COVAS Call for Proposals

presented by: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Starts:Monday, December 03, 2012  10:00 AMEnds:Friday, January 18, 2013  11:00 PM

$10 Processing Fee


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.

Event Description:



Call for Visual Artists: Be one of the first artists in your county to exhibit in the newCoastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase forMid-Career Artists. Plus, have a video capturing your work and process that becomes a permanent part of the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Archive.

About the Showcase: In the spring of 2011, OCCA received a capital improvement grant from the Ford Family Foundation to build a showcase at the Newport Visual Arts Center to exhibit the work of mid-career Oregon visual artists who live within the boundaries of the arts council. With the help of a bequest from a former Newport artist, Anna Lee Davis, a donation from the auction of the 2010 hand painted art banners from the Nye Beach Merchants Association and financial support from OCCA and the Oregon Arts Commission, the showcase has been installed along with a touch screen computer programmed to show videos of the exhibiting artist's work, process and/or studio, building a visual archive of coastal artists.

The maple showcase has interior dimensions of 124" wide x 70" tall x 15" deep with slat walls on the back and right side to accommodate a variety of installation requirements from hooks for hanging framed art to glass or wooden shelves for three dimensional works. The showcase has locking, tempered glass doors, adjustable track lighting and an interior motion detection alarm system for security.

In May 2012, the first cycle of artists began showing their work in the Showcase. We are now ready for the second call for artists to begin rotating by county in the exhibit space from March 2013 through September 2013.

The Invitation: Mid-career Oregon artists from all 7 coastal counties- Curry, Coos, Douglas (Reedsport School District), Lane (Siuslaw School District), Lincoln,Tillamook and Clatsop counties- who meet the following criteria are invited to submit a proposal to exhibit in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS).

  • Artist must be a practicing visual artist currently producing works of art (for sale)

  • Artist must have been a full-time resident of Oregon for at least 36 months prior to the application deadline and, if chosen, remain a resident through the duration of the exhibit

  • Artist must be 30 years of age or older at the time of application

  • Artist must show evidence, through appropriate documentation, of seven (7) or more years of active professional participation in his/her medium, and

  • Artist may not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part- or full-time 

The Selection Process: Exhibitors will be selected by the OCCA Exhibition Advisory Committee, a volunteer group comprised of artists, art professionals and the OCCA Director of the Newport Visual Arts Center.

Submissions are reviewed from digital images of art that are referenced by an accompanying inventory list. The artist's bio and the resume help the committee understand the level of artistic development. Proposals that are incomplete cannot be considered. Please refer to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase Submission Guidelines for details. 

If You are Selected: The selected artist will be sent a digital camera and tripod to take still images and video footage of their work, their process, and their studio. The artist will be expected to return the digital files in a timely manner so that a presentation video can be created which will be shown for the duration of the exhibit. Videos and stills will become part of the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Archive. Artists will receive a complimentary copy of the completed video presentation on a CD.

The selected artist must be able to deliver work ready to hang or display to the Visual Arts Center (VAC). The artist is responsible for transportation to and from the VAC. The exhibit will have an opening reception; see below for Exhibit Schedule by County.

All artists will have the opportunity to give an artist talk during their exhibit.

All artwork displayed in the showcase must be for sale. OCCA retains a commission of 30% for OCCA members and 35% for non-members from all art sales.

Postcards will be sent out to advertise the exhibit in the showcase. The selected artist can submit their mailing list for the bulk mailing. The artist will be responsible for half of the cost of the postcards and postage. The cost averages $70 to $80 depending on the number of cards mailed.

Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by Friday January 18, 2012. 

A$10 non-refundable processing feeis required. Current Oregon Coast Council for the Arts members are exempt from this fee. Artists can become members at any time. Checks should be payable to OCCA. For credit card payments call 541-265-6569.

The following required visual and written materials must be submitted in digital format on a CD. Use MS Word for written documents. Include the Proposal checklist with your CD:

  1. A Proposal for the body of work that you would show

  2. A short bio about yourself (approximately 200-300 words)

  3. Your Resume and/or CV

  4. 8 or more print-quality (5"x7" at 200 ppi) .jpg images

  5. An inventory list of the image files with information about each file including the name of the piece, medium, dimensions, completion date, and price

Artists may also submit other information, which may be of interest to the selection committee, for example, printed articles, awards, commissions or a description of your technique. Please do not send originals. No materials or CDs submitted will be returned. 

Mail proposal to OCCA/VAC, PO Box 1315, Newport, OR 97365

COVAS Exhibition Schedule

March 2013 - Curry County

April 2013 - Coos County

May 2013 - Douglas County (Reedsport School District)

June 2013 - Lane County (Siuslaw School District)

July 2013 - Lincoln County

August 2013 - Tillamook County

September 2013 - Clatsop County

Contact Information: Contact Sally Houck, Newport Visual Arts Center Director, 541-265-6569, .

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