Competitions & Contests

Colors of the West

Entry Dates 2023-04-25T20:00:00+00:00 - 2023-03-08T08:00:00+00:00 26 Days Left


'Colors of the West' -  Juried Art Show -
Show Dates May 10, 2023 through July 8, 2023
Call Description - For Current Guild Members Only
Entry Fee: $25 for 1 - 3 submissions. Members are guaranteed at least one piece accepted into this show provided it fits within the theme of the show and adheres to our Gallery Standards. Application Deadline is Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 8:00pm
Members are required to volunteer 8 hours during the show duration or you have the option at application check in to "buy out" your hours for an additional $25.
Juror for this show is Maureen Costa, Associate Professor of Art, Yavapai College
Open to current members only of Mountain Artists Guild; an online and in-gallery show.  If you are not currently a member and would like to participate in this show, please see the following link for information on joining Mountain Artists Guild: Become a Member NOTE: You MUST enter your art submissions online on at: Colors of the West
Ideas for the theme or come up with your own!
Is your favorite color warm and sunny, or is it cool like water? Does it appear with the rain, or does it glow and shine in the sun? Warm colors — such as red, yellow, and orange; evoke warmth because they remind us of things like the sun or fire. Cool colors — such as blue, green, and purple (violet); evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water or grass. The average person can see 17,000 colors (!), that is the range of colors that unites elements of geography, geology, and the different kinds of light created by atmosphere, season, and latitude. From purple mountain majesty, the green hues found on the Organ Pipe Cactus and in Yellowstone’s quaking aspens, to the reds that highlight the rocks in Sedona and the giant sequoias in California, we learn a new appreciation for the colors of the West―and how the details of natural beauty can be revealed when we stop, observe, and pay attention. In its general color, the Grand Canyon is red, but each stratum or group of strata has a distinctive hue—buff and gray, delicate green and pink, or, in its depths, brown, slate-gray, and violet. Coppers, gold, silvers, grays, umber, and ochre landscape. With a touch of purple, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, or blue, you can take advantage of the Arizona sun and bright summer skies. Western landscapes help convey these colors, along with individual native species of cactus, trees, birds, mammals, and other flora and fauna, including dusty ghost towns and historical sites. Show us your colors of the West!
Online Application Deadline - Please read the application and intake instructions, as they have been updated. 
Start anytime and up until 8PM, Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Members: If you need help with submitting or photographing your work, contact: or 928-445-2510.In-take Dates: May 7 and May 8, 2023: (You will receive a link in your acceptance notification email to make an appointment. Please choose only one intake appointment even if you have multiple pieces accepted.)
Opening Reception 
Friday, May 19, 2023 from 5pm - 7pm  at the Guild, 228 N. Alarcon Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Pick-up Dates:July 9 and July 10, 2023
1.       Original Paintings (water media, Colored pencils and crayons, pastel, oil, acrylic, acrylic inks, mixed media)
2.       Photography (all types of photography mediums)
3.       3-Dimensional Objects and 2-Dimensional Non-Print (sculpture, pottery/ceramics, woodworking, stone carving, mixed-media
          objects, mosaics, fiber arts, tilework, glass art, etc.) 
4.       Jewelry (100% handcrafted, metal, minerals, gems, beads, polymer clay, leather)

All submissions will be juried and either accepted or not accepted into the Gallery Show for final judging. 
Prints of original paintings and other printed items such as tote bags, pouches, towels, etc. should not be entered. "Gift Shop" items should not be submitted using Art Call - please use the Guild Forms available on our website or at the Gallery.
Participation Rules 
Submissions must be entered online using the websiteAll art must be for saleArtwork previously accepted into 2021-2022 Mountain Artists Guild shows is not eligible for submissionArtwork, in whole or in part, must be created solely by the artist and must not infringe upon any copyrightPaintings or photographs of nudes or work inappropriate for family viewing may not be acceptedMaximum canvas or paper size is 36" x 48". Heavy sculptures and other heavy 3-dimensional objects must be easily moveable by members and be standalone (not on the wall)Paintings and photographs may be framed or unframed provided unframed images on gallery wrapped canvas are minimum of 3/4" thick or on metal.  All 2D work 1/2" or less must be framed (excluding metal prints). All 2D and wall art MUST have a wire hanger - no sawtooth or french cleat hanging apparatus will be accepted. Be certain the wire hanger will support your work. See our Gallery Standards here: Gallery StandardsOnce award have been announced, accepted entries will be on display in the Web Gallery for 3 months. Artists who enter this show are responsible for handling (packaging) and shipping of any items sold online. Artists in the Web Gallery show must inform the Guild if they sell work so the online gallery is kept current.
Submission Instructions:
Images of artwork should have no background/frame visible and artwork under glass should show no reflections. It is important to submit quality images of your work.Images must represent the work accurately.You may submit more than one image of paintings, photographs, 3-dimensional objects and jewelry to show different sides of the item or close-up detail. DO NOT SUBMIT different artwork; only photos for one piece.When photographing 3-dimensional objects or jewelry, place them on either a white or black non-textured background. Images should be in JPG, PNG or PDF file format.The maximum file size for uploading is 4MB. If your image file size is greater than this, use a photo or image editing program to reduce the size of the image before uploading. Mountain Artists Guild reserves the right to reject artwork that is not photographed correctly and reflects poorly on the artist and the Guild.
Register Online at
*** Ignore the request to create a portfolio web site should that message appear. Simply click on the ‘x’ in the top right of that screen to close it or click on ‘No thanks’.
1.     If you do not have an account on, register online at Colors of the West.
2.     If you already have an account, sign on with your user name and password. 
3.     Provide the details requested to set up an account. 
4.     Click on ‘Add new submission’ to pay by credit card. 
Terms and Conditions
Read the Terms and Conditions on the website for this competition. 
If you have questions about this competition, contact: or call 928-445-2510.

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