Call to Artists – Arts Explosion

Federal Way Arts Commission and Federal Way Performing Arts Foundation
Deadline: 3/15/2023

The first Annual “Arts Explosion” Festival is a juried art competition in three categories: Photography/Digital; Two-Dimensional artwork; and Three-Dimensional artwork. It will take place at the Federal Way Performing Arts Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S in Federal Way, on June 2-4, 2023.

Eligibility: Entries must be original, entirely the work of the entrant, and executed within the past three years (since March 15, 2020). Work must have been done without the supervision of an instructor. Copies of existing artworks or works solely based on copyrighted artworks are not eligible. All work must be gallery-ready for display, with the appropriate framing, hanging wires, supports, etc. No saw-tooth hangers or ring hangers are allowed.

Jurors: The judges for our event will include Mr. Shawn Peter Qwalsius of the Puyallup Indian Tribe, Mr. Geraldo Pena, a professional artist from Tacoma and graduate from the Federal Way Public Schools, Ms. Anda Elksnitis, a professional artist from Latvia, and Ms. Iveta Felzenberg, a professional artist living in Federal Way.

$6,000 total in cash awards: Cash awards are offered in first ($1,000), second ($500), and third ($250) place, as well as People’s Choice Award ($250), in all three categories.

Entry Fee: $45.00 total for two artworks.

APPLY ONLINE: A maximum of TWO entries per artist is permitted. Artists may enter more than one category. All entries will be juried from digital images and invitations given to join. Awards will be judged by the jurors described above from the original works of art. Please register at