Please note: the deadline for this opportunity has passed. We will open up the application for exhibitions again in the fall of 2015. Future applications will be similar to this opportunity, so the information remains below for your information.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is seeking concepts for art exhibitions in the Main Gallery of the Coconino Center for the Arts. Anyone with an exhibition idea can apply: artists, curators, individuals, groups or organizations. The Coconino Center for the Arts, in Flagstaff, Arizona, boasts one of the largest professional gallery spaces in northern Arizona. The Main Gallery is 4,000 square feet space and therefore is most appropriate for group shows, or for artists with significant bodies of work or large-scale work.

Artists seeking solo art exhibitions who do not have significant bodies of work or large-scale work should consider applying for the Jewel Gallery.

Please read the instructions below carefully to learn the best approach to a successful application.

Who Should Apply

The Main Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts is a large, 4,000 square foot rectangular exhibition space with high ceilings and walls that can be re-positioned. The Center attracts over 30,000 visitors each year; the primary reason for visits to the Center is to view art work in the two galleries. Opening Receptions often attract 300-600 people.

Examples of applicants:

  • Individuals or organizations who wish to guest curate an exhibition, or participate in an exhibition curated by Arts Council staff
  • Artists who wish to propose an exhibition to show their work alongside other artists (identified or not)
  • Artists with an exhibition idea who want help executing the concept
  • A group of artists that wish to propose an exhibition of their art work around a theme
  • A solo artist with a significant body of work or large-scale art appropriate for the size of the Main Gallery
  • Curators who want to build an exhibition around a theme and artist(s)

Or perhaps there is someone not on the list above who has a great idea. Every proposal will be considered equally. We anticipate identifying 4-6 exhibition ideas that will move forward into exhibitions in this application round, so this is a great time to apply.

We will consider proposals featuring any type(s) of art that can be shown in the gallery space.

About the Main Gallery

The main feature at the Coconino Center for the Arts is the 4,000 square foot art gallery. The gallery is approximately 60’ x 65’ with 10+ feet of useable vertical space. 11 Moveable 8’ x 4’ x 1’ wall panels and dozens of pedestals of various sizes are also available. Seventy-five can lights provide adjustable lighting options. Electrical outlets are accessible on all outer walls.

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The Coconino Center for the Arts is located at 2300 North Fort Valley Road (Highway 180). CCA is on the way to several Arizona attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Arizona Snowbowl. The facility includes a 4,000 square foot art Main Gallery and an indoor amphitheater that seats 200.

Application Instructions

All applications for exhibitions in the Main Gallery must be submitted online through this website. At the bottom of this page, click on the green “Apply” button to access the application.

Please keep in mind that while the application asks several questions, your proposal does not need to answer all questions. For instance, if you have an exhibition concept but have not selected all of the artists that will participate, then it is appropriate to leave that item incomplete. The most important aspects of your application will be the quality of the art work images submitted, and the quality and appropriateness of the exhibition concept.

If you are proposing an exhibition of new art work that has not been created yet, please upload images of art work that are similar in nature to the art work to be exhibited.

If you do not have other details prepared that the application asks for, simply answer that question with “to be determined.” This will not hurt your chances of success. Again, it is most important that you provide quality images, a quality description of the exhibition concept, and the types of art work to be shown.


A volunteer group of artists and arts professionals, the Arts Advisory Council, reviews all proposals and makes recommendations to Arts Council staff. They consider the following criteria below as their primary guide for decisions (the points shown below are a guide to provide an understanding of what the Council is seeking, and do not reflect a hard scoring system). However, other factors may contribute to final decisions.

  • Quality of art work images presented (15 points)
  • Quality of exhibition concept (15 points)
  • Appropriateness of exhibition for the Center and northern Arizona (5 points)
  • Ability of the applicant to complete the exhibition successfully (5 points)
  • Budget and projected costs (5 points)


Deadline to apply online: Monday, April 27, 2015.

Notification to applicants: no later than Friday, May 29, 2015.

Exhibitions typically are open to the public between five and ten weeks. Applications considered in this round are for Main Gallery exhibitions that will be scheduled in these available time slots:

  • Summer 2016
  • Sep/Oct 2016
  • Jan/Feb 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • Sep/Oct 2017
  • Various dates in 2018

Important Information

Applicants must be willing to collaborate with an Arts Council Curator on the execution of their exhibition. The Curator will assist accepted applicants with exhibition concept, selection of art work and layout of the exhibition. The Curator is primarily responsible for installation of the exhibition, however, applicants may propose to handle the installation.

Art work to be displayed in the Main Gallery must be delivered ready to hang or display. It is the responsibility of the artist to cover costs associated with framing or preparation of art work and insurance to and from the Center.

Costs associated with installation materials and equipment (paint, fixtures, lighting, labels, etc.), opening reception, events, and marketing are typically covered by the Flagstaff Arts Council. The applicant is typically expected to cover costs for shipping of art work or any extemporaneous costs, however we will consider requests for the Arts Council to incur these costs. If an applicant has a funding source to assist with exhibition costs, this is considered helpful but is not a necessity for a successful application.

To assist with a small portion of the costs associated with processing applications, a $20 application fee is required to be paid with each corresponding application. When you complete your application and click the “Submit and Pay” button, you will be taken to PayPal where you can pay with a credit card. If you prefer, you can mail a check (must be postmarked no later than April 27, 2015), payable to Flagstaff Arts Council, c/o Main Gallery Application, PO Box 296, Flagstaff, AZ, 86002, with the Applicant Name clearly written in the memo line.


For questions about this opportunity, or to learn more about the selection process, contact Brooke Sahni, (928) 779-2300 x104.

Please note: the deadline for this opportunity has passed. We will open up the application for exhibitions again in the fall of 2015. Future applications will be similar to this opportunity, so the information remains below for your information.