LH95 by Theresa Hentz, featured in NightVisions 2014

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 VI 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.

The deadline for artists to apply is April 4, 2017.

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

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.

Saturn by Lee Davis, featured in NightVisions 2014


  • Deadline to apply online: April 4, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance (by email): April 28, 2017
  • Delivery of work: May 30-31, 2017
  • Installation: May 30 – June 7, 2017
  • Members Reception: Thursday, June 8, 2017
  • Public Reception: Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • Exhibition Open: June 13 – July 29, 2017, Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm
  • Art work pick up: July 31 – August 1, 2017
  • Shipped work sent to artists: by August 4, 2017

Important Information

  • A $35 entry fee (fee is discounted for Arts Council members to $25) covers the submission of up to 3 works of art.
  • Shipping costs and insurance to and from the exhibition are the responsibility of the artist. Shipped work must make use of a sturdy, reusable container suitable for this purpose. The Arts Council provides insurance for artwork in its possession.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang and display. The artist should include specific instructions for any unusual display methods.
  • All artwork must remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibit.
  • Artwork 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 artist’s request on a consignment basis (70% to artist, 30% to venue).
  • Artwork that has been displayed at the Coconino Center for the Arts or in other major art galleries in Coconino County in the past will not be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Work will be juried blind from digital images; the juror will not know the name of the artist when selecting artwork. Up to three images (one full and two details) per work may be submitted. Digital images must be a minimum of 300 dpi, 5”x7” (although larger is preferred). Any accepted artwork that differs markedly from submitted images may not be installed in the exhibition (subject to staff/juror discretion).

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


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.

Evolution of Understanding by Stewart Thomson, featured in NightVisions 2014


The juror for NightVisions VI 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.

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.


The contacts for questions or more information about NightVisions VI is:

By email: Travis Iurato, Artistic Director

By phone: John Tannous, Executive Director, (928) 779-2300 x101

How to Apply

Click on the button below to access the application form. Submissions will only be accepted online.

Submission Form