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Treasure Valley Artists & Plein Air Painters of Idaho

ARTISTS IN THE WILD: An Art Exhibition by TVAA at Nampa Civic Center
May 16 – September 26, 2024
Opening Reception June 8, 7-9 pm



Artists in the Wild theme is now open to all plein air artworks, with or without people as the subject.


Artists painting other artists en Plein Air! Treasure Valley Artists Alliance Exhibiting Members and Plein Air Painters of Idaho Members are encouraged to team up for a collaborative opportunity for artists to work together and paint each other out in the world. The focus of this exhibition is mainly figurative artworks of creative people doing their creative work. This will culminate in an art exhibition called “Artists In The Wild” at Nampa Civic Center in the Spring of 2024.

Artists could face each other and paint each other and the background, or paint any other artist who is painting, or even pause and pose for each other, or bring a mirror outdoors to create a self-portrait. Artists Self Portraits and live model artworks, created indoors or out, will also be considered for this art exhibition.

PAPI meets every Wednesday at Edwards greenhouse at 10:00 a.m. this is a good opportunity for anyone who wants to get winter painting in without getting too cold. Treasure Valley Artists Alliance members are encouraged to check the PAPI Facebook group posts for events and may attend any PAPI painting meetups in preparation for this exhibition.

Creativity with the theme is always encouraged. We are asking for a maximum of 6 pieces per artist. Multiple artworks from a series are encouraged. Artist’s statement is very important. Please include an artist’s statement that details how each work is relevant to the theme (100 words or less). You may provide a separate artist’s biography or general statement (100 words or less). Our host, the Nampa Civic Center is a public all ages venue.

  • All mediums will be considered.
  • Nampa Civic Center has a glass case with space for displaying 3D sculptural Please provide pedestals or risers marked with your name and phone number.
  • Only family friendly subject matter will be considered.
  • This is a curated show with limited space. Not all submissions will be  accepted.

Application Procedure

TVAA members at the Exhibiting Artist membership level through the dates of this exhibition may submit for no additional fee. TVAA Artist or Student membership levels or PAPI Members are to pay a $15 submission fee. Non-members of either origination are to 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. 

  • Provide your name and contact information.
  • Please provide your artist’s social media handles and website links.
  • Please include title of work, medium, total dimensions including frame for each artwork, price or value (even if not for sale).
  • Please include an artist’s statement.
  • You may submit up to six digital images of original work(s).
  • See below for submission period and deadline.
  • Image files should be named as follows; artists last name followed by title and submission entry number (example: Smith_Hero_01.jpg)
  • Image files must be in JPG format and no larger than 2MB. Please see the article on Photo Tips for preparing quality photos of your artwork. High quality photos are strongly encouraged, since this is how your work  will be evaluated. There will also be an online version of this show using  the images you send in with your application. 
  • 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.
  • Click the Apply Now! button at the bottom of this page to begin your application. Submission confirmation email will be automatically sent. If  you do not receive this email, please contact curator or resubmit  application.


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 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 and Presentation

Each accepted artwork should be ready to hang with well securely mounted D-rings and framing wire. Sawtooth hangers are not acceptable. Read this article for information on professional framing and appropriate hanging devices. The Nampa Civic Center uses a hanging system of cables and hooks which will not work with other types of hanging devices. Pieces without appropriate hanging devices will not be installed. 

Frames need to be securely attached to artwork and in good condition. Unframed artworks, such as gallery-wrapped canvases, are acceptable as long as they have presentable edges (example: no visible staples).

Please contact curator in advance for special display needs, such as especially heavy artworks, electricity needs, etc.

 Delivery of Artwork

Accepted artwork must be dropped off during specified time and place (see  below). 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.


Each venue has specific policies regarding artwork sales, posting of prices  and artist’s contact information. Neither TVAA nor the Nampa Civic Center  will handle any sales. 

Artists may provide email contact information to be printed on gallery tags.  Artwork for sale will have the works labeled with the price as well as  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 artwork 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 can have a “red dot” on the label indicating the work has been sold. Purchases must be arranged by the individual artists and their buyers.

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2024 Submission of digital images begins
  • April 28, 2024 (EXTENDED) Midnight deadline for submission of digital images of original artwork
  • May 6, 2024 (EXTENDED)  Notification of accepted artworks emailed to artists
  • May 16, 2024 Accepted artwork delivered to Venue, 3–6PM
  • June 8, 2024 Artists Reception 7-9PM
  • September 26, 2024 Exhibition closes, pick up artwork at Nampa Civic Center between hours of 3-6PM