Call for Entries

Art and Conflict

Call for Entry Dates: March 31 – July 3, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – November 12, 2017

Art and Conflict will take place in the Arvada Center's Main Gallery from September 14 - November 12, 2017 in conjunction with an exhibition of posters from World War One, in order to commemorate the centenary of this conflict. The Arvada Center is seeking works from artists that address conflict and war, and the role art and/or the artist can play in commemorating or explaining past conflict, or expose and express issues surrounding current or future conflict. This exhibition seeks to utilize the role of art and artists to explore how society can come to understand how and why conflict and war affect society and humanity in the ways they do. All media will be considered for this exhibition, and artists need only be over the age of 18 to apply.

The posters of WWI displayed in the Arvada Center's other two galleries come from multiple countries and are all considered propaganda posters. They explore the themes of national pride, enlistment, villainizing the enemy, women's work, national relief efforts, and more. By using symbols, slogans, national myths such as St. George and the Dragon, images of national leaders, and design styles that visually reinforced ideas, they appealed to the basic human emotions - self-preservation, patriotic pride, and morality. These same devices were used in reverse in an effort to direct national energies toward distrust and hatred of the enemy. The exhibition of posters is one of many events offered throughout the Arvada Center over an 18-month period for the project "Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War."

Keywords: war, memory, history, healing, globalization, conflict resolution, humanity, understanding, bridges, political history, politics, protest, cultural identity, social identity, memorial, propaganda, social commentary, effects of war, differing points of view, patriotism, morality

Eligibility Criteria and Terms of Submission - Please read thoroughly before beginning your application!


  1. Open to all artists over age 18
  2. All media are eligible. Please refer to size restrictions below
  3. All applications must be completed online through Slideroom, no paper applications will be considered

Artwork Must Be:

  1. Original
  2. Not previously shown at the Arvada Center
  3. Framed/2D work must be ready to hang and should not exceed 6 feet in any one direction, and less than 100 lbs.
  4. Sculpture and installations may not exceed 8 feet in any one direction

Any artwork not conforming to the selected conditions set forth will be disqualified


  1. Non-refundable entry fee of $25 for up to 3 pieces
  2. Applicants can submit image files (JPG preferred), video files, audio files, PDF, 3D models via sketchfab, and embedded files from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud
  3. Crop images to exclude framing and background (for 2D artwork)
  4. Images must represent the work or concept exactly
  5. Label files as follows: Lastname_Piecenumber.jpg (Doe_1.jpg)
  6. If accepted, these images will be used for publicity purposes
  7. Each piece submitted will require you to explain the conflict you are representing in the piece

Delivery and Return of Accepted Work:

  1. Shipped work should arrive no later than August 25, 2017. Ship work in sturdy, reusable crates or cartons. Work will be returned in the container and materials in which it arrived.
  2. Hand-delivered work should arrive no later than August 25, 2017
  3. Arvada Center provides insurance for artworks while on premises
  4. Arvada Center is not responsible for damage or loss during transport

Sales of Artwork:

  1. Artwork may be for sale during the exhibition, artists will receive payment after the close of the exhibition
  2. Arvada Center retains a 50% commission on art sales
  3. Any artwork not for sale cannot come from a private collection, a fair market insurance value must be provided if a work is not for sale

Submission to this competition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus. Submitting an application and application fee in no way guarantees acceptance into the exhibition. Arvada Center reserves the right to final curatorial, educational, and installation decisions. The Arvada Center may use your image(s) for marketing purposes, and will credit the artist in that case.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for entries: Monday, July 3. Late entries will not be considered
  • Email notification by July 14, 2017
  • Opening Reception: September 14, 2017, 6 - 9 p.m. Free and open to the public
  • Final Day of Exhibition: November 12, 2017
  • Artwork return/pickup: Week of November 13, 2017


Artist Submission for General Review

We encourage artists to submit their work by mail or e-mail for review, as we aim to represent local and regional artists in most of our exhibits. Staff will only acknowledge works sent by mail or e-mail.