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!

 ELIGIBILITY: Participation is limited to 16 exhibitors. One business per booth, unless two, or more, businesses are collaborating on work. Applicant must be a member of Local First in order to be accepted. Work displayed at the festival must be of the same type, quality, and materials as depicted in the images submitted for application. If you are an artist or representing fine art or craft and can apply as an Autumn Arts Festival Artist, please do so. This category is for local buisiness and services to showcase, not for original artwork or fine craft. 


GO HERE TO APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST EXHIBITOR:   

https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7352

 

See Rules/Regulations for additional details.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1st, 2019
  • VENDOR INVITATIONS SENT:  April 20th, 2019
  • VENDOR ACCEPT/DECLINE OUR INVITATION: by May 15th, 2019
  • VENDOR BOOTH FEES DUE BY: June 10th, 2019
  • CANCELLATION DEADLINE TO RECIEVE REFUND: July 10th, 2019

SELECTION: Local First Vendors will be selected based on the content and presentation of the proposed booth. Considertaion will be made to keep a diverse representation of locally made products and services throughout the Local First Section of the Durango Autumn Arts Festival.

SALES TAX: All exhibitors are responsible for purchasing the proper state and local business licenses and collecting & remitting sales tax. Forms are available online at www.durangogov.org and www.colorado.gov.

1. All work exhibited must be locally sourced or produced.

2. If you meet the Criteria for an Artist Exhibitor, please apply here.

(via:   https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7352) 

3. The Durango Arts Center will determine the final interpretation of merchandise status.

4. Vendors will display items representative of the work depicted in the digital images submitted in the category they have been accepted. Artists may exhibit only work that is stated in their application and submitted in their images. Any discrepancy will result in the Durango Arts Center exercising its right to remove artists in violation, and no refunds will be granted.

5. Booth assignments are organized according to media distributed evenly.

6. Vendors are responsible for tending their booths and must be present both days of the Festival. Festival hours are:

  • Saturday, September 21st: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 22nd: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

7. Each vendor is responsible for possession of the proper licenses required by the city and state and collecting  and paying sales tax on each sale. Forms are available online at www.durangogov.org and www.colorado.gov.

8. The Durango Arts Center hires professional security services to monitor the festival site from 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, September 16.  Though security is onsite, all booths should be completely closed and all objects removed from sight during Saturday night. The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for loss or damage to exhibitor booths or its contents.

9. Vendors are required to bring their own freestanding display that will be weighted to withstand wind and rain. Under no circumstance can pegs or nails be driven into the paved street. Artists must clean up their space at the end of the show and have their possessions removed from the street by 8 p.m on Sunday, September 22nd.

10. Exhibitors are prohibited from bringing pets to the Festival grounds. The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for their safety. Playing radios, tape decks or mechanically reproduced sound is prohibited.

11. Exhibitors desiring liability or property insurance must obtain such insurance at their own expense.

12. The Durango Arts Center, together with its volunteers, assume no risk and are not liable for any potential refunds requested by customers, any damage or destruction to property, nor for any personal injury which results either directly or indirectly from any cause outside the Festival’s control.

Booth Fees & Payment

10' x 10' - $300 (every booth has a corner orientation)

10' x 20' - $600 (limited number available)

Booth fees are due in full by Monday, June 10th, 2019.  Booth invitations and payments are non-transferable and non-refundable after the cancellation deadline of July 10th, 2019.

Booth Requirements & Display

  • Booth set-up opens on Saturday morning, September 21st at 6:00 a.m.  Earlier setup is not permitted.
  • Booths are arranged on pavement in clusters of four: each booth has a corner orientation.
  • No electricity is available. Generators are not permitted.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for delivery, handling, set-up, removal of display materials, and clean-up of display area by 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.
  • Exhibitors provide their own booths, including protection from sun, rain, and wind. Tents must be weighted on all four corners. Please be prepared: weather in the mountains can be unpredictable and winds can be gusty.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES

1. All work exhibited must be locally sourced, crafted, or created products or services. 

2. The festival will not allow items that are not locally sourced, crafted, or created.

3. Vendors will display items representative of the work depicted in the digital images submitted in the category they have been accepted. Artists may exhibit only work that is stated in their application and submitted in their images. Any discrepancy will result in the Durango Arts Center exercising its right to remove artists in violation, and no refunds will be granted.

4. Booth assignments are organized according to content or service distributed evenly through the Local First section. If vendors do not show up on Saturday morning, there may be the need to shift booth locations. Durango Arts Center staff and volunteers will assist to make the shift as easy as possible for artists. If you are asked to move your booth, know that it is for the good of the Festival and your cooperation and patience is much appreciated.

5. Vendors are responsible for tending their booths and must be present both days of the Festival. Festival hours are:

  • Saturday, September 21st: 10 a.m. - 5p.m.
  • Sunday, September 22nd: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

6. Each vendor is responsible for possession of the proper licenses required by the city and state and collecting  and paying sales tax on each sale. Forms are available online at www.durangogov.org and www.colorado.gov.

7. Professional security guards will be present at the Festival site from 5 p.m. Saturday, September 15 to 9 a.m. Sunday, September 16. Artworks of high value should be removed during the night. Though security is onsite, all booths should be completely closed and all objects removed from sight during Saturday night. The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for loss or damage to exhibitor booths or its contents.

8. The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for the loss or damage to any real or personal property including, but not limited to, merchandise or artist work, or for bodily injuries.

9. Vendors are required to bring their own freestanding display that will be weighted to withstand wind and rain. Under no circumstance can pegs or nails be driven into the paved street. Artists must clean up their space at the end of the show and have their possessions removed from the street by 8 p.m on Sunday.

10. Exhibitors are prohibited from bringing pets to the Festival grounds. The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for their safety. Playing radios, tape decks or mechanically reproduced sound is prohibited.

11. Vendors agree to hold harmless and indemnify the Durango Arts Center and the Durango Autumn Arts Festival and its officers, members, agents; the City of Durango; La Plata County; the State of Colorado, and any owners of any Festival related property for any action incurred by the Durango Autumn Arts Festival including, but not limited to theft, damage, or bodily injury. Exhibitor agrees to pay any reasonable attorneys fees and costs incurred by Durango Autumn Arts Festival in the event the Durango Art Center or the Durango Autumn Arts Festival is named as a defendant in any legal action arising out of the conduct of the undersigned exhibitor.

Durango Arts Center

802 East 2nd Ave

Durango, CO 81301

Phone: (970) 259-2606

Fax: (970) 259-6571

Email: DAAF@DurangoArts.org

Ends on February 28, 2019$12.00
$12.00

GUIDELINES AND RULES

  • Only original plays, never before produced or published, are eligible.
  • Each play should require two to four characters, and minimal props and costumes.
  • The play, exclusive of title and cast description pages, must be no more than ten pages.
  • Authors may submit more than one play (see entry fee below), but each play must include a separate entry fee.

SUBMISSION FORMAT

  •  DO NOT PUT AUTHOR'S NAME, ADDRESS, OR ANY CONTACT INFORMATION ON ANY PAGE OF SCRIPT.
  • AUTHOR'S NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and EMAIL should be on a separate page and be downloaded as a SEPARATE FILE, FILE #1!
  • FILE #2 should be the SCRIPT; again, WITHOUT ANY CONTACT INFORMATION.
  • The PLAY'S TITLE and PAGE NUMBERS MUST be included on every page of script.
  • Page 1 should list the cast of characters and a description of the setting.
  • Page 2 should be the first page of the script. The other pages of the play follow.

** If plays submitted are not in the required format, they will not be entered into the contest and the $12 entry fee is forfeited.

THE JUDGING PROCESS

  • All plays will be evaluated blindly by a panel of judges. The name and address of the writer will not appear on the scripts received by the judges. (Playwrights are required in "Submission Format" section above to include name and address ONLY on title page, which is removed from script before distributing to judges.)
  • 10 - 20 semi-finalists will be selected. Five finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists.
  • Only the finalists and semi-finalists will be notified if their plays have been selected. 
  • Chosen at the Staged Readings in the spring, the Grand Prize Winner will receive an award of $500 and the People's Choice Award will receive an award of $100. Both plays will receive a full production in the 10-Minute Play Festival in the fall.
  • AFTER the Staged Readings, the winners and finalists will be posted on the Durango Arts Center website.
  • All winning plays, finalists, and semi-finalists agree to permit the Durango Arts Center  to produce their plays without compensation if the DAC chooses to do so. Author's retain copyright and full ownership of their plays. 
  • If a play submitted wins another contest, is produced or is published before the entry deadline, the play will be withdrawn from the contest. 

DEADLINE

  • Plays must be submitted by Thursday, February 28, 2019.


Ends on March 22, 2019$10.00 - 20.00
$10.00 - 20.00

  

43rd ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION 

Dates of Exhibit: May 3, 2019 - June 1, 2019

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

Awards

Best in Show is $500

Second Place is $300

Third Place is $100

Awards will be presented at the reception on May 3, 2019. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards. Checks will be mailed after the reception.

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

Dates to Remember

2/1/19 - Online Submissions Open

3/22/19 - Online Submissions End at Midnight 

4/1/19 - Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection Sent

4/23-27/19 - Shipped Artwork Delivery 

4/27/19 - Local Artwork Drop off, 11am-4pm

5/3/19 - Opening Reception, 5-7pm

5/4/19 - Portfolio Reviews With Juror (Local Member Artist Benefit Only)

6/2/19 - Local Artwork Pick Up, 11am-4pm

6/15/19 - Shipped Artwork Return Shipped On/Or Before This Date

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 of a high school or college 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. March 22, 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:

Louise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-profit contemporary art center and residency located in Denver, Colorado. RedLine's mission is to foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. Under her leadership, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 & 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, acknowledged by Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement, and has presented and organized over 100 exhibitions over the past 10 years. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder and M.H. from the University of Colorado, Denver with a focus in Contemporary Art History & Music. In 2017, Martorano was awarded a Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for promising nonprofit leaders who hold significant leadership roles in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. She also sits on the advisory committee for the Visiting Artist, Scholar & Design program at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, is the Board Treasurer for the Global Women’s Empowerment Fund, and is on the Board of Trustees for the Harmony Hammond Trust. 

Submission Guidelines

-PLEASE DO NOT USE ALL CAPS IN OUR ONLINE ENTRY FORM.

-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.

-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 8/31/2019.

-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.

-The exhibition will open on May 3, 2019 and continue through June 1, 2019. 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.

Delivery/Return

-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 8/31/2019, 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.

Sales

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:
Painting
Drawing
Installation
Performance Art
Sculpture
Video
Interactive

New Media
Etc....

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 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 May 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. 

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

  • 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)

 DEADLINE FOR YOUTH THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP FORMS:  February 15, 2019
THERE IS A ROLLING DEADLINE FOR AFTER SCHOOL ART

REGISTER FOR CLASSES HERE:
http://public.durangoarts.org/public/ChildrenYouthArts.faces?rst=1
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.

PAPER VERSION
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 

deena@durangoarts.org

OR
emily@durangoarts.org

THANK YOU!

Durango Arts Center Education Team

Durango Arts Center