Submit Your Art Before January 15th!

Deadlines

  • Call for Art opens on December 1, 2018 for all categories
  • Call for Visual, Literary, Store, Stage Performance, Interactive Performance, and Installation entries closes at 11 PM PST on January 15, 2019. There will NOT be an extension for Store submissions for accepted artists. Be sure to submit all art before the call closes.

Fees, General Guidelines

Payment of a fee covers all works submitted for a single category, up to the maximum allowed. For example, paying the fee for visual art allows you to submit up to 5 artworks, and paying the fee for literary art allows you to submit up to 5 literary works. If you would like to submit to multiple categories, you must pay a fee for EACH category. Store submissions DO NOT HAVE A FEE.

  • The fee for submission under visual, installation, or literary is $35. You may submit up to 5 pieces of artwork for a single fee.
  • Early bird fee of $17 available December 1 through December 15 in honor of our 17th anniversary.
  • No fee for performing artists or submission into Store!
  • No fee to apply if you are an artist living outside of North America.

Festival Store – NEW for 2019

For 2019, all artists wanting to submit work for consideration into the Store must do so during the call for art. Store submissions WILL NOT BE EXTENDED for 2019. There is no fee to submit your art for consideration. Art includes: prints, postcards, photos, small canvas prints, small framed works of art, jewelry, books, magazines, handmade goods, ceramics, sculptures, etc. All artists who submit works to any of the other categories are encouraged to also submit works to the Store. Submitting additional art to the store offers a unique opportunity to artist to sell a greater variety of art, which may not be represented in juried show. We particularly encourage performance artists to submit physical art to the Festival Store.

General Guidelines

  • Artists must make their submissions between December 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019. The submission deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11 pm PST. Be sure to have all of your information entered on time and correctly as you will not be able to access the system after that date.
  • Artists do not need to attend the Festival to be accepted (with the exception of performance artists).
  • Artists who reside outside North America, and invited artists, do not pay a submission fee.
  • Artists may submit for as many Calls for Art as they wish, but note that each Call for Art has distinct requirements and may have additional submission fees.
  • We encourage all artists to consider selling work in Store
  • The Festival Store Manager reserves the right to curate art for sale in the Store.
  • Artists may submit work only of their own creation
  • Only electronic entries submitted via our online entry system (Artist Portal) will be accepted. Paper, email, CD, and all other forms of entry will be discarded. Do not under any circumstances send original art as your entries; you will be automatically disqualified from entry and your art will not be returned.
  • Submissions may be edited up until their Call for Art closes.
  • Submission fees are non-refundable.
  • Tickets and passes are non-transferable.
  • All artists must be 18 years old or older as of January 15, 2019

Submission Limits and Formatting Rules

Visual Art Specific Guidelines

All artists 18 years old and over are encouraged to submit works of erotic art in any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, painters, and fiber artists are particularly encouraged to apply. Submissions are made through a special artist portal, and this art is considered for our juried exhibition. The call for art opens December 1, 2018, and closes January 15, 2019. No submissions or changes to submissions will be accepted after January 15, 2019. For questions, contact [email protected]

  • Art previously accepted into or exhibited at the Festival will not be considered for the 2019 exhibition but may be considered for the Festival Store.
  • Up to five (5) pieces may be submitted of any medium. Images must be included with all submissions.
  • Submit other prints or merchandise to sell in the Festival Store: up to ten (10) different products may be submitted for consideration of any medium. Images must be included with all submissions.
  • Images must be submitted in JPEG format, up to three images per piece of art.
  • Any image with a watermark that obscures the image or identifies the artist will be rejected.
  • Signatures on original works of art such as paintings and illustrations are allowable.
  • Unfinished art or “works in progress” will not be considered by the jury.
  • Incomplete or incorrect entries will not be considered after January 15, 2019, when the call for art closes.
  • Submissions may be edited up until January 15, 2019, when the call for art closes.
  • One piece of art per submission, with up to three images of a single piece. Choosing the 3D designation for a submission, allows for up to three detailed images to be uploaded per piece of art. For framed art, be sure to include at least one image of the framed piece.
  • Substitutions are not allowed; the art submitted must be exactly the same as any accepted, delivered art.
  • Artists must provide a price for each submitted piece.
  • Artists may use a pseudonym or professional name; legal names are kept confidential.
  • Please be clear during the submission process about which name is to be used publicly. The “Professional Names” submitted will be publicly listed in the Exhibition and in related promotions.
  • Any models depicted in photographs must be 18 years old or older at the time the photograph or image was made.
  • All accepted artists who use models in photographs are required to submit a Model Age Certification form. The completed form must be delivered with the art. The Festival will keep this information on file to comply with United States Code, Title 18, Section 2257.
  • For all accepted, invited, and store art sold during or as a direct result of the Festival, the Festival receives a 40% commission fee.
  • The Festival reserves the right to refuse to hang any piece of art delivered for any reason at any time.

Literary Art Specific Guidelines

All characters featured in a sexual way must be over 18 years of age. All forms of literary works are encouraged to apply. Submissions are made through a special artist portal, and literary art is curated by the Literary Art Director. Chapter excerpts may be submitted. The call for art opens December 1, 2018 and closes January 15, 2019. No submissions or changes to submissions will be accepted after January 15, 2019. If you have published books, please submit them to the Festival Store to sell during the event. For questions contact: [email protected]

  • Up to five (5) literary pieces may be submitted: Poems, Prose, Point of View, Essay, Short Stories, and One Act plays or scripts (must include scene setup).
  • A single literary work per file must be submitted using single space and in .doc file format.
  • There is NO WORD LIMIT on any literary submission.
  • Each page must have only the title and page number in the top right hand corner or as a footnote (no other identifying information). Submissions NOT meeting these criteria may be returned for correction.
  • Submit other books or merchandise to sell in the Festival Store: up to ten (10) different products may be submitted for consideration of any medium. Images must be included with all submissions.
  • Artists may use a pseudonym or professional name; legal names are kept confidential.
  • Please be clear during the submission process about which name is to be used publicly. The “Professional Names” submitted will be publicly listed in the Exhibition and in related promotions.

Installation Art Specific Guidelines

Proposals are introductory descriptions of your piece with as much detail as possible. Installations need not be completed work at the time of submission, and maybe submitted as “ideas.” You may submit up to three (3) installation proposals. Limited grant funding is available for installation works.

Proposals must be initially submitted through the artist portal. Additional attachments, photos, or concept drawings concerning an installation may be solicited by the Installation Director.  For more information email: [email protected]

  • Artists must submit an introductory description of their piece in as much detail as possible for EACH PROPOSAL.
  • Descriptions can be uploaded as Word documents, PDF files, or JPG images.
  • If applying for grant funding, artists must include a detailed budget for the installation, including a total dollar amount, and a specific breakdown of how that money will be allocated.
  • Installations can be submitted as ideas, and need not be completed work at the time of submission.
  • Artists must be willing to work closely with the Festival curators with regard to appropriate lighting, size, materials, safety, etc.
  • Artists should have enough experience to be self-sufficient, requiring little to no assistance or materials from Festival staff, including during set-up and strike
  • Any assistance or material support that will be required during the festival should be included in the written proposal.
  • Preference is given to installations that Festival patrons can interact with in some way. Please include descriptions of how the piece can be interacted with during the course of the Festival, including but not limited to, touching, building, dismantling, or progressive change.
  • Artists must be available to be on site for installing the installation the Wednesday prior to the festival (April 24, 2019) as well as the afternoon of the final day of the festival for packing up the installation (April 28, 2019). Installing of works and removal of the installation will be by appointment only, by contacting [email protected]. Exceptions must be submitted with the proposal along with details as to why an exception is being sought.

Main Stage Performance Art Specific Guidelines

Please note: All performances will be selected by a curatorial team. Selections will be made both from the pool of submissions and by invitation. Performers may be asked by their curator to attend an audition and/or rehearsals, date(s) TBA. Performance submissions are to be made by EMAIL ONLY. The submission deadline is January 15, 2019 at 11:00pm (PST). Be sure to have all of your information submitted on time and correctly as late submissions will not be accepted. If submitting multiple pieces for consideration, please send each proposal in a separate email. Email all submissions to: [email protected]

  • Accepted performers must be at least 21 years old by April 26, 2019.
  • Artists may only submit performance art of their own creation.
  • Artists must make their submissions between December 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019.

Please format your email subject heading as:

  • “[Artist Name] [Performance Title] Performance Submission for SEAF 2019”

Please include the following information in your proposal:

  • Legal name (If performing as an ensemble, please select one representative name)
  • Professional / performer name (if different from legal name)
  • Under which name you prefer to be billed
  • Performer/Ensemble Bio
  • Promotional photo (If submitting as an ensemble and no group photos exists yet, please indicate this and send a photo representative of the work)
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • City, state, and postal code of residence
  • Performance description (250 words max)
  • Supporting materials (please include all available): Photo, Video (YouTube link preferred), Music (if applicable), Performer website URL, Artist’s statement

You are also encouraged to address the following (list is not comprehensive):

  • Theme(s)
  • Mood and other general aesthetic qualities
  • Subject matter
  • Performance format
  • Duration
  • Number of performers
  • Costuming
  • Props/set pieces needed (and whether you will be able to provide them)
  • Technologies used
  • Influencing works, artists, techniques, etc.

Interactive Performance Art Specific Guidelines

Interactive performance at SEAF is art that breaks the 4th wall by using the festival floor as the stage and engages directly with our guests. Interactive performance artists roam around the event, making use of cozy corners as well as busy passageways to create intimate, hyperlocal experiences to delight and challenge festival goers by weaving stories, expressing ideas, and inviting engagement. Up to three (3) interactive performance proposals may be submitted. Images must be included with all submissions. Interactive submissions are to be made by EMAIL ONLY. The submission deadline is January 15, 2019 at 11:00pm (PST). Please email your proposal to [email protected]

  • Accepted performers must be at least 21 years old by April 26, 2019.
  • Artists may only submit performance art of their own creation.
  • Artists must make their submissions between December 1, 2018 and January 15, 2019.
  • Performers will need to be able to attend 1 all-cast kick-off meeting, 1 rehearsal, and final dress rehearsal. Dates of meeting and rehearsals are TBD and exceptions can be made for those submitting from out of state.
  • Preference is given to performers who are interested in creating art that breaks the 4th wall by using the entirety of the festival space as their stage; breathing life into the experience.
  • Interactive performance can include dance, movement, improv, spoken word, acoustic music, singing, pure silence, visual art, clever props, technology, costuming, body art, drawing, clowning, and many other forms of expression.
  • Professional performance experience is NOT required to be an interactive performer, but professionalism is.
  • Performances are compensated with weekend entry passes to the event for yourself and a guest.
  • If requesting budget for assistance with props or costuming, please include estimates and note if budget assistance is necessary for participation.

Please include the following information in your proposal:

  • What you would like to perform for SEAF and how your piece will add to the interactive experience for festival goers.
  • Please include any character development, story-line, costuming, and any other details you can provide regarding your performance.
  • Technical needs your piece requires in terms of lighting, space, props, etc.
  • Your performance background.
  • Something that moved you either as a performer or viewer. to move your viewers at SEAF 2019.
  • Please include any visuals of yourself and/or work to get us familiarized with you.

Store Art/Merchandise Specific Guidelines

For 2019, all artists wishing to  submit work for consideration into the Store must do so during the call for art. Store submissions WILL NOT BE EXTENDED for 2019. There is no fee to submit your art for consideration. Art includes: prints, postcards, photos, small canvas prints, small framed works of art, jewelry, books, magazines, handmade goods, ceramics, sculptures, etc. All artists who submit works to any of the other art categories are encouraged to also submit works to the Store. Submitting additional art to the store offers a unique opportunity to artists to sell a greater variety of art, which may not be represented in juried show. All artists 18 years old or older may submit to the Festival Store. Artists may submit up to 10 items or products to the Store, in quantities from 1 to 20 per item. For questions please contact: [email protected]

  • Artists may submit up to 10 different items to the Store (e.g. postcards, prints, posters, jewelry, statues, etc), with a quantity ranging from 1 to 20 of each item.
  • All merchandise must arrive ready for display. Barcodes will be mailed out to accepted artists prior to the Festival. Artists must affix barcodes to the art for sale in order to be sold in the Festival Store. Art that arrives WITHOUT barcodes affixed WILL NOT BE SOLD in the Festival Store. Proper presentation is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Each individual item need not be submitted for approval. Similar items that are the same price may be grouped together; a representative sampling is acceptable. (For example, if you want the Store to feature three different postcards with a quantity of 10 each, then create one submission entry for a postcard and say the quantity is 30, and then in the notes section say that there are three different images for those postcards.)
  • All art featured in the Festival Store will be curated by the Store Manager, and is selected and showcased at the discretion of the Festival.
  • The Festival reserves the right to refuse or limit items displayed to quantities of 20 pieces/items or less, per artist, depending on space availability.
  • Unfinished art or “works in progress” will not be considered.
  • Art previously displayed at the Festival may be considered for the 2019 Festival Store.
  • Prints should have a backing and be shrink-wrapped or in plastic sleeves, etc.
  • Accepted artists are encouraged to provide display units for their work. Any small items such as postcards/cards or jewelry should, if possible, be accompanied by an appropriate display.
  • Work will be displayed on a space available basis. Efforts will be made to display a sample of everything supplied.
  • Every effort will be made to provide the highest security possible; however, the Festival will not be responsible for any losses due to theft. Damage occurring due to customer handling will not be the Festival’s responsibility. By submitting merchandise for sale in the retail store, the artist agrees to hold the Festival, the Festival Store, Store management, and the Pan Eros Foundation harmless.