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Dirty Fingernails IV (Saint Charles, MO) – Call For Artists

Dirty Fingernails IV (Saint Charles, MO) – Call For Artists

The Foundry Art Centre (FAC) is seeking submissions for Dirty Fingernails IV, an exhibition celebrating pure printmaking – showcasing the skill and patience of artists who, in an age of seductive high-speed solutions, still prefer to work up a sweat and get their hands dirty. Images may be representational, abstract, or nonobjective. Only original, hand-pulled prints will be considered for inclusion.

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Deadline: 16 Dec 2019

Open to all artists, 18 years and older. Artists may submit up to 3 works for a non-refundable processing fee of $35. FAC members fee for up to three works is $24.

All media in 2D and 3D forms will be considered. 2D work must be suitably framed with all hardware necessary attached to hang gallery ready. Larger pieces must be able to enter the gallery through an 84” x 71” doorway. Once installed, work may not exceed 11 feet in height. Any artist with installation or digital works must speak with the Exhibitions Manager to coordinate presentation.


St. Louis native, Paul Breuer earned an Associate Fine Art degree from St. Louis Community College and went on to attend Washington University in St. Louis after receiving a full two-year scholarship from the Women’s Society of Washington University. Breuer graduated in 1984 with a BFA in painting and drawing, and then worked with Robert Malone, master painter, in the graduate print shop at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

His most recent exhibition was Solar Impressions at the South Hampton Arts Center in New York, in 2019, where his group entry won Best in Show. Breuer has been a part of many other group exhibitions, particularly in the St. Louis area, with work exhibited at Des Peres Hospital and Barnes Jewish Hospital. His most recent solo exhibition was at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2017. His exhibited work included 30 etchings, collagraphs, and linocut reduction prints.

Dirty Fingernails IV Artist Benefits

The Foundry Art Centre will be showcase artists from around the globe who create art using printmaking as their medium of choice. During the opening reception, the juror will hand out three major awards: two Juror’s Choice awards of $150 each and the best in show will receive a Going Solo award which allows the artist to be given a solo exhibition in one of the Foundry’s multiple gallery spaces.

About Foundry Art Centre

The Foundry Art Centre is a dynamic, interactive center dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts. Their mission is to connect people with the arts through exhibitions, studio artists, performances, and education. Featuring a state-of-the-art gallery, the Foundry hosts juried fine art exhibitions and curated traveling exhibitions.

The Foundry Art Centre resides in what was once a train car factory – a 1920’s structure formerly owned by American Car & Foundry. Rather than demolish the 36,800 square foot building, the community of St. Charles worked tirelessly to complete a $2.2 million renovation and opened the region’s premiere, interactive, interdisciplinary art center in the spring of 2004.

As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts. It helps ensure that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people, and the community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique facility.

For more information, contact exhibitions@foundryartcentre.org.

Other calls for artists in Missouri


Struggle For Statehood (Fulton, MO) – Call For Artists

Struggle For Statehood (Fulton, MO) – Call For Artists

The Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University announces a call for artists for Struggle For Statehood: Missouri, The Show Me State. Artists are invited to submit artwork to complement the Bicentennial traveling exhibit sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Submit up to three artworks each.

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Deadline: 15 Sept 2019

The traveling exhibit will explore the significance of Missouri’s statehood. It will examine the conflict, crisis, and compromise surrounding its admission into the Union in commemoration of its upcoming bicentennial. This exhibit was developed by the Missouri Humanities Council in consultation with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. It is supported by The Bicentennial Alliance. Companion programming has been made possible in part from funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Struggle For Statehood jurors will select best-of-show, first, second, and third place awards.

Social Equity

Since 2015, William Woods University hosts the Bridging Differences, Conversations on Gender, and Race Symposium annually. The symposium features nationally recognized speakers, sponsors an art exhibition, and provides round table discussions. These events are open to the public.

About William Woods University

William Woods University has a long and fascinating history originating in the aftermath of the American Civil War. First known as the Female Orphan School, the institution that is now William Woods University was founded in 1870 in Camden Point, Missouri in response to the needs of female children orphaned during the war.

During the late nineteenth century, the institution moved to Fulton, Missouri, and expanded its elementary and secondary programs to accommodate young women who aspired to become teachers. Known briefly at the beginning of the twentieth century as Daughters College, the institution changed its name to William Woods College to honor a major benefactor and began offering a two-year college program. In 1962, anticipating dramatic changes in the role of American women in the labor force, William Woods became a four-year college.

Expanding its mission to address the need for graduate and adult-oriented programs, the institution became known as William Woods University in 1993. It began offering graduate degrees and admitting men as well as women into all of its programs.
An independent institution, chartered by the State of Missouri, governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and in an ongoing covenant relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), William Woods University remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.

About the Mildred M. Cox Gallery

Located in the Gladys W. Kemper Center for the Arts, the Mildred M. Cox Gallery is a museum-quality viewing space that features rotating exhibits from students, faculty, alumni, and regional artists alike. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Students are inspired by the diversity of programming offered by the Mildred M. Cox Gallery throughout the year. The art committee is dedicated to seek traditional and contemporary exhibit opportunities with the purpose of enriching students’ visual arts experience beyond academics. Calls for artsits are promoted regularly to compliment the annual student and faculty shows.

For more information, contact nicole.petrescu@williamwoods.edu.


St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

The Allied Arts Council and the City of Saint Joseph, Missouri seek sculptures to be placed in Downtown Saint Joseph for the St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019. Sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2019-May 2020. The walking tour is in the heart of St. Joseph. It features the work of artists from across the United States.

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Artists must own the rights to the artwork and the sculpture must be available for the duration of the one-year contract. All St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 sculptures are available for purchase.

The St Joseph Sculpture Walk through the Allied Arts Council is the only sculpture walk exhibition in Northwest Missouri that calls for artists and requires submissions. Saint Joseph, Missouri is a unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful, historic architecture. The mission of the Saint Joseph Sculpture Walk is to be an important, nationally recognized platform for sculptures while educating and inspiring the Saint Joseph community and its many visitors. The Sculpture Walk is a program of the Allied Arts Council that introduces contemporary outdoor public art and sculptures to the community. The Walk is a year-long exhibit of national, juried, outdoor sculptures displayed in Downtown St. Joseph and includes an eclectic mix of fifteen sculptures from artists nationwide.

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 Artist Benefits

Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium. All sculptures selected will be competing for up to $13,000 in cash prize awards. Your sculpture will be on display for one year in Downtown St. Joseph. There is an artists’ reception and awards ceremony before the first official walk. People travel to St. Joseph to experience the Sculpture Walk. Individuals who participate in the walk will vote on which sculpture is their favorite. The Allied Arts Council will purchase a sculpture to become a permanent part of Saint Joseph’s public art collection. Sculptures have not only been purchased by the Allied Arts Council, but also by other organizations in St. Joseph.

About Allied Arts Council

The Allied Arts Council, the second oldest arts council in Missouri, was organized in 1963 to provide service to St. Joseph area arts organizations, artists, and the general public. The Council has since grown into a federation of fifteen arts agencies, produces community arts programs, raises funds, promotes public awareness, and provides service and support to its member agencies. The Allied Arts Council seeks to make St. Joseph a better place to live through the arts. Its mission is to provide leadership and support for the arts and to its member organizations.

As the leadership organization for the arts in St Joseph, the Council fulfills its mission in several ways: by supporting its member organizations in promoting artistic opportunities by; providing financial support and fostering coordinated cultural planning; offering programs to educate and develop future audiences; providing forums of expression for local artists; and advocating for arts and its member organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The Allied Arts Council is managed by a professional staff of four and 31 board of directors. Programs utilize over 2,000 volunteers each year.

For more information, contact artstaff@stjoearts.org.

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Summit Art Festival – Call for Artists

Summit Art, in collaboration with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, announces a call for artists for the Summit Art Festival.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 10 Aug 2016

The Summit Art Festival is a 3-day high quality fine art event in the heart of historic downtown Lee’s Summit, MO. It is managed and operated by the volunteer efforts of Summit Art members, Downtown Main Street members, and community volunteers.

A total of $3,000 will be given in cash awards, in addition to our Patron Purchase Program. Awards will be given for Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Place, as well as a Mayor’s Choice Award, a Directors Choice Award, and up to 3 Juror Merit Awards.

Artist amenities:

  • 90 plus exhibitors
  • Booth sitters
  • Artist lounge area with snacks and beverages
  • Free, close artist parking
  • 24 hour security
  • Electricity included in booth fee
  • Large portion of show budget committed to marketing and advertising
  • Complimentary lunch delivered to booth
  • Large volunteer base to assist artists
  • Planned by artists with experience in outdoor festivals

The Summit Art Festival is proud to announce its 9th year of operation. This festival, organized and managed by members of Summit Art, is located in the heart of historic Lee’s Summit, MO. Lee’s Summit, the 5th largest city in the state, has the highest median income in the Kansas City metro area and is committed to attracting professional artists while increasing both variety and quality of art for its 100,000 residents. The Kansas City Metro area has seen a growth in population of more than 10% since 2000 which brings the total area served to just over 2 million people.

Downtown Lee’s Summit has a unique variety of over 40 specialty retail shops plus several options for casual dining and entertainment. Included is the historic train station. A recently completed streetscape project has transformed downtown with new street lighting, banners, trees, and landscaping.

For more information, contact summitartfest@gmail.com.

Summit Art Festival