Scottsdale Public Art


Scottsdale Public Art Exhibitions — Call for Art

Scottsdale Public Art seeks Arizona artist-produced glass artwork: hand blown, cast, flame-work, borosilicate, pate de verre, cold-worked, etc. Must be originally produced works, primarily made of glass. Other materials incorporated into the work are acceptable.

Artwork will be exhibited in the New Gallery @ the Library, Civic Center Library. The exhibition will be on view early 2019 (exact dates to be determined). There may be opportunities to give workshops or demonstrations related to the artist’s practice.

Overview + History

The Gallery @ the Library, Civic Center

Mission:  The Gallery @ the Library, Civic Center provides professional-level exhibitions, featuring local artists, with the purpose of providing a safe space for viewers to enjoy, learn about and better appreciate visual art.

The Gallery @ the Library exhibition space at Scottsdale Civic Center Library provides an opportunity for the public to experience professionally organized art exhibitions and for visitors to experience the visual arts — expanding cultural experiences to help viewers feel more comfortable visiting other museums and galleries in Old Town Scottsdale and beyond. Scottsdale Public Art strongly believes that art experiences are for everyone.

Since 2007, when Scottsdale Public Art assisted the library’s community development staff in presenting The Vietnam Experience, Scottsdale Public Art has exhibited artwork by talented local creatives, from professionals to artists who have never shown their work in a gallery or museum. Learn about past exhibitions here.

An added feature of Scottsdale Public Art’s exhibitions are free public workshops provided by Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach alongside exhibiting artists. Our philosophy is that in this digital age, people crave human interaction. While learning about artists and making art, they can easily enjoy conversations with strangers, make friends and participate in a creative experience together.

Scottsdale Public Art

The mission of Scottsdale Public Art is to serve as a leader in defining art in the public realm through creative place-making, signature cultural events, exhibitions and installations — contributing to the community’s creative, cultural and economic vitality.

Call for juried exhibition, Liquid SPARKLE: Art Glass in Arizona, in a new exhibition space, New Gallery @ the Library, Scottsdale Civic Center, 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Open to all Arizona glass artists. Scottsdale’s Civic Center Library receives approximately 30,000 visitors per month. The gallery is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) requests artwork utilizing the medium of hand-formed glass by Arizona artists for exhibition early 2019 (dates to be determined). Artworks must be ready to exhibit. Scottsdale Public Art’s gallery program has walls and pedestals with Plexiglas vitrines to protect and display artworks. Exhibited artworks will be insured. Artworks will not be for sale during exhibition. All inquiries about sales will be related directly to the artists. Artists (or representatives) must deliver and retrieve artwork to and from exhibition. SPA will not ship artwork.

Jury: Wendy Raisanen, curator of exhibitions and collections for Scottsdale Public Art, and Seth Fairweather, artist and professor of glass. Seth Fairweather began working with glass at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2001. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Alfred University in New York, and master’s degree from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently teaches glass blowing at Paradise Valley Community College and at Mesa Arts Center, and he exhibits his work locally and nationally.

Submission Requirements

1. Full contact information, including name, mailing address, email address, phone number and website (if any)
2. A written narrative of artwork to be considered, including, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), installation requirements
3. An artist resume/CV and short bio/artist statement that discusses your practice, areas of interests and why glass is your medium of expression
4. Up to two views of each artwork (submitting no more than five artworks) as 300 dpi PDF images
5. An image list indicating captions or descriptions for each image

Multimedia work samples must be uploaded on a third-party site (e.g. YouTube) and submitted as direct links. Total run time for all submitted multimedia materials must not exceed five minutes.

All application materials are due via email to by September 10, 2018, at midnight Mountain Standard Time.


July 20, 2018: Submission opens at 9 a.m. Please submit all required materials to:

September 10, 2018, midnight MST: Applications due.

September 11: Jury review of applications and finalist selection.

September 18: Finalists notified of acceptance or denial via email.

September 26: Exhibition artists announced.

January/February 2019 (dates to be determined): artwork delivery, exhibition installation, exhibition opening reception. Exhibition expected to be on view for three months.

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