Artist Opportunities


Deadline for receipt of entries: October 10, 2014
Exhibition Dates: November 21, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Application is at

Call Description

The Fort Collins Lincoln Center invites visual artists residing in the US to enter "Incite Insight", a call for artists to provoke/inspire/arouse a deeper understanding/vision/wisdom of the world around us. Guest Juror Ivar Zeile, owner and director of the award-winning Plus Gallery, one of Denver, Colorado's, leading contemporary art spaces, will select the work and awards. $1,700 in cash awards, including a $1,000 Grand Prize. Representational, conceptual and work in all media will be considered.

The full application is through Café at Registration for artists on the Café website is free; there is a $35 entry fee for up to three entries. Fort Collins artists residing in zip codes 80521-80528 can receive a $10 discount by using the code: LCNJS14


We encourage the submission of work in all media, including small installations (no greater than 12'h x 8'w x 8'd in any dimension), and new media.


Artists 18 years and older whose primary residence is in the United States, working in any media may apply to the exhibition. Entries must be of the artist's original design and not a result of a class assignment, completed in the past two years, since August 2012.

Image Requirements

Entry Fee: $35.00, non-refundable for up to three artworks per artist.

Artists may submit up to 3 artworks in any combination of media, including installation and video. Each image must reflect one artwork. Only three-dimensional and installation entries may include one alternate view per entry.

Digital images must be a JPEG (.jpg) file, 1920 pixels on the shortest side, no larger than 3 MB in RGB and sRBG color space. Video submissions should be in SD for play on a DVD player and LCD projection. Artists submitting other electronic media should be prepared to loan the appropriate equipment to properly display the entry.

Image quality is extremely important, as poor images will often lead to elimination from the competition. Images should appear in correct orientation as they may be used for reference for installation and printing purposes.


The Lincoln Center Support League will host the Gallery of Trees and Silent Auction from Friday, November 7 through Friday, November 14 in the Lincoln Center Art Gallery. The Gallery of Trees is a festive display of holiday trees designed and decorated by Fort Collins individuals and businesses. Displayed in our beautiful Art Gallery, the trees will be available for silent auction, raising money for the Lincoln Center Support League.

Would you like to create a holiday tree? If so, a 3-foot tree will be provided for you to embellish and will be sold in the silent auction. If you would prefer to let your creativity soar, please feel free to create a tree of your own design. As an example, we have had a tomato cage tree, a quilted tree, etc. donated for auction. We hope you will let your imagination run wild in creating a holiday decoration that will bring delight to someone for years to come. All decorations will be considered a donation to the Lincoln Center Support League, which is a 501(c)3 organization, and therefore a tax deduction for you.

Register Online

For more information or to download an application go to our Annual Holiday 2014 page.


200 Mathews, Fort Collins, CO 80521

The Community Creative Center at the Historic Carnegie Building (CCC) is owned and operated by the City of Fort Collins, managed through the Lincoln Center. The CCC is also home to Beet Street /Arts Incubator of the Rockies, as well as public gallery and performance spaces that are available to rent for exhibition, performance and presentation purposes.

The Center recognizes and promotes the synergistic and complementary aspects of a space that is shared by artists from various disciplines. Building tenants, clients and staff should be creative in capitalizing on this synergy and accommodating the logistical needs of multiple artists sharing a common space.

Artists may rent the space on a weekly basis for their own art exhibit, or on an hourly basis for an evening performance or presentation.

Rent the Community Creative Center

Community Creative Center Gallery Hours:

The Community Creative Center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon - 6pm, when the gallery space is rented. Ticketed performances are sold by the performance entities.

Please click here to see the Community Creative Center Calendar.


All artists and curators are welcome to submit portfolios and exhibition proposals for the Lincoln Center Art Galleries. Submissions to the galleries are completed online through Café, an online database of national calls for entry, at The call is listed under the title "Fort Collins Lincoln Center - Portfolio and Exhibition Proposal." There is an application fee of $30 to support honoraria for artists and curators selected for exhibition.

Residents of the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (PDF) receive a discount with the following discount code: FC1213. Fort Collins residents applying only for consideration in the smaller gallery may apply directly to the Lincoln Center ( PDF Application).

Artists residing outside of the Fort Collins, CO, Growth Management Area must apply through Café at


The Lincoln Center seeks visually compelling exhibitions that provide a unique and robust visual arts experience for the Colorado community. Artists and curators are encouraged to submit proposals and portfolios for consideration of solo and group exhibitions in our galleries.

The Lincoln Center's larger, self-contained art gallery offers an exhibition space that is approximately 1,450 square feet and can accommodate a wide variety of media. Proposals seeking consideration for this exhibition space are expected to present an engaging, educational program such as a lecture or gallery talk, school or community program, demonstration or other special presentation that relates to, augments and/or interprets the exhibition.

The art gallery located in the Lincoln Center's Main Lobby offers a smaller exhibition space and can accommodate 2-dimensional work only. This space is approximately 46 linear feet, by 8' high. Because of the open and public nature of the space artworks should be protected by Plexiglas or glass, and/or not be fragile in nature. Lincoln Center staff will make the final determination of the placement of the work. Lincoln Center staff may elect to combine multiple applicants for small group exhibitions, and will determine the final venue for the exhibition, and the amount of honorarium for the artist(s).


  • Include a short letter of intent (1000 words or less) describing your goals for the exhibition, a description of a supporting educational presentation, and your artist statement (applicants must enter online at , with exceptions noted above.).
  • 6-8 image files (including up to 3 video files, if appropriate) of current work proposed for exhibition (please only include work completed since 2009) formatted to Café image requirements (updated tutorials available on the Café website). Jurors will refer to additional images on your website, to be noted on the application form.
  • Resumé or CV with website address, exhibition history, lecture or gallery program experience, awards, exhibition and program reviews, 5 pages or less, including reviews. Please attach in word or PDF formats.

For your reference, gallery floor plans are available here (PDF).

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have a passion for art? Are you curious about how art is made, and what it means? Can you convey your enthusiasm for art of all kinds to people of all ages? If you've answered yes to these questions, you might consider being a volunteer for Lincoln Center Visual Arts programs.

There are two kinds of volunteer positions: Art Gallery Docents and Event Volunteers.

Art Gallery Docents

Docents assist our gallery visitors in appreciating the exhibitions featured in the Lincoln Center Art Galleries. They also help to keep the gallery and artwork safe and secure. The Lincoln Center will present approximately 9-12 exhibition periods each year in two gallery spaces. With each new exhibition, Lincoln Center staff will share information about the artists and artworks with our docents. Docents will become familiar with how exhibits are installed, meet some of the exhibiting artists in person, learn about art history and the artworks on display, and how to spark interest and appreciation for the art with visitors from Kindergarteners to senior citizens.

Docents must be able to make a one year commitment to this volunteer position. Most docent hours will be during evenings and weekends when performances and events are scheduled for the theaters and conference rooms. Docents will be scheduled about an hour before performances through intermission – approximately 2 hours. Other times will include 2-hour blocks on Saturdays, between noon and 6 p.m., and weekdays if school tours or conference events are scheduled.

The various trainings and gallery work will require the following commitments:

  • Art Docent Orientation: 2-hour initial training and orientation mandatory for all docents.
  • Exhibit Orientation: One or two 1-hour commitment with each new exhibition
  • Docent Service: Minimum of one 2-hour commitment each month, typically weekends and/or evenings.

Visual Arts Event Volunteer

The Lincoln Center presents three events each year: ArtWear Fashion Week (every other year), and Fort Collins Studio Tour. We are also co-presenters of Articulture Fine Arts Festival and the Gallery of Trees. Volunteers are needed for each of these events and must also attend the Art Docent Orientation.

Volunteers for these events assist with setting up and/or cleaning up the event, and working throughout the day outdoors or indoors during the event. Responsibilities vary from dressing models for a fashion show, helping with sales and display of garments, providing hospitality for event artist and guests, moving heavy objects, and many other jobs. Typically these involve shifts of 4 hours or more over a course of 2 – 10 days.

If you enjoy working with all kinds of people, can maintain a helpful and happy spirit, and express enthusiasm for arts events to the public, this might be just the volunteer job for you. Visual Arts Event Volunteers should be available to work at least two events per calendar year.

Tentative 2013 Event Schedule(volunteer dates):

  • ArtWear September 20-28
  • KnitWear - September 22
  • Fort Collins Studio Tour Preview Reception - June 14 Creative Garden August 23-24 (tentative) Gallery of Trees - Nov 8-15

Volunteer Application

If either of these volunteer positions interests you, please download an application (PDF). This form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download Acrobat Reader for free.

For more information, please call Jeanne Shoaff, Gallery Coordinator, at 416-2737. Thank you!

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