PNA Call to Artists

Submit Art for the 2017 Northwest Fine Arts Competition
at the Phinney Center Gallery

Application deadline passed on March 10, 2017.

The 2017 Northwest Fine Arts Competition (NWFAC) is organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA). Jurors will select art to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery from May 10 to June 9.

We anticipate showing work from 20-30 artists (no more than one work by each artist will be displayed).
The artist selected as Jurors’ Choice will have all of their submitted works displayed in the show and will have their work featured on show promotional materials.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award, selected by popular vote during the show.

There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 to apply. 

The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists and is located in the historic Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle, Washington. Our gallery shows are advertised to 17,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month.

2017 Northwest Fine Arts Competition Schedule

Entry Deadline: March 10 at 5 pm

Artist notification: Week of March 20

Accepted work delivery and check in: May 8 & 9 by 5 pm

Show on view: May 10- June 9

Opening reception: Friday, May 12, 7-9 pm – Reception is during the Phinney Ridge/Greenwood neighborhood’s annual “Big One” art walk

Show closes: June 9

Pick up work: June 9 after 5 pm or June 10


Individual artists working in all 2-D and 3-D media. Submitted works must have been completed in the last two years and have not been shown previously in the Phinney Center Gallery. Artists must reside or work in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.


We promote our shows and encourage sales. The Phinney Center Gallery retains a 40% commission on works sold and collects all sales tax.


The Phinney Neighborhood Association provides insurance coverage for art in our gallery.

2017 Jurors

Lynn Schirmer
Lynn Schirmer is an artist, curator, and web developer. She is the former curator of Corridor and Angle galleries, and former Curatorial Committee member at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), where she produced two major exhibitions. She is a lead organizer of several cultural events at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in Pioneer Square, and is the Creator and Director of its Art of the City festival, 2014-2015. Her recent independent projects include After Dinner Party, a multi-disciplinary, educational effort about female anatomy. She has exhibited in the US and Europe.

Kate Protage
Kate is a visual artist who has lived in Seattle since 2006. She has exhibited her work at galleries in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Seattle. She has been published in several online magazines and books, including Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views by Lauren P. Della Monica (Schiffer Publishing). During the last decade she has served as a grant selection panel member for the Conductive Garboil Grant, a business development panel member for Twilight Artist Collective, a board member/art curator for ArtReach Seattle, and a guest curator for Twilight Artist Collective and Bherd Studios Gallery. These days she paints her urban landscapes full-time to keep up with the amazing team at the Seattle Art Museum’s Sales and Rental Gallery.

Chris Sheridan
Chris is originally from Cape Cod, MA and now calls Seattle, WA home. He is an award-winning artist who has been included in numerous publications such as The Citrus Report, Newbrow: 50 Contemporary Artists, The Better Bombshell, and Miroir Magazine. He has shown extensively nationally and internationally, and in 2014 participated in a month-long artist residency in Vienna, Austria. He has curated exhibitions for several galleries and alternative spaces around Seattle, and has been part of panels and boards for organizations including the Conductive Garboil Grant and ArtReach Seattle. Chris is a professor at the Art Institute of Seattle and a teaching artist with the KOH Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art.Apply no