Competitions & Contests

Art in the West

Entry Dates 2024-05-03T23:59:00+00:00 - 2023-12-27T17:21:00+00:00 66 Days Left


Art in the WestFine Art Exhibition and Online AuctionJuly 20, 2024 - September 20, 2024Entry Deadline: 5/3/2024 Register & ApplyArt in the West  is an invite-only show and fundraising event featuring works representing the High Desert region of the United States by contemporary artists. The High Desert region stretches east from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau, and from southeastern British Columbia south to Northern Arizona.  New in 2024, we will use for all submissions.  Please view this User Process Entry Tutorial for a quick tutorial your users can watch to help them with the submission process.ABOUT THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM The High Desert Museum, located in Bend, Oregon, opened in 1982 with the mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert. Our exhibits explore the Intermountain West through wildlife, art, cultures and living history. Today, we strive to be the preeminent resource for exploring the historic and contemporary relationship between people and the High Desert landscape. The High Desert Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by visitors, members, donors, sponsors and foundations. The High Desert Museum is committed to being a leader in diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion for both our community and the museum field. We are a place for individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and cultures through accessible and inclusive practices at all levels of the Museum. OUR VALUES
Curiosity  The High Desert Museum evokes wonder to create and inspire lifelong learners. Relevance  The High Desert Museum leads by addressing community challenges, encouraging dialogue and building meaningful partnerships. Inclusion  The High Desert Museum welcomes everyone and strives to provide accessibility for all. Stewardship  The High Desert Museum thoughtfully cares for all that is entrusted to us, being mindful of our responsibility to the past, present and future. Cultural Humility  The High Desert Museum respects diverse cultures and perspectives and continually challenges our biases. Integrity   The High Desert Museum is ethical in all that we do. 

Art in the West is a living exhibition, honoring the diverse history of our iconic region and embracing new visions of our shared future. With this, the High Desert Museum will prioritize the selection of artwork that promotes originality, authenticity, and honors our values and the values of our community partners. IMPORTANT DATES Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 3, 2024 Notification for acceptance: Friday, June 7, 2024  Art delivered to Museum by: Friday, July 5, 2024 Exhibit Opening: Saturday, July 20, 2024 Exhibition dates: July 20- September 20, 2024 Unsold artwork available for pick-up starting: Tuesday, September 24, 20243 Unsold artwork to be shipped back at artist expense by Wednesday, October 2, 2024 Unsold artwork must be picked-up no later than Wednesday, October 16, 20243 or artwork will be forfeited to the Museum  AWARDS Jury’s Choice Award  Curator’s Choice Award  RULES FOR ENTRY *Submission to Art in the West is by invitation only. A submission does not constitute an acceptance of the work for the exhibition.  *Up to five (5) works by each artist may be submitted for consideration in the exhibition. To engage the next generation of art enthusiasts and  donors, we encourage you to submit miniatures or lower price point artwork for consideration. (Please see sales trends below).  *Art submitted for Art in the West must be original and completed within the last three (3) years.  *Type of Sale: The event is a silent auction wall sale utilizing an online bidding platform that opens with a minimum bid (determined by the artist, not to exceed the declared value). The Museum will offer a “buy-it-now” option throughout the exhibition period for a fixed-price of 200% of the declared value.  
*Terms of Sale: A 50% commission will be retained by the High Desert Museum on all two-dimensional artworks sold. The Museum will retain 30% on three-dimensional artwork. Artists are given the option to donate 100% of sales. The same artist commission percentage applies regardless of the sale price 
*Eligible Media: Oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, pen & ink, charcoal, etching, woodcut/block, stone lithograph, serigraph, photography, bronze/metal sculpture, ceramic sculpture, wood sculpture, stone sculpture, mixed-media works, fiber/textile arts, basketry, beadwork or glass, digital art, non-traditional practices and methodologies. *Digital Art must be original work that is able to be displayed in a physical gallery. Ineligible Works: Fine art prints are allowed, but not giclées, or wet paintings. Any works considered unstable or in poor condition upon delivery are not acceptable, will not be displayed and will be returned to the artist at their cost. 
*Size Limitations: Maximum weight for framed artwork is 50 pounds. 
*Installation Requirements: Two-dimensional works (except for wrapped canvas) must be framed and completely prepared for hanging with all hardware attached. Please indicate orientation on the back of the artwork if necessary. Glass or Plexiglas must cover works on paper. All works must be exhibit-ready. 
*Artwork Delivery: All accepted artwork, regardless of delivery mode, must be boxed and suitable for shipment to winning bidder 
*Artist biography specifications: In 150 words or less, please include, your name, cultural background, preferred medium, training and/or artistic achievements. Biographies should be written in 3rd person and in complete sentences as these will be published on your artwork bidding site. (this is not an artist’s statement). 
Shipping: Shipping the artwork(s) to the Museum is the responsibility of the artist and artists are responsible for insurance during shipment to Museum. Any artwork that is not sold will be returned at the expense of the artist. If an artist does not arrange for the return of the work within thirty (30) business days from the closing date for the exhibition, the artist forfeits the piece to the Museum.  
Liability: Shipped artwork(s) must be sent in substantial, reusable packing materials. Unless the artist elects to maintain his/her own insurance, the High Desert Museum will insure the object(s) under its insurance policy for the insurance value indicated in the entry form against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while on location during the period of the exhibition. Entry into this exhibition constitutes the agreement to all conditions set forth in this prospectus. 
Promotion: By submitting artworks, the artist gives the High Desert Museum permission to publish and exhibit such artworks for publicity and promotional purposes. Artwork(s) may be photographed and reproduced on the Museum’s website and related publications. 
*Substitutions will not be allowed. Only the pieces selected through the jury process will be allowed in the show. Any work submitted that has not been selected will be returned at the artist’s cost. 
We accepted 102 pieces in 2023.  69 pieces sold with an average sales price of $1,891 with the highest sells price of $8,000. Those sold averaged a 102% of value sales price with 17 selling at 200% the value. The average size of sold pieces was 22” x 22” with the largest being 52 x 40. Animal subjects have the best sales vs value rate with landscapes following.