April 18 – June 28, 2014

Opening Night Reception & Awards Ceremony – Friday April 18, 2014, 5-7 p.m.

Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420


1st: $1000, 2nd: $750, 3rd: $250, 4 honorable mention ribbons

(Unlike past competitions, Expressions West 2014 will offer cash awards – not – purchase prizes)


Painters residing in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are invited to provide up to three submissions in one or more of four media: oil, acrylic, pastel, or watercolor.  Any and all themes of expression define the parameters of acceptable entries. Previous winners of cash awards from Expressions West 2012 and Expressions West 2013 are eligible to enter, but will not be eligible to win a cash award.

General Rules

Each artist can provide a total of up to three (3) submissions. There is a non-refundable fee of $20 for the first submission plus $10 for the second submission plus $10 for the third submission. Artworks submitted must have been created within the last 2 years (2012-2014) with a framed size limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches and a weight limitation of 40 pounds. Download the Entry Form (pdf).

Submission by digital files on compact disk.

  • Each digital file must be in jpg format minimum of 300 dpi at approximately 5”x 7” – 8” x 10” inches and all on one CD-ROM. Each artist’s CD must be labeled on the outside with the artist’s name, title of the work, medium, date completed, and framed size of the painting in inches. Name the electronic files as follows;

A_title of work.jpg

B_title of work.jpg

C_title of work.jpg

Abbreviate the “title of work” as needed on the electronic file name, but be sure the entry form has complete information.

  • If you are submitting a work that is part of a series, the submitted piece MUST be unique and distinguishable from any of your other works of art. Works that have previously been exhibited at Coos Art Museum are NOT eligible.
  • Paintings that are accepted must be the same as the images on the files or slides entered, no substitutions.

Deadline for submissions is a postmark of February 1, 2014.  Send CD, completed entry form and entry fee to Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave. Coos Bay, OR 97420. Include with your entry information a résumé as well as a self-addressed, 6×9 stamped envelope (SASE) for submissions return and acceptance letters with shipping information. The Museum will make résumés of artists whose works are accepted available to visitors during the exhibit. Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 14, 2014.

Cash Awards

First Place Award will receive cash prize of $1000.

Second Place Award will receive cash prize of $750.

Third Place Award will receive cash prize of $250.

Non Cash Awards

Four Honorable Mention ribbons will also be awarded.


Works in the exhibition may be available for sale. Artist agrees to donate 30% of any sale to Coos Art Museum. PLEASE PRICE YOUR WORKS WITH THIS IN MIND!  Sales made from the Museum are final.  Artist is to be paid three weeks from end of show. Your entry confirms all terms of this agreement.


Delivery and Pickup of Art Works

Artists whose work is accepted must have paintings delivered to the Museum via carrier service at their own expense for arrival between April 7 and April 12, 2014.  Hand delivered work will be received at the museum on Friday, April 11, 2014 between 10 am and 4 pm and Saturday, April 12, 2014 between 1 pm and 5 pm.   Coos Art Museum will not pay for return shipment of artwork. Artists must make pre-paid arrangements to have their work returned to them, or may pick up their work in person at the Museum on Saturday June 28, 4-6pm and Sunday June 29, 2014 between 10am and noon.

General Specifications

Works must be ready for hanging and have a framed size of no more than 48 inches by 96 inches. All work must be labeled on the back with the artist’s name, address, and phone number.  Labels must also show the work’s Title, Medium, Date of Creation, and (retail) value of the piece as set by the artist. Art is insured while in the Museum from April 7 through July 3, 2014.

Juror: Robert Canaga

Juror Robert Canaga is a prominent figure in the Eugene, Oregon cultural scene. The past Curator of the OPUS6IX Gallery he is currently Curator of The Gallery at the Watershed, Past President of the Oregon Mozart Players Board, Vice Chair for Travel Lane County and owner of Robert Canaga Galleries in Portland and Eugene.

As an actively producing artist he paints bold, colorful, richly textured works using oil paints, raw pigments, and cold wax. He is also known as one of Oregon’s most experimental printmakers. “When people approach my work I want them to look at the overall painting, then get close and explore the small marks and layers. All of these paintings are based on transition from one place to another. It might be the mental, the physical, or dimensional, but all of them show before and after in one way or another.”

Coos Art Museum (CAM):

Coos Art Museum is the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast. Through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, we are building an arts and cultural community and promoting the appreciation, understanding and expression of visual art. It is the third oldest art museum in Oregon. CAM traces its roots to the Coos Artist League, active since 1950. Members of the League conducted early operations in storefront locations before moving to a Carnegie Public Library Building. In 1982 Coos Art Museum membership acquired and remodeled the retired US Post Office building, a historical art deco structure built in 1937. Currently, CAM has six active galleries totaling 5,600 square feet of display space and a 540 piece and growing Permanent Collection of mid-20th Century and contemporary American art.

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