Call to Artists: Expressions West 2020


Event Dates: 1 May – 27 June, 2020
Entry Deadline: 31 January 2020

Opening Night Reception & Awards Ceremony – Friday, April 19, 2020, 5-7 p.m.
Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420


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


Artists 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.

ELIGIBLE ART MEDIUMS: Allowed with the following criteria

  • Paintings – limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches – this includes the frame.
  • Drawings – limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches – this includes the frame.
  • Hand pulled prints – limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches – this includes the frame.
  • Mixed media – limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches – this includes the frame.
  • Fiber & textiles – limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches – this includes the frame or mounting device.
  • Fiber & textiles – wearable – must supply display device
  • Small sculptures – weight limitation of 50 lbs. and 48″ inches by 96 inches.
  • Glass – blown, fused or leaded stained – if to be suspended, must include a secure hanging or display device. Turned and carved wood – weight limitation of 50 lbs. and 48″ inches by 96 inches.
  • Jewelry – only if ALL elements were created by the artist.
    Any and all themes of expression define the parameters of acceptable entries.

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 submis- sion plus $10 for the second submission plus $10 for the third submission. Artworks submitted must have been created within the last 2 years (2018 – 2020) with a framed size limitation of 48 inches by 96 inches and a weight limitation of 50 pounds.

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.

Artworks that are accepted must be the same as the images on the files entered no substitutions.

NOTE: If your work is a replica of another person’s work – Title MUST contain notation of the original work and original artist. Example: “……….A Study of the Mona Lisa, by Leonardo DaVinci”

INELIGIBLE ART MEDIUMS: Photography, video, motion picture film, audio, computer generated digital artworks, giclée prints of original fine art, and furniture.

Deadline for submissions is a postmark of January 31, 2020 Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 13, 2020

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 artworks delivered to the Museum via carrier service at their own expense for arrival between April 21 and April 26, 2020. Hand delivered work will be received at the museum on Thursday and Friday, April 23 & 24, 2020 between 10 am and 4 pm and Saturday, April 25, 2020 between 1 pm and 4 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 27 4-6pm and Sunday June 28, 2020 between 10am and 12:30pm.

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 la- beled 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 21 through July 11, 2020.

Juror: Yuji Hiratsuka

Yuji Hiratsuka is a Corvallis, Oregon artist and Associate Professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. In his work Hiratsuka combines the techniques of intaglio, relief and chine collé to produce images drawn from both traditional and contemporary sources. He expresses the mismatched hodgepodge of daily life and whimsical and spontaneous aspects of human nature. Hiratsuka’s works can be found in many important collections including: the British Museum, Tokyo Central Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and The House of Humor and Satire in Bulgaria. In 2018 he won the first place award in Coos Art Museum’s Ink and Print exhibition and his print Diamonds, Always and Forever was added to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

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 Carne- gie 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 600 piece and growing Permanent Collection of mid-20th Century and contemporary American art.

Important Dates:

January 31, 2020 – Deadline for submissions sent to Coos Art Museum.
February 13, 2020 – Notification of acceptance/rejection and return of non-selected submissions. April 18, 2020 – Deadline for receiving accepted artwork.
May 1, 2020 – Opening reception 5-7 pm
June 27, 2020 – Hand retrieval of artwork from 4 – 6 pm.
June 28, 2020 – Hand retrieval of artwork from 10am – 12:30pm.
June 30 – July 3, 2020 – Artwork returned via couriers.