Call for Submissions: Westminster Art Festival

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Call for Submissions: Westminster Art Festival


This 2018 Westminster Art Festival theme asks artists to explore migration.


People, birds, and other animals have always moved about the earth for a variety of reasons. Birds move back and forth between nesting grounds and wintering locations. Animals move about to be near food and water sources. People move to be closer to family, work, or places of safety.


Changing climate has led to changing patterns of migration. Some have adapted well, while many struggle on the edge of extinction. Show us this movement about the earth. Connect it to the refugee crisis brought about by violence or famine. Give us an image that awakens us to the loss of habitat that threatens the extinction of species.


The threats posed by climate change, political unrest, and economic exploitation suggest that we could all use a few “traveling mercies.”


Works that relate to the theme.

Only original work completed in the past 2 years will be accepted and eligible for prizes.

Artists may submit up to 2 works.


for Adults: All artists 18 years or older who are no longer in public or private secondary school

for Youth:  Grades 9 -12
Submission dates:   March 23-27 times tbs

Requirements for works submitted:

– digital media, 2-D, 3-D works in any medium not to exceed 48 inches  in width
– works exceeding 48″ may be accepted but will be charged for two spaces

(a second entry will not be accepted in these instances)
– must be exhibition ready or framed
– work cannot exceed 110 lbs and must be moveable
– no installation art will be accepted
– chalk & pastel must be sprayed with fixative or placed behind glass

– museum-quality glass is suggested

– adults must submit an artist’s statement of 50 -100 words, addressing the theme

– students may submit an artist’s statement or a 2-3 sentence explanation of their work

 Entry Fee:

$25 fee per entry ($40 for two pieces)

$15 fee per entry for college students

No entry fee for high school students

  Westminster reserves the right to refuse any entry.

 Art sales:

Works submitted may be priced for sale if you wish.  Westminster’s commission will be 20 % of the sale price.  Sales help defray the costs of the Art Festival. If you are motivated to sell your work, we have found that pieces in the range of $100 to $500 are most likely to be sold;  however artists are always welcome to price their pieces as they see fit.


Visual art submissions should be brought to Westminster Presbyterian Church (1515 Helen Ave) between March 23rd and March 27th. See the entry form/requirements or website for times. Poetry submissions may be emailed to any time before March 27th