Call for Entries: 2019 Arts Council Juried Exhibit

Entry deadline September 27 for the annual show at CityArts


Kansas artists 18 and older are encouraged to submit original 2D and 3D work for consideration in the Arts Council’s annual Juried Art Exhibition. Chosen works will be displayed at CityArts during November 2019.

Work must be original and created within the past three years. Awards include $1000, $750 and $500 cash prizes. Artists may submit up to 5 works with a $30 nonrefundable entry fee. Complete entry guidelines are available below. 

The Selections and Awards Juror for the 2019 Arts Council Juried Exhibition is Michael McCaffrey, an award winning and nationally exhibited painter. Mr. McCaffrey received his BFA from the University of Kansas and his MFA from Indiana University, majoring in painting. He also has extensive experience teaching on a college level.

For more information, contact CityArts at 316-350-3245 or visit 334 N. Mead.


Join Us for the 50th Annual Art Awards | November 7

Celebrate the one-of-a-kind arts and culture that make the Wichita region memorable.

Nine Wichita area individuals, cultural organizations and businesses will be recognized for their work to further the growth and development of arts in the Wichita area during the 50th annual Art Awards dinner, held by the Arts Council. The event will be held on Thursday, November 7 at Wichita Art Museum. A complete list of award winners is included below.

Tickets on sale soon!

History of the Art Awards
The Wichita/Sedgwick County Arts and Humanities Council established the Annual Arts Council Awards in 1969 to recognize and honor those businesses, foundations and individuals who have displayed consistent and exemplary support of the arts and humanities in Wichita/Sedgwick County. These awards focus attention on the importance of the arts as they relate to the quality of life in Wichita/Sedgwick County and honor those who have made major creative achievements or significant contributions to cultural growth or development.

Award Categories

  • Gordon W. Evans Award – Given to a patron demonstrating outstanding leadership and special support for the arts.
  • Arts Organization – Given to a public, not-for-profit organization that presents or provides arts opportunities to the Wichita community and region.
  • Special Project – Given to a neighborhood, business, corporation or group that has provided support for a single event or project.
  • Arts Educator – Given to an individual who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.
  • Arts Advocate/Individual – Given to an individual or couple dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.
  • Arts Advocate/Group or Business– An organization or business dedicated to furthering the cause of an art form or the arts in general through promotional, volunteer, administrative, legislative or professional efforts.
  • Individual Artist – Given to an artist actively working in such categories as Choreography, Music Composition, Film/Video, Theatre, Interdisciplinary/ Performance Art, Two-Dimensional Visual Art and/or Three-Dimensional Visual Art, who has shown outstanding achievement.
  • Youth Recognition Award – Given to a high school and/or middle school student who has shown outstanding achievement and development in the arts.
  • Burton Pell Award – A new award created in memory of Mr. Pell a long time member and past president of the Arts Council. It will be given to an outstanding individual in music.

Past Art Award Winners

Live Sustain Creative ICT at Harvester Arts

The Arts Council is a proud sponsor of Live Sustain Creative ICT at Harvester Arts. This two-day event will be held on Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th. Have your voice heard while discussing how you live and sustain a creative life, what impact this has on our community, and what we can do to make our community strong. Visiting artists and contributors to Sharon Louden’s book, The Artist As Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, will act as catalysts to the local community during conversations about the role artists play in community.

Friday, November 17th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Event Kickoff (Free & Open to the Public)
The event kicks off with a panel discussion, community conversation, and a book launch. Local and visiting artists from across the country will discuss how artists live, thrive, and tackle challenges. All visiting artists are contributors to Sharon Louden’s book The Artist As Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Sharon Louden is an artist and author, as well as consultant with Creative Capital and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her book encompasses a collection of essays from artists and art organizations across the country.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Saturday, November 18th
Choose a morning workshop, and get your tickets via Eventbrite. The afternoon session and lunch are included.

10:00 AM: Challenges for Creative Organizations with Courtney Fink of Common Field, Chloe Bass, Jayme McLellan of Civilian Art Projects
Drawing from the visiting artists’ as organizers in their own communities, this workshop will contract their experiences with those of creative organizers in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of work.

10:00 AM: Living a Creative Life with Sharon Louden and Alison Wong
Drawing from the visiting artists’ experience sustaining creative lives in their own communities, this workshop will contrast their experiences with those of artists in Wichita. Together, they will identify strengths and challenges of this type of lifestyle.

12:00 PM: Lunch at Harvester Arts (provided)

12:30 PM: Let’s Act
Workshop participants will come together, lead by local organizers and artists to compile strengths and challenges for organizations and individual artists in Wichita. Participants will outline an action plan to address challenges.

Arts Council Juried Exhibition On View at CityArts

CityArts will host the opening of the Arts Council Juried Exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 in the CityArts Main Gallery, 334 N. Mead, in Old Town Square. The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 9. Admission is free to view the galleries at CityArts during regular business hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. MondayThursday9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Arts Council Juried Exhibition is an annual visual art exhibition sponsored by The Arts Council and hosted by CityArts. Artists ages 18 and older from Kansas are invited to submit their work for consideration into the exhibition. Guest artists anonymously select pieces to be in the exhibition.

This year, 111 artists submitted 475 pieces of art for consideration. This year’s jurors, Kristen Beal and Kate Van Steenhuyse, co-owners of Harvester Arts, selected 66 pieces of artwork by 44 artists for the exhibition.

For more information, visit wichitacityarts.org.

Arts Council Open Forum Discussions

Please join the Arts Council for Open Forum discussions over the following weeks.

Artist Access Grant Application and Process
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B
RSVP and share the invitation with other artists

Developing Arts Grant Application and Process
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B
RSVP and share the link

Cultural Funding Grant Application Process
Monday, October 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Room 101B

RSVP and share the link

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email Bernadette Bradshaw, bbradshaw@wichita.gov or call 316-303-8663. We hope to see you there!