Art in the West Artist Invitation

The submission deadline is extended to Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00 am.

2022 Artist Invitation

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. 

2022 Art in the West will be on exhibit July 23 – September 30, 2022. 


The High Desert Museum, located in Bend, Oregon, opened in 1982 with the mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert. Our exhibits explore the Intermountain West through wildlife, art and living history. Today, we strive to be the preeminent resource for exploring the historic and contemporary relationship between people and the High Desert landscape. The High Desert Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization funded by visitors, members, donors, sponsors and foundations.

The High Desert Museum is committed to being a leader in diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion for both our community and the museum field. We are a place for individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and cultures through accessible and inclusive practices at all levels of the Museum.

Our values:

Curiosity – The High Desert Museum evokes wonder to create and inspire lifelong learners.
Relevance – The High Desert Museum leads by addressing community challenges, encouraging dialogue and building meaningful partnerships.
Inclusion – The High Desert Museum welcomes everyone and strives to provide accessibility for all.
Stewardship – The High Desert Museum thoughtfully cares for all that is entrusted to us, being mindful of our responsibility to the past, present and future.
Cultural Humility – The High Desert Museum respects diverse cultures and perspectives and continually challenges our biases.
Integrity – The High Desert Museum is ethical in all that we do.

In aligning with these values, Art in the West will only share works depicting Indigenous people, cultures or styles that are created by Indigenous artists. We invite Indigenous artists to share their Tribal affiliation(s) in the artist biography.


Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 9 am
Notification for acceptance: Monday, June 14, 2022
Art delivered to Museum by: Tuesday, July 1, 2022 at 5 pm
Exhibit Opening: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Exhibition dates: July 23- September 30, 2022
Unsold artwork available for pickup: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Unsold artwork to be shipped back to artist at artist expense: Monday, October 18, 2022
Unsold artwork must be picked up no later than: Wednesday, October 20, 2022

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


Submission to Art in the West is by invitation only. A submission does not constitute an acceptance of the work for the exhibition. Up to five (5) works by each artist may be submitted for consideration in the main exhibition. To engage younger audiences, we encourage you to submit miniatures for consideration. Miniatures framed dimension MUST NOT exceed 10 inches in height or width (for a total of no more than 100 square inches).

Art submitted for Art in the West must be original and completed within the last three (3) years.

Type of Sale: The event is a silent auction wall sale utilizing an online bidding platform 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 of 200% of the declared value.

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. Artists are given the option to donate 100% of sales. The same artist commission percentage applies regardless of the sale price or with the added “buy-it-now” option.

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, digital art, non-traditional practices and methodologies.
*Digital art must be original work that is able to be displayed in a physical gallery

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 framed artwork is 50 pounds.

Artwork Delivery: All accepted artwork, regardless of delivery mode, must be boxed and suitable for shipment to winning bidder

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 if necessary. Glass or Plexiglas must cover works on paper. All works must be exhibit-ready.

Artist resume specifications: In 200 words or less, please include, your name, preferred medium, training and/or artistic achievements (this is not an artist’s statement).

Shipping: Shipping the artwork(s) to the Museum is the responsibility of the artist and artists are responsible for insurance during shipment to Museum. 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 entry form against all risks of physical loss or damage from any external cause while on location during the period of the exhibition. Entry into this exhibition constitutes the agreement to all conditions set forth in this prospectus.

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.

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.


“Art in the West” is made possible by

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For questions and inquiries, please contact the High Desert Museum:

Gail Hodge at 541-382-4754, ext. 284 |