The Call for Art

Every year we announce our Call for Visual Art and all artists 18 years old and over are encouraged to submit works of erotic art in any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, painters, and those creating interactive art are particularly encouraged to apply. Submissions are made through a special website, and this art is considered for our juried exhibition.

The Jury

To increase the scope and diversity of the selected art, the jury is comprised of five individuals: an artist, an art professional, an art collector, a sex-positive activist, and a Festival committee member. Jury members are selected by the Festival Director and the Steering Committee, and change each year except under special circumstances or on the basis of expertise in the realm of erotic art.

The Visual Art Jury for the 16th anniversary of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival:

Shayla Alarie – Gallerist and Art Historian
Vivienne Kramer – Feminist and Sexuality Activist
Daniel McGlothlen – Artist, Erotic Art Collector
John Cornicello – Artist, Photography Educator and Author
Tamara Walling –  Seattle Erotic Art Festival Committee Member

All submitted art is screened upon submission for adherence to Festival submission guidelines and standards. Jurors preview submitted art online, and then gather as a body to finalize their votes on which works to include in the Festival this year. Consensus is not required for art to be accepted, and we encourage jurors to debate and converse about the submitted art. The number of pieces selected is dependent on available wall space and varies from year to year. Jurors never know whose work they are reviewing during the process; unknown and famous artists alike are given equal consideration and opportunity.

The jury will select pieces based on: quality of execution, depth of emotion, originality of subject, and thought-provoking elements that ignite conversations about sexuality, erotica, art, and/or societal mores. Because the jury changes each year, what tickles their fancy this year might be quite different from what was selected in years past.

Invited and Curated Art

Juried work remains the majority of work showcased at the Festival, but we invite additional artists who no longer choose to submit their work to juried shows. To expand the scope of works shown, we also include specially-curated exhibits, often featuring artists both new and established, who have begun exploring erotic art.

The Festival Director, Exhibition Curator, and Visual Art Manager work together to invite artists and guest curators. They may ask the jury to give input on the invited art. Art submitted to the jury may become invited art at the discretion of the Festival Director or Curator.

If you have any questions, please contact us.