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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.

Happy Submitting!



Visual and Performing Art Camps

DEADLINE: June 1, 2017 

The Durango Arts Center provides need-based scholarships to students thanks to generous individuals and support from the Ballantine Family Fund, Boone Fund, Community Foundation Serving Southwest ColoradoDurango Education FoundationDurango Friends of the ArtsDurango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RailroadIntelligent Investment Management 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 this DAC summer camp 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 Summer Camp experience.


If you do not wish to fill-out an online scholarship application, you may download this form by clicking here, or pick up a copy at the Durango Arts Center in the first floor Box Office.  The paper application should be submitted along with your child's drawing or writing sample to: 

ATTN: Sandra Butler, Education Dir. or Jason Lythgoe, Applause! Dir.

802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301

Sandra@durangoarts.org or Jason@durangoarts.org


Durango Arts Center Education Team

Ends on April 22, 2017$10.00 - 20.00
$10.00 - 20.00


Dates of Exhibit: June 23 – July 29, 2017

This annual competition is open to all artists working in any 2 or 3 dimensional media.

PLEASE NOTE: You Will Need To Submit One Form For Each Of Your Entries. Each Submitted Form = One Juried Exhibit Entry

Entry Fee

-There are two (2) fee amounts based upon membership and status as a student.

-There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork as a DAC Member or Currently Enrolled Student and a $20.00 fee per entered artwork for Non-Members or Non-Students with a maximum of five (5) artwork entries per artist. (For Example: $20.00 for two (2) artworks and $50.00 for five (5) artworks entered by a Member or Student). Fees are non-refundable.

-Submit only 1 composition image and up to 2 detail images per work. Composition and detail images must be clearly labeled with title of work.

Image Recommendations

-Video Entries: Videos may be submitted in either .mov or .wmv formats no larger than 60 MB on a per file basis. Video work is not to exceed 5 minutes.

-All Other Entries: .jpeg file format only, 1200 pixels on the longest edge. Files should be no larger than 5 MB on a per file basis.

Online entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2017. Online entries must paid in full at this time to be eligible for selection.

Write peter@durangoarts.org or call (970)259-2606 with questions or to report a problem with submission.


Benjamin M. Hickey works as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Masur Museum of Art. He as over fifty curatorial credits and has exhibited a variety of artists. Included among them are Keliy Anderson-Staley, Sonya Clark, Shayne Dark, Eliot Dudik, Hasan Elahi, Damien Hirst, Robert Hodge, Kelli Scott Kelley, Beili Liu, Vitus Shell, James Surls, and Bill Viola. Hickey often plans interdisciplinary exhibitions that pair artists with collaborators from non-art institutions. Shared Earth, a recent project featuring the artist Jenny Ellerbe, was in collaboration with the Station Archaeologist at Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shared Earth traveled to the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Ellerbe’s exhibition is also being incorporated into a larger project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Projects of this nature are important because they touch on art’s ability to be relevant in a broad sense.

Hickey’s publications include contributions to Life Streams: Alberto Rey’s Cuban and American Work (SUNY Press), Greely Myatt: and (David Lusk Gallery), Identity: Vitus Shell (Gallery Jatad), and Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art (Masur Museum of Art Press). He is a current Trustee at Large of the Association of Art Museum Curators and has presented research related the Masur Museum’s Artist in Residence Program at the New York Historical Society. Hickey holds an M.A. in art history from the University of California, Riverside. In the past he has held positions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, California Museum of Photography, Canisius College, Louisiana Tech University, and Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County.

Submission Guidelines

-All submitting artists must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.

-To be considered for entry all work must be completed after December 31, 2014.


-No previously entered material will be considered.

-Artist Statements: Statements are to be limited to 250 words or less. If you would like the juror to see your artist statement with your slides, do not include your name as the jurying process is blind. You can upload a statement during the online submission process. The DAC reserves the right to exclude any artist statement. If your work is selected, your artist statement will be included on the wall label in the exhibition. Edits for clarity and grammar will not be made by DAC. Please proofread carefully or seek assistance if needed. We will email accepted artists for a statement including their name. By including your artist statement, you agree to have it included as a wall text in the exhibition and in any public imagery produced as publicity for the show.

-Your work will be insured for the purchase price. If work is Not For Sale, you must include value of work for insurance purposes. It will be fully insured by the Durango Arts Center upon arrival at the DAC and through de-installation until it is shipped back to you. Work without a stated value will be insured for $100.00. No work will be insured past 8/31/2017.

-All three-dimensional work must be submitted with a description or image of proper installation as well as dimensions including height, width, and depth to the nearest inch. They must be no more than 84” tall with no more than 40″ x 40″. The maximum accepted weight for three-dimensional work is 200 pounds. Contact peter@durangoarts.org with any questions or concerns.

-Two-dimensional work cannot exceed 74” in height and 74” in width.

-Video works can be uploaded with your entry materials. They must be submitted for consideration in their entirety and have a maximum duration of 5 minutes.

-If your work exceeds the above-mentioned specifications, an exception may be made as long as you successfully communicate this issue in advance of your entry and the DAC is able to accommodate. Please address your concerns to peter@durangoarts.org.

-Images of your submissions must accompany your completed entry form. This process is automated. If you have questions, please call DAC (970)259-2606 or write peter@durangoarts.org.

-The exhibition will open on June 23, 2017 and continue through June 29, 2017. All accepted work must remain in the Durango Arts Center for the entirety of the exhibition.

-The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to remove any artwork at any time during the exhibition or refuse to display artwork due to unstable/unsafe exhibition or hanging methods.

-To be considered, you are required to sign the Exhibition Contract section on this application, regardless of your potential accepted or declined status in our exhibition. A digitally typed signature will stand for an ink signature.

-The Durango Arts Center maintains the right to reject any work that differs from the corresponding entry form or that fails to maintain the DAC's exhibition standards.

-The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted work in support of its programming in perpetuity.

-You will be notified of your accepted or declined status via email. Please do not contact us.


-You are financially responsible for all costs associated with shipping. Shipping insurance for full loss is recommended. No checks, cash, or IOUs will be accepted. You must also prepay return shipping and include the prepaid return label in the box with delivery of the art. Use packing materials that can be easily re-used (No Styrofoam peanuts, etc.). The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for any in-transit damage. Please send your completed return address information, including your commercial carrier account numbers (FedEx or UPS) if you would like to avoid prepaying shipping. See in-person delivery and pick-up information.

-If return postage or packing material is not included, and you are unable to receive your work in person by 8/31/2017, you work becomes property of the Durango Arts Center. After 8/31/2017 your work will be disposed of as it is seen fit.

-Please include a complete label on the back of each accepted artwork including: name, title, dimensions, medium, date, and the city where you work. This is really helpful!

-All work must be ready to install upon delivery (cleats, d-rings, custom hardware, etc.). If a painting is not framed, it must be gallery wrapped (its sides must be painted). Works on paper using magnets, gromets, or pins are also acceptable.


DAC will retain a 40% commission for sales of work by members and a 50% commission for sales of work by non-members during exhibit; the sale price indicated should reflect this commission.


Best in Show is $300, Second Place is $200, Third Place is $100. Awards will be presented at the reception on June 23, 2017. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards. Checks will be mailed after the reception.

Dates to Remember

2/1/17 - Online Submissions Open

4/22/17 - Online Submissions End at Midnight 

5/15/17 - Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection Sent

6/12-16/17 - Shipped Artwork Delivery 

6/19/17 - Local Artwork Drop off, 10am-4pm

6/23/17 - Opening Reception, 5-7pm

6/24/17 - Portfolio Reviews With Juror (Local Member Artist Benefit Only)

7/31/17 - Local Artwork Pick Up, 11am-5pm

8/19/17 - Shipped Artwork Return Shipped On/Or Before This Date

About the Durango Arts Center

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.

Ends on January 31, 2018
Durango Arts Center is pleased to open a call for proposals from artists and curators for exhibits in the Barbara Conrad Gallery (starting 2018), and Entrada/ Arriba Galleries (starting 2017). 

Entries are welcome from artists and curators of all career stages local and national, and in all mediums and themes for group and solo shows.

Painting - Drawing - Installation - Performance Art - Sculpture - Video - Interactive - All Media

Artists are encouraged to submit their current body of work or concept for an upcoming project. 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

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, 2017.

Some selections may be made on an ongoing basis as this proposal system is fully integrated into DAC's programming. 
DAC is excited to feed our local community and support creative development by providing exhibition opportunities for emerging and established artists to showcase their work and ideas.

Questions? Please contact Peter@DurangoArts.org