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Painting in the World:
Reflections on Politics, Violence, and Reconciliation

Exhibition dates: September 16, 2014 – November 22, 2014

The deadline to receive entry forms for this exhibition has now passed. To be added to the Call for Submissions announcement list for future juried exhibitions at the NAU Art Museum, please send your request to be added to the announcements listserve to Be sure to include the type of media you work with.

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In September 2014, the Northern Arizona University Art Museum will produce a juried exhibition of paintings created around inter-woven themes of politics, violence, and reconciliation. The NAU Art Museum believes that the global community faces a turning point today in which economic, environmental, and ethnic pressures threaten the integrity of whole societies.  The Arab Spring, wars arising from religious extremism and, conversely, the efforts of many nations to maintain stable, consensual societies are among the themes we hope to address in this exhibition. “Painting in the World: Reflections on Politics, Violence, and Reconciliation” will be juried by Dr. George V. Speer, Director of the NAU Art Museum.


Entry Materials Received at Museum by
July 1, 2014

Notice of Acceptance (Sent via Email)
July 11, 2014

Artwork Due at NAU Art Museum
August 25 – 29, 2014

5:00pm – 7:00pm, September 18, 2014

Exhibition Closes
November 22, 2014

Artwork will be return shipped (using the same transportation method received by the museum) within two weeks after the close of the exhibition.


Open to all national and international artists 18 years of age and older. Originals produced in a range of painting media, exclusive of commercial reproductions, are eligible. All artwork submitted must have been created in the last two years.  Framed size limitation is 48 inches by 96 inches and a weight limitation is 40 pounds. 


George V. Speer is the director of the Northern Arizona University Art Museum and Associate Professor of Art History. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University. Prior to his appointment at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Speer was Curator of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. His research interests focus on twentieth-century American art and culture and the political origins and consequences of representation.

Entry, Fee, and Submissions:

A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 entitles submission of up to three entries. A JPEG image is required for each submission. Entry form and submissions can be completed via our ecommerce site, For a walkthrough of the submission process select here. This site allows artists to input required information, upload digital slides for submission, and pay the entry fee via credit card.  The online form will progress one entry at a time, so do not use the “back button” or entered information may be lost. Once the first submission has been entered and images are uploaded, artists will have the opportunity to enter a second and third submission. If unable to utilize the ecommerce site for submissions, an alternate submission option is available - click here. 

Artists may submit one JPEG per two-dimensional artwork. Artwork submitted should have been created in the last two years and may not have been submitted to NAU Art Museum for previous exhibitions. Artworks submitted and accepted for this exhibition must be the same artworks shipped to the museum for display.

Submit digital JPEG files only, at a print-ready dpi of 300 to 450 (maximum file size of 2MB per image. Name each image file with first initial, last name, and title (may be truncated if necessary) of artwork. Each title within the file name must correspond with the title on the entry form. Images submitted may be used for promotional purposes.

Emailed submissions will not be accepted.


First Place: $800.00
Second Place: $500.00
Third Place: $300.00


For artwork accepted into the exhibition, the artist will pay shipping charges to the NAU Art Museum. NAU Art Museum will provide return shipping expenses for the artwork (unless it is dropped off and picked-up). Additional charges may be billed to the artist for oversized pieces. All artwork must have a descriptive label attached to the back, be presentation ready, and shipped in returnable, professionally crated or double boxed packaging. Do not ship glass; instead, use sheet acrylic (Plexiglass). NAU Art Museum reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any shipped artwork that arrives in questionable condition. Hand-delivered artwork must be picked up between December 2, 2014 and December 10, 2014, during regular hours of operation.

Artwork accepted into the exhibition should be sent to:

Attn: Painting in the World
NAU Art Museum
Bldg # 10 / Rm M203
321 McMullen Circle
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


The NAU Art Museum does not market or broker the sale of artwork; interested potential buyers will be put in contact with the artist. Values requested on entry form and/or loan agreement are necessary for insurance purposes.

Loan Agreement:

Further instructions and a loan agreement will be sent to artists whose work has been accepted for inclusion in the exhibition. Submitting an entry form, online or hard copy, constitutes agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions stated above.