Call For Artists: Black Life Ordinary Juried Exhibition

Call For Artists: Black Life Ordinary Juried Exhibition

Call for Artwork for Clark County Rotunda Gallery - "Black Life Ordinary" Juried Exhibition
Graphic - Open Call - BLACK LIFE ORDINARY_700x700We are pleased to announce an exciting art call for our upcoming exhibition, Black Life Ordinary, at the Rotunda Gallery located within the Clark County Government Center.

Ordinariness possesses a unique power, offering a sense of liberation and beauty. The ability to exist and express oneself without the weight of societal pressures is a rare and precious experience. This exhibition aims to celebrate the everyday freedom that comes with embracing the ordinary.

From the joy of outdoor recreation to the warmth of a family cook-out, from the anticipation of getting ready for church to the sacred act of saying prayers before a meal at mamma's house, and from the confidence of "swag" to the artistry of hair styling - Black Life Ordinary serves as the theme for our annual Black History Month juried exhibition in 2024. This theme is inspired by the profound insights of Black scholars who have explored the significance of the mundane in shaping the Black experience. We invite artists to delve into their family albums, archives, and oral histories to find inspiration in the creation of extraordinary moments within the ordinary.

We are honored to have Claytee White, the inaugural director of the Oral History Research Center at UNLV Libraries, as the juror for this exhibition. With her extensive experience in collecting the history of Las Vegas through the memories of long-time residents, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the selection process. Her oral history projects, which include Early Las Vegans, Latinx, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Jews, and African Americans, have contributed immensely to preserving the diverse narratives that shape our community.

We encourage artists from all backgrounds to submit their work for consideration. This is an incredible opportunity to showcase your talent and contribute to a thought-provoking exhibition that explores the beauty and significance of Black Life Ordinary. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary event.

Black Life Ordinary is the theme of the art exhibit for 2024’s Black History Celebration. In addition to the artwork, Clark County will be highlighting historical artifacts and oral histories. At the exhibit there will be live entertainment, food, and drink. The guests will be encouraged to purchase all artwork that is for sale. We encourage all selected artists to be present and available to sell their artwork.

*Note: Please carefully read Requirements section below for content limitations, video media display, and Rotunda + Pearson Gallery Preparation Guide link.

Application Deadline: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PST
Artists will be notified via email regarding their application status by Monday, Dec. 26, 2023 
To apply, please visit

Important dates if invited to exhibit:

  • Entry Deadline: Sunday, December 17, 2023.
  • Artwork Drop-Off: Friday, January 12, 2024 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Artwork Pick-up: Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Exhibit: Monday, January 15, 2024, through Thursday, February 29, 2024.
  • Reception Event: Friday, February 23, 2024 (Time: TBA).

A Best in Show and 2 Honorable Mentions from Each Category will receive a gift certificate.

  • Youth: Best in Show: $100, Honorable Mention $50 each
  • Amateur: Best in Show: $200, Honorable Mention $100 each
  • Experienced: Best in Show: $300, Honorable Mention $150 each

What you need to know:

  • The artist agrees to leave their work up through the end of the exhibit date. No artist may drop off or remove their artwork without consent of the Clark County Public Arts.
  • Artist MUST be available for pick-up and drop off date to sign in and sign out their work. Artwork must be hand delivered or shipped to the address on this form. If shipping the work, the costs of round-trip shipping are at the artist’s expense and must be pre-paid and on time.
  • Images included in applications must be of actual artwork, not conceptual images.
  • Open to any artist aged 14 and older; applications for artists under age 18 must include signature and contact information of parent or guardian.
  • No entry fee;
  • Must be original artwork medium; digital art, photography and printmaking are acceptable; no replica prints shall be accepted.
  • Up to three pieces of art may be submitted. For sculpture, include images of multiple views.
  • Please note that Clark County does not secure insurance on exhibited artwork. Artist will exhibit at their own risk. Artists are encouraged to purchase their own insurance to recover any loss from broken or stolen artwork that may occur during the exhibition.

Reception and Best in Show

All artists juried into the exhibition will be recognized and Best in Show and Honorable Mentions will be announced Friday, February 23, 2024, (Time TBD), during the Black History Month festivities in the gallery. Winners will be asked to come to the main stage to accept their gift certificates.

Categories for Artist Submissions and Award Categories

Youth definition:

  • Youth ages 14 to 18 years old that have a valid school ID.

Amateur definition:

  • Artist does not meet the professional criteria.
  • Artist new to and/or not yet skilled in a particular medium.
  • Artists who engage in the creation of art as a hobby.

Experienced definition:

  • Artist juried into previous exhibitions.


  • Artwork that contains offensive language, overtly political, religious and/or sexual content or imagery, including nudity, shall not be considered.
  • All 2D flat work (on paper or similar) must be framed with a hanging point on the back. Canvas and larger 2D work must have D-rings, a wire, or existing hanging point secured to the back, and be ready to hang.
  • See our Rotunda + Pearson Gallery Preparation Guide for more details.
  • 2D artwork dimensions may not exceed 48” wide or 48” high; weight cannot exceed 40lbs;
  • Perishable artwork shall not be considered.
  • All parts of the artwork must be secured and stable. For example, sculptures must be securely glued or welded together.
  • 3D artwork dimensions may not exceed 28” L x 22” W x 28” H; weight cannot exceed 80lbs;
  • A pedestal will be provided for selected three-dimensional works.
  • Clark County Public Arts reserves the right to disqualify and remove any artwork that poses a threat to fall, break, or cause harm to the public, the facility, or the artwork itself.

For questions, please email: with subject line: Black Life Ordinary

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