A Wild Beauty: Celebrating 125 Years of Coconino County

Robert Dalegowski: Indian Garden Solitude

Robert Dalegowski: Indian Garden Solitude

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Coconino County, the Flagstaff Arts Council is seeking artworks for entry in A Wild Beauty, an exhibition that will showcase the county’s rugged, unique character of the land and its people. The exhibition will be displayed in the new Hidden Light Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

Exhibition Theme

Founded in 1891, Coconino County is spread over 18,661 square miles, making it the second largest county in the United States. Situated on the enormous Colorado Plateau, it is home to countless wildlife, lakes, mountains (including the tallest in the state, Humphrey’s Peak), forest, desert, Grand Canyon National Park, as well as the Havasupai, Navajo, Hualapai, and Hopi Nations. Much of its land is protected within the bounds of national forests, and there are several national monuments dotted throughout the expansive landscape. Its history is long and its beauty is breathtaking and varied.

A Wild Beauty will celebrate this character, beauty, and history of Coconino County’s land and people for its 125th Anniversary.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Arts Council is seeking art work of any medium that depicts or focuses on any aspect of Coconino County’s history, landscape, people, wildlife, towns or cities, and/or beauty. Submitted art must be new (created in 2015 or 2016) and not exhibited in an exhibition previously. Entries for the exhibition must be completed online (click on the button at the bottom of this page to access the application).

Art works will be considered for acceptance into the exhibition by a single juror according to two primary criteria: 1) excellence in artistic quality, and 2) suitability and unification with the stated exhibition theme.


The juror will select one accepted work of art for recognition as Best in Show, to be determined from selected works once the exhibition has been installed. The Best in Show winning artist will receive a cash prize of $300 and will be announced at the opening reception.


The juror and curator for A Wild Beauty is Travis Iurato, Artistic Director for the Flagstaff Arts Council. Iurato hails from New York City, where he worked on art exhibitions at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery and the Katherina Rich Perlow Gallery. He graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and also attended the University of Barcelona School of Art in Spain. Iurato relocated to Rimrock, Arizona, where he co-founded New Age Drinks Contemporary Art. There, he curated a handful of contemporary art projects before coming to the Flagstaff Arts Council as the Artistic Director, curating exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts. He now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

About the Exhibition Venue

The Coconino Center for the Arts (CCA) 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.

The gallery for A Wild Beauty will be the new Hidden Light Gallery at the Coconino Center for the Arts. The new space will be fit with new track lighting and painted to accommodate exhibitions in 2016 and beyond. A Wild Beauty will be the first exhibition in this space.


Guidelines & Information

  • Applicants may submit 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 .jpg format
  • Artists submitting work must be current residents of Coconino County, or, if not current residents, must have been residents of the County previously for a minimum of ten years
  • 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 or other exhibition venues in the past will not be considered
  • Artists, if they have art accepted into the show, are responsible for delivery of art to and from CCA, and for insurance of art work in transit
  • Art work accepted will be considered ‘on loan’ during the exhibition, covered by Arts Council insurance, subject to Arts Council policies, and available for sale at the artists’ request on a consignment basis (70% to artist, 30% to venue)


Deadline to apply: August 22, 2016
Notification to applicants: September 8, 2016
Art work drop off: October 3-4, 9am-5pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 4-6pm
Exhibition Open: October 14 – December 17, 2016 (Tu-Sa 11a-5p)
Art work pick up: December 19-21, 9am-5pm


If you have questions about A Wild Beauty, please contact Artistic Director Travis Iurato by email.


There is an application fee to submit up to two works of art for consideration in A Wild Beauty. The fee is $15 for artists and $10 artists who are members of the Flagstaff Arts Council. Submission fees are used to fund the Best in Show prize plus costs associated with the installation of the exhibition.

Interested in becoming a member? Members receive discounts on every artist opportunity at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Become a member today.

Click on the button below to access the application form.