Mayor's Art Show
The Call to Artists is closed.
The jury is deliberating and we will contact artists July 1-7 to share the outcome of our process.
Mayor’s Art Show
August 7-September 4, 2020
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.
In response to COVID-19, we are carefully considering the health and well-being of the community. The Mayor’s Art Show and Salon des Refusés are pivoting to online exhibitions to accommodate recommendations and requirements for community gatherings and safety.
Satellite art installations of selected artworks will be featured in vignettes of Mayor’s Art Show to be enjoyed at a safe distance throughout the city (TBD).
The City of Eugene invites artists who live or work in the City of Eugene to submit work for the juried Mayor’s Art Show. Established, emerging, and student artists are encouraged to apply.
Eligibility & Entry Fees
- The $15 entry fee is being waved this year.
- This exhibition is open to all residents who live or work in the City of Eugene and artists who work or have exhibited in Eugene in the past.
- We are accepting 2D, 3D and digital artworks. (Digital must be self-contained and managed by the artist).
- Artists may submit images of one artwork for the jury to consider.
- 2D work must include two image
- 3D must include two to four images (one additional detail image may be included for a total of three to five images).
- Work must have been completed since January 1, 2018.
The curator reserves the right to refuse artworks at any time during the processes: submission, selection, intake and installation.
The Call to Artists is closed. The jury is deliberating and we will contact artists July 1-7 to share the outcome of our process.
Entries may be submitted through the web-based CaFÉ application system March 20-June 18 at 10 pm.
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 Opens a New Window.
- 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
- How to Apply - Video Opens a New Window.
- How to Apply - Printable Opens a New Window.
- Resizing Images Opens a New Window.
- General CaFÉ Help Opens a New Window.
- CaFÉ Tech Support firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-629-1166
A note from our curator: To learn more about writing an artist statement, I recommend Art-Write:The Writing Guide for Visual Artists. It teaches artists how to write about their own artwork. The book offers a step-by-step approach to create a professional artist statement, with thinking and writing exercises to ease the process and develop authentic and clear content. Also, check out Passionate Painter Podcast Episode 21: Vick Krohn Amorose Demystifies Writing and speaking About Your Art.
You may also email Chanin Santiago Opens a New Window. , Exhibition Designer and Curator.
June 18: Call ends, 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Zone.
July 1-7: Artists notified of jury decision.
July 25-26: Artwork photo session. Location TBD.
August 7: MAS, Salon des Refusés + Eugene Biennial Award Winners Online Exhibitions Openings
August 14: MAS, Salon des Refusés + Eugene Biennial Award Winners Closing (Awards announced)
A panel of artists and art professionals will review all applications. 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 following criteria: conceptual strength, artistic merit, innovation, craftsmanship and materials. Awards include:
- Mayor’s Choice
- Juror’s Choice
- Peoples’ Choice
- Curator’s Choice
Bill Rutherford is a third generation Oregonian and multidisciplinary artist. His 2 and 3D works, range from canvases to masks and metal sculptures. He is currently producing work that offer cultural expressions of his Black and Chickasaw heritages.
Bill owned and operated an exhibit design business for 23 years for US and European Trade Shows along with an Industrial Trade Show business. He designed and engineered Interstate demo buses for traveling trade shows along with architectural interiors for Oregon Lottery and electro-mechanical demos for Industrial Trade Shows including the production of an industrial video for a client for trade Show presentations.
His work is showcased in the United States and Europe. A collection of Chinook Spiritual Masks he created will become a permanent display in Astoria Maritime Museum.
Mika Aono is a multidisciplinary artist living in Eugene, OR. Her recent work explores humanness in absurdity and futility through laborious processes, giving meaning to the meaningless. Her fascination for nature has driven her projects and installations utilizing discarded objects. She cherishes serendipitous moments and believes art has the power to solve the mystery and connect all sorts of life on earth. She wishes she were a gentle superhero.
Born in Sendai, Japan. Received BA in Primary and Special Ed from Miyagi University of Education in Japan, BA in Art from University of Oregon and MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she teaches printmaking and works as a studio technician in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon.
Her work has been shown at various venues nationally and in international exhibitions in India, Spain, Brazil, Canada and Switzerland; some are in museum/public collections.
Jam Jessie Allison
Jam Jessie Allison is an lesbian transgender artist, activist, DIY’er extraordinaire, and performance artist living on the stolen lands of the Kalapuya tribes in Eugene, OR. She graduated from the University of Oregon with her MFA in 2015. Since then founded Tropical Contemporary, an art collective who’s mission is to provide space, funding, and tools to marginalized artists. She helped start the Transformation Residency Program, the first artist residency specifically for artists who are transgender. She has also performed with the drag collective the Farce Family at gay and queer nightclubs and music festivals across the country. She lives with her girlfriend, queer roommates, one cat, eight chickens and one rabbit. Black Lives Matter.
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 the opportunity to participate in the Salon des Refusés at the New Zone Gallery held on August 7 through September 4 in collaboration with the City of Eugene. The Salon will take place online during the city’s Visual Arts Week.
- Any and only the one piece of art that was refused from the 2020 Mayor’s Art Show can be accepted into the "Salon des Refusés".
- No entry fee
- Artists may bring their piece to the New Zone Gallery TBD.
- 2-D work must be ready to hang.
- A contract and waiver of loss form will be filled out at intake by the artist.
Salon des Refusés contact:
Steve La Riccia - New Zone Gallery
Artists are strongly encouraged to submit images for this call that present work to its best advantage. Detailed photographs are important to show the technical excellence of the work; they can highlight special areas that might not be obvious in the full shot of the work. Works accepted in the exhibition must be available to be photographed individually or in exhibition installation shots for advertising and publicity during the entire run of the exhibition. The curator reserves the right to refuse artworks at any time during the processes of submission, selection, intake and installation.
Artwork will be available for purchase online. Please note that price and/or value of an accepted entry may not be changed after it is set. Work should be marked “NFS” if it is not available for purchase. Please include value of work for insurance purposes. In the case of satellite installations, artworks sold must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Artwork can be shipped by Karin Clarke Gallery. A commission of 25% will be paid to the Karin Clarke Gallery to cover administrative cost. Shipping costs are additional and 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, 2018. 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.