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Below you'll find active and ongoing Calls to Artists, Requests for Proposals and Applications for various programs at the Durango Arts Center.  Select the opportunity below to view guidelines and application requirements.

Once you select a submission opportunity below, you must then create a free Submittable account to get started.  Your account will allow you to save/review your work before submitting, view your application status and even find more opportunities at other organizations.  For a quick how-to on creating an account, see here: http://help.submittable.com/knowledgebase/articles/225218-how-do-i-submit.

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Durango Arts Center is currently accepting proposals from artists and curators for exhibits in the Barbara Conrad and Entrada Galleries for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Entries are welcome from artists and curators of all career stages and in all mediums and themes for group and solo shows.

All Media Accepted:
Performance Art

New Media

Artists are encouraged to submit their current body of work or concept for an upcoming project, installation, performance, etc. The proposed project does not need to fill the entire space. Exhibits will be curated from the proposed work. Artists will be paired according to the Exhibits Committee and Exhibits Director's input. 

Curators are encouraged to think big about collaborative exhibition ideas and to connect with the Durango and surrounding communities through their artist selection, theme, and/or partnerships. 

Proposals are free for current DAC Members. $10.00 Proposal Processing Fee for Non-Members

Deadline to apply is May 18, 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Submissions will be reviewed by the DAC Exhibits Committee and Exhibits Director by the end of May and notifications will be sent on or before July 1, 2019.

The Durango Arts Center's Exhibits Program believes the open call for proposals is integral to the full creative development of our community. Exhibits will be selected to support the growth of ideas and interests of local artists at all stages of their career by providing exhibition opportunities.  We are also interested in fostering our local arts community by presenting interesting contemporary artwork from out of the area to continually bring new creative ideas, concepts, and methods to our local artists and arts advocates. 

DAC is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. Over the years, DAC has built its reputation as a local arts industry leader and has been working diligently to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in the Four Corners region and beyond.

Our Mission:
The Durango Arts Center enriches the community through innovative visual and performing art, and arts education. DAC advances appreciation and participation in the arts as a cultural leader in the region.

Our Vision:
The Durango Arts Center strives to be a cultural destination and a creative catalyst, inspiring our community through engagement in the arts.

A Little History:
Since the late 1960s, the Durango Arts Center (DAC) has worked to promote the exploration, education, enrichment and enjoyment of the arts as a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization. What is affectionately known throughout the Four Corners as “DAC,” the Arts Center actually has a founding history rich in the support and development of the arts in this region that reaches back several decades.  DAC in current day is the result of a confluence of two agencies – the Durango Fine Arts Council (DFAC) and the Durango Artists Association (DAA) – both created in the 1960’s to develop and promote regional activity and interest in the arts.

Proposal Questions? Please contact Peter@DurangoArts.org

Note: We are working on updating Gallery Blueprints. These will be available when complete. 


Unless you were invited to apply, artists must contact Exhibits Director, Peter Hay, to inquire about Winter Solstice Artisans' Market by emailing peter@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606 Ext. 12.


A signature community event, the Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market (WSAM) is a much anticipated destination for holiday shopping amongst locals and visitors.  WSAM provides artists and craftspeople a unique opportunity to sell work through DAC in a 4-week long professional market setting, with DAC providing marketing to its 1200+ membership and the community at-large.  DAC retains 40% commission of artist sales, which serves to support the costs of the market and the dynamic, year-round exhibition program that welcomes over 8300 visitors annually. 


Peter Hay, DAC Exhibits Director, peter@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606 Ext. 12.


Friday, November 23 – Saturday, December 22, 2018

Opens Friday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. // Closes Saturday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Market is open Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (with occasional late nights for special events, such as Noel Night, Dec 1).


DEADLINE TO REGISTER: 10/26/18 @Midnight


Friday, October 26th @ Midnight

Deadline for registration, complete digital registration, and entry fee (membership payment if applicable).

Saturday, October 27th

Winter Solstice Inventory Spreadsheets (Google Sheet) will be emailed to all registered artists on or before October 26th, along with detailed instructions on how to input your inventory. 

Tuesday, November 6th  

Deadline to submit artwork inventory spreadsheet to DAC. Please email inventory to peter@durangoarts.org.  Call Peter with questions, (970) 259-2606, Ext 12

Saturday, November 10th

DAC will prepare labels of each artist’s inventory, available for pick-up at DAC 10 a.m. to 5pm

Saturday, November 17th 

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., drop-off all labeled artwork at DAC. A drop off time sign up sheet will be emailed out with registratio info. Please sign up for a time to help spread the artwork drop off thorughout the day and not all at one time. 

Friday, November 23nd

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Opening of Market!!!! Tell your friends and family there is a Black Friday alternative!

Saturday, December 22nd

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., LAST DAY OF WSAM

Sunday, December 23rd

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., pick-up unsold artwork inventory at DAC. There will be a pickup time sign up sheet emailed out a few week before the end of the market. Please sign up for a time to help spread the pick up congestion. 


1. Complete your registration by October 26th, 2018.  

"Complete Registration" requires the following:

  1. Filling out the entry form on this screen, scroll down.
  2. Paying entry fee and membership if needed.

NOTE:  Completing the online form below does not conclude your registration. Your registration is complete when the appropriate payment has both been received by the DAC.  

Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave, Durango, CO 81301

If you are not currently a Durango Arts Center Member your Non-member registration fee of $125 will automatically include an Artist Level membership, which will be active for 1 year. As a member you will receive a higher commission fee (60%) on artwork sold, in addition to other benefits. To learn more about DAC membership visit: http://durangoarts.org/join-as-a-member/


  • DAC Member Entry Fee: $75
  •  Non-Member Entry Fee: $125

If your payment is not received by the October 26th deadline, you will not be included in the market.

2. By Saturday, Oct. 27th, 2018 DAC will email you a specific inventory spreadsheet form through Google. Each artist must complete this Google Sheet in full, itemizing all of your merchandise that will be for sale. Each artist may enter up to 200 items.  No other spreadsheet will be accepted aside from the one that DAC supplies.

Please email completed inventory form to Exhibits Director, Peter Hay, at peter@durangoarts.org, no later than Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Please follow the instructions and be certain all information is correct!

3. DAC will enter your inventory into our system and then create artwork labels for artists to pick-up by Saturday, November 10, 2018. Each label will include your artist code, a short description of the item and the retail price. Artists are responsible for affixing these labels to their artwork prior to drop-off at DAC.  Artwork will not be accepted without labels.

4. All artwork must be brought to DAC on Saturday, November 17, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  An exhibits committee member will assist each artist to check-in the work. Artist may install their own display, but must remain flexible to fitting all artists' work into the show and merchandising the space to disperse artwork throughout the space.  DAC will provide pedestals, plexi-glass displays and tables with black cloths, but if you require a specialized display, please supply it! Please call or email Exhibits Director to discuss specialized displays prior to installation day.

5. Artists must be willing to sign up for Market sales and assistance at least one shift per week during the Market. Shifts are either 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., November 23 – December 22. A Google Sheet with all available dates will emailed and each artist is responsible for signing up for their respective shifts. Shifts will require different numbers of shop volunteers. This will be listed on the Google Sheet.

Thank you for taking part in Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market 2017!

By Submitting this online form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the above text as it applies to the 2018 Winter Solstice Artisans' Market.


  • Visual Art Youth Classes
  • DAC Youth Theatre Musical Theatre Classes
  • G.O.A.L. (Girls' Opportunities through Art & Leadership)





The Durango Arts Center provides need-based scholarships to students thanks to generous individual donations and support from the Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, Coca-Cola of Durango-Farmington, Durango Education Foundation, Durango Friends of the Arts, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, George W. Hopper Foundation and Martin Family Fund.

In assessing scholarship requests, we ask that your child submit either a written paragraph or drawing that describes why they are interested in attending a DAC education program that will be shared with our generous scholarship donors.  Honoring confidentiality, child names will be withheld – this information will be shared with donors to further illustrate the impact of their funding.

Upon receipt of your complete application, you will be notified regarding the level of scholarship support DAC can provide to assist with your child’s art class experience.


If you do not wish to fill-out an online scholarship application, you may pick up a copy at the Durango Arts Center in the first floor Box Office or Barbara Conrad Gallery front desk. 

The paper application should be submitted along with your child's drawing or writing sample to: 

ATTN: Deena Carney (Visual Arts Classes / G.O.A.L.)

or ATTN: Emily Simpson Grandt (DAC Youth Theatre Musical Theatre)

802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301

emily@durangoarts.org or deena@durangoarts.org


Durango Arts Center Education Team

Durango Arts Center