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Statewide Annual

2019: Mixed media & works on paper


The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Mixed Media & Works on Paper, Craft, Photography, Video & Digital works, and Painting & Sculpture. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibition. A $1,000 best in show award is given to one artist, as well as six $600 jurors’ awards. Jurors also select two honorable mentions. New this year: People’s Choice Award. Call opens September 20 – October 20, 2019.

2019 Jurors

emily endo, joshua tree, CA

Emily Endo (née Nachison) was born in San Diego, California in 1984. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. She has been included in exhibitions across the country at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), New Mexico State University Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), and University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary (Reno, NV). In 2018 she was awarded a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland, Oregon). Endo was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Artist Residency (Wassaic, NY) and the Kutztown University Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery (Kutztown, PA) in 2016. She has lectured at the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI), and School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Frontrunner Magazine, and Bad at Sports. From 2013-2018 Endo served as the Fibers Department Chair at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (Portland, OR). She is currently the co-director of Dust to Dust gallery and the High Desert Observatory. Endo lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA.


Jason Franz, Cincinnati, OH

Jason Franz is a Cincinnati, Ohio based artist, educator, curator, and founding director of the non-profit arts organization Manifest. As a Cincinnati native, Franz attended the then museum-school Art Academy of Cincinnati receiving his BFA degree with honors in 1988. He returned to academia in 1996 to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, receiving his MFA in 1998. From 1997 through 2002 he developed and taught new courses for both the Art Academy of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati in the fields of both art and design. In 2002 he was appointed to head the painting and drawing programs at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He spent two years rebuilding these programs, solidifying his teaching philosophy, and laying the philosophical ground-work for Manifest. In 2006, as Manifest was up and running under his continued volunteer-directorship, he was invited to return to the University of Cincinnati to teach drawing in the School of Design. In 2012 he shifted all his time towards Manifest, working to build its board of directors, add programs and staff, and pave the way for the gallery expansion in fall of 2013, and Drawing Center expansion in 2016.
As an artist and educator Jason Franz is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a Xavier University Faculty Development Grant, two Darwin Turner teaching awards from the University of Cincinnati, and three Summerfair Individual Artist Grants. In 2009 he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He is a five-time Independent Publishers Association (IPPY) award recipient for his work on Manifest Press’s Exhibition Annual, International Drawing Annual, and International Photography Annual publications. Jason has published articles on drawing and given lectures, panel talks, and presentations about Manifest, the philosophy and practice of art, and drawing as an art form across the U.S., and continues to exhibit his drawings nationally.


Upcoming Media Categories

2020: Painting & Sculpture

Painting: This category accepts work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface where painting is the primary medium. Sculpture: This category accepts work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations (dependent on feasibility in gallery).

2021: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital

Craft: This category accepts work in all forms of craft, including but not limited to, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, and book arts. Photography: This category accepts work in traditional photography or any work in which photography or photographic techniques are the primary media. Video/Digital: This category includes film, video, and digital based works but does not include narrative or documentary film.



Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts Coordinator


Lisa Greenhalgh
Visual Arts