Artist Opportunities



The Shemer Art Center is dedicated to supporting and showcasing Arizona artists.  

Listed below are all of the upcoming opportunities for which Arizona artists are invited to exhibit and participate at the Shemer Art Center.




Birds, Bugs & Botanicals

Blue Monk by Jim Waid


An exhibition to be juried by Jim Waid, featuring artwork inspired by

gardens, small creatures, and our natural environment.


February 22, 2023 – April 2, 2023




For more information, or to enter and pay, click below.


Call to Artists | Online Submission




Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 In February 2023 we will hold our eighth annual Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival, voted 2022 Best Art Festival by the Phoenix New Times! 

This year’s event will be held Saturday, February 25, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

This fun, animal-themed arts festival is “purr-fect” for the ENTIRE family!

Highlights include juried artists who will showcase animal-themed drawings, photography, ceramics, and more. Paw readings, paw prints and pet adoptions, business vendors, live music, entertainment (including dog carting parades and tricks), an art raffle, and food & beverage vendors will make it a “dog-gone” fun day to remember!

Call to Artists | Online Submission


Additional 2023 Event Opportunities to be posted soon!

Solo and Small Group Exhibition Opportunities:


The Shemer Art Center encourages Arizona artists to submit solo and small-group exhibition proposals for our 2024 and future calendars.  Solo and small-group exhibition submittals will be reviewed once per year, in March.  Deadline for 2023 submittals:  February 28.

All artists selected to be showcased in a solo exhibition will be required to become a member of the Shemer Art Center ($50 per year). 

To apply please follow the instructions listed in this Solo and Small-Group Exhibitions Proposal.

If you have any questions please email


Teaching Opportunities:

Call For Instructors

The Shemer Art Center is always interested in speaking with potential instructors interested in leading workshops for children, teens and adults.  Current topics of interest include mosaics, sculpture and fiber art for adults, and ceramics, painting and drawing for teens.   After-school and Spring/Fall-break art classes for kids ages 6-13 are also of interest.

Whether your medium is drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, metal-smithing, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass, calligraphy or book arts, please consider presenting us with your ideas!  

If you are interested in teaching at the Shemer Art Center, send an email to with the subject line “[Topic] Class Proposal from [Your Name]” and include:

  1. New Call for Instructors worksheet per class/workshop
  2. Course Description
  3. Materials List for students (if required)
  4. CV/Resume
  5. Artist Statement or Biography
  6. Contact Information for three Recent Professional References  (can send us this later, once we have contacted you)
  7. Images of Your Work
  8. Images of Your Students’ Work (Optional, but Preferred)

Incomplete proposals will not be accepted!  

All candidates for instruction are subject to background review by the Shemer Art Center. 

Sales Opportunities:


Shemer Gift Shop

The Shemer Art Center’s gift shop showcases a variety of unique works of art created by Arizona artists and artisans. Since opening in 2012, the gift shop has grown in popularity and size, and now features the work of over 60 artists!

Because our mission is to support and showcase Arizona artists, the Shemer Art Center works with artists in exchange for only a 30% commission on the sale of all works consigned. 

Please Note: New, individual artist work is typically reviewed twice a year, in March and September, which means artwork must be received by the end of February for the March review, and by the end of August for the September review.  

Upon acceptance, selected works for the gift shop must be received and inventoried within 30 days. All artists showcased in the gift shop are also required to become members of the Shemer Art Center ($40 per year).

If you are interested in having your work for sale in our gift shop, please read and fill out our Gift Shop Application, and email it to with the subject line “[Your Name] Gift Shop Submission Proposal.”  Additional items to be submitted include:

  1. Images of your work (please indicate approximate sizes)
  2. Range of prices
  3. Your CV/resume or artist biography (as attachment)

All works submitted will be reviewed in accordance with our bi-annual submission policy.  All submitting artists will be notified, and if accepted, will be contacted to arrange an appointment to further discuss the consignment of selected works of art.

Thank you for your interest in the Gift Shop at the Shemer Art Center!  Your participation and the contribution of your work allow us to continue supporting and showcasing Arizona artists, and sharing the beauty of visual art with the community!