 will be presented for Best of Show plus 1st and 2nd Place in each Category.  The Awards Ceremony will take place during the Opening Reception to be held on May 13th, from 6:00-7:00pm for Artist and guests only, The reception will be open to the public at 7:00-9:00pm at the Lincoln Gallery, 429 North Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO, 80537. Live Facebook awards presentation will be at 6:30 on Facebook @thelincolngallery. 

Calendar of Important Dates:
March 23             EXTENDED Entry deadline  
April 6                 Notification by email
April 27-May 4    Arrival of accepted SHIPPED work to gallery 
May 6-May 7       Hand deliveries of accepted work at Lincoln Gallery 12:00-5:00pm
May 13                 Opening Reception 6:00-9:00 pm.  Awards Presentation at 6:30pm     

June 2                   Show closes.  
June 3-4               Pickup unsold work between 12:00-5:00pm  (Arrangements must be made for alternate pickup times.  970-663-2407)                                     
June 15                  Unsold work will be shipped


Application Requirements

Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5 
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 5
Entry Fee (Includes up to 2 entries): $45.00
Media Fee (per entry over minimum): $10.00

Eligibility Criteria

Open to all US artists working in the listed categories.  Work must be original art, not copied from photos or works by other artists, or done under instruction. No installations or sets of works to make one entry will be accepted.  The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work which they consider to be in poor taste or inappropriate.  Entries must have been completed within the last 3 years (on or after 1/1/2019) and may not have been included/accepted in previous Lincoln Gallery or Thompson Valley Art League juried shows.