Mayor's Art Show
The Mayor’s Art Show (MAS) is part of a larger celebration of contemporary visual art, artists and the City’s public spaces. MAS celebrates local artists, art production and champions the visual arts. MAS recognizes the accomplishments of artists who are committed to enriching their communities through visual arts. Our intention is to cultivate diversity, equity, and access to the visual arts and artists. We envision a city of citizens whose success, safety and health are not pre-determined by their race, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, mental or physical ability.
Mayor’s Art Show
August 5-September 5, 2022
The City of Eugene invites artists, 18 and over, who live or work in the City of Eugene to submit one piece of work for the juried Mayor’s Art Show. The exhibition will be held virtually and will be on display in the downtown Eugene Public Library. Established, emerging and student artists of Eugene are encouraged to apply.
Submissions closed at 10 p.m. May 23
- Submission is free.
- Artists may submit images of one piece of artwork for the jury to consider.
- Artwork must be available to photograph by mid-June. Exact date and location TBD.
- This exhibition is open to all residents, 18 or over who live or work in the City of Eugene and artists who work or have exhibited in Eugene in the past. Established, emerging, and student artists are encouraged to apply
- We are accepting 2D, 3D and digital artworks. (digital must be self-contained and managed by the artist).
- Submitted artwork must be fully show-ready to stand or hang on its own.
- Work must have been completed since January 1, 2020.
The curator reserves the right to refuse artworks at any time during the processes: submission, selection, intake and installation.
Entries may be submitted through the web-based CaFÉ application system March 21-May 23, 2022 at 10 p.m.
CaFÉ is an online application and jurying system used by organizations and galleries for national and international calls for entry for public art projects, artist fellowships, juried visual art competitions and exhibitions. Applicants have access to hundreds of call for entry opportunities. It allows artists to easily and efficiently manage their submissions and applications. Registration is FREE and makes it easy to apply to entries.
- Register for a CaFÉ profile
- Set up your portfolio in CaFÉ by uploading your images. Be sure to have upload-ready Opens a New Window. files ready.
- Image: JPEG or JPG, under 5 MB with a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side.
- Audio: AIFF, WAV, XMF, MP3, under 10MB with a minimum bit rate of 96.
- Video: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS, under 100MB with a minimum resolution 640 x 480; minimum 12 fps
- Apply to Mayor’s Art Show
Note: If uploading images and creating acceptable file sizes and file types proves to be a barrier to participation, CaFÉ has excellent technical support by an experienced and friendly support team and step-by-step online help. You may also contact Chanin Santiago, Curator.
A panel of artists and art professionals will review all applications. Artists will be notified by early June. Awards will be given based on the consideration of the following criteria: conceptual strength, artistic merit, innovation, craftsmanship and materials.
Awards will be given based on the consideration of the above criteria. A $500 award is given in each category:
- Mayor’s Choice
- Juror’s Choice
- Peoples’ Choice
- Curator’s Choice
Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images for this call that present their work to its best advantage. Photographs should give a sense of how the piece will be displayed (i.e., how it sits or hangs). Detailed photographs are important to show the technical excellence of the work, and they can highlight special areas that might not be obvious in a full shot. Works accepted in the exhibition must be available to be photographed individually or in exhibition installation during the entire run of the show for advertising and publicity purposes. Artists may only submit one piece of artwork for the jury to consider.
Please note that price and/or value of an accepted entry may not be changed after it is set. Cost of framing should be considered and included in price. Work should be marked “NFS” if it is not available for purchase. Please include the value of the work for insurance purposes. All objects sold must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. All sales include a 25% commission. Artwork can be shipped; shipping costs are determined by the size and value of the piece.
Permission and Copyright
By submitting an entry, the Artist grants permission for the City of Eugene and Cultural Services to use the accepted image on its website, for brochures, promotional materials, and publicity about the exhibition, both physical and virtual. Every effort will be made to maintain quality true to the submitted image, recognizing that the print or electronic medium may affect how the viewer receives the image. Artist will be given attribution for the work. The Artist certifies that he or she holds the copyright for this material and the copyright remains with said Artist. The Artist also certifies that the work submitted is original, has been completed after January 1, 2020, and does not infringe on any existing copyright. If artwork includes image of any person, artist certifies that a model release for such people has been obtained. Furthermore, if the accepted work differs dramatically from the image submitted, The City of Eugene and Cultural Services reserves the right to return the work to the Artist without hanging in the exhibition. By signing this agreement, the Artist acknowledges and understands the above provisions and has read and agreed with the provisions in the Call for Entry.
May 23: Call ends, 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Zone.
Early June: Artists notified of jury decision.
Late June: MAS artwork photographed by a professional photographer for virtual exhibition.
August 6: Visual Arts Week opening, more TBD
In the spirit of celebrating the visual arts and artists, those who are not selected by the jury for the Mayor’s Art Show have an opportunity to participate in the Salon des Refusés at the New Zone Gallery held August 5 through September 5 in collaboration with the City of Eugene. The Salon will take place online during the city’s Visual Arts Week. Artists who are interested can drop off their artwork at the New Zone Gallery the last week in July. More details to come.
Help for Artists
To learn more about writing an artist statement, we recommend Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists, which teaches artists how to write about their own artwork. The book offers a step-by-step approach to create a professional artist statement and includes thinking and writing exercises to ease the process and develop authentic and clear content.
We also recommend the Passionate Painter Podcast Episode 21: Vick Krohn Amorose Demystifies Writing and speaking About Your Art.
Cultural Appropriation is defined as “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the practices, customs, or aesthetics of one social or ethnic group by members of another (typically dominant) community or society.”