NEW DEADLINE: This call has been extended until Friday Dec, 4.

In partnership with The Arizona Republic, Artlink is pleased to announce a unique artist opportunity: Inglorious Arizona.

Inglorious Arizona is a project about the past. It’s about Arizona’s history and the old West.

But this project isn’t what you think it’s about. The Arizona of the old west was not just about cowboys and rugged individualists. It was also about drifters, drunks and thieves. Murderers and swindlers. Mining-town riots, polygamists and prostitutes. Think of the television series Hell on Wheels or Deadwood and you get the picture.

If the old west is a place where facts died, we’re going to dig up a little dirt. And – we’re hoping – that’s where you come in!

Over a several month period, a series of stories about Inglorious Arizona will be published: the unwashed and unlucky characters from the grittier side of the past. We’re looking for art that captures, embodies, explores and/or deconstructs Inglorious Arizona. We’re not just looking for an old world traditional style though – we want to see you imagine something new.  

We invite you to review the details below and encourage you to participate. This type of collaboration hasn’t been done before, so we hope you will join us in making history as we spotlight our history.

Details and Timeline

Fri, Nov 27, 2015: Initial Application Deadline: FRIDAY, DEC 4



1. Email submission to, subject line “Inglorious Arizona SAMPLE”.
2. Three SAMPLE images attached:

3. Text File that lists:

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered by a jury of experienced arts professionals. Due to a limited number of stories, not all artists will be accepted. Please do not call for results. Artists will be notified by email.

TIMELINE (Updated 12/29/15)

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 – DECEMBER 11, 2015
Artlink/AZ Republic approves artists accepted into the project and pairs the stories for artists using lottery system.

MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016
Notification Date of accepted artists/selected stories provided to artists (via email).

Chosen artists will receive:

Artists will create new artworks inspired by the story provided to them.



Helpful Hints:

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016
Final works to be submitted for publication
 to Artlink (via email).


    1. FINAL image:
      • .jpg format, 72 dpi,  labeled with artist’s name/ title.

Delivery date for photography session to be scheduled w/AZ Republic (Details TBA).

Drop-off Directions for Publication: If selected, artists must be available to drop off their work to the Arizona Republic for photographs to be taken for publication. (Time and Location TBD).

Artlink will then store all the works until the group exhibition.

MARCH 19-20, 2016:
Group Exhibition to be held during Art Detour. (Details TBA).

Artlink Inc. and The Arizona Republic are not liable for any damage or theft that may occur to any person or property. Artists will be asked to sign a waiver and may insure their own artwork, as desired. Artlink board members and volunteers will install the art and handle sales. Artlink Inc. will facilitate and retain 10% of each sale to cover transaction cost. Please email any questions to

Important Dates to Remember (Updated 12/29/15):

For more information about Arizona Republic visit:

Artlink Inc., founded in 1989, is an all-volunteer run 501(c)3 arts organization based in downtown Phoenix. Our mission is to link visual artists, businesses, and the public to better understand, appreciate, and promote the arts, and to further develop a strong, vital arts community.