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International Juried Photography Exhibit Prospectus

Dates of Exhibit: March 9 - 31, 2018

This competition is open to all artists working in any photographic process; traditional, digital, alternative, installation, video and mixed-media photography work all accepted.


Best in Show, $350

Best Black and White, $150

Best of Color, $150

Most Innovative, $150

Awards will be presented at the reception on March 9, 2018. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards. Checks will be mailed after the reception.

Dates to Remember

1/31/18 - Online Submissions End at Midnight

2/6/18 - Notifications of Acceptance/Rejection Sent

2/27 - 3/3/18 - Shipped Artwork Delivery

3/6/18 - Local Artwork Drop off, 10am-4pm

3/9/18 - Opening Reception, 5-7pm

3/10/18 - Portfolio Reviews With Juror (Local Member Artist Benefit Only)

4/1/18 - Local Artwork Pick Up, 12pm-5pm

4/12/18 - Shipped Artwork Return Shipped On/Or Before This Date

PLEASE NOTE: You Will Need To Submit One Form For Each Of Your Entries. Each Submitted Form = One Juried Exhibit Entry

Entry Fee

-There are two (2) fee amounts based upon membership and status as a student.

-There is a $10.00 fee per entered artwork as a DAC Member or Currently Enrolled Student and a $20.00 fee per entered artwork for Non-Members or Non-Students with a maximum of five (5) artwork entries per artist. (For Example: $20.00 for two (2) artworks and $50.00 for five (5) artworks entered by a Member or Student). Fees are non-refundable.

-Submit only 1 composition image and up to 2 detail images per work. Composition and detail images must be clearly labeled with title of work.

Image Recommendations

-Video Entries: Videos may be submitted in either .mov or .wmv formats no larger than 60 MB on a per file basis. Video work is not to exceed 5 minutes.

-All Other Entries: .jpeg file format only, 1200 pixels on the longest edge. Files should be no larger than 5 MB on a per file basis.

Online entries are due by 11:59 p.m. , January 31st, 2018. Online entries must paid in full at this time to be eligible for selection.

Write or call (970)259-2606 with questions or to report a problem with submission.


Margy Dudley was raised in New York City where she first picked up a camera in grade school. New York provided a visually rich venue for developing a photographic eye, especially street photography which became her passion. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work has always been her strongest inspiration.

After graduating from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 1980, she worked in the advertising business in New York until starting a family and later moving to Durango, Colorado with her husband and four sons where they have lived for the last 17 years. Living in Colorado has provided access to the wilderness and outdoor adventures, both important aspects of her life. The cultural adventure of travel has also played an important role in Dudley’s photography; she has explored many exotic locations including Peru, India, China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Greenland and Turkey.

Dudley opened the Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado 15 years ago as a place for photography lovers to gather and show their work in the community. The exhibits showcase mainly contemporary photography from around the world while periodically including the classics by master photographers such as Paul Caponigro, Elliott Erwitt and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She has juried multiple exhibits in Denver, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico and has also hosted international juried exhibitions at the gallery. The Open Shutter also serves as a center for education, providing digital and travel workshops. The exhibits in the gallery have expanded to include many well known photographers such as Nick Brandt, Phil Borges, Pentti Sammallahti and from countries as far away as Germany, Finland, Iran and Thailand.

Submission Guidelines

-All submitting artists must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.

-To be considered for entry all work must be completed after December 31, 2015.


-No previously entered material will be considered.

-Artist Statements: Statements are to be limited to 250 words or less. If you would like the juror to see your artist statement with your slides, do not include your name as the jurying process is blind. You can upload a statement during the online submission process. The DAC reserves the right to exclude any artist statement. If your work is selected, your artist statement will be included on the wall label in the exhibition. Edits for clarity and grammar will not be made by DAC. Please proofread carefully or seek assistance if needed. We will email accepted artists for a statement including their name. By including your artist statement, you agree to have it included as a wall text in the exhibition and in any public imagery produced as publicity for the show.

-Your work will be insured for the purchase price. If work is Not For Sale, you must include value of work for insurance purposes. It will be fully insured by the Durango Arts Center upon arrival at the DAC and through de-installation until it is shipped back to you. Work without a stated value will be insured for $100.00. No work will be insured past 4/30/2018.

-All three-dimensional work must be submitted with a description or image of proper installation as well as dimensions including height, width, and depth to the nearest inch. They must be no more than 84” tall with no more than 40″ x 40″. The maximum accepted weight for three-dimensional work is 200 pounds. Contact with any questions or concerns.

-Two-dimensional work cannot exceed 74” in height and 74” in width.

-Video works can be uploaded with your entry materials. They must be submitted for consideration in their entirety and have a maximum duration of 5 minutes.

-If your work exceeds the above-mentioned specifications, an exception may be made as long as you successfully communicate this issue in advance of your entry and the DAC is able to accommodate. Please address your concerns to

-Images of your submissions must accompany your completed entry form. This process is automated. If you have questions, please call DAC (970)259-2606 or write

-The exhibition will open on March, 9 2018 and continue through March 31, 2018. All accepted work must remain in the Durango Arts Center for the entirety of the exhibition.

-The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to remove any artwork at any time during the exhibition or refuse to display artwork due to unstable/unsafe exhibition or hanging methods.

-To be considered, your agreeing to the terms and services and submitting your application stand in place of a formal contract.

-The Durango Arts Center maintains the right to reject any work that differs from the corresponding entry form or that fails to maintain the DAC's exhibition standards.

-The Durango Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce images of accepted work in support of its programming in perpetuity.

-You will be notified of your accepted or declined status via email. Please do not contact us.


-You are financially responsible for all costs associated with shipping. Shipping insurance for full loss is recommended. No checks, cash, or IOUs will be accepted. You must also prepay return shipping and include the prepaid return label in the box with delivery of the art. Use packing materials that can be easily re-used (No Styrofoam peanuts, etc.). The Durango Arts Center is not responsible for any in-transit damage. Please send your completed return address information, including your commercial carrier account numbers (FedEx or UPS) if you would like to avoid prepaying shipping. See in-person delivery and pick-up information.

-If return postage or packing material is not included, and you are unable to receive your work in person by 5/1/2018, you work becomes property of the Durango Arts Center. After 5/1/2018 your work will be disposed of as it is seen fit.

-Please include a complete label on the back of each accepted artwork including: name, title, dimensions, medium, date, and the city where you work. This is really helpful!

-All work must be ready to install upon delivery (cleats, d-rings, custom hardware, etc.). If a painting is not framed, it must be gallery wrapped (its sides must be painted). Works on paper using magnets, grommets, or pins are also acceptable.


DAC will retain a 40% commission for sales of work by members and a 50% commission for sales of work by non-members during exhibit; the sale price indicated should reflect this commission.


Best in Show is $350, Best Black and White is $150, Best of Color is $150, Most Innovative is $150. Awards will be presented at the reception on March 9, 2018. Artists do not have to be present to receive awards. Checks will be mailed after the reception.

About the Durango Arts Center

DAC is a multi-faceted hub for community arts that hosts and promotes contemporary visual and performing arts, arts education, dynamics exhibits, an active Docent program and the annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival. Over the years, DAC has built its reputation as a local arts industry leader and has been working diligently to ensure that the arts continue to thrive in the Four Corners region and beyond.

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