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31 Women Artists Exhibition
By Sedona Arts Center

International Deadline: November 15, 2019 – Sedona Arts Center is seeking contemporary women artists representing work that has in some way been influenced by the surrealist movement. The scope of the exhibition will be very inclusive.

Twenty-five contemporary women artists will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition based on an application including resume materials and 5 images of current work. 2-D, 3-D, and mixed media work of all kinds will be considered.  Work must be original and contemporary (created within the last three years).

Surrealist influence appears in abstract expressionism, process art, conceptual art, and various forms of magical realism and visionary art as well as collage, sculpture, assemblage, and painting that relies on evocative juxtaposition of various imagery. Because of its relationship to the unconscious and the mythic, surrealism has often been associated with a spiritual quest, situating art as a healer of the rift between nature and human reality through its unique creativity.

Women are the unsung heroes of contemporary art, creating artworks and actively participating in all aspects of modern art from early on. This exhibition, timed to overlap with the Sedona Women’s March and Rally in January of 2020 is themed on the empowerment of Women and the diverse heritage of Surrealism.

All artwork must be original by the artist, completed within the last 3 years and for sale. 2-D, 3-D, and mixed media work of all kinds will be considered.  Work must be original and contemporary (created within the last three years).

The exhibition will be juried by Dr. Catriona McAra, University Curator at Leeds Arts University. She was awarded her doctorate in History of Art at the University of Glasgow and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on the art and literature of Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington with a particular interest in feminist aesthetics and surrealist legacies in contemporary practice. She is author of “A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm” (Routledge, 2017), and co-editor with Jonathan P. Eburne of “Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde” (Manchester University Press, 2017). McAra’s long-term research is feminist revisionary focusing on women’s participation in surrealism and how their legacies are manifest in contemporary practice… see more

$30.00 per application. Limited to 5 images per artist. Artist will be responsible for all shipping of artwork to and from the exhibition. Shipping costs to and from the exhibition are the responsibility of the individual artist.


Sedona Arts Center will retain a 50% commission on all sales except Bronze Sculpture which will be 60/40% in artist’s favor. All entries must be available for purchase and bear a sale price determined by the submitting artist.


  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
  • Notification of Acceptance: December 2, 2019
  • Take-in/Delivery: Work must arrive on the Arts Center Campus on or before December 31, 2019
  • First Friday Opening Reception: January 3, 2020; 5-8pm
  • Possible Curator’s Talk: TBD
  • Presentation/Talk by Mark Rownd: January 17, 2020; 4-6pm
  • Women’s March and Rally: January 18 or 25, TBD (Food Trucks, Speakers, Music, Exhibition Reception)
  • “Allowing the Divine Feminine” 3-day workshop with Flora Aube, January 22 – 24, 2020
  • Take-down: January 27th 2020

Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based in Uptown, Sedona and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley.

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336

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