Call for Art

Celebrating 35 Years of Appalachian State University's Expressive Arts Therapy Program

For 35 years Appalachian’s Expressive Arts Therapy Program—the nation’s only expressive arts program at a public university—has been educating and training caring professionals to integrate all of the arts into their work and way of being in order to support human growth, development, and healing.

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at Appalachian State University, a special exhibition of expressive arts work will be held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts spring 2020.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors from the university, community, nation and beyond in creating unique experiences through dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs.  These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

This juried exhibition will feature the work of students, alumni, and current and former faculty of the Appalachian Expressive Arts Therapy Program.

Learn more about our jurors:  Sally Atkins, Heather Thorp, and Tiffany Rikard


We are no longer accepting submissions at this time.


Submission Eligibility

Who is Eligible to Submit Artwork: Students, alumni, faculty and former faculty of Appalachian State University's Expressive Arts Therapy Program

Types of Artwork Accepted: We welcome artistic contributions in multiple modalities that inform or depict expressive arts work. Contributions can include 2-D and 3-D visual artwork, language arts (poetry, creative writings), audio, video.

How to Submit Work:

STEP 1: Submit a donation

We are suggesting a $5 donation per submission, with a limit of 3 submissions per person; donations go to the Expressive Arts Development Fund.

Please submit donations here.

STEP 2: Submit your piece(s)

WHAT TO INCLUDE: We'll ask for your name and contact information, the title of the work(s) you're submitting, the materials used, and an Artist's Statement, no more than 300 words, explaining the multiple modalities and meaning of the work. You will need to upload a high-quality photo of the work, or a link to digital video if submitting video [eg, of a movement piece]. When submitting a file, please make sure the file name includes your name (eg, "Jennifer Smith, Submission 1 of 2").

If you are a CURRENT Appalachian State University student or faculty, please submit information and artwork by logging in here.

If you are a FORMER Appalachian State University student or faculty, please submit information and artwork here.



Important Dates:  

November 15th, 2019: Deadline for submitting artwork ($5 suggested donation per submission, limit 3 per person)

December 13th, 2019: Notifications on submissions/acceptance sent from Turchin Center

January 28th-31st, 2020: Accepted work is due to Turchin Center (Tuesday – Friday only, delivery hours 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM)

March 6th - June 6th, 2020:  Exhibition runs in the Community Gallery

April 24th, 2020: Artists’ Reception in Turchin Center Community Gallery, 5:30-7:30pm

April 24th & 25th, 2020: 35th Anniversary events on campus at Appalachian State University

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