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Decorous: Artwork Submission Guidelines

Call for Art, Deadline August 1

On behalf of Decorous, The Des Moines Arts Coalition, and The Des Moines Social Club, we are glad you are interested in participating in this unique experience. Decorous: Art and Poetry is a two day pop-up gallery and poetry reading hosted by The Des Moines Social Club. This event will feature Midwestern artists and acclaimed poets from around the country. Patrons will have the chance to view works of visual art during the poetry reading in order to heighten the image rich experience. Artists will be chosen by a juried submission and paired with poets based on cohesive elements between the poetry and the artwork submitted.


For work to be considered it must meet the following requirements

  • Artwork must be original

  • Work must have been executed in the last five years

  • Artist must create, reside, or exhibit in the Midwest

  • A minimum of six works must be submitted

  • An $18.00 admission fee is required at time of submission

  • Deadline: August 1st, 2014


For work to be exhibited it must meet the following requirements

  • Ready to be displayed securely and safely

  • Hanging wires only

  • 3D works must have a sturdy display base for presentation

2D and 3D work accepted within the following dimensions and requirements

  • 3 Dimensional work

    • All types of media are accepted

    • No larger than 36 inches in any direction

    • Mounted on a suitable base for display

    • Work cannot be excessively heavy or fragile

  • 2 Dimensional work

    • All types of media are accepted

    • No larger than 60 inches in any direction

    • Sturdy wire and ready to hang

Entry Procedures


  • Two images per work are permitted. Three-dimensional work may be represented by four images from different angles.

  • ALL images must be in .jpg format and Windows compatible.

  • All image files should be high resolution and sized at 1200 pixels on the longest dimension.

  • Save files as last name-first name JPG Example:smith-john-1.jpg

  • Make your last name, first name the subject line of your email.

  • Include the following for each piece you are submitting in the body of your email:

  • Last Name, First Name

  • Title

  • Dimensions

  • Price

  • Medium

  • Date of execution

Submit images and entry fee (via Paypal) to

Delivery of works is the responsibility of the artist if work is accepted. Dates of exhibit vary, beginning August 26th and 27th, September 23rd and 24th, October 28th and 29th, November 18th and 19th.