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Artlink’s 21st Annual Juried Exhibition to be Hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Exhibition Expands to Four Months and Waives Submissions Fees for Artists as part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 restrictions

Arizona Artists of all mediums are invited to submit to the open call by December 30, 2020

First prize is $5,000; Second prize is $1,500; Third prize is $750

Artlink is pleased to announce the return of one of the Valley’s most eagerly anticipated art events of the year at a new venue. The 21st Annual Artlink Juried Exhibition will be hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and will be expanded to a four-month run to allow for greater artist participation as well as safe visitation in line with COVID-19 safety restrictions. The exhibition opens to the public on February 20 and runs through June of 2021. Arizona artists of all mediums are invited to submit to the call online via Submittable before the 5 p.m. deadline on December 30, 2020.

This Artlink signature event is one of the largest exhibitions held in Arizona each year, and this iteration will take place throughout the whole of FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary art program’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions. This venue can hold more than one hundred works by visual and performing artists, and is open to the public on a 24/7 basis, which allows for social distancing and gives art lovers the opportunity to see the exhibition at their leisure. The works will also be shown online at

Submitted artwork will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed members of the Phoenix arts community: Julie Akerly, Dancer/Choreographer and Co-Founder of nueBOX; Antoinette Cauley, Artist (Juried first prize winner in 2019); Tiffany Fairall, Chief Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Rafael Navarro, Artist; Mark Pomilio, Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU.

For the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, all submission fees are waived for visual and performing artists of all mediums who reside in the state of Arizona. As one of the biggest celebrations of contemporary art in the state, this exhibition awards a first prize of $5,000, and second and third prizes of $1,500 and $750. This open call to submit to this premier showcase is open to emerging and established artists and will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, video art, fiber art, performance art and fashion design. The submission deadline is Wednesday, December 30, 2020. Submit online via Submittable.

About Artlink Inc.: Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel: FOUND:RE Phoenix is a 104-room hotel with details, designs, public spaces and amenities inspired by contemporary art, culture, fashion and music. The hotel enhances the city’s arts offerings with an impressive collection of contemporary art and creative guest programming woven into the entire guest experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. The hotel has an on-site restaurant, MATCH Market & Bar and art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary. Visit, and

Call to Artists: Park Central Catalina Garage Murals

150 W. Catalina St., south view, midtown Phoenix.

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies, Dignity Health, and Park Central Community Facilities District (“Owners”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is August 11, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).


Owners are interested in working with an artist or artist team to creatively address an exterior wall located on the south side of the new Park Central Garage located on Catalina St.

Project: Park Central Catalina Garage Murals RFQ

Address: 150 W. Cataline St., Phoenix, AZ 85013

Budget: $31,500

Overview: Park Central combines its rich mid-century-modern history with a new focus on technology, innovation and design, that includes all of the most sought-after features in today’s office and retail market. With a nod toward its past and an eye toward the future, The recently renovated Park Central once again, puts its visitors and employees within close proximity of some of Phoenix’s hottest neighborhoods along with all the benefits of being at the heart of Midtown Phoenix.

The Catalina Garage is a 10-story parking structure with a capacity of approximately 2,000 parking spaces. The Garage site is approximately 1.9 acres and will be used by paid public parking customers and also by users, residents or customers of Park Central and other nearby destinations including Creighton University, Dignity Health, Millennium Apartments (to be completed in 2021), and more.

The six murals can be made in any genre including being wholly abstract, figurative, landscape-based, or any combination thereof, but should complement the design of the building, embrace a sense of community and be comprised of bold, bright and uplifting imagery. Incorporating inspiration from the site, from the history of the place, and a dynamic sense of space, color and composition are all greatly encouraged. With the completion of the Park Central remodel, and the many new tenants and businesses in the area, the mural will be a part of making Park Central come alive again, and be welcoming to visitors, patrons, families, and residents living in midtown Phoenix.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona with the ability to produce exemplary art.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form on here.



From the 2020 Artlink Annual Meeting

Artlink’s Annual meeting was held online on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Artlink board welcomed over 80 attendees, including artists, arts advocates, and representatives of the City of Phoenix, galleries, performing arts, and other arts organizations.

Present Board Members: Rick Naimark (Chair), Sally Russell (Vice Chair), Hillary Foose (Secretary), Brittany Butler, Bentley Calverley, Rembrandt Quiballo, Dorina Bustamante, Liliana Gomez, Tricee Thomas, R.J. Price and Catrina Kahler (President/CEO).


The meeting opened with a welcome by Rick Naimark, who introduced an honored guest who is supporting Phoenix’s position as a proud Arts City, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.

Mayor Gallego recognized Phoenix City Council’s support of the arts community through its recent Coronavirus relief funds. She highlighted the arts role in helping build a better Phoenix during these challenging times, and the more than $400 million in economic benefit the arts industry generates for the city. Mayor Gallego will continue to push Congress for support of the arts and thanked Artlink for its decades of service.

Board Elections

Artlink Board Secretary provided an overview of the election of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. By unanimous vote, the Artlink board renewed the terms of three directors:

  • Rick Naimark: ASU, Associate Vice President for Program Development Planning
  • Rembrandt Quiballo: Visual Artist
  • Dorina Bustamante: True North Studio, Partnerships
  • Liliana Gomez: Artist/Choreographer

This rounds out the current roster of the Artlink board:

  • Sally Russell: Licensing Product Manager, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Hillary Foose: Valley Metro, Communication and Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Brittany Butler: Artist/Oasis on Grand, marketing director
  • Tricee Thomas: Fashion Designer/The Garment League Founder
  • R.J. Price: Downtown Phoenix Inc., Chief Marketing Officer
  • Catrina Kahler: Artlink President/CEO

The board elected the following officers:

  • Rick Naimark: Chair
  • Sally Russell: Vice Chair
  • Hillary Foose: Secretary
  • Brittany Butler: Treasurer

On behalf of the board, Rick Naimark announced Bentley Calverley is stepping down from the board, and thanked her for her significant contributions to the organization.

Annual Report

Rick Naimark introduced Artlink President/CEO Catrina Kahler who provided an overview to the organization’s year of activity.

Art Detour
COVID-19 unfortunately affected Art Detour 32, typically a highlight of the calendar year, and took steps to move forward and support artists financially affected by the pandemic.

After initially launching an artist relief effort via The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF), Artlink partnered with other organizations to generate additional support to fundraise for artists.

Artlink thanks Arizona Arts Commission, Arizona Community Foundation, City of Phoenix, Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona for their partnership in allowing the organization to contribute to an effort that generated more than $175,000 for artists. More support is needed. Please donate here.

Artlink’s Articipant program continues to grow, with a total of 748 annual registrations, representing a 42% from last year. This includes 700 artists from throughout Arizona, a 53% increase from last year.

Articipants are artists, arts venues, arts organizations and arts supporting businesses that contribute to our community.
Every registered artist is listed in directory, Arizona’s largest online artist directory. Artists can register here.

Partner Calls to Artists
Artlink seeks to create partnerships that link up and strengthen the community. In this effort, the organization facilitated and/or promoted calls to artists on behalf of partners, including the following:

  • Phoenix Art Museum (FOCA and Scult Award grants)
  • City of Phoenix/Downtown Phoenix Partnership (Giving Meters)
  • Block 23 (murals)
  • Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel/DPP (mural)
  • Miracle Mile on McDowell/PCA (mural)
  • Arizona Citizens for the Arts (Governor’s Arts Awards)
  • Wexford Science & Technology (wall and ceiling installations)
  • INFLUX (six Valley cities’ public art installations)

Partner Programs

  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar – ARTLAB artist studio/residency
  • FOUND:RE Phoenix – FOUND:RE Contemporary art program launched in February
  • Portland on the Park – In Residence pilot program facilitates the development of a permanent art collection for residential developments

Artlink Events/Initiatives

  • Artlink Artist Council – The AAC members are artists contributing to Artlink organization community, while creating a connection with emerging artists, as well as administration of TAFF grant for a selected artist exhibition (Diana Calderon)
    Art Detour – pivoted to promoting artists and Articipants
  • Gala – the artists continued with the exhibition while being cognizant of public health concerns. Artists were able to photograph their work and a video was produced to promote and honor the work. See the video here.
  • Park Central – Artlink’s new home, where the interdisciplinary art space, the mood room has become a key component of Park Central’s arts & culture plan in partnership with The Garment League. See the mood room here.
  • Make Music Day – introduced by Articipant Liaison Leslie Criger, MMD is June 21 each year where Artlink serves as Phoenix chapter and featured programming between 7a – 9p, largely working with musicians as part of virtual event and with local partnerships including Valley Metro and Heritage Square
    Future calls for Valley Metro Artsline artist program are upcoming—be on the lookout

Financial Report

  • Large beginning balance ($155,260), as we took in grant and sponsor money for a two-year period, with funds allocated to spend in this year, but limited by COVID. The bulk of this will be carried forward (total $104,751) to this upcoming year (projected ending balance $18,468) .
  • Partners like Park Central, Valley Metro and others will have artist calls in the coming weeks.
  • We are planning to hold Art Detour in the this spring. If this is not possible, we will do our best to adjust earlier in the year to avoid any unnecessary spending.
  • We hope to continue to take in grants and sponsorships with a number of significant artists calls planned for this year.


Any plans to bring First Friday back in any form?

  • Unfortunately, COVID will prevent Artlink’s hosting of trolley transportation on First Fridays. The organization is working to promote artists through the directory and their social media pages, and position PUG to support promotions.

When is the next call for Portland on Park?

  • The current exhibition runs through mid-October. The next call is coming in a couple of months.

Are there plans to add artist spaces at Park Central?

  • Yes, Artlink is ramping up efforts now with a local architecture firm to develop a new space. Keep an eye out for an upcoming survey.

Would Artlink be interested in a proposal for an art/talk/fashion show next year?

  • Yes, these cross-pollination of art forms are a focus. No one medium works in a silo, and we all benefit when they connect.

Why do police get more funding (than the arts)?

  • (Rick Naimark responding to a question posed earlier in the meeting) The city is trying to shift dialogue and funding—you’re seeing that. Glad there’s focus on this shift; art is something that people understand better than ever in terms of its healing power, promoting justice, etc. Artlink is a part of that dialogue.


Artlink thanks its staff, Articipants and volunteers and to you reading this recap and engaging in the arts and culture community. Special thanks to Articipant Liason Leslie Criger and Curatorial Programs Director Grant Vetter.

About Artlink Inc.

Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses, and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization as it supports the stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit to sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Artist Information Meeting: Calls, Art Detour 32 + More

Have Questions About Calls, Art Detour or…?

Let’s get those questions answered! Artists are invited to join Artlink staff for an informal meeting on Monday, December 2, to discuss open calls to artists, Art Detour 32 and more. PLUS, you’ll see the exhibition space at Park Central where the Juried and Gala events will take place (see calls here).

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Artlink HQ @ Park Central, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. Suite 100 (If driving, park on the WEST side of Park Central, near the Sun Worshiper statue. Artlink is located in the Geare Building.)

Call to Artists: ARTLAB Residency UPDATED

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Monday, August 7, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time). This information was updated on July 24 to reflect a new timeline.


When Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix first opened its doors in 2012, local art was central to the design of the property which has recently has debuted the next evolution of its “Art in Motion” theme with ARTLAB, powered by Artlink.

Located adjacent to the second floor of the hotel’s “Living Room” lobby space, the pop-up art studio will be transformed into a different exhibit every few weeks as a new artist in residence uses the space to bring their artwork to life. 

Project: ARTLAB Residency

Address: 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004.

Request: This open call is meant to select up to four artists for different residency periods that will take place through spring 2020 at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This high-traffic space is a working studio with great visibility and is located in CityScape in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

Overview: ARTLAB represents a unique opportunity to work in a public art studio prominently positioned in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix. Featuring large saloon-style doors fabricated by local artist Doug Boyd of Artfully Rogue, ARTLAB is a working studio space designed with the needs of an artist in mind, including lighting, storage, exhibition space, and a customized moveable platform that serves as a splatter-ready studio floor.

Read more and submit here.

Artlink Call to Artists: ‘Feast Your Eyes’ Exhibition

Photo provided by Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 23, 2014

Event: Eight’s “Check, Please! Arizona” Festival

Length of Show: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 11 am – 3 pm

Location: CityScape, 1 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ

Artlink Inc. will present the tantalizing work from local artists in a group exhibition at the second annual “Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival” at Cityscape in downtown Phoenix.

CityScape will be transformed into an exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant scene, from five-star dining establishments to tucked away cafes.

The theme of the “Feast Your Eyes” exhibition is the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and most importantly, taste!) that all go into making a spectacular meal.

The display space for the event will be outdoors and open to the public, Artlink board members and volunteers will set up the booth, handle sales, and will monitor the booth during the festival.

Artwork submission guidelines: Artlink will accept 2D work that can be hung on the wall, does not exceed 20lbs. and is no more than 36″w, 48″h, 5″depth. All accepted work must have wire hardware for hanging. In order for artwork to be considered for display all of the above guidelines must be met and artwork must be ready to hang.

APPLICATION to include:

  1. Email submission to of files in .jpg format, limited to three, with each image labeled with the artist’s name and title of art. We recommend submitted images to have a resolution of 72 dpi.
  2. Text file that lists:

a.     Your contact info
b.     Artist name as you would like it to appear on labels
c.     Titles of individual submissions
d.     Dimensions (HxWxD)
e.     Media
f.      Sale price or NFS

Please do not send actual works until notified. Artlink reserves the right to reject any work not suitable for display. Please do not call for results. Artists will be notified by email.

Drop-off Directions: If selected, there are two drop off options for Artists:

  1. Artists should be available to drop off their work to Sarah (VP of Artlink Board of Directors) on Saturday, March 29th from 9am to 11am at 3508 N 7th Street #120, Phoenix, AZ 85014 (The Studio). Artwork will be transported by Artlink to Cityscape on Sunday, March 30th.
  2. Artists can drop off their work to Cityscape (1 E Washington St) on Sunday, March 30 from 8am to 9:30am. Artists will be able to pull onto Central Ave off Washington to unload and then park in any of the Cityscape garages.

Further instructions to follow about drop-off and pick-up for those selected.

Artlink Inc. is 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 Inc. will facilitate and retain 10% of each sale to cover transaction cost. Please email any questions to

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