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West Valley Arts Council in partnership with The Vista Center for the Arts and Ground Floor Artists is currently seeking artists to participate in Surprise’s inaugural Mayor’s Exhibit. The exhibit, A Tribute To Our Heroes, marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 and aims to reflect on how the heroes of this day have shaped, and continue to shape, our nation into one of support, togetherness, and collective endurance.

Individual artists are invited to submit works thematically tied to the events of September 11, 2001 and/or works remembering and celebrating those who gave their lives through heroic acts. The 2021 Mayor’s Exhibit will be juried by a select panel of partners and community members, along with Mayor Skip Hall.

A Tribute To Our Heroes opens September 3, 2021 at The Vista Center for the Arts in Surprise, and will coincide with performances to be held at this location.

For more information on The Vista, please visit www.thevistaaz.com

Deadline to apply: July 30th,  2021 11:59 pm MST.

Notification by: August 9

Show run date: September 3 - November 11

Open Reception: September 3 | 4-7pm


Submission fee for the current art call is as follows:

  • WVA Member Artists $20
  • Non WVA Member Artists $25
  • Free submission for students

To find out more about the WVA artist membership, visit https://westvalleyarts.org/become-a-roster-artist/

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered, however, some submissions may not be accepted. Selected imagery will be based upon the quality of work, creativity in concept, and adherence to the theme. Works that are divisive and politically motivated will not be accepted.


A Tribute To Our Heroes  features two categories:

  • Student = Youth ages 13 - 17
  • Adult = Artists ages 18 and older


Must include:

  • Artists can submit up to 3 individual pieces for consideration. Artists must ensure high quality of images - we recommend images be between 72 and 300 dpi.
  • Must include a brief bio and statement of work (no more than 500 words).
  • All info must be uploaded directly to the submission form.

Please direct all inquiries to gallery@westvalleyarts.org

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