For Spring 2017, Flagstaff Arts Council is seeking artworks for entry in Breaking the Barrier, an exhibition which will present work in any media that asks the viewer to interact using two or more of their five senses (sight, touch, hearing, smell, or taste). The deadline to apply is January 17, 2017.

This opportunity is now closed. View our current calls for entry here

tactile-art-showExhibition Theme

Interactive art is a widely expanding and increasingly exciting field. It comprises sensual experiences that range from tactile sculpture to virtual reality headsets and more. Artists working in this field create works that engage the viewers’ senses beyond looking, asking them to touch, smell, taste, move with, and/or listen to an artwork in unexpected ways. Breaking the Barrier will present unique opportunities for viewers to interact with art in ways that are seldom permitted in a traditional gallery setting.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Arts Council is seeking artworks that are interactive in nature and require some form of viewer participation.  Submitted works can take the form of, and are not limited to, installation, performance, sculpture, culinary, video, audio, or virtual art.  Entries for the exhibition must be completed online (click the bottom of this page to access the application).

please-touch-the-artArt works will be considered for acceptance into the exhibition by a group of jurors according to two primary criteria: 1) excellence in artistic quality, and 2) suitability and unification with the stated exhibition theme.

Given the nature of this theme, it is acceptable for artists to submit works of art for consideration that may not yet be completed or are in development (only if necessary due to the nature of the proposed art work). Images and description submitted with the artist’s application should give the juror’s as clear a picture as possible to the final product. The jurors will select work that they are confident will match the criteria.


A juror’s grand prize will be awarded for Best in Show, which includes a cash award of $1,000. Additionally, each juror will select one art work each for a Juror’s Prize with a cash award of $250 per artist. Prize winners will be announced at the opening reception for the exhibition on April 8, 2017.