The Call for Visual Art

All artists 18 years old and over are encouraged to submit finished works of erotic art in any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, and painters, 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 Dec 1, 2018, and closes Jan 15, 2019; No submissions or changes to submissions will be accepted after Jan 15, 2019.

The Jury

To increase the scope and diversity of the selected exhibition 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 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 2019 Festival is:

nell – Visual and Installation Artist, Social Activist
Jessica –  Seattle Erotic Art Festival Committee Member and Dancer
Tracy Rector – Filmmaker, Curator, and Indigenous Community Activist
Daphna – Muse, Erotic Art Collector
T.s. Flock – Arts Critic, Writer, Co-founder of Vanguard Seattle

Read more about the 2019 visual art jury here.

Selection Process

All submitted art is screened 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. Consensus is not required for art to be accepted, and we encourage jurors to debate and discuss 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 culture. Because the jury changes each year, we cannot predict or anticipate what will be chosen. We encourage artists to submit multiple pieces every year.

Invited and Curated Art

Juried work remains the majority of art showcased at the Festival, but we also invite artists who we believe expand the focus, conversation, and appreciation of erotic art. To increase 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 [email protected].