Scottsdale Public Art exhibition opportunities for local and regional artists

Entry deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:50 p.m. (year-round mountain standard time)

On display from July 2 to September 25, 2020, at the Civic Center Public Gallery, located in Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. NOTE: Exhibition schedule is subject to change and will be dictated by conditions from the city of Scottsdale and the Civic Center Library due to ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Creatures and Monsters

Creatures and Monsters is a group exhibition of artwork in any media by Arizona artists who explore and create the creatures of their imaginations. Historically, mythological creatures like a gryphon or cyclops embody qualities that we admire or detest and do things ordinary humans cannot. They exaggerate and facilitate our life lessons and foibles.  A monster helps us put a name to our fears and tell stories about conquering them. These monsters, like the kraken, put a name to unidentifiable beings and the mysteries of the deep seas.

What kind of creatures do you create? Are they angelic and beautiful or funny or scary? Are these creatures you know as complex as you are? Do they have legends and stories? Unique, multifaceted, and wild? Or are they dark and hidden in the shadows, ready to come out and help us learn more about ourselves?

GALLERY INFORMATION: Artworks can be any size up to 36 inches wide by 48 inches long for wall hanging. Sculptural work dimension limits are 20 inches high by 15 inches deep by 15 inches wide. The gallery at Civic Center Library is 680 square feet, with 8-foot tall walls, electric and data availability in the floor, and a cable-and-rod hanging system. The gallery walls shall not be pierced or affected by the installation. The hanging system must be used. D-rings must be on the back of work to accommodate the hanging system. Wall-hung artworks shall be no more than 90 pounds each.

The Civic Center Public Gallery is open during library hours.

Selected artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork. We do not pay for shipping. The artwork will be installed under the direction and support of the Scottsdale Public Art preparatory staff. Work must meet gallery standards, be professionally presented, and be ready to hang/install when brought for installation.

Please note: Existing artwork that fits this theme may be submitted for this call. The artwork must be socially acceptable for all ages.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL. Please submit an application that must include the following:

• A paragraph of (no more than) 250 words stating the intent of your work for exhibition. Include your name on this document.

• Up to 10 images for individual submission. Digital photographs ONLY (all digital images must be JPEG, 300 dpi and sized approximately 5 by 6 inches).

• A list of the images that you have submitted. The identification list must include your name, address, phone number, image number, title of artwork, medium, and dimensions in height by width by depth. (See SAMPLE below).

• A self-addressed, stamped envelope to assure notification and return of CD or thumb drive



Scottsdale Public Art Curatorial Staff: 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251



Mailing Address: ________________________________________________ City:_____________________________ State:_________ Zip:____________

Shipping Address: _______________________________________________ City:_____________________________ State:_________ Zip:____________

Phone: (day)(_____) _________________ (night)(_____) _______________

E-mail Address: _________________________________________________

IMAGE TYPE SUBMITTED: _ Thumb Drive _ CD _ DropBox from email:_________ *

* Send DropBox link to Make sure that your folder is titled Creatures and includes your name.


Artist’s Name:___________________________________________________

Title: __________________________________________________________

Medium: ________________________________ Production date:________

Dimensions: height__________width____________depth _______________


Entry deadline is midnight, MST, May 31, 2020


Exhibition Dates: July 2 – September 25, 2020
Entry Deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2020, at midnight, MST
Notification Date: Thursday, June 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Delivery of Artwork by Hand: June 29, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Civic Center Public Gallery, inside Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 E. Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Delivery of Artwork by Shipping: (we do not pay for shipping) June 26, 2020, to 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Closing Pick-Up Location and Date: September 28 and 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. You must notify us of your pick-up date and time.