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Call for ArtistsImage of @Central Gallery - exhibition view

@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 ten 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.  The call generally opens in the late summer and remains open for approximately two months.  Submission are only accepted during this time.

Check here for deadline information in the coming months.  In the meantime, see submission instructions below to help you plan your proposal.  For additional information or questions call 602-262-6157 or email


How to Apply

Download a prospectus/submission form (coming soon!).  Submit your completed submission form with the following:

  • Ten digital images submitted on CD.  Please see prospectus for complete instructions for submitting images.
  • A brief resume, no more than two pages.
  • A one-page written proposal is optional, but encouraged and should be included when proposing works that are not yet completed.
  • A non-refundable fee of $15.00 must accompany all submissions. Make check or money order payable to the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.
  • A self-addressed return envelope with appropriate postage, large enough to accommodate your disk must be included for return of your materials.

The work submitted should be an accurate representation of the artist's current style and ability. Artists may be asked to exhibit existing work or to 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.

Completed submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to: @Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library, Third Floor, 1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

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.


Artists residing in Arizona, 18 years of age or older, who are not currently represented by a gallery, may submit work for consideration. Works submitted 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 submission.  Artists may submit work in any media for consideration; however, artists may be asked to provide pedestals or any other display materials required for three-dimensional work or work that requires special installation. Artists selected for exhibition will be responsible for delivery and retrieval of their artwork. The artist will also be responsible for framing or any other costs incurred to ensure that the artwork is exhibition ready.

Selection Process

Submissions will be juried by a panel consisting of the @Central Gallery Coordinator and local artists and art professionals. Selections will be made based on aesthetic quality, artistic merit, technical ability and appropriateness for the library setting. Four to five exhibitions will be selected to feature in the gallery in the upcoming year.  Exhibitions will be approximately 10 weeks in length.  Group exhibitions may be created based on the submissions received.  Artists will be notified within six weeks of the submission deadline.


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.