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Call for Artists@Central Gallery Call for Artists 2016

@Central Gallery, located on the first floor of Burton Barr Central Library, presents fine art exhibitions featuring the work of Arizona artists.  Exhibitions are approximately eight weeks in length and are open to the public during normal library hours and First Friday.  Each year, @Central Gallery issues a call for local artists to submit their work. 

For additional information or questions call 602-534-7852 or email

About​ the Call

Artists working at all levels of their career are invited to submit work for consideration.  @Central Gallery is open to the public during normal library hours and provides artists with an exceptional opportunity for exposure.  Work submitted should represent the artist’s current style and ability. Artists may be asked to exhibit existing work or create new work for an exhibition. @Central Gallery reserves the right to reject artwork that varies significantly, aesthetically or in quality from the work proposed in the submission.


Artists residing in Arizona, 18 years or older, who are not currently represented by a gallery, may submit work for consideration. Submissions must be original works of art completed by the artist within the last two years. Works previously exhibited in @Central Gallery and artists who have had a solo exhibition in @Central Gallery in the past two years are not eligible for consideration.  Artists may submit work in any media; however, artists may be asked to provide pedestals or other display materials required for three-dimensional artwork or artwork that requires special installation.  Artists selected for exhibition will be responsible for delivery and retrieval of their artwork and must assist with installation. The artist will also be responsible for framing and any costs incurred to ensure that the artwork is exhibition ready.

Selection Process

Submissions will be juried by a panel consisting of the @Central Gallery Coordinators, local artists and art professionals. Selections will be made based on aesthetic quality, artistic merit, technical ability and appropriateness for the library setting. Five to six exhibitions will be scheduled during the 2016 calendar year.  Exhibitions will be approximately eight weeks in length.  Group exhibitions may be created based on the submissions received.  Artists will be notified no later than Friday, October 30, 2015.


Sales are encouraged; however it is not necessary for your work to be for sale to be considered for exhibition. All transactions will be handled by the artist. @Central Gallery does not take a commission, but asks that a donation of 20% from works sold be made to the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.


The application period is now closed.

Every effort will be made to ensure the safe handling of submitted materials; however, @Central Gallery, Phoenix Public Library, City of Phoenix and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library are not responsible for any loss or damage.