Artist Opportunities

Call for Work – Sweet Tooth

Hanley Ange, Party’s Over

CALL TO ARTISTS
Summer 2024 Exhibition: Sweet Tooth
Due Date: Monday, April 1 – 11:55 pm MST

Sugar and spice and everything nice

For Sweet Tooth, we invite artists to submit their most saccharine artworks to this buffet of sugary confections. From literal representation of desserts to pastel colors and nostalgic vibes, we are looking for pieces that are cloyingly sweet. This opportunity is open to artists in Arizona working in any medium. Sweet Tooth will be on display at the Chandler Center for the Arts May 18 – August 3, 2024.

Exhibition-ready works in two or three dimensions and any medium will be accepted, as well as video. The gallery will also consider proposals for performance-based work.

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Artists must complete the required submission form (linked below) and may submit up to 5 works. There is no fee to submit.

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Call for Work – Off the Clock

CALL TO ARTISTS
Off the Clock: Artwork by City of Chandler Employees
Due Date: Monday, April 22 at midnight MST

Do you doodle on your lunch break? Dabble in ceramics? Build birdhouses on the weekend? Or maybe even call yourself an artist? Now is the time to share your talents with the city! We invite all members of Team Chandler to submit to Off the Clock, an employee art show at Vision Gallery.

At the City of Chandler, we know that creativity is a key quality in getting our jobs done well. For many of us, creativity also spills into what we do when we clock out, whether that be nurturing a relaxing hobby, developing skills in a craft, or finding solace through artistic expression. Off the Clock celebrates the creative talents of our fellow City employees that enrich our work every day.

Each employee is allowed to submit up to five entries for selection by Vision Gallery staff. We invite you to think broadly about what you define as art…can you go broader?…no, even broader than that! We are happy to include media like drawing, painting, and ceramics, but also dance, music, poetry, crafts like woodworking and sewing, traditional cultural practices, and much more.

If you have questions about submitting, please contact Vision Gallery staff at 480-782-2695. You can also email Peter Bugg at peter.bugg@chandleraz.gov or Caroline Hudson-Naef at caroline.hudson-naef@chandleraz.gov.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Artists must be current employees of the City of Chandler. Each submission may include up to 5 works. Please apply via the online submission form linked below, and have the following information handy:

  • Your contact information
  • JPG images of the artworks you are entering, up to 5. Please ensure the files are named like this: ArtistLastName_ArtworkTitle1.jpg, ArtistLastName_ArtworkTitle2.jpg
  • A 3-5 sentence description of your artwork and why you make it (what inspires you, special processes you use, what you like to convey in your work, etc.)
  • Detailed information about each piece you are submitting: title, medium, year created, sales price/insurance value, dimensions

Above:

(Left) Rick Smith (Neighborhood Resources), Watermelon Bike, 2017, Inkjet print on metal
(Right) – Kim Durning (Public Works & Utilities), Hot Diggity, 2021, Two 350 piece puzzles, glue stick, poster board, Mod Podge

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Unsolicited Exhibition Proposals

Installation view of the exhibition Concerned, but Powerless, by artist Safwat Saleem

Are you interested in showing your work at Vision Gallery or the Chandler Center for the Arts? We always accept exhibition proposals for both spaces and jury them on a rolling basis during the months of January and June. Please click the button below to access our submission form.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact gallery staff prior to submission with any questions they may have. Gallery staff can be reached at vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov and 480-782-2695.

Exhibition Proposal Form

Tips

  • Incomplete and improperly formatted applications may not receive a response
  • Small group exhibitions including 2-4 artists in different media organized around a common theme are more likely to be accepted than solo exhibitions. This benefits both the gallery and the artists as it attracts a wider variety of viewers, but still allows the artists to display a cohesive body of work, as opposed to individual objects.
  • Solo artists may still apply, but will be considered for both group and solo exhibitions.
  • The quality of your images matters. Make sure your photographs are in focus, well lit, and with a plain background. It is possible to take good photographs with your phone, but if you have a better option – use it! Here is a good tutorial for taking quality pictures of your artwork with a smartphone.
  • We do not have a budget for shipping artwork. If you live outside of Arizona, it may be quite costly to get your artwork to and from the gallery.
  • Take a look at our past exhibitions to get a feel for the kinds of shows we host.
  • If your primary goal is selling artwork, we might not be the right gallery for you. Although we are thrilled when artwork sells, our focus is on hosting engaging, thought-provoking exhibitions for our community to enjoy and not commercial sales.

Vision Kids Classes

The Vision Gallery offers its Vision Kids Programs in a variety of media and all classes are taught by local professional artists. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants, and are underwritten by individuals, corporations, and grant funding.

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Gallery at the CCA

The Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts is curated by the Vision Gallery as part of the Arts Center Division of the City of Chandler. Both galleries are non-profit art galleries managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and host six to eight exhibitions per year.

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Vision Gallery in the News

The Vision Gallery, Gallery at the CCA, and Chandler’s Public Art program are regularly featured in local media outlets including the SanTan Sun News, Phoenix New Times, AZ Redbook, and KJZZ. Read recent stories and find links here.

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