Call for Artists: “Nature and Neon”

The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ Sandra J. Blain Galleries invites artists to submit works for consideration for the national juried exhibition, “Nature and Neon.” Submissions will be accepted via SlideRoom from July 1, 2017, through October 4th, 2017.

Exhibition Description:

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is geographically located where the natural and the constructed worlds converge, and is also an environment that fosters artistic creation and education. Inspired by these unique intersections, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is looking for artists’ responses to the theme of this year’s national juried exhibition: Nature and Neon.

Landscape has been a prominent and historical subject matter explored by artists as they consider their relationship to the outdoors. Conversely, some contemporary artists seek to incorporate the kitsch, pop, and glamour of visual overload into their work. Juxtapositions between the natural and the artificial can be found everywhere and in almost every aspect of our lives. Submitted works for Nature and Neon, could be about the commodification of nature, constructed natural environments, or an interpretation of the countryside that takes fantastical or surreal form. Arrowmont invites work of any artistic media including traditional fine art and craft, cross-disciplinary work, and exploratory art forms. Works could be inspired by the traditional pastoral or could be interpretations of pop art and urban motifs. This exhibition asks the artist to consider what is natural, what is unnatural, and how the intersection of both attempts to capture its own disparate beauty.


Writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona, where he oversees their world-renowned collection. Before moving to Tempe, Garth served as the Curator of Artistic Programs at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and spent seven years as a Professor at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. Johnson is known for his irreverent wit, which can be explored through his weblog, He has also exhibited his work and published his writing nationally and internationally, including contributions to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new book Nation Building. His book, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse, was published by Quarry in November, 2009. He is a self-described craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century.


All emerging and professional artists 18 and over may apply. All media will be considered including book arts, ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, wood, mixed media, video, and installation submissions will be accepted. If a piece contains a video component, the artist must indicate whether or not they can provide any of the necessary technological equipment for installation – not a requirement. All work must have been completed within the last two years. Current Arrowmont staff and residents may apply for the exhibition, but are ineligible to receive awards.


All entries must be submitted via SlideRoom ( by October 4th, 2017. The entry fee is $30 for 3 works. Image files must be in jpg. format. Stills can be submitted for video, or installations, with room for descriptions of the work. Within descriptions, links can be given to view a video online.

Application link:



Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Two Honorable Mentions: $125/each


For artwork sold during the exhibition, Arrowmont will take a 40% commission. Artwork that is not for sale must be labeled as such on the contract. Payment for sold work to the artist will be made after the exhibition’s closing date.


October 4, 2017                                         Midnight: submissions deadline on SlideRoom
October 23, 2017                                       Notifications sent via email
November 6, 2017                                     Artist exhibition contracts due
November 13 – 18, 2017                           Shipped and hand-delivered pieces due to Arrowmont
December 16, 2017 – March 3, 2018     “Nature and Neon” on exhibit
January 12, 2018                                       Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Awards announced at 7pm
March 12 -16, 2018                                    Hand delivered works to be picked up by artists
March 12 & 13, 2018                                  Package and ship mailed work

Installation Specifications:

All work must arrive installation ready. Any unusual hardware or hanging devices must be provided by the artist. All shipping containers must fit through an 82” high x 55” wide door.

Accepted artworks will be insured by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts while on exhibition, for the artist’s commission value (60% of the retail price). The artist will be responsible for insuring the artwork during delivery or shipping. All artists whose work is accepted to the exhibition will be required to fill out an Arrowmont loan agreement prior to the exhibition.


Shipping to and from Arrowmont will be the responsibility of the artist. A return shipping label must be included with the work upon its arrival. Artworks must be securely packed in reusable containers with reusable packing materials. We prefer that all framed works use Plexiglas. Any artworks incorporating breakable elements should be double boxed and/or shipped in wooden crates. Please include any packing, shipping and/or installation instructions needed for the safe handling and return of your work.

Questions? Please Contact:

Kelly Hider
Gallery Coordinator
865-436-5860 x 22

Link to downloadable prospectus HERE


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