Billions of images are created and disseminated daily through social media, television, print, and film, all competing for attention. Navigating and consuming media can mean an overwhelming barrage of images and information.

How much of it, though, really matters? It is difficult to parse through the photos of lasagna, feet in the grass, or someone’s latest muscle gains. Sometimes, though, images of true import cut through the noise, helping us better understand our world: an image of a place threatened by development or industry, for example, an endangered species in its natural habitat, protests happening around the world, people implementing change in a specific area, or an image that leaves a lasting impact because of who, or what, it captures.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is seeking submissions for an exhibition of high quality artistic black and white photographs that matter. Images should cause the viewer to think, feel, or act.

Neighbors / Vecinos by Cristina Mittermeier from ‘Beyond the Border’

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. Photography That Matters will be in the Hidden Light Gallery, a 200 sq. foot gallery off the lobby and reception area. The Center sees over 30,000 visitors each year.


  • Deadline to apply online: June 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance (by email): June 23, 2017
  • Delivery of work: July 19-21, 2017
  • Public Reception: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 10am-12pm (brunch reception)
  • Exhibition Open: July 29 – September 30, 2017, Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm
  • Art work pick up: October 2-3, 2017
  • Shipped work sent to artists: by October 5, 2017


Jury prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($400), Second Place ($150), and Third Place ($50). Prize winning works will be announced at the opening reception on July 29, 2017.

Important Information

  • A $10 entry fee covers the submission of up to 3 photographs (the fee is waived for Arts Council members).
  • 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 in the past will not be considered.
  • Jurors for the exhibition will be posted soon.

Cove Dam Site, Before/After Dam Removal by Darren Clark from ‘Landscape Interrupted’

Submission Guidelines

Work will be juried blind from digital images; the jurors will not know the name of the artist when selecting artwork. 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.


The contacts for questions or more information about Photography That Matters is:

By email: Travis Iurato, Artistic Director

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

To Apply

Click on the green button below and complete the form.

Entry Form