The New Normal: Artists’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Entry deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021, at midnight (MST)

On display from March 5 – April 25, 2021, at the Center Space gallery, located in Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ.

Exhibition Theme

The New Normal: Artists’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic is an exhibition of artworks in a variety of mediums that reflect visual artists’ creative responses to the “new normal” established during the COVID-19 health crisis.

GALLERY INFORMATION: Two-dimensional artworks can be any size up to 48 inches wide by 60 inches long for wall hanging. Sculptural work dimension limits are 20 inches high by 15 inches deep by 15 inches wide. The Center Space gallery is approximately 1,600 square feet with 11-foot tall walls and electric and data availability in the floor. This gallery is a public space, under camera surveillance, but it does not have constant supervision. It is used occasionally for rental events and educational events. The Center Space gallery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. (noon on Sundays) until 5:00 p.m. and during evening performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. (NOTE: The Center is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Selected artists are responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork. We do not pay for shipping. The artwork will be installed under the direction and support of Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation, in partnership with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) preparatory staff. This is not a SMoCA exhibition; Center Space is a separate entity from SMoCA. Work must meet gallery standards, be professionally presented, and be ready to hang/install when delivered for installation. Selected artists will be asked to write an extended label for their piece.

Please note: Existing artwork that fits this theme may be submitted for this call. The artwork must be socially acceptable for all ages.

Please submit an application that must include the following:

  • A paragraph of (no more than) 250 words stating the intent of your work for exhibition. Please include your name on this document.
  • Up to 10 images for individual submission. Digital photographs ONLY (All digital images must be JPEG format, 300 dpi, and sized approximately 5 by 6 inches).
  • A list of the images that you have submitted. The identification list must include your name, address, phone number, image number, title of artwork, medium, and dimensions in height by width by depth. (See SAMPLE below).
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope to assure notification and return of CD or thumb drive.



Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation Curatorial Staff: 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

SAMPLE Name:____________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________________ City:_____________________________ State:_________ Zip:____________

Shipping Address: _______________________________________________ City:_____________________________ State:_________ Zip:____________

Phone: (day)(_____) _________________ (night)(_____) _______________

E-mail Address: _________________________________________________

IMAGE TYPE SUBMITTED: _ Thumb Drive _ CD _ DropBox from email:_________ *

* Send DropBox link to  Make sure that your folder is titled New Normal, and includes your name.


Artist’s Name:___________________________________________________

Title: __________________________________________________________

Medium: ________________________________ Production date:________

Dimension: height__________width____________depth _______________


Entry deadline is midnight, MST, January 31, 2021


Exhibition Dates: March 5 – April 25, 2021

Entry Deadline: Sunday, January 31, midnight, MST

Notification Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Soft opening date: March 5, 2021

Opening Reception: Friday, March 19, 2021, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Delivery of Artwork by Hand: February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Center Space gallery, inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251

Delivery of Artwork by Shipping: (we do not pay for shipping) February 24, 2021; send to 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251

Closing Pick-Up Location and Date: April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Center Space gallery, inside Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale AZ 85251. You must notify us of your pickup time.