Art Exhibition

Call for submissions

Call for submissions

Visual arts competition open to all middle and high school students in the East Valley. 

Submission deadline: Oct. 12, 2020

What you need to know

About the competition


The exhibition is a celebration of imagination and creativity. All subjects and styles are eligible, from traditional to contemporary. Submitted works can be a creative and free interpretation of the artist’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and can touch upon any related themes, such as the impact the pandemic has on private or public lives, its ongoing social consequences or signs of hope. Entries are judged based on the theme, artistic merit, design, originality, technical excellence and content.

How to submit

Submission requirements

  • Each artist may submit only one work for review. 
  • All media and material accepted. New work only. Your work can be in any 2-dimensional or three-dimensional media. 
  • You must submit: 
    • One digital image for a two-dimensional work 
    • THREE images for your three-dimensional work  
    • A completed submission form
    • A completed submission release form
    • Only online entries will be reviewed.
  • Your work must have been made no earlier than March 2020 and should not have entered into any other art competitions. 
  • Works must be available to be on display throughout the entire length of this exhibition.
  • Submitted work must be available for an exhibition (at this time, it will be a virtual exhibition). By submitting your work to this juried exhibition, you are agreeing for the work to be exhibited if selected.
  • Submissions from someone other than the artist applying for this show are ineligible and will be rejected.

Are there awards? 

Yes! Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 entries in each category (Middle School and High School). First place is $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100. The winners, as well as honorable mentions, will be announced in the fall. All entries will be showcased in an online exhibit and, as soon as is feasible, in an in-person exhibit.

Online submission image requirements

  • Submission attachments must be under 4mb and a maximum of 4800px on the longest side.*
  • To submit your work, fill out the submission form and signed release form and attach the photo(s) of your work. Please include your name in the file name of your artwork.

*Don’t panic If you are unfamiliar with how to determine the pixel dimensions of a file. EVJCC will review submissions as they come in and will contact you if there are any problems.

Who is eligible to submit artwork? 

The competition is for middle school and high school students in the East Valley (Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley and Tempe). Judging will be in two categories: Middle School (Entering grades 7-8 in Fall 2020) and High School (Entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020.)

Submit by Oct. 12

Deadline extended! 

  • Submission form should include uploads of images (one digital image for two-dimensional work and three images for three-dimensional work) and a signed, completed submission release form.



Meet the judges

Out art competition committee is looking forward to seeing all the submissions! To read more about the judges, click on their names below. 

Rabbi Michael Beyo

Rabbi  Michael Beyo has over 25 years of professional, entrepreneurial and rabbinical experience. He earned three rabbinical ordinations of the highest honor and focused his undergraduate and graduate level studies at universities in the United States and Israel in political science, Jewish history and Jewish philosophy.

Before transitioning his entrepreneurial expertise and passion to Jewish nonprofit community work, he worked in other industries, including toys,  high-tech and renewable energy.

Since November 2015, Rabbi Beyo has served as the CEO and rabbi of the East Valley JCC. Under his leadership, the EVJCC has experienced unprecedented growth in community outreach, partnerships and program expansion.

He previously served as the executive director and rabbi of Boston University Hillel, as well as the Jewish chaplain for Boston University.  He is also a published author, accomplished speaker and guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities. He is involved in community work in the Greater Phoenix area, serving on a number of committees and interfaith dialogue.  He was born in Milan, Italy and has lived in Italy, England, France, Israel and the United States.

Louis Mendoza

Louis Mendoza is an Arizona native who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in drawing from Arizona State University. Louis has been teaching art at the college level since 2005. He has taught a wide variety of courses ranging from drawing to three-dimensional design.

He was first inspired to draw from comic books. The energy and dynamic figures that occur in every panel are something that still influences his work today. Louis has worked with the figure for more than 25 years. He uses a wide variety of mediums, most notably chalk pastel and ink. Most recently his work has evolved into abstract textural landscapes.

Louis currently teaches drawing, life drawing, two-dimensional design, and color. He continues to create artwork and has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Currently he is the Drawing and Painting Resident Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Roja Najafi

Roja Najafi is a curator and art historian of global modern and contemporary art. She is Art History Residential Faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona, where she also serves as the Art History Program Lead.

Roja holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in Art History and Criticism from Brooklyn College, CUNY, and a filmmaking degree from the Art University in her hometown, Tehran. Her research focuses on Materiality and the questions of “abstraction and figuration” in the postwar period.  

Before joining CGCC in Arizona, Roja was a curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and prior to that, she was the 2013-2014 Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow at the Menil Collection in Houston. 

Shalynn Reynolds

Shalynn Reynolds is the director of theater arts at Chandler Gilbert Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in theater and education, including 14 years in higher ed, a thorough background in directing various styles of theater, proven success developing theater curriculum and a thriving commitment to community outreach.

Shalynn is the founder and director of Off the Cuff; a comedy improv troupe dedicated to uniting Arizona families through laughter for the past 20 years. Shalynn is honored to be a member of the CGCC performing arts family.

Christy Wittmer

Since earning her MFA from the University of Cincinnati,   Christy Wittmer has taught and utilized residencies to create artwork in dialog with locations around the world. 

In 2016-17 she was awarded a Fulbright grant to study ceramic practices in Jingdezhen, China. In 2015-2016 she was an artist in residence at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS and at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Most recently she has been a visiting artist at Australia National University and created artwork in the foundry as part of the Kohler Company’s Arts/Industry Residency.

She is a member of Eye Lounge artist collective and teaches ceramics at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Phoenix College.