Call to Artists – Kent Summer Art Exhibit

City of Kent
Deadline: 3/13/2023, 10:59 PM

The City of Kent seeks prints, photographs, paintings, works on paper and other types of artwork for the juried Kent Summer Art Exhibit. All artworks selected for the juried exhibit are then eligible for City Art Purchase Awards and Kent Arts Commission Exhibit Awards. The exhibition will be on display from June 5th through August 22, 2024 in the Centennial Center Gallery and adjacent conference rooms.

An Awards Panel will award a total of $15,000 to one or more artists to receive The City Art Purchase Award. This panel will also choose between 3?5 artists to receive the 2024-2025 Kent Arts Commission Centennial Center Gallery Exhibit Award. Artists are eligible to receive multiple awards.

All participating artists and their guests will be invited to the Summer Art Exhibit Reception Wednesday, June 5, 2024 (6:00-7:30 pm).


EXHIBITION READY: Work must be framed or otherwise ready for display. Works on canvas may be unframed. All works must be protected from incidental damage and wired or have backing to hang on a hook. Any work that can be safely displayed upon our gallery’s walls will be considered. Very heavy artwork that needs to be secured to a wall stud cannot be accepted.

FOR SALE: Work must be for sale. To help cover exhibit costs, the City of Kent charges a 25% commission on work sold to the general public during the Kent Summer Art Exhibit.* The price will be calculated based upon the amount listed on the label, which should include tax.

SELECTED ARTWORKS: Artists are expected to exhibit the artwork selected.

DELIVERY: Delivery and handling of artwork is the responsibility of the artist. Most artists choose to drop?off and pick?up their artwork in person. Artists may ship their work to the gallery but should plan to arrange for pick?up of their artwork after the show ends.

The City of Kent provides insurance for artworks while on display at the Centennial Center Gallery in accordance with the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 18.110.020. 


  • Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 10:59 PM (PT)
  • Exhibit Jury: April
  • Notification of Acceptanceby April 26th
  • Exhibit Agreement Due: before Wednesday, May 8th
  • Artwork Delivery: Friday, May 31st (or earlier by appointment)
  • Exhibition Dates: June 5th – August 22nd
  • Opening Reception & Awards: Wednesday, June 5th (6:00-7:30 pm)
  • Artwork Pick Up: Friday, August 23rd (or later by appointment)

HOW TO APPLY: The City of Kent is utilizing the CaFÉ on-line application system. Applicants must provide information and submit required materials through this system only. Please review all application guidelines prior to starting your application. No application fee is required.