Exhibition call for art —  Diversion: Art from recycled textiles 

Entry deadline: February 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MST (AZ) 

On display from April 11 to June 30, 2023, at the Civic Center Public Gallery at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

Seeking Arizona-based artists to create textile-featured artwork from self-sourced old clothing and textiles as its major component, calling attention to the ongoing environmental crisis caused by textile waste. Artists can use this resource to create a new artwork with its own message while diverting a small portion of textile waste from the landfills. As of 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ends up in landfills every year. In the last 20 years, the volume of clothing Americans throw away each year has doubled, from 7 million to 14 million tons. Textiles can take up to 200-plus years to decompose in landfills.  

GALLERY INFORMATION: Artworks can be any size up to 52 inches wide x 52 inches long for wall hanging. Recommended sculptural work dimension limits for pedestals are 20 inches high x 15 inches deep x 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 latch-hook 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. Artworks are insured while on display. Exhibiting artists are eligible for an honorarium. 

The Civic Center Public Gallery is open during library hours, check hours here: ScottsdaleLibrary.org/locations#civic 

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 acceptable for all ages. Artwork is not for sale at the gallery. Purchase inquiries are directed to the artist. 

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 5 images for individual submission. Digital photographs ONLY (All digital images must be JPEG, 300dpi and sized approximately 5×6 inches). If we are unable to open the image files, the application will be rejected. 

• 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 x width x depth. (See SAMPLE below). 


SEND ALL INFORMATION TO: [email protected]   

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

SAMPLE Name:____________________________________________________  

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

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

E-mail Address: _________________________________________________ 

IMAGES SUBMITTED:  _ DropBox from email:_________ * 

* Send DropBox link to [email protected] Make sure that your folder is titled Diversion and includes your name.  


Artist’s Name:___________________________________________________  

Title: __________________________________________________________ 

Medium: ____________________________Recycled textiles in use_______________________________ Production date:________  

Dimension: height__________width____________depth _______________  


Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m., MST (AZ), Feb. 14, 2023  


Exhibition Dates: April 11 to June 30, 2023 

Entry Deadline: Feb. 14, 2023 
Notification Date: Feb. 24, 2023 
Delivery of Artwork by Hand: April 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Public Gallery, 2829 N Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Shipping: to Scottsdale Public Art, 7380 E 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (we do not pay for shipping) by April 3, 2023 
Pick-up date: July 3 and 5, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Public Gallery