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!

3rd Annual Pride Juried Exhibit!

Presented in Partnership with Four Corners Alliance for Diversity

Dates of Exhibit: June 7, 2019 - June 29, 2019

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

Cash, Pride Themed Prizes To Be Announced!

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

Dates to Remember
2/20/19 - Online Submissions Open
5/1/19 - Online Submissions End at Midnight
5/8/19 - Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection Sent
6/4/19 - Local Artwork Drop off, 11am-4pm
6/20/19 - Opening Reception, 5-7pm
6/29/19 - Local Artwork Pick Up, 11am-4pm

Entry Fee

-  All entry fee proceeds go to the Four Corners Alliance for Diversity.
-There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork
-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. May 1, 2019. 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.

Juror: Tirzah Camacho

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, 2016.
-No previously entered material will be considered.
-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 picked up by you. Work without a stated value will be insured for $100.00. No work will be insured past 8/31/2019.
-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 60'' in any horizontal direction. 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.
- 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 completely responsible for delivery and pick up of your artwork.
-If you are unable to receive your work in person by 8/31/2019, your work becomes property of the Durango Arts Center. After 8/31/2019 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.

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.

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 June 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 Peter@DurangoArts.org

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


  • Visual Art Youth Classes
  • Musical Theatre Youth Classes (DAC YT)
  • G.O.A.L. (Girls' Opportunities through Art & Leadership)
  • B.A.R.T. (Boys Art)


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.)

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

802 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301 




Durango Arts Center Education Team

Durango Arts Center