Artist Opportunities


Lincoln Center Art Galleries Call for Artists

Submissions to the galleries are due April 1st, 2015, and should be submitted 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.

After April 1st, 2015, the Lincoln Center Art Galleries will not accept artists' submissions for an extended period of time. Please visit this page for future updates about submitting your portfolio for consideration.

See below for other artist opportunities and calls for entry.

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33rd Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts (2015)
Deadline: April 17, 2015
This juried exhibition features the current work of the finest national and international contemporary quilt artists. Art quilts accepted for exhibition will exemplify innovation in quilting and surface design techniques as well as excellence in artistic composition and craftsmanship. The goal of the exhibition is to recognize the world's finest contemporary quilt artists and to advance the art form. The exhibition dates are July 11 – August 22, 2015.

Exhibition Jurors: Betty Busby, Louisa Smith, Vicki Carlson, and Ellen Martin
Awards Judges: Betty Busby, Louisa Smith

Entries are submitted solely online through the CaFÉ™ Call for Entry website located at If you are not already a member, creating a profile is easy. To get started, click HERE to register for a FREE CaFÉ™ Artist account. Once your account is created, follow the instructions to Upload Work Samples and Apply to Calls. Click here to go directly to the Call for Entries on CaFÉ™, or after setting up your account search for "33rd Annual New Legacies: Contemporary Art Quilts Exhibition."


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.

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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Visual Arts Program

Romeo and Juliet

Apr 24 & 25

Price: $15-$24 to $28

Moms & Pops

Sun, May 10

Price: $8.00

Dance to the Music

Sat, May 16

Price: $8-$10

Apr 21, 2015
Encore! Encore!

Sun, May 17

Price: $15

The Sky's the Limit

May 19 & 20

Price: $5

Apr 21, 2015
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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