The Big: Art Center East's Annual Open Exhibit

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Art Center East (ACE) invites you to enter your artwork into The Big: Art Center East's Annual Open Exhibit. Entries are eligible to win cash prizes - totaling over $600! - awarded at the judges' discretion. The People's Choice cash award will be selected by those attending the December 6 opening reception. Artists throughout the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and beyond) who are 18+ years old are invited to submit their work.

This annual art exhibit serves multiple purposes: it invites Eastern Oregon & PNW artists to celebrate the arts, creates awareness of the value of arts in our communities, and raises funds that benefit community arts programming at ACE.

The 2019 Annual Open exhibit will run from December 6th, 2019 - January 25th, 2020, with a festive opening reception from 6-8pm on Friday, December 6th.

What to Expect

The Big: Annual Open Exhibit is an art exhibit at Art Center East in La Grande, Oregon. The exhibit runs December 6, 2019 - January 25, 2020 with an opening reception on Friday, December 6 from 6-8pm.

Online applications are accepted starting June 1st, 2019, after submitting an online application form artwork can be dropped off between November 20 - 27 during ACE's normal business hours: M-F 10am to 4pm, Saturday noon to 4pm.

About our Gallery Space

The exhibition gallery space is upstairs in a restored 1913 Carnegie Library building. Great care is taken in displaying all work to its best advantage. As a non-profit organization, we take pride in running a professional exhibition program on a modest budget.

What to Enter

Artists may submit up to three original, gallery-ready pieces in any artistic medium. Please note that ACE will not accept pieces that have been exhibited at a prior Annual Open Exhibit (formerly, Season's Faire) or that are older than three years. Have questions about whether your piece is a good fit for this exhibit? Contact our Executive Director, Darcy Dolge: (541)624-2800.

How to Enter

1) Select 1-3 pieces that you would like to submit and prepare them for gallery display: framed with screw eyes and wire attached for wall mounted pieces; all others must be ready for freestanding gallery presentation. We will provide pedestals, but not display surfaces (such as for jewelry), easels, or other display accessories. Artists are welcome to enter up to three pieces with the guarantee of at least one piece being included in the exhibit, as gallery space allows.

2) Complete the electronic submission form, answering all required questions. ACE will not accept incomplete submissions or those delivered without an accompanying online submission form. Pay your entry fee with form submission: $20 for ACE members or $25 for non-members. All submission forms must be completed electronically - please contact ACE if you experience any technical difficulties (541) 624-2800. Why complete the online submission form now? It helps us know how much art to prepare for and allows you to know your work will be in the show - maybe even before you make it! Since submissions are taken on a first-come basis, we encourage you to submit your form early.

3) Deliver your ready-to-display piece(s) to the ACE gallery - 1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande, Oregon - in person on the submission date you selected in your submission form. *Should we have a high volume of submissions, ACE will limit the number of submissions per artist. In the (unlikely) event that the show fills before the final submission date, ACE reserves the right to refuse new submissions. Bring your submissions in early to ensure a spot in the show!

4) Attend the December 6th opening night reception, 6-8pm. Free entry. (Optional)

5) Collect your unsold piece on the date you selected in your submission form. Please note that because our accounting is done on a monthly basis, payouts for works sold will be sent to you separately during the first week of February 2020.

Why Enter?

GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE! - This is a great opportunity for professional and amateur artists alike to display their artwork and gain exposure in a gallery setting. ACE will market the show regionally and locally, via press releases, print advertising, a poster campaign, social media, and at our community outreach booths.

SELL YOUR ART! - As advocates of the arts economy, we encourage artists to display works that are for sale. As with all of our gallery shows, ACE retains a commission for artwork purchased (our commission rate is 30% for ACE members, 40% non-members).

WIN A PRIZE! - A few lucky artists (selected by our 2019 artist judge, TBD will go home with a cash prize:
Best in Show: $200
Best Three-Dimensional Piece: $150
Photography Awards:
- Fred Hill Best Photography Award: $50 awarded to self-printed artworks.
- Commercially Printed Photography Award $50
People's Choice Award: $100

CREATE COMMUNITY! - The arts are more fun when more people are involved. We are an inclusive organization that values the diversity of all kinds. We encourage you to be brave, share your voice, and come join us for the Annual Open Exhibit!

About the Judge - Kevin Boylan

Community Ensembles


I must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
I Understand
Artworks must be created within the last three years.
I UnderstandI don't understand that my artwork must be created within the last three years and need to speak with ACE staff.
All works must be original and ready for presentation. Painting will be dry and appropriately presented, mounted or framed, ready to hang with screw eyes and wire attached. Saw tooth hangers and Uni-Frames will not be accepted. Reproductions and works made from kits or under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible. I will present my work professionally. If a special display is needed I will provide it with my work upon delivery.
I Understand
I will receive payment for sales from this open exhibit the first week of February, 2020.
I Understand
CONTINUED THIS YEAR: Because we stand behind artists as professionals who create works of value, we would like to move away from requesting art donations for this annual fundraiser. In lieu of donations, we are continuing a flat entry fee: $20 for ACE members and $25 for non-members. One entry fee includes up to (3) three works of art by a single artist. Artists are encouraged, but not required, to have their work for sale. There is a 30% commission for Art Center East members and 40% commission for non-members. All proceeds from your entry fee this year will go toward ACE arts programming.

I understand the continued changes for 2019
Upon delivery I will provide a printed inventory list featuring contact information, title, description/medium, price of each artwork.
I agree to provide these items upon delivery.I understand that if I don't provide these items ACE may choose to not accept my artwork.
Art Center East reserves the right to refuse any artwork that is inconsistent with the general quality of the exhibit. If there are more entries than space allows, it may be necessary to limit the number of works per artist shown. All artwork will be handled with reasonable care.
I Understand
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$20 (ACE Member)$25 (ACE Non-Member)

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