artists look at the pandemic

The show will be at the Gem Center Gallery

August 28th to December 4th 2020


Artists are the vanguards of society. They help process the difficult emotions of difficult times. Right now, the world is on the brink on a paradigm shift. Our normal has been upended and we are all struggling in different ways. Some are filled with hard emotions, they are confused, frustrated, tired, or anxious. Some of us are happy at home with family while others have been weathering the pandemic alone. No matter how we are each dealing with the ever-changing landscape of our world we are all in this together.  

#AloneTogether will explore the tough feelings surrounding the Pandemic. How have you been coping? What have you been creating? Are you joyful in the extra time to work? Has your work changed? Are you more introspective? Show us what you have been doing. Artist’s statement is especially important. Please include a 300-word or less artist’s statement that details how your work is relevant to the theme. A separate artist’s bio must be 100 words or less. 

#AloneTogether will be a curated exhibition that is open to artistic interpretation. All subject matters will be considered, family-friendly not required.

2D and 3D art is welcome!

Photograph by Noah Silliman via Unsplash

Application Procedure

A TVAA member at the Exhibiting Artist membership level in good standing through the dates of this exhibition may submit for no additional fee. TVAA members at the Artist membership level and non-members may pay a $25 submission fee; acceptance is not guaranteed.

Click here to join now if you are not yet a member and would like to join the TVAA. Annual membership is $75.

    • You may submit up to three digital images of original work(s) beginning July 15, 2020 with a deadline of midnight, August 20th, 2020.
    • Please include your name, title of work, medium, dimensions (framed size) for each artwork, price or value (even if not for sale), as well as your contact information.
    • Files should be named as follows; artists last name followed by title (example: Smith_Pandemic.jpg)
    • Image files must be in jpeg format.
    • Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application.
    • Open to all mediums including 3D artworks.
    • Artists Statements must be 300 words or less.
    • Please provide social media handles and website links.
    • Late entries will not be accepted, so be advised to not wait until the last minute to submit an entry, allowing time to catch any technical issues with an application.
    • For tips on preparing quality photos of your artwork, please click here.
    • NOTE: This is a curated show with limited space. Not all submissions will be accepted.
    • Please understand the dates may need to change due to the current rules and regulations  regarding COVID-19

Acceptance of Work

See Application Procedure above for fees related to this exhibition. Artwork selected for the exhibition must be available from the drop-off date through to the pick-up date. Substitutions will not be considered. If you think there will be a conflict in scheduling a particular artwork, please do not submit that piece. The Exhibition Committee reserves the right to exclude any artwork for any reason, including not being appropriately prepared for installation.

Hanging Devices

Each accepted artwork should be ready to hang with d-rings and framing wire. The Gem Center uses a hanging system of cables and hooks which will not work with other types of hanging devices. Gallery wrapped canvases are acceptable, but they must be at least 1.5” deep. Pieces without appropriate hanging devices will not be installed.

Delivery of Artwork

Accepted artwork must be dropped off at the Gallery at the Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 Bank Drive Boise, Idaho, between the hours of 3 pm and 6 pm on a date to be determined. All artwork should be labeled on the back with the artist’s name, the title of the piece and any special hanging instructions. This is important for properly identifying each piece as signatures are sometimes hard to decipher. Artists will also be required to fill out and sign a release waiver and drop off sheet upon delivery of work. Please take your packing materials home with you, as there is no storage available.


Artists may provide email contact information for contact by potential patrons. Artwork for sale will have the works labeled with the price as well as a description of the work and a brief artist statement. Any work not for sale will be labeled NFS.

When the show comes down if the work has sold, artists are encouraged to donate 10% to TVAA retaining 90% of the sale for themselves. Sold work must remain on exhibition for the duration of the show and will have a “red dot” on the label indicating the work has been sold. Purchases must be arranged by the individual artists and their buyers. Neither TVAA nor the Gem Center will handle any sales.

Important Dates

  • July 15, 2020 Submission of digital images begins 
  • August 20, 2020 Midnight deadline for submission of digital images of original artwork
  • August 28, 2020 Hanging and show opens
  • December 4, 2020 The show will be at the Gem Center Gallery
  • All dates may need to change due to the current rules and regulations  regarding COVID-19

email: president@TreasureValleyArtistsAlliance.org