Call for Artists


Salina Art Center | April 1 - June 14, 2020

The Salina Art Center seeks submissions from artists currently working in the Mountain-Plains region of the United States for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art. The Salina Art Center is a nonprofit, contemporary art and education center with the mission "to create exchanges among art, artists, and audiences that reveal life." Located in historic downtown Salina, Kansas, the Art Center has a national reputation as an innovative, artist-supportive, and audience-responsive institution and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

photo by Kendra Cremin

photo by Kendra Cremin


Ksenya Gurshtein is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. Prior to coming to the Ulrich, she held curatorial positions at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She holds a Ph.D. In the history of art from the University of Michigan. Her scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, and her writing can also be found online at


  • $2000 - First

  • $1000 - Second

  • $500 - Third


Open to all visual artists working in the Mountain-Plains region (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming). Work completed in 2018 or 2019, in any medium, is eligible. Work completed prior to 2018 will not be considered.

Any member of the Salina Art Center staff or Board of Trustees and its committees is eligible to submit work, but not eligible to receive award compensation.


Entries must be submitted via online form by midnight January 19, 2020. Entry fee is $25, payable to the Salina Art Center via PayPal, check, or credit card. Artists may submit up to three works and no more than two media files (images, video, or audio) per work, for a total of six files. Image files should be JPG format, approximately 5 x 7 in., and 300 dpi. Artists must include a written statement (not to exceed 750 words) about their work and practice. Submission constitutes a formal agreement to make submitted work available for exhibition.

Dates to Remember

  • Submission deadline: Midnight, January 19, 2020

  • Acceptance notification: February 17, 2020

  • Insurance values for accepted work and CV/résumé due: February 28, 2020

  • Delivery/receipt of accepted work: by March 15, 2020

  • Exhibition: April 1 - June 14, 2020

  • Reception: April 3, 2020

  • Return/pick up of exhibited work: by June 28, 2020