8 Mar 2019

Competitions May You Live in Interesting Times

NAU Art MuseumFlagstaff, Arizona, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: November 19, 2019 – The Northern Arizona University Art Museum announces a juried exhibition to be mounted in Spring of 2020. Open from February 4 until April 4, the exhibition, titled “May You Live in Interesting Times,” will present new works conceived within the conceptual category of the Book as Art, including Altered Books. The Museum invites submissions on significant themes derived from the issues we face here and around the world, including, but not limited to, environmental challenges, politics, immigration, race, and nationalism.

Our 2020 exhibition will embrace widely varying conceptions of the “book” created in an equally diverse range of media. The Museum is producing this event in the firm belief that, in the age of virtual media, there is still a profoundly powerful effect to be drawn from prolonged interaction with a physical artifact in a “screen-free” environment.

Open to all artists practicing in the United States of America. All books as art exclusive of commercial reproduction are eligible. We encourage submissions that take book arts beyond traditional. Each artist may submit up to three images for each of his/her works completed in the last two years. Works over 50 lbs. may require additional shipping fees charged to the artist. For artworks over 150 lbs. or larger than 42” cubed please contact the museum before submitting your entry.

First Place award: $800.00
Second Place award: $500.00
Third Place award: $300.00

A nonrefundable entry fee of $35 entitles the artist to submit one to three artworks, with three digital images per entry form.

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All works must be display ready and including display instructions.


  • Submission deadline: November 19, 2019
  • Artworks accepted announcement: November 24, 2019
  • Accepting deliveries of artwork; January 6 – 10, 2020
  • Exhibition Dates: February 4 – April 4, 2020 (closed
  • Sunday, Monday, and all university holidays)
  • Artwork shipped out by: April 20, 2020

As a teaching institution, Northern Arizona University and the NAU Art Museum emphasize the diversity of voices, media, themes, and creative impulses at work in today’s art. The Museum and the College of Arts and Letters believe in the centrality of artistic expression in all communities and cultures, and in the incalculable value of art as an educational experience. The NAU Art Museum sustains its role as a leading cultural institution in northern Arizona through its acquisition of challenging, contemporary art, through its support of a vibrant annual schedule of special exhibitions, and through its outreach efforts directed to the larger northern Arizona community.

Northern Arizona University Art Museum
620 S. Knoles Dr.
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 11 Nov thru Dec and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: Cash or Value Awards and Exhibition – Group.

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