Artist Opportunities

photo by Terry Evans

photo by Terry Evans

Eyes to Acres: Cultivating Food Culture

July 31 through September 15, 2019

The Salina Art Center seeks art inspired by food and food culture, including issues related to farming and land. Works should convey stories and experiences of local food traditions and cultures, or demonstrate the impact of food production on a local and/or global scale. Topics may include but not limited to: soil health, cultural traditions, food scarcity, family farms, environmental impact, economic impact, etc. This juried exhibition and related interpretive programming is in partnership with Local Foods Works foundation and Feast on the Fe.

In his essay The Deserted Country, Wendell Berry refers to the principle of ‘eyes to acres’. In traditional farming practice this referred to the understanding that there was an eyes to acres ratio that was needed for proper care of working of the land. The right ratio of caring, knowledgeable, and observant farmers would ensure the health of the land and a plentiful harvest.

Artists are often the “eyes” of our culture; careful - and caring- observers capable of cultivating a strong community.


All artist ages 16 and older, working in any media, may submit. Artists must live and work in Kansas or the Kansas City metro area. Artists may submit up to three works. There is no fee for submissions.

Each submission must include a statement by the artist, not to exceed 200 words, telling the story behind the work. SUBMISSIONS WITHOUT A STATEMENT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSION.

Artists are responsible for delivering their work too and from the Art Center, including any costs for packing and shipping.

Work must be finished and ready to display. The Art Center reserves the right to reject any work that is not presented in a professional manner, deemed unsafe/unstable, or otherwise unsuitable for handling. Please contact the Art Center if you have any questions or concerns.


  • Deadline for submissions: July 12

  • Notification of acceptance: July 19

  • Work delivered to the Salina Art Center before July 26

  • Exhibition opens July 31 and closes September 22

  • Reception: Friday, August 2, 5-7 p.m.

  • Pick up work at the Art Center by Sunday, September 29, 5pm



The Salina Art Center is seeking proposals for the launch of our ARTery Go program at the Smoky Hill River Festival, June 14 and 15.

About ARTery Go:

ARTery Go is a mobile, bike powered, art cart connecting neighborhoods, artists, businesses and individuals to artist-created, pop-up art experiences that are purpose-built to pique curiosity and prompt interaction. Pop-up experiences include visual art projects proposed by local artists to be challenging, creative, and interactive. ARTery Go emphasizes socialization with a balance of demonstration, information, and fundamental technical arts education. The full experience is designed to increase exchanges between the artist and the audience where the audience is.

The cart will be outfitted with folding tables and chairs and have space for tubs containing project materials.

About the Call:

Artist will be responsible for designing and implementing an interactive project with the support of Art Center staff. The ARTery Go cart will be pulled by bike to the River Festival grounds, where the artist and Art Center staff will find suitable locations for the proposed activity. This is our opportunity to test how well the cart can be moved and set up in new locations. Different projects will be done each day. Artist may submit multiple proposals. Please complete one form per proposal.


The Salina Art Center is looking for local artists to develop projects for our ARTery. The ARTery is a free, interactive arts lab dedicated to experimentation and practice with a variety of art materials and techniques

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