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A national juried exhibit where I-90 meets I-82

Call Type:  Exhibition
Eligibility:  National
City:  Ellensburg
State:  Washington
Entry Fee:  $40 fee for up to three submissions.
Event Dates:  November 2—December 3, 2017
Entry Deadline:  August 31, 2017

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, Washington, will host the INTERSTATE juried exhibit. Proceeds from this national exhibition will support student scholarships in the CWU Department of Art.

The exhibition is open to submissions in all media and subject matter; the artwork does not need to follow a particular theme. The subtitle, “where I-90 meets I-82” locates the exhibition in Ellensburg, Washington, and suggests the flow and exchange of artwork across geographic distances and boundaries.

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, founded in 1969, is dedicated to contemporary art exhibits and related outreach programs that enhance, engage, and challenge the viewer’s knowledge and understanding of art. The Gallery also presents artists and viewers alike with opportunities to explore culturally diverse ideas in an academic environment.

Juror Information: Emily Zimmerman, Director, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington
Emily Zimmerman has served as the Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, since January of 2017. Previously she worked at the University of Washington as the Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, and from 2008 to 2014 she was the Associate Curator of EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts) at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Zimmerman was awarded the 2011-2012 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship at BRIC Contemporary Art in Brooklyn, New York, and was a curator-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in 2013. She received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and her BA from New York University.

The juror will select all of the awards:
  • First Place: $700
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $300
  • Sarah Spurgeon Gallery Honorable Mentions (3)

Entry Procedure and Fees:
  • Entries must be submitted on or before August 31, 2017
  • All entries must be submitted online at:
  • $40 for up to three submissions.
  • A maximum of five images or video files can be submitted.
  • Upload requirements for files must follow all CaFÉ parameters.
  • A brief artist bio is also required.
  • All fees are non-refundable and payable by credit card or check through

  • Open to artists over the age of 18 working in all 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and video formats.
  • Works created/completed as an undergraduate student are not eligible.
  • Only original works, where the artist is the sole copyright holder, will be accepted.
  • Substitutions of specific works selected during the jurying process will not be allowed.

  • All work must be ready to display with clear installation instructions:
  • Framed 2-dimensional pieces must include a wire that supports the weight of the work.
  • Plexiglas only, no glass frames will be accepted.
  • Unframed works on paper may be hung using clips or magnets provided by the artist.
  • 3-dimensional work that is intended to be hung on the wall must include a secure
  • hanging device.
Size Restrictions:
Works cannot exceed 4 ft. in any direction or weigh more than 70 lbs.

Results of the jurying will be sent by email on or before September 22, 2017.

Accepted Work:
  • All accepted work must arrive by October 20, 2017.
  • Accepted artists will receive a loan agreement contract form and instructions for shipping
  • or hand delivery.
  • Shipping costs and insurance are the responsibility of the artist. The Gallery requests
  • that artists use UPS or FedEx for shipping.
  • Shipping materials must be reusable and a pre-paid return-shipping label is mandatory.
  • All accepted work must remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Insurance coverage will be provided while works are on the premises of the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery. The Gallery cannot assume responsibility for any loss or damage to works in transit. The Gallery reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity and educational purposes connected with the exhibition.

The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host the opening events for the exhibition on Thursday, November 2, 2017. A juror’s talk by Emily Zimmerman will take place at 4:00 p.m., to be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All artists are welcome to attend.

Contact Information:
Heather Horn Johnson
Gallery Manager
Department of Art
Central Washington University
400 East University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926-7564


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