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Open Call for Artists

Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Large Boston Public Garden Sketchbook: Design for a bicycle poster, Watercolor over pencil, 1895-97

Deadline: Friday, July 28th, 2017

Working Exhibition Title: The Evolution of the Bicycle: Influence in Social Movements 

The Student Union Fine Arts Gallery seeks to showcase original works and artifacts for the  2017-2018 Fall semester.

Entry Period Opens: June 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: Friday July 28, 2017 (midnight MST)

This exhibit will display a brief history and evolution of the bicycle, including its influences on social movements such as women’s pants, bikes, advertising, and the suffragette movement. A timeline of Boise’s bicycling community will be integral to the exhibit.

Please help us commemorate the 200th year anniversary of the invention of the bicycle and Idaho bicycle history! We are accepting submissions from artists for the show until Friday July 28.  Any bicycle related work is eligible for submission. Paintings, vintage or contemporary photos, posters, historical artifacts, sculptures, used bike part sculptures, mixed media, sketches, prints, digital media, book art, and crafts are examples of accepted media.

To be eligible for consideration, you and your artwork must meet all the exhibition deadlines within the agreed upon contract. Artists are welcome to sell their work under the terms of the agreed upon contract. We will accept large pieces, including full bicycles, but display and acceptance of such works may be limited based on space available at The Student Union Building Fine Arts Gallery.  There is no limit on the number of pieces of work you can submit; however, be mindful that gallery space is limited and under 900 square feet, and not all work submitted may be chosen. Exhibited works will be at the discretion of the curator. Artwork must fit through the building doors and be able to be handled by a maximum of two people.


  • Artist CV and/or Statement
  • 4-10 Digital Images of Proposed Exhibition Art work.
  • Each 2/3D work is to be represented by a single, 300 dpi .jpeg image.
  • Audio-visual/digital artworks may be entered with a single mp4 file.

Submit your artwork with the title, media, dimensions, and sale price (or Not for Sale) in a line under each file and upload to   

The Boise State University will only insure works selected for the exhibition for the value stated by the artist on a provided entry card upon acceptance. Insurance covers work while on display in the gallery and is subject to a deductible. All possible professional care will be given to entries.  Beyond these stated conditions, neither Boise State University nor its agents will assume further responsibility for loss or damage. Please note that the gallery is open daily from 6 am – 12 am and is not under surveillance.  Complicated installation works may need to be installed by the artist.

Should you have any questions, please contact Michelle Estrada at michelleestrada at