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COLOR: The Beauty and Science of Color

Summer Exhibition and Artist Residency 

Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts  

Deadline: Feb. 9 | 11:59 p.m. | Free Application

About the Exhibition

 The Gallery at TCA is seeking applications from Arizona-based artists to apply for the 2020 juried exhibition, COLOR. The color theme is open-ended and is expected to include artworks that reflect a wide range of cross-disciplinary topics that use color as a means to convey various ideas. The jury panel will be instructed to look for artworks that push the boundaries of how people think about, experience and feel about color. All media will be considered. (Artists may also consider applying for the Artist Residency, but, are not required to apply for both if only interested in the exhibition component.)

The exhibition will be on display May 29-Aug. 29, 2020.

About the Artist Residency

 The Gallery at TCA is pleased to present its fourth annual summer artists-in-residence program. Arizona-based visual artists may also apply for use of one of three studio spaces inside the Gallery in conjunction with the COLOR: The Beauty and Science of Color exhibition. Residency artists will be selected by a jury panel to participate in a 12-week residency program during the run of the exhibition. Selected artists will be eligible for a stipend up to $2,000

Residency responsibilities include: 

  1.  Displaying artworks in studio space in conjunction with exhibition theme.
  2. Creating new artwork onsite at the Gallery at TCA.
  3. Working on-site at the Gallery at TCA 8 hours a week for a total of 12 weeks.
  4. Speaking with visitors in the Gallery.
  5.  Participating in meetings and professional development opportunities.
  6.  Participate in the end-of-residency reception on Friday, August 7, 2019 from 5-7 pm.
  7. Participating in three “Community Give Back” projects including:

a) TCA’s Annual DRAW-A-THON event on Sat., June 20. 

b) * Provide one outreach program for the Edna Vihel Arts Center in Tempe.

c) * Provide one outreach program for the Gallery at TCA.

*Outreach programs will vary for each artist-in-residence depending on skills, interests, media and scheduling. Examples of possible outreach programs include art demonstrations, art workshops for adults and/or youth, lectures, hands-on display development and/or temporary art display. Additional resources and/or funds for supplies and/or in-depth projects may be available and are dependent on a separate proposal process after selection is confirmed.


Professional Development Opportunity for Artists-in-Residence:

The Gallery at TCA will work with each of the selected artists to create a unique residency experience. In addition to a customized studio space inside the Gallery, the TCA will connect each artist with other professionals and organizations to enhance the residency experience. 

Examples of past residency experiences include:

Behind the Scenes Tours at:

· ASU Life Sciences Laboratories and Collection 

· Tempe Water Treatment Facility

· Banner Sun Heath Research Center and Brain Bank

· Desert Botanical Garden

Professional Mentorships and Presentations from:

· ASU Biomimicry Center

· Tempe Public Art

· ASU Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

· ASU School of Life Sciences

· Friends of the Verde River

 During the residency, artists will be challenged to hone their skills and explore gaining new knowledge. The Gallery at TCA is looking for application proposals that show the strength and quality of the artist’s prior work as well as their level of interest and desire to grow, learn and share. 

Selected artists will work in assigned Gallery studios each week throughout the summer. Artists are expected to work with the exhibition theme of COLOR during their time in residence. The work created may be an extension of a current project, research for new artwork and/or a departure into new works.  By the end of the residency, artists will be asked to share their plans, experiences, sketches and/or new artworks at a public end-of-residency reception on Friday, August 7, 2019 from 5-7 pm.

Bonus Public Art Opportunity: The  three selected artists in residence will have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one discussion sessions with public art staff, learn about past projects within the Tempe program and meet with local artists and professionals who have worked in public art. At the end of the 12-week residency, each of the three selected artists-in-residence will be given the opportunity to propose a temporary project relating to “COLOR” and the research materials collected throughout the residency period. These proposals will be reviewed and if awarded, the temporary public art project will be commissioned by Tempe Public Art. 

 Application Process: 

The COLOR application process is free and only available online through Tempe Arts and Culture’s page on the SUBMITTABLE website. A jury panel will review applications and select artists for the exhibition and/or the artist-in-residence program. Selections will be announced in late February. 

Website Address:

*Artists may consider applying for the Artist Residency, but, are not required to apply for both if only interested in the exhibition component

Required Materials for Online Application Process: 

· Digital images of up 10 artworks completed within the last two years to show level of quality, craftsmanship and innovation of prior work. Work should reflect the “COLOR” theme and be available for possible placement in the exhibition. (JPEG images only at 300dpi).

· Separate image list with thumbnail images, titles, sizes and dates. (PDF or Word doc)

· Short biography statement and an artist statement. (PDF or Word doc)

If also applying for the Artist Residency Program, please also submit:

· Two letters of recommendation from arts professionals speaking to the artist’s reliability to complete contracted work. (PDF or Word doc)

· Short letter of intent about artist’s interests in the theme and summer residency opportunity. Include personal goals and intentions for professional growth during the residency. How would this residency challenge you and help you explore new areas? (PDF or Word doc)

Inquiries: or 480-350-2867

Have more questions about the application process? Artists are invited to attend an informal Coffee Chat with Visual Arts Curator, Michelle Nichols Dock. No RSVP needed.

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020 from 10am-11:30am at the Gallery at TCA. 

Wed., Feb. 5, 2020 from 4:30-6pm pm at the Gallery at TCA.

 The City of Tempe is inviting artists and artist teams to use their creative skills to bring forth collaboration and idea-generation with residents who live near Tempe’s city parks. Artists will work with residents to develop an Arts in the Parks event that will take place in Spring 2020. Artists with experience leading collaborative exercises, facilitating conversations, creating art with community, listening and guiding conversations, and/or teaching are encouraged to apply.

 The City of Tempe is looking for visual artists to work with communities who live near Tempe parks.  Artists will attend planning meetings, host workshops, and work with community members to create temporary and participatory visual arts projects that enhance and highlights the park and park’s community during an Arts in the Parks event in Spring 2020. Artists with experience in community-based art-making, community-driven design, creative placemaking and/or have experience involving community in the ideation, creation, and implementation of creating and sharing art are encouraged to apply.

Dance filmmakers are invited to submit short films that are created at Tempe Town Lake to be screened during "EDGE: Tour de Dance" at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 18, 2020. 

Deadline: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:59pm


  • Films can be up to 5 minutes in length
  • Films must be based around themes of water, the history of Tempe Town Lake, the Tempe Community, or inspiration from Public Art works on Tempe Town Lake (to view public art projects visit the public art map found at: and select the "all art tab")
  • Films may not include footage of any content that breaks the law, religious content, profane language, or nudity.

Project Information

This event is part of EDGE programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts, produced in collaboration with artist, Halley Willcox. Films will be screened after a bike tour that will travel around Tempe Town Lake stopping at locations with live performances. 


For questions contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist at or (480) 350-5175.

To submit your final report you must login or create a Submittable account

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted to the City of Tempe. The report will require you to share the outcomes of your project as well images and/or video documentation of your programming. Applicants who fail to complete final reports on time will not be eligible for future arts grants funding from the City of Tempe.

Pursuant to the Grant’s terms and conditions, the City of Tempe has the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes. 

The Tempe Arts & Culture Awards celebrate excellence in arts and culture by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to arts and culture in Tempe.
Who is eligible?  

  • Artists, educators, organizations and leaders whose work has had a significant impact on arts and/or culture within the city of Tempe.

 Who can nominate?  

  • Anyone can nominate a person/organization for an award. You do not have to be a resident of Tempe to submit a nomination.

 Examples of activities an individual or organization may have achieved in arts and culture include (but are not limited to):

  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Cultural Events
  • Activities showcasing the history, heritage or culture of Tempe
  • Work or volunteer leadership that has supported the arts and culture in Tempe.


  • Nominee’s work must have a significant positive impact in the area of arts and culture in the city of Tempe.

 Required information: Nominee name, contact information. Nominator name, address, phone and email. A short description of how the work of the nominee has had an impact on you and/or on Tempe (limit 500 words).

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