Call for Entry

EXHIBITION July 2020-January 2021
ENTRY DEADLINE July 15, 2020

Response to the Pandemic, Covid-19

Open. Artists must have a connection to Johnson County: Current or Former Johnson County Residence, Attend School in Johnson County, Work in Johnson County, etc. Include this information in submission.

There is no entry fee.

Email required documents to Devin Graham at

Artists must submit a one-page statement explaining the thinking behind their work of art and/or the impact they have felt related to Covid-19, up to 3 images of three works in high-resolution, and an image checklist with dimensions and all mediums listed. Review of the works in person will be required prior to signed agreements between the artist and Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.


Artists whose works are accepted will be notified by July 17, 2020. Notices will be made via email.

Only one work of art will be selected per artist. Nudity and profanity are not eligible in this exhibit. Please email with questions.

Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center reserves the right to reproduce accepted works for publicity, documentation and promotion of the exhibition. Artworks submitted must be available from July 20, 2020-January 29, 2021.

All sales of artwork will allow 100% of proceeds to be retained by the artist but maintain that all works must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition. Notification to the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will be required.

Resilience, Reflection, Rebuilding: Artists Respond to Covid-19
The arts have the remarkable ability to create a sense of togetherness, belonging, and community. They can help decrease stress, loneliness, and anxiety. They can provide opportunities to reflect, process experiences and feelings, imagine what our future might look like, and connect us through our common humanity.

In this exhibit we’ve asked local artists to create a reflection of their experiences and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic and to consider the pandemic as a catalyst toward change. This show will complement the temporary exhibit, Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times, presented by the Johnson County Museum.

Artwork voted on by the public and approved by the Johnson County Museum Collections Committee will become part of the Johnson County Museum’s permanent collection as part of its Collecting COVID-19 initiative. The winning artist(s) will be awarded a financial prize. (Note: Artists have the option to opt out of the competition.)

Museum FoundationThe collecting competition has been generously underwritten by the Johnson County Museum Foundation. The Johnson County Museum Foundation, the not-for-profit partner of the Johnson County Museum, supports and promotes exhibit development, educational programs, and special events at the Johnson County Museum.

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This opportunity is presented in partnership with the Johnson County Museum. To find out more about the Johnson County Museum, please visit


This opportunity is presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Johnson County. To find out more about the Arts Council of Johnson County and how to support local arts, visit