colorado-tourmaline-pendantIt’s Elemental celebrates the talent and creativity of regional craftspeople by showcasing fine craft work that demonstrates a command of the medium and a high level of workmanship and design. The exhibition will include art created from clay, wood, fiber/paper, metal, and glass. Submitted pieces can be functional or nonfunctional. Participating artists must reside in one of the northern Arizona counties of Coconino, Navajo, or Yavapai.

The deadline to apply for It’s Elemental is September 15, 2015.

Artists may apply as an individual and/or as part of a collaboration (2 or more artists working together on a piece). Each application may include up to four works of art. The exhibition will be juried by a panel of local artists.

Cash Prizes

This year’s It’s Elemental exhibition features art awards totaling $1,000 in cash prizes!

  • The overall Best in Show prize will be $600
  • A First Prize award will be $200
  • A Juror’s Award of $50 will be awarded for the “Best of” each of the four categories that are not represented by the above two awards (categories: wood, clay, metal, glass, paper/textile and mixed media)
  • Additionally, each winner of these six awards will have their 2016 It’s Elemental entry fee waived

Criteria for Acceptance

Art in It’s Elemental is juried in one of the following categories: Clay, Wood, Fiber/Paper, Metal, Glass, or Mixed Media. Jurors will be instructed to accept work that:

  • Demonstrates a command of the medium
  • Shows a high level of design and workmanship
  • Uses materials that are manipulated by the artist
  • Designed and created by the artist – no work made from kits or utilizing a large amount of commercially made elements will be considered
  • May be either functional or nonfunctional

Jurors will also consider the following descriptions of the various categories:

Double Walled Teapot #002 webCLAY: Functional and sculptural work, either wheel thrown or hand made. This includes figures, tiles, and tableware made from clay and fired in a variety of atmospheres.

WOOD: Original hand-tooled, machine worked, utility or sculptural, turned or carved wood.

TEXTILES/PAPER: May include, but not be limited to, using materials and/or techniques such as: yarn, fabric, knitting, crocheting, weaving, embroidery, rug making, quilting, felting, basketry, wearable art, bookmaking.

METAL: Functional and sculptural work, including jewelry, incorporating metal worked by the artist using one or more techniques such as forging, welding/soldering, casting, and fabrication.

GLASS: Includes stained glass, slumped, fused, lamp work (which includes beads and figures), blown, sandblasted/engraved.

MIXED MEDIA: Work incorporating materials from two or more categories and created using any number of the techniques listed in those categories.

Acceptance is based solely on the images presented, so the quality of the images is extremely important. See last year’s exhibition for examples.


Tile Rattle by Adrianne Dienno

Tile Rattle by Adrianne Dienno

Postmark Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance (by email): October 6, 2015
Delivery of work: November 2-4, 2015, 9am-5pm
Members Reception Preview: November 13, 2015, 6-8pm
Opening Reception: November 14, 2015, 6-8pm
Fine Craft Sale: December 6-7, 2014
Exhibit closes: December 19, 2015
Art work pick up: December 21-22, 2015, 9am-5pm

Important Information

  • $35 application fee covers submission of up to four works of art (artist can submit up to two images of each work submitted) for It’s Elemental. This fee is not refundable.
  • Donation of handmade ornaments are greatly appreciated and encouraged to our 7th annual “It’s Ornamental” fundraiser; a Christmas tree in our lobby showcases handmade artist ornaments, the sales from which support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.
  • Award winners from the 2014 It’s Elemental exhibition: your application fee is waived this year, and you are guaranteed that one work of art will be accepted into the exhibition.
  • Flagstaff Arts Council will retain a 30% commission for all sales. Any accepted work delivered for the exhibition at the deadline that differs significantly in quality or concept from the juried works may not be accepted.

Submission Guidelines

  • Up to 2 images per work of art submitted (one full, one detail). Digital images must be high quality, high resolution (minimum size: approx. 5” x 7”, saved at 300 dpi) and in JPEG format.
  • Artists submitting work must be Arizona residents of Coconino, Navajo, or Yavapai counties.
  • Work must have been created within the last three years and created without supervision of a teacher.
  • Artwork must be ready for display, with specific instruction for any non-standard display methods.
  • Artwork that has been displayed at the Coconino Center for the Arts in the past will not be considered.


The jurors for It’s Elemental 2015 are Flagstaff artists Chandra Hemminger, Sharon Richards, and Bob Fain.

Chandra Hemminger has been a member of the Flagstaff arts scene for 13 years. The former owner of a community ceramic studio, she is now a full time high school art teacher. Chandra earned a BFA from Ohio University with a major concentration in the ceramic arts.

Sharon Richards began her craft career as a child and has enjoyed practicing many categories of these arts.  Presently, she is a fiber artist who dyes cloth, designs, manipulates and turns it into wall art as well as wearable art.  Living with fine craft has always brought delight to her life.  She celebrates handmade objects whether functional or nonfunctional.

Bob Fain has been working with wood since 1978. At Wood ‘N’ What-Knots, Bob has built custom cabinetry, furniture and accessories for a wide range of institutions and private clients in northern Arizona since 1991.

The contact for questions or more information about It’s Elemental is:

John Tannous
(928) 779-2300 x101

How to Apply

The application and payment to enter It’s Elemental should be completed online (below). If you are having trouble using this form, contact us at 928.779.2300.

Entry Form

Fine Craft Sale

The Fine Craft Sale is a separate Artist Marketplace that occurs during It’s Elemental. It’s the perfect art market for the holiday season, and an opportunity for artists to sell more art than what is shown in the It’s Elemental exhibition. Artists are provided a booth in the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The Fine Craft Sale is scheduled for December 5-6, 2015. The deadline to apply for the Fine Craft Sale is October 15, 2015. There is a $15 application fee.  Artists do not need to have art in It’s Elemental to participate in the Sale.

Apply for the Fine Craft Sale here. >