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High Desert Musuem
Art in the West

Event Dates: 7/18/20 - 8/29/20

Entry Deadline: 5/15/20


Thank you for your interest in entering your work in our annual Art in the West fine art exhibition and silent auction. Art in the West is an invite only show and fundraising event featuring works representing the High Desert region of the United States by contemporary artists. The High Desert region stretches east from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau, and from Southeastern British Columbia south to Northern Arizona.

Art in the West complements the Museum’s signature fundraising event – the High Desert Rendezvous.


The High Desert Museum, located in Bend, Oregon, opened in 1982 with a guiding principle to wildly excite and responsibly teach. Today, the Museum has a strong reputation for delivering unique, through-provoking exhibitions and programs that stimulate conversation. We do so by weaving together history, the natural world, cultures, art and contemporary issues, sharing the complex, textured stories of the region.  The High Desert Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by visitors, members, donors and grants.


  • Deadline for submissions: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Notification for acceptance: Monday, June 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Art delivered to Museum by: Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Exhibition dates/bidding begins: July 18-August 29, 2020
  • Artist reception with artists and supporters: Friday, July 24, 2020
  • Unsold artwork available for pick up on: Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Pick-up unsold artwork by: Monday, September 14, 2020


When filling out the artwork information for upload, the price/value should reflect the artworks value and dimensions should be final (framed or ready to hang) dimensions.

Jury’s Choice Award $500
Curator’s Choice Award $500

Submission to Art in the West is by invitation only. Art submitted for Art in the West must be original and completed within the last three (3) years. 

Art in the West exhibit:

Up to four (4) works total artist may be submitted for consideration for the main exhibition.

NEW THIS YEAR: Art in the West miniature: 

To engage the next generation of donors, we encourage you to submit one (1) additional miniature for consideration. The additional miniature would allow for a total of five (%) submissions.  Miniatures framed dimension MUST NOT exceeds 10 inches in height or width (for a total of no more than 100 square inches). 

A submission does not constitute an acceptance of the work for the exhibition. You must submit all works at the same time. 

Artwork depicting tribal people or culture will only be accepted by tribal artists. If you are a tribal artist, please indicate your tribal affiliation in your artist biography.  

Eligible Media: Oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, pastel, pen & ink, charcoal, etching, woodcut/block, stone lithograph, serigraph, photography, bronze/metal sculpture, ceramic sculpture, wood sculpture, stone sculpture, mixed-media works, fiber/textile arts, basketry, beadwork or glass, non-traditional practices and methodologies.

Ineligible Works: Fine art prints are allowed, but not giclées, or wet paintings. Any works considered unstable or in poor condition are not acceptable.

Size Limitations: Maximum weight for sculpture or framed artwork is 50 pounds.

Installation Requirements: Two-dimensional works (except for wrapped canvas) must be framed and completely prepared for hanging with all hardware attached. Please indicate orientation on the back of the artwork. Glass or Plexiglas must cover works on paper. All works must be exhibit-ready.

Artist Bio Specifications: Please tell us in 200 words or less: your name, cultural background or tribal affiliation (is applicable), preferred medium, training and or artistic achievements. 

Promotion: By submitting artworks, the artist gives the High Desert Museum permission to publish and exhibit such artworks for publicity and promotional purposes. Artwork(s) may be photographed and reproduced on the Museum’s website and related publications.

Terms of Sale: A 50% commission will be retained by the High Desert Museum on all two-dimensional artworks sold. The Museum will retain 30% on three-dimensional artwork.

Type of Sale: The event is a silent auction wall sale that opens with a minimum bid (determined by the artist) not to exceed the declared value. The Museum will offer a “buy-it-now” option throughout the exhibition period for a fixed-price (which is typically 200% of the declared value). The same artist commission percentage applies regardless of the sale price or with the added “buy-it-now” option.

Shipping: Shipping the artwork(s) to the Museum is the responsibility of the artist. Artists are responsible for insurance during shipping. Any artwork that is not sold will be returned at the expense of the artist. If an artist does not arrange for the return of the work within thirty (30) business days from the closing date for the exhibition, the artist forfeits the piece to the Museum.

Liability: Shipped artwork(s) must be sent in substantial, reusable packing materials. Unless the artist elects to maintain his/her own insurance, the High Desert Museum will insure the object(s) under its insurance policy for the insurance value indicated in the attached loan form against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while on location during the period of the exhibition. Artists should insure the artwork during shipping. Entry into this exhibition constitutes the agreement to all conditions set forth in this prospectus.

Substitutions will not be allowed. Only the pieces selected through the jury process will be allowed in the show. Any work submitted that has not been selected will be returned at the artist’s cost.


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