Submission Deadline: April 30th 2023

West Valley Arts Council invites artists to submit 2D and 3D artwork for consideration for the upcoming exhibition This Is Family. The exhibition will take place at the Arts HQ Gallery in surprise and be focused on examining the thought and depth behind the meaning of family. This is Family will present diverse viewpoints, personal experience, and new perspectives that invite viewers into conversations that may offer a more extensive definition of the topic. 

Questions to consider:

What does family mean to you?

What does family look like for you?

What are important elements/values for a family structure?

This opportunity is open to professional artists 18 and older living in Arizona.


  • No submission fee required. 
  • Each entry must be the artist’s original work. No giclee or other types of prints will be accepted.
  • Visual themes and media are open, however please consider the nature of viewership as the Arts HQ Gallery does cater to families and children.
  • All 2D artwork must be properly framed and/or wired, not to exceed 20 lbs (no saw tooth hangers permitted).
  • Selected work must include a label or identification on the back/bottom of the work, including the name of the artist and title, medium and price.

*WVAC board and staff reserves the right to refuse any work based on its inability to meet the criteria, inability to be displayed safely and without difficulty, or inappropriateness in themes or content.


  1. Up to 3 entries per submission.
  2. Entries must include an image of each piece (images must be at least 300 dpi and .jpg or .png format.), along with the title, size, medium, and price for each.
  3. Biography of the artist
  4. Description / story behind the work.
  5. Website and Instagram.
  6. All entries must be completed and received by midnight on the deadline date. Late submissions will not be considered.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of WVAC staff members and key partners.

This Is Family will open Friday, June 3, 2023 with an opening reception from 4-7pm at the Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise, AZ.  During the opening, artists are encouraged to attend to share their art and story with fellow artists, visitors, and patrons. The exhibit will run through July 14th.  Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of their artwork to the Arts HQ Gallery.  Pick up will be following the exhibit on Saturday, July 15th with an alternate pick up date on Monday, July 17th.
Promotion for the exhibit will be featured on the West Valley Arts Council website and social media via Facebook and Instagram. Artists are also encouraged to promote the exhibit in tandem on their own social media platforms.

Submission Deadline…………………..….Sunday, April 30, 2023
Notice of acceptance………………………..Friday, May 5, 2023
Accepted works delivered to gallery……….Saturday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 30
Exhibition Opening Reception……………...Friday, June 3, 2023 | 4pm - 7pm
Artwork Pickup…………Saturday, July 15 and Monday, July 17


West Valley Arts Council