VFW Post 7511 Art Gallery / Calls and Submissions

July 19, 2024

Organization Name: Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 Veterans Arts Council

Organization Location: Monroe, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Summary and Vision: The Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 VAC is seeking artists with existing works to populate its indoor public art gallery located on Main Street in downtown Monroe. All art selected for inclusion in the gallery shall be available for sale for the duration of its display. Once a piece of art is sold, the artist agrees to donate a portion of the proceeds to Post 7511 to help further its mission of service to veterans and the community (see Budget for terms).

All artworks must be priced by the artist.

All two-dimensional artworks are eligible, including paintings, photography, sketches, and drawings. (Note: sawtooth hangers will not be accepted.)
All abstract and representational three-dimensional stationary artworks are eligible, including sculpture, glass, ceramics, leatherwork, metalwork, fabric, and woodworking.

In addition, the VAC is searching for both traditional art pieces described above as well as high-quality artisan crafts that would be suitable for displaying on shelves in the gallery or a quilt rack. These could include works such as quilts, carved or woodworked cribbage boards, carved figures that fit the themes of the gallery.

**The VAC gallery is modest in size so please take that into consideration when submitting your work. If you have questions about sizing, please reach out to kevinopple@yahoo.com.


Two- and three-dimensional works should be sized appropriately for a gallery setting and prepped for public display. Art should be suitable for viewing by people of all ages and should not post any hazard to the public.

While there is no specific theme, the VAC vision calls for artwork that is reflective of Monroe’s and the Sky Valley’s rich history, and/or art that demonstrates a connection to veterans, honors our nation’s heroes, reveres U.S. Military service, or expresses patriotism.
While veterans are encouraged to apply, veteran status is not required for art to be considered. Artists/makers agree to display the artwork for a period of six months beginning Sunday, August 4, 2024, extending through February 1, 2025. Extensions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Deadline: midnight on Friday, July 19, 2024

Artist Eligibility: This call is open to both emerging and established practicing artists residing in Washington state. Sky Valley-based artists and veteran artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Note: Out of state artists are NOT accepted at this time.

Budget: Artist compensation is contingent on the sale of the artwork. The VFW agrees to open the gallery regularly to ensure the public’s ability to view the art on display (schedule to be determined). Veteran artists agree to donate 10% of the sale price to Post 7511. Non-veteran artists agree to donate 20%. All small works must be priced by the artist prior to their inclusion in the gallery.

Artists shall enter into a contract with the VFW Post 7511 VAC agreeing to these terms.

Required Application Materials: Please provide a 1-page letter of interest as described below. Additionally, we require one (1) to three (3) digital images of the art, and ask that our artists complete our artist intake form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MonroeVAC
A single artist may submit multiple pieces of art.

*Due to form limitations, applicants may only submit one file in each attachment field. If you would like to submit multiple images of your artwork, please create a singular document (Word or PDF) that includes the images of the art you are submitting for VAC consideration.

• A completed application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MonroeVAC
• One-page letter of interest including vision statement describing why you should be considered for this opportunity, and how your vision addresses this specific public art call. *Please submit this as an attachment to the above application form.
• One (1) to three (3) digital images of the artwork. If you are submitting more than one piece of art, please include one (1) to three (3) digital images of each artwork being submitted. *Please submit the imagery as attachments to the above form.
• If you are unable to complete the application form, email Chris Hendrickson at: cjhendrickson31@gmail.com

Additional Information/Context

The Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 and the Post 7511 Auxiliary recognize the importance of public art in our modern world. Art enriches lives, sparks conversation, teaches lessons, and inspires hope. Even more importantly, art has incredible capacity for healing, and can be a wonderful outlet for combat-impacted veterans as they cope with the aftermath of military service. Creating art can relieve anxiety, soothe post-traumatic stress, and contribute to a renewed sense of purpose.

Veterans can find solace as makers, and we are eager to support them in their work. Along with that, the VFW Post 7511 VAC embraces non-veteran artists who feel inspired to demonstrate their commitment to those who have bravely served this county through works of art.

Artist Selection Process:

The VAC will review responses to this Call for Artists and select the artworks based on quality, professionalism, embodiment of the VAC vision (see Summary and Vision), and adherence to the requirements outlined in this Call. The VAC reserves the right to consider and select multiple pieces of art from a singular artist, should an artist submit multiple artworks.

Art selection is solely managed by the VAC which may select or reject art for any reason. The VAC reserves the right to not select any artists. The VAC reserves the right to re-post the Call for Artists if it is not satisfied for any reason with submissions. Veterans are not guaranteed inclusion in the gallery.

Project Timeline:
*This timeline is subject to change
Friday, July 19, 2024: All submissions due to VAC
Week of Monday, July 22 – Friday July 26, 2024: VAC review
Friday July 26, 2024: VAC meets to select art
Saturday, July 27, 2024: Artists notified
Sunday, July 28 – Sunday, August 4, 2024: Artists deliver art at gallery
Sunday, August 4, 2024: Art installed in gallery


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