Call for Artists

2018 Northwest Fine Arts Competition

Submission deadline is January 28, 2018

The 2018 Northwest Fine Arts Competition (NWFAC) is organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Jurors will select art in 2D media to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery from March 7 to April 6.

We anticipate showing work from 20-30 artists (no more than one work by each artist will be displayed).

The artist selected as Jurors’ Choice will have all of their submitted works displayed in the show, their work featured on show promotional materials, and a feature article in the next edition of The Review, the PNA’s quarterly community newspaper.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award, selected by popular vote during the show.

The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists and is located in the historic Phinney Center in Seattle, Washington. Our gallery shows are advertised to 19,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month.

2018 Jurors

Aaliyah Gupta

Aaliyah Gupta makes art and works towards social change, and is happiest when she can do both of these concurrently. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including in Copenhagen, New York, Portland, Tieton and Seattle. Her recent shows include Storefronts Project in Seattle, Intersections at Redline in Denver, Ley Lines at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Crave at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle, West Coast Biennial at Turtle Bay in Redding and from here to there, a solo show at Core Gallery, Seattle. Born in Kolkata, India, Gupta lives in Seattle with her husband, twins and two cats.

Zanetka Gawronski

My family and I immigrated to the United States from Slovakia when I was very young; this dramatic change influenced my perception of the world and led me to pursue a life dedicated to the arts. I have been painting, sculpting and printmaking from more than thirty years and received my formal training from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. My involvement in the arts has spanned a broad spectrum: theatrical set designs, children’s museum exhibit designs, book cover illustrations, public murals, fabrication team for Nickelodeon Network, Blues Clues, T.V. Land and The Big Help Mobile, as well as, both gallery and museum exhibitions. When I’m not in my studio, I can be found in the classroom as a Fine Arts instructor, in both private lessons and at the college level.

John Smither

My concerns lie more with the capturing of a feeling of time and place rather than an accurate physical rendering. I take fairly simple subjects and inject them with a visual rhythm and emotional interpretation. Season, place, time of day, and visceral experience all come into play. I intentionally give hooks of the recognizable which allow the viewer to be drawn in and participate with their own feelings and experiences of the subject. Most of my recent work involves plant forms which are interspersed with abstracted animal forms in the negative space. The intent is not to hide critters, but to allow the viewer to get the feeling that the fauna is there even if it isn’t seen. This is how I think we experience nature in most circumstances – a constant play between what you see is around you and what you think is around you.

2018 NWFAC Schedule

Entry deadline:  January 28 at 5 pm

Artist notification:  By February 5

Accepted work delivery and check-in:  March 5 & 6 by 5 pm

Show on view:  March 7 – April 6

Opening reception:  Friday, March 9, 7-9 pm

Show closes:  April 6 at 5pm

Pick up work:  April 6 after 5 pm & April 7



Individual artists working in 2-D media only. Submitted works must have been completed in the last two years and have not been shown previously in the Phinney Center Gallery. Artists must reside or work in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.


We promote our shows and encourage sales. The Phinney Center Gallery retains a 40% commission on works sold and collects all sales tax.


How to Apply

Fill out the form below (you may upload images of up to three pieces of artwork). You will be redirected to a payment page to process the $20 application fee. Or, apply via mail/in person by downloading this form.

Note: If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application online, please contact Emilia Jones at [email protected].


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    • Payment Information

    • To pay online, you will be directed to a secure payment page after completing this form. To pay by check, please mail/bring to Phinney Neighborhood Association at 6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103 by January 28, 2018.