LH95 by Theresa Hentz, featured in NightVisions 2014

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to partner once again with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition to produce the NightVisions biennial art exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. NightVisions will open in June 2017.

Currently, the Arts Council has posted the Call for Entries for NightVisions, for artists from all over the world to submit for consideration original artwork that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The deadline for artists to apply online is April 4, 2017. 

Exhibition Theme

More than two-thirds of Americans live where they can no longer see the Milky Way galaxy because of light pollution. We have grown so isolated from night that in much of our culture it has become alien and fearful. NightVisions seeks to re-open our positive connections to the natural night and to bridge the divide separating artistic from scientific perception, promoting the idea that science and art are two intertwined aspects of human experience.

In other words, NightVisions is an art exhibition that celebrates the beauty of the night sky. The exhibition is hosted at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff was designated as the world’s first International Dark Skies City, enacting limitations on light pollution to preserve the community’s exquisite view of the night sky, and leading a worldwide movement.

Showing for the sixth time, this international juried biennial exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age or older, and to artwork in any media; 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, poetry, photography, video, installation, etc. The exhibition is produced by the Flagstaff Arts Council in partnership with the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition.

Jury prizes will be awarded for best of show ($1000), Second Place ($500), & Third Place ($250).

Saturn by Lee Davis, featured in NightVisions 2014

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. NightVisions will be in the Main Gallery.


Jury prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($1000), Second Place ($500), and Third Place ($250). Prize winning works will be announced at the opening reception on June 8, 2017.


The juror for NightVisions are Paula Rice, Lance Diskan and Alan Petersen.

Paula Rice is nationally known ceramic sculptor whose work is represented in collections in Denmark, Russia, Latvia, and across the United States. Rice earned a B.S. degree in Design from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a Master of Education in Art from Penn State University, State College; and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rice is Professor Emeritus of Art in the School of Art at Northern Arizona University, where she taught in the ceramics area from 1987 until 2011.

Evolution of Understanding by Stewart Thomson, featured in NightVisions 2014

Lance Diskan received a Master of Arts (Northern Arizona University) in 2010 with his thesis The Night Sky in Human Culture. His creative work is in the collection of the John F. Kennedy Library (Boston, Massachusetts) and the Smithsonian Institution’s Tricentennial Capsule in Washington, D.C. He has studied arts and artists around the world for more than a half-century. In 1999 he helped found the Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition. He is a photographer, writer and noctivagant who has lived in Flagstaff for 25 years.


Alan Petersen is the Curator of Fine Arts at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. There, he has curated dozens of major art exhibitions over the past decade. Petersen also serves as Fine Arts Faculty at Coconino Community College. He is accomplished artist, having shown his work throughout the United States.

For more information about NightVisions and to learn how to apply, visit the Artist Opportunities section of our website.