CALL FOR ART – 66th Annual Juried Exhibition (Deadline extended to July 20)

  • Posted on June 5, 2020

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Amber Esseiva, Associate Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia


All artists working in any medium are encouraged to submit up to 3 original artworks for consideration to one of the Durham Art Guild’s largest and most impressive exhibitions of the year. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Artists chosen by the juror will be included in a group exhibition of the selected artworks at the Durham Art Guild’s SunTrust Gallery and will be considered for all awards including $1,400 in cash prizes. Please be sure to thoroughly read this document prior to submitting your work.


Submission deadline: Extended to July 20 at 11:59pm

Notification of acceptance: Extended to July 31

Delivery of accepted work: Shifted to August 17-21. Staggered timeframes and logistical details for no-contact curbside delivery TBD.

Exhibition dates: Shifted to September 1 – October 10, 2020

Public reception during Third Friday Durham: September 18, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This date is tentative. Potential gathering logistics and details TBD. This will most likely be an online event.

Juror lecture: Yet to be determined.

Pick up of work: October 4, 5 and 6. Shifted to October 12-16. Staggered timeframes and logistical details for no-contact curbside pick-up TBD.


1st Place: $800 / 2nd Place: $400 / 3rd Place: $200 / Peoples’ Choice Award: special perks yet to be announced

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be determined by the juror and announced at the juror lecture on a date yet to be determined in SunTrust Gallery. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be determined by exhibition attendees and will be tallied and announced after the close of the exhibition. There may also be an online vote opportunity this year, depending. Awards will be mailed after the close of the exhibition.

Three additional “Honorable Mention” selections will be made by the juror and those artists will receive a submission fee waiver to submit work for consideration to next year’s 67th Annual Juried Exhibition.


Be sure to read the complete call for art with submission instructions and additional information by clicking the button below. If you have additional questions about this opportunity contact


Amber Esseiva is the Associate Curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA VCU). A VCUarts alumna, Esseiva has been essential to the ICA’s programming since joining the institution. Esseiva co-curated the ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration (2018), and shows featuring work by Corin Hewitt, Jonathas de Andrade, Julianne Swartz, and others. Most recently, she curated Great Force (October 5, 2019 – January 5, 2020), the ICA’s recent exhibition featuring new commissions and recent work by an intergenerational group of 24 artists, exploring how art can be used to envision new forms of race and epresentation freed from the bounds
of historic racial constructs. Esseiva has also curated Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla (November 9, 2019 – July 1, 2020), the second iteration of the ICA’s annual commission series, which debuts new work by the El Salvador-born multidisciplinary artist and a solo exhibition by Martine Syms (February 16, 2019 – May 12, 2019).

Esseiva received her M.A. in 2015 from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard). At CCS Bard, she curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions featuring works by artists such as David Altmejd, Louisa Chase, Roe Ethridge, Gabriel Orozco, Jason Rhoades, Mika Rottenberg, Kenny Scharf, and Avery K. Singer. She also
co-founded the interdisciplinary curatorial journal aCCeSsions and was appointed the curator of the 2014 M.F.A. graduate thesis exhibition at Bard MFA Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. In addition to thesis exhibitions, she has worked closely with M.F.A and B.F.A students through professional development and mentorships.

From 2015 to 2016, she worked extensively curating exhibitions by emerging and midcareer artists. Highlights include Anything on a Surface has Space, a discursive event at The Judd Foundation; and a solo exhibition by artist and VCU alum Alina Tenser at A.I.R. Gallery. After her stay at CCS Bard, Esseiva was appointed director of of Retrospective
gallery in Hudson, NY; and curator at SEPTEMBER, in Hudson, NY.