Call for Artists: 2023 Exhibits

Share your work with the Placitas community. The following exhibits are open to all artists 18 and older.

If interested in submitting your work, please review these important details and exhibition requirements. click here


March/April: New Mexico - Sense of Place

Exhibit Dates: March 18 - April 27

Magical, enchanted, complex and at times tragic … New Mexico’s history and environment is as diverse as its inhabitants.

Inviting artists to contribute their interpretation and sense of place in their chosen medium.

CLOSED – Submissions accepted:  January 15 – February 5

Coordinator:  Margaret Burch

June: Born to be Wild!

Exhibit Dates: May 23 - July 6

While you might never do a “Thelma and Louise” but secretly envy that unrestrained streak of adventure they followed. 

Do you fantasize about getting a bike and joining a club to head out on the highway in a fearless leather motorcycle jacket – decked out and ready to rumble?  We all have a bit of the wild streak in us. 

Let everyone have just a peek of your wild streak and exhibit something that uniquely expresses yours at the BORN TO BE WILD exhibit. 

All mediums are happily anticipated when you show us your wild streak. 

Submissions accepted:  March 1 – April 7

Coordinator:  Sandy Johnson

July/August: Art Inspired by Art

Exhibit Dates: July 8 - August 31

How do artists come up with ideas, conjure images and produce something new?

Where does inspiration originate?  

Often it comes from other artists, contemporaries or historical figures, artists from similar cultural backgrounds or perhaps “exotic” others. Sometimes an artist makes a direct effort to paint staccato landscapes like Van Gogh or energetic abstract canvases like Jackson Pollock or decorative patterning like Klimt. Sometimes after a trip to an art museum, there is a more subtle impact that makes itself known over time. Something in the zeitgeist influences the next painting and the next…

Visual memory is a funny thing.

This call for submissions asks you to consider the art that has impacted your own creative spirit, either directly or indirectly. Show us a link from your work to that of a particular artist or culture, a painting or 3-dimensional object that has inspired you.

Please include either a visual or verbal reference to the artist, object or objects whose aesthetic you’ve admired.

Submissions accepted:  May 1 – June 4

Coordinators:  Rebecca Cohen and Geri Verble

October: About Women

Exhibit Dates: September 30 - November 13

We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves.” —Shirley Chisholm

Mother, daughter, wife, partner, friend, dreamer, dancer, scientist, sportswoman, artist, performer, leader, legislator, litigator, adventurer, goddess, warrior, mystic, and muse. Over time women have embodied all of these roles and more, either with the support of male counterparts or despite the efforts of some to limit their achievements. No challenge has been too great. As Governor Ann Richards once opined:

“Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backward and in high heels.”

 For the October exhibition at the Placitas Community Library’s Gracie Lee Community Room, artists are asked to visually comment on the role of women (or of a specific woman or imaginary composite), whether portraying their extraordinary achievements or thwarted ambition, historical role or current challenges in the face of misogyny and racial animus.

Submissions accepted:  July 1 – September 1 – Closed

Coordinators:  Rebecca Cohen and Colleen Gregoire

Share your art with the Placitas community