Call to Artists

Artist's Vision Juried Exhibit: The Skies Opened

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - 54th year
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034 (9 miles south of Portland)      
Show Dates: June 23, 24 & 25, 2017
Location: Lakewood Center for the Arts (Location
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017

Apply using the  EntryThingy online application form.
Entry requirement: $35.00 nonrefundable fee

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Artist's Vision Call - Feb 17, 2017 - Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts


The Call

The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is announcing the Call to Artists for the 2017 Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit, titled The Skies Opened. The exhibition will be held in the main hallway of the Lakewood Center for the Arts. Download the 2017 Artist's Vision Juried Call to Artists.

A hallway is very rarely the destination, but rather a portal allowing safe passage from your past location to your future destination. Using this idea of past and future, the hallway can be viewed as your metaphorical middle or present.

Storms have a middle; an eye. We venture through the chaos and overwhelming war of the elements (our past), before we are offered a moment of calm (our present), and eventually enter a new unknown territory of elements (our future). As the hallway is a representation of the present, the eye of the storm is, too, a metaphor of what has passed and what is to come.

The Art

This exhibition is a visual representation of our rightfully owned presence in each moment. It is a reflection of the quiet moments when we recognize the beauty of our immediate existence amongst the chaos and clamor of the world.

The art can be as conceptual or literal as the artist wishes. It can be a literal visual representation of the center of a storm or a conceptual idea of what your presence in an over stimulated world means to you. We are accepting all mediums of art from all talent and educational backgrounds. Your art can use a light source or be a light source itself, but has to be self-sufficient; by this we mean that it must be battery operated or running on something other than electricity.

*If your piece is a digital format (projection, film, time lapse, etc.) and requires electricity, please be specific in your submission of the power sources you will need.

The art is to be exhibited in a lowly lit hallway, thus it is important the artist understand that the exhibition is more of a collective experience. Your piece may not be directly lit, but will be activated by the use of light, shadows, form and abstraction in order to convey a ‘storm.’

Words for the artist to think on:
Moody, dramatic, tempest, silence, black & white, shadows & highlights, the present, calm, light, wind, condensation, organic forms, crystal formations, fluidity, mirrors, diffusion of light, abstraction of sound, distortion of perception.

Note from the Curator, Briana Thornton:
Before you submit or create a piece for this show, I as the curator would like each artist to ask themselves the below question. You can answer it in your art or quietly in your own conscience. However you wish to answer is up to you, though I feel it is important that you challenge your own perception of a storm and think about your ability to convey/describe something and what that description means to you. Try to ignore the obvious.

“Describe a thunderstorm without using the sense of hearing.”


Works Eligible

  • Two dimensional work in any medium is acceptable as long as it is smaller than 6ʼ x 8ʼ and can be displayed on the wall using picture hanging rods. 
  • Three dimensional pieces are eligible as long as they are smaller than 6ʼ (height) x 4ʼ (width) x 2ʼ (depth) and that the artist can provide the appropriate sculpture stand for their presentation.
  • Wall-hung work can be hung framed or unframed and must include proper hanging hardware (no zigzag hardware). Please note: curators will not construct any hanging devices. Work must be delivered ready to hang on a wall.
  • Digital works (Film, projections, time-lapse, etc) are accepted but the artist must explain the type of power source needed for their submission. All chords, connectors, etc., must be provided by the artist. All TV’s, Monitors, Projects must also be provided by the artist. Tables and stands for monitors or to support digital work must also be stated by artist. Because all artworks must be for sale, artist must explain how this piece is for sale and what the sale would include.


A maximum of 3 works may be submitted per artist. Entries must be received no later than the date listed on the Calendar below. The Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit reserves the right to decline any accepted artwork upon delivery if the condition or quality is other than represented in the electronic entry.

Calendar 2016-17

Artist applications available online November 2, 2016
Application deadline February 17, 2017
Jury results emailed to artists March 10, 2017
Delivery of accepted art June 18, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Festival hours Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2017, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Pick up unsold art Sunday, June 25, 5:30-7:00pm & Monday, June 26, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Jury Process

Applications will be reviewed by a jury comprised of selected individuals from varied backgrounds who embrace the philosophy and goals of the Festival of the Arts. Artwork for the Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit will be selected based on adherence to the stated theme, originality, personal voice, and technical skill.


  • Anthony Quito was born in the 2nd millennium during the autumn of the 1989th year.  A 1st generation American by way of Salvadoran parents, Anthony grew up documenting his surroundings with a disposable camera. He studied photography at the University of the School of Visual Arts in NYC and graduated with a BFA in 2013. He currently works as a producer, sourcing photographers and creating advertising campaigns around the globe. Anthony currently is the Associate Producer at the well-known New York creative and artist representation agency Cake-Factory.
  • Hector Rene Membreno-Canales was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and grew up in Allentown Pennsylvania. After serving in Iraq Hector used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). While at SVA Hector interned at the Museum of Modern Art, Magnum Foundation, Hank Willis Thomas Studio and Stephen Mallon Films. He was later invited to study Journalism at the The Pentagon's Dept. of Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md. Hector's work has been featured in The New York Times, L’Oeil de la Photographie, CNN and The New Republic. He is currently an MFA candidate in the Dept. of Art and Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York.
  • Anna Fitzgerald received her Masters from Goddard Collage for her ethnographic studies into the influence of syncretic spiritualties on contemporary American social movements.  Founded Compersion Projects, a collection of online and IRL art, literature and events. Anna is the editor of Familiars Quarterly, a journal of post-humanist art and literature from Compersion Projects.  She coordinated dozens of educational, arts, and movement - based classes, workshops and events at the community space she collaboratively founded and managed in Bushwick, NY. (www.bodyactualized.org)  Co-editor of the feminist art & literature zine, moon church quarterly. Contributing panelist alongside Felicia Young, Stewart Loosee, and Chloe Rossetti on Art, Activism and Ecology at SENSE: Dimensions of Radical Ecology festival at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, NYC.  Her work can be found in Creators Connect, Glittermob Mag, Supermachine, and her first book of poems, Things the Earth Did.


All work submitted must be for sale. The price shall be at the discretion of the artist. A 40 percent commission from all sales will be retained by the Festival. Prices assigned by the artist shall include the Festival commission. All commission proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, a nonprofit organization.

Application Process

The Festival of the Arts uses the EntryThingy online application system. We do not accept slides, photographs, links to websites, or paper applications.

  • Artists must register with an accurate email that will be working throughout the application process until show date. This email address will be used to notify you of your status. Notification of accepted or declined status will be emailed to the email address you entered to register for EntryThingy. Please check your application email inbox for all correspondence. NOTE: Festival notifications will come from “alerts@entrythingy.com”. Place this address in your address book to be sure you receive notifications.

Special Instructions

Provide a completed application submitted through EntryThingy on the Lakewood Center for the Arts website. Your application must include:

  • Description of Work: A short statement that briefly describes your body of work as it relates to this exhibit.
  • Images: Up to three (3) works may be submitted with images of each. Images submitted must accurately represent original artwork to be exhibited (see image format on EntryThingy).

For do-it-yourself image formatting, go to Larry Berman’s Jury Images. When formatting your images, select 1920x1920 ZAPPtm on the order form under Action. ZAPPtm-formatted images are accepted by EntryThingy. There is no charge for this service. However, donations are gladly accepted to keep this “free” service available.

Payment for Application

To ensure that the jury sees your entry, your non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 must be received in the Festival office no later than February 17, 2017. This fee covers up to 3 works and is payable upon submission. Artists whose work is not accepted for inclusion into the Artist's Vision Juried Exhibit may apply the fee to the Open Show. For more information, see the Open Show Call to Artists (TO BE POSTED IN DECEMBER).

You may pay via PayPal or check. If you pay by check, mail your $35.00 check payable to Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Write your Entry Number and Artist's Vision: Noun on your check. Mail your check to:

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Briana Thornton, Curator, Artist’s Vision Juried Exhibit
Phone: 503-636-1060    Email:
Street address: Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Mailing address: Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, PO Box 385, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Download the 2017 Artist's Vision Juried Call to Artists.

Apply online with EntryThingy by February 17, 2017



About the Festival of the Arts: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. It is held the weekend after Father's Day each year and attracts 22-25,000 people. Contributions to the Festival are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 93-0700108.

Mission Statement: The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating, and exhibiting the arts of the region.

Location/Support: The Festival takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA. It is sustained by valuable partnerships with the City of Lake Oswego, Clackamas County Tourism and Development Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, the Lake Oswego School District, small and large businesses, the "Friends of the Festival," plus more than 500 volunteers who work throughout the year and the weekend to make the Festival the success it is.