2021 National Contemporary Exhibition


The Art Center
ATTN: Contemporary 2021
1803 N 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

This national juried exhibition is open to all artists with a primary focus on the still life and is open to a wide array of mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, film, photography, animation, and mixed media. The Juror for this Exhibition is Associate Professor of Art, Eric Elliott of Colorado Mesa University.

*Please make sure to read through the full prospectus below before entering your artwork*




  • April 4: deadline for submissions
  • April 9: artist notification
  • April 9-24: window for shipped artwork
  • May 3, 10am-2pm: DROP-OFF for hand-delivered artwork
  • May 7 and June 4, 5-8pm: reception by registration only
  • June 26, 9am-4pm: PICK-UP for hand-delivered artwork
  • June 28: begin return shipping


Eric Elliott

Eric Elliott grew up in Alaska and moved to Grand Junction from Seattle, Washington. He holds a Master of Fine Arts, Painting and Drawing, University of Washington, Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts, Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley.

As an artist Elliott primarily works in oil paint, charcoal and ink. In his work, he uses the objects that surround him as a point of departure, and their structures become frameworks upon which he can play with explorations of paint, form, association, space, light, atmosphere, unification and dissolution.

Elliott completed a yearlong art residency at the Jerusalem Studio School, Israel in 2014. He was the 2009 winner of the Behnke Foundation's Neddy Artist Fellowship, received the Seattle Art Museum's 2008 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award and was in the 2009 Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. He is represented by the James Harris Gallery in Seattle.


  1. 2019: Ron Hicks
  2. 2017: Gabriela Martínez
  3. 2015: Gregory Botts
  4. 2013: Joellyn Duesberry
  5. 2011: Michael Chavez
  6. 2009: Michael Meyers
  7. 2007: Harold Holden


  1. $750 Best of Show
  2. $450 First Place
  3. $300 Second Place
  4. $250 Third Place

Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2021


  1. Contemporary 2021 is open to all artists.
  2. Artists may enter up to 3 works.
  3. Artwork must have been executed over the last two years and must not have been previously exhibited at this location.
  4. Artwork should not be so fragile that shipment or public display is harmful to the work or the viewer.
  5. Accepted work which differs significantly from the submitted images will be disqualified from the exhibition.
  6. No accepted entry may be withdrawn prior to the closing date of the exhibition.
  7. TAC encourages work to be for sale. Artwork must not be sold prior to shipment to TAC if designated for sale in the online entry form.

Entry for Contemporary 2021 is online through the TAC’s website. CD and handwritten entries will not be accepted. To enter, click the direct link on the exhibition page. You will be asked to login to your Art Center account. If you do not already have an account with us, enter your email, click the Create Account button, and create your account. Once you are logged in, you will be asked to enter an artist statement and your email or social media information. Please note, these are optional, and you may skip this step by pressing the Save & Continue button. Once you’ve continued to the next page, click the red Add Entry button, and enter all applicable information. Please make sure you save your item details before you continue. Once you are finished, click the Finish and Send Confirmation button. If you have a video entry, submit a screenshot of the video and send your .mov or .mp4 to [email protected] via WeTransfer.

By submitting entries to this exhibition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth in the prospectus.

Non-refundable entry fee $35 for up to 3 entries. Payment is by credit card and the process is online (see above).


  1. Artists may submit up to 3 entries (works of art).
  2. Artists may submit up to 3 JPEG images per entry.
  3. Images must be 300ppi and 2MB or less.
  4. Images must be labeled with first and last name followed by the title and number of entry. Please make sure your file names do not have spaces in them.
    • Ex: Doe_Jane_Blue_Moon_1
    • Ex: Doe_Jane_Sun_2
  5. Our online entry form will ask you to list the following for each entry: title, media, dimensions, and sale price. Write “0” if not for sale. Please make sure to only enter numbers for the price (no decimals, commas, or dollar signs). When entering the height and width, round to the nearest inch and do not use decimal points or fractions.

Accepted artists are responsible for shipping their work to and from the TAC and all related expenses. Artwork should be shipped in a sturdy, reusable container with instruction for packing. NO PACKING PEANUTS PLEASE. All packages must include a return shipping label.

Artist is responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork to and from The Art Center, and all related expenses. Hand-delivered work must be dropped off and picked up on the specified dates at The Art Center. A storage fee of $10 per day per work will be charged on artwork remaining past the specified pick-up date, unless other arrangements are made with The Art Center.

Upon delivery, artwork must be labeled with artist’s name, medium and price on the front (glass or frame) and back for 2D work. Do not tape labels to the artwork itself. For 3D work labels should be adhered to the bottom of the piece with archival removable materials. The Wall tags for art works will be generated from the information provided in this entry form. Please make sure all spelling and capitalization is correct.

The Art Center retains a commission of 40% on all Artwork sold from The Art Center galleries during the exhibition. The Art Center will collect sales tax and make payments to the appropriate agencies. Sales are reconciled at the end of the exhibition; sales commission checks are mailed to the artists after the fifteenth (15th) day of the month following the close of the exhibition.

All artwork must be securely mounted and ready for display with the appropriate wiring or cleats and hardware. Artwork not ready for display as indicated, or excessively fragile artwork requiring more than normal handling and consideration, will not be exhibited. The Art Center reserves the right to install selected artwork in any manner deemed necessary for exhibition or security reasons, and to refuse display of any unsuitable artwork.

Please email [email protected] with questions about non-traditional hanging.

Reproductions of submitted artwork may be used by The Art Center for promotional and educational purposes.

LIABILITY & INSURANCE: The Exhibitor acknowledges that The Art Center’s facilities are open to the public and often unlocked. Exhibitor thus acknowledges that art left at the facilities may be at risk of being damaged, lost, or stolen. The Art Center provides insurance coverage for loss or damage to individual exhibited items in amounts up to $10,000 per occurrence with a $30,000 aggregate maximum per event. All insurance payments will be made less The Art Center's commission, in cases where the work is available for sale. All such payments will be dependent upon the artwork’s agreed value, as stated in the Exhibitor’s inventory. Should the insurer require an appraisal, any fees or costs incurred for the appraisal are the responsibility of the Exhibitor (as used herein “Exhibitor” includes the artist, owner of the art, or any third party claiming an interest in the art other than The Art Center). The Exhibitor may protect against loss or damage to its art by purchasing insurance at its own expense. The Exhibitor agrees to rely solely on its own or The Art Center’s insurance for recovery of any loss or damage of any kind to the artwork while in The Art Center’s possession. Except to the extent any loss or damage to the artwork is insured by The Art Center, the Exhibitor, or otherwise, the Exhibitor releases, indemnifies, and holds The Art Center, its members, employees, agents, officers, directors, and contractors harmless from any claims, actions, liability, damages (including but not limited to actual, consequential, or exemplary damages), losses, expenses, costs or fees, including attorney fees, relating to or arising out of the loss or damage to or destruction of the artwork from any cause, including, without limitation, loss or damage due to negligence or theft.

AGREEMENT: Submission of artwork shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus, including the following: Accepted artwork must be available for purchase unless ‘NFS’ is clearly stated in the online entry form. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn prior to the close of the exhibition. The Art Center will retain a 40% commission on all sales of juried artwork. Permission to reproduce the artwork for publicity purposes and for educational purposes is granted. Images are viewed anonymously by the juror. All decisions made by the exhibition’s juror are final. The Art Center is not responsible for any artwork that is lost or damaged in transit.