Upload Your Proposal or Application Here. 

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.

Happy Submitting!

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 $15 for current DAC Members. $30.00 Proposal Processing Fee for Non-Members

Deadline to apply is July 1st, 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Submissions will be reviewed by the DAC Exhibits Committee and Exhibits Director by the end of August and notifications will be sent on or before October 1st, 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 Julia@DurangoArts.org

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


A signature community event, the Durango Arts Center’s Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market  is a much anticipated destination for holiday shopping amongst locals and visitors and so we’ve decided to mirror the event for the 2020 summer solstice.  This Summer Solstice Artisans Market will offer 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 members 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.


Tiffany Jacot, DAC Art Space Director, tiffany@durangoarts.org or (970) 259-2606 Ext. 12.


Friday, JUNE 5th – SATURDAY, JULY 11th, 2020

Opens Friday, June 5th at 10:00 a.m. // Closes Saturday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m.

Market is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (with occasional late nights for special events).

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: 04/20/20 @ 5pm MST

Not all submissions will be accepted as spaces are limited. If you are a returning artisan, you may be limited to a smaller amount of inventory than in the winter solstice market and may be required to share table space with other artists.

Upon notification of acceptance, artisans will be sent an entry form and will need to have registration and fees paid by Friday, May 8th at 5PM.


Fill out the online form and make sure to provide 3 images of your work, a short bio, the amount of inventory you can provide, and price ranges. Please keep in mind space will be limited so you may not be able to enter all of your work or in the capacity that you may have done previously. 

If you cannot fill out the online form, you can email, or bring a physical copy of the items listed above and pay the $10 submission fee in cash or by check.


Friday, MAY 8th @ 5pmMST

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

Saturday, May 9th

Summer 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.

Saturday, May 16th 

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

Saturday, May 23rd

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

Tuesday, June 2nd 

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 registration info. Please sign up for a time to help spread the artwork drop off throughout the day and not all at one time.

Friday, June 5th

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Opening of Market!!!! 

Saturday, July 11th

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., LAST DAY OF Summer Solstice Artisan’s Market

Tuesday, July 14th

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 weeks before the end of the market. Please sign up for a time to help spread the pick up congestion.

NOTE: Completing the form below does not conclude your registration. Your registration is complete when the appropriate payment has 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 $135 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: $135

If your payment is not received by the May 8th deadline, you will not be included in the market.

Thank you for wanting to take part in Summer Solstice Artisans’ Market 2020!

By Submitting this online form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the above text as it applies to the 2020 Summer Solstice Artisans' Market.

Durango Arts Center