Its Only a Change of Worlds by Elizabeth Bonzani

Its Only a Change of Worlds by Elizabeth Bonzani

It’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 2016 is September 20, 2016.

Artists are limited to one application. However, artists may apply a second time as part of a collaboration (2 or more artists working together on a work of art). No artist may be part of more than two applications. 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)

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
  • Is 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:

Golden Carapice 1 by Zac Kothrade

Golden Carapice 1 by Zac Kothrade

CLAY: 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, handmade paper, 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, OR work incorporating stone that is sculpted or worked by the artist in some way.

Student artists are NOT eligible to apply. Student artists enrolled in college art programs in Coconino, Yavapai, or Navajo counties may apply to have art work in the Foundations exhibition that accompanies It’s Elemental.

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


Online Deadline for submissions: September 20, 2016 (11:59pm)
Notification of Acceptance (by email): October 7, 2016
Delivery of work: October 31 – November 1, 9am-5pm
Members Reception Preview: November 11, 2016, 6-8pm
Opening Reception: November 12, 2016, 6-8pm
Fine Craft Sale: December 3-4, 2016
Exhibit closes: December 17, 2016
Art work pick up: December 19-21, 2016, and January 3, 2017, 9am-5pm

The Dance of Life by Jocelyne Shiner

The Dance of Life by Jocelyne Shiner

Additional Information

  • The application fee ($40/regular or $25/members) covers one application of up to four works of art for It’s Elemental. This fee is not refundable.
  • Donation of handmade ornaments are greatly appreciated and encouraged by participating artists to support our 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 2015 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 (student artists may submit work for the Foundations exhibition of college-level student artist work in the Jewel Gallery).
  • 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 2016 are artists Annie Alexander (textiles), Brian Painter (metal), and Tim McClellan (wood).
Annie Alexander is an award-winning artist and gallery owner based in Prescott. She creates paper art wall hangings, installations, and sculptures. Her installations exhibit the translucency, strength and beauty of handmade paper.

Brian Painter teaches Sculpture at Northern Arizona University. He is a nationally-known kinetic sculptor and metal worker who often uses humor in his art to convey rich and challenging themes. His art has been featured at the Coconino Center for the Arts, the NAU Art Museum, and in other exhibitions regionally.

Tim McClellan owns and creates furniture for his custom high-end furniture design company, Western Heritage Furniture, whose mission is reclaiming and re-purposing old barns and
 buildings into heirloom quality furniture.

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

Travis Iurato

Fine Craft Sale & Artist Marketplace

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 3-4, 2016. The deadline to apply for the Fine Craft Sale is also September 20, 2016. There is a $15 application fee (the fee is waived for Arts Council members).  Artists do not need to have art in It’s Elemental to participate in the Sale.

Apply for the Fine Craft Sale separately here >

How to Apply

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

Application Form
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