Laura Grace Barrett Residency Program

Laura Grace Barrett Printmaking residencies are available from 1 week - 3 months depending on the needs of the artist. The ZACC’s selection committee will choose new residents throughout the year depending on availability. The selections are based on the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of work, background, and stage of career development. 

Resident Benefits

Long and Short-term Residents work alongside our Community Artists and receive 24 -hour access to the ZACC Print Shop, semi-private studio space (approximately 125 sq. ft.), a locker, flat file space, plus advice & assistance from printshop manager and printmaking community.

Paid Opportunities

Resident artists are encouraged to teach classes as a way to share their knowledge and experiences, as well as to interact with our local Missoula community. 

More Opportunities

Residents are encouraged to put work up for sale in our sales gallery, and all long-term residents are invited to present a solo exit show near the end of their residency.

Expectations

The ZACC expects that each resident will contribute approximately 5 hours a week in studio and gallery maintenance. This contribution may include such general studio tasks as cleaning and organizing the studio, gallery assistance , assisting with studio improvements, and performing other duties and special projects as needed. Residents are also asked to assist with the production of fundraising events and are often called upon to offer technical or creative advice to studio artists, interns, and students. 

Printmaking Disciplines Supported

screen printing, intaglio, relief, monotype, collagraph, mixed media, and letterpress and experimental practices. 

LGB Printshop Equipement   

Monarch Letterpress

4 color Odyssey 4400 screen printing press

5 portable screen printing presses

Vactor LED Vacuum Exposure Unit w/ digital timer

Eco Dunk Tank

Poly Backlit Washout Sink w/ backlight system

Laguna Etching Press Model 2648   26” x 48”  Bedplate

Conrad Press 16” x 32” Bedplate

And

water baths, tear bar, spatulas, large work tables, inking table, felts, squeegees, brayers, carving tools, rags, oil for cleanup, drying racks, clean towels, screen coater, screen cleaner.


Residents are responsible for all other materials needed to complete prints. 



MMIW Art Call

In May the ZACC will be holding a visual art show in our Main Gallery centered around the observance of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Opening on May 5, 2022, the show will be displayed through the month of May. All submissions will be juried by an Indigenous Art Counsel.

Submission Description 

Artist who submit to this show may choose to submit previous work that fulfills the call (see description of possible themes below), or may choose to submit representative work from their catalog, with the intention of creating new work to fulfill the call. If you would like to create new work for this show, please make note of that in the title section and include photos of similar work to be juried. Your submission will be juried based on your previous work.

Call Description

The show aims to hold the space for artists of Indigenous experience to show work of protest in whatever way they see fit. Sometimes art of protest incorporates symbols of revolt such as the red handprint that has come to symbolize the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Movement. Other times art of protest looks like visual expressions of anger or sadness, or sometimes even defiant acts of radical joy and pride in the midst of grief and fear. Any and all of these forms of protest would be welcome submissions to this show.

Artists are welcome to submit up to 6 pieces of work, though we may have to limit the number of pieces hung by each artist in the show depending on the number of applicants.  

Artists get 60% of proceeds from the show, the ZACC gets the remaining 40%.

Deadline to apply: Feb 20

Artist Notification of Acceptance: Feb 28

Art Drop Off Deadline: April 4-29

Gallery Opening: May 6

Pull-a-Card Collective Tarot Art Show

      Juried Art Show // October 7 - 30

The first annual “Pull-a-Card Collective Tarot Art Show” is a unique opportunity for community members and artists to explore and create their own version of a tarot card from the Major Arcana. This show is unique as it acts as both an artistic exploration of the Tarot and an Oracle for the Artist. The show will be displayed in the Blackfoot Gallery for the month of October 2022, with fun opening night events- Stay tuned for more info on that!

There are only 21 spots in this show, so sign up fast,  once all the cards are full, the show is filled!

How it Works

Once accepted to participate in the show via Submittable, a card will be pulled for you. You will receive an email of your Tarot card and a reminder of important dates and requirements. Once you have received your card, we invite you to explore and interpret the card to your heart’s desire. Our only requirements are that it be a 2-Dimensional medium, such as a painting or a print that we can hang from our hanging system. 

Submission Rules

  • Sign up through Submittable for a chance to receive an email with your Tarot Card, pulled by the Oracle.
  • All submissions must be 2-dimensional.
  • Size //  11” x 14” or smaller.  
  • Medium // All 2D media is allowed (Painting, screen print, mixed media, etc.)
  •  We use a hanging system for the Blackfoot Communications Gallery. Artwork will hang from a hook attached to a wire. Because of this all works must be framed and wired for hanging to professional standards. Use D-rings and weight-appropriate wire that is not visible when the work is hung.
  • Example of how to use D rings // https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+use+d+rings+for+hanging+pictures&oq=how+to+usae+D+rings&aqs=chrome.5.69i57j0i13l7j0i13i30j0i8i13i30.17736j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_3L3EYYrrA4Kv0PEPv46JwAw15
  • Please add a press quality image of your work through this site when it's completed. Pictures will be used for promotional materials and our online gallery.

       *Please let us know if you are having difficulties getting high quality images of your work,

         we’re here to help!

                  (any phone made after 2020 will take an adequate picture for press)

  • All work will sell at the ZACC gallery's standard rate of 60% to the artist and 40% to the ZACC gallery.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline // July 1st 
  •  Drop off work //  August 31st 
  • Opening Reception // First Friday Oct 7th // 5 - 8pm
  • Pick up unsold work Oct 31 - Nov 13

Contact Info

For any questions, please reach out to Krystal Wolf at krystalvonwolf@gmail.com.

The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) has a consignment shop representing a uniquely curated sample of local and regional artists and crafters. We are always looking for artists to consign their work in our shop, which is located in the heart of Missoula at 216 W Main Street and receives thousands of visitors annually.

Artists who are interested in consigning their work should fill out the consignment application form and upload 3 to 5 photos representing the work.

Submitted work will be screened for quality, originality, and compatibility with the ZACC's space and other items in the shop.

We are looking for fun and interesting artistic creations of all kinds including but not limited to ceramics, jewelry, art, cards, T-shirts, bags, trinkets, etc.

The shop will operate on a standard consignment commission rate of 60/40. Artists will be paid 60% while the ZACC will retain 40%.

Accepted artists will need to sign and abide by the consignment contract.

Artists will be paid monthly for any items sold and will be responsible for bringing in new items and keeping the ZACC shop well stocked.


On April 2, 2022, the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) will celebrate its 10th Annual Mini Show Benefit Auction in the newly renovated Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. For our beloved Mini Show's 10-year anniversary, we've secured this giant, beautifully updated space in order to share the celebration with everyone who has helped us achieve this milestone. The 2022 Mini Show will be the most accessible Mini Show ever, both for attendees and for folks unable to make it. Artists who choose to donate 100% of sales will be offered two second floor gallery tickets (dinner not included), or one first floor dinner ticket. Please reserve tickets early. Artists who choose to donate 75% or 50% of sales will be offered one second floor gallery ticket (dinner not included). We will continue using our new online auction platform (so the silent auction will be accessible to anyone – whether they attend or not). 

This live gala event will be a true celebration of the past 10 years, and will include live entertainment from a cast composed of longtime supporters and new friends, a silent and live auction, a cash bar, a catered dinner, a dessert auction, and more! The Mini Show is the ZACC's largest fundraising event of the year. Art donations made to the Mini Show support year-round arts programming and education for the Missoula community and its visitors. With your help, we hope this year will boast the most incredible catalog of local and regional art yet!  

Important dates to add to your calendar

  • Sunday, February 27, 2022 // Last day to submit Artworks (early submissions with press quality jpegs are appreciated for press releases and social media campaigns)
  • Friday, March 4, 2022 // Acceptance notifications emailed
  • Sat, March 5 through Saturday, March 12 // Deliver Artworks
    All artwork must be framed and ready to hang. If you need a shelf or a pedestal please let us know in advance.
  • 3rd Friday, March 18 // Opening Reception @ the ZACC 
  • 3rd Friday, March 18 // Online Auction Opening
  • Saturday, April 2 // Mini Show @ the Commercial Building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds
  • Submission Requirements
    Artists are invited to submit ANY size artwork. In total, artists may submit up to three (3) separate works for consideration. Any medium is welcome. Works will be jury selected. No Triptychs or Diptychs.  

    Artists may choose to give a 50%, 75%, or 100% donation of the final sale prices. Bidding will start at half the declared value. Please consider what your works have recently sold for in determining this. We have a big building with big exciting goals so don't please don't be shy about pricing your work for what it is worth. MINI-MUM (haha) declared value is $100. Only the works jury-selected will be considered for the show; you may not substitute.

    Artist Benefits
    Inclusion in our 10th Annual Mini Show group Art Exhibition and Silent Auction @ the ZACC and online (silent auction bidding online only). Artists who choose to donate 100% of sales will be offered two second floor gallery tickets (dinner not included), or one first floor dinner ticket. Please reserve tickets early. Artists who choose to donate 75% or 50% of sales will be offered one second floor gallery ticket (dinner not included).


    For additional questions please email Gallery Director Patricia Thornton at patricia@zootownarts.org.

LBPF 2022
Second Friday // July 8 through July 31

Featured Artist // Jace Laakso

Theme // Shadows

About Last Best Print Fest:
Last Best Print Fest is an annual month-long event devoted entirely to the wonderful world of printmaking, and is a fundraiser for the ZACC’s Public Print Shop. Each LBPF we feature a local print artist, host a portfolio exchange and print auction, and provide free print demos.


About LBPF Gallery Event & Portfolio Exchange:
As part of the upcoming 2022 Last Best Print Fest, the ZACC Print Shop is hosting its 11th Annual Portfolio Exchange. All printmakers are invited to submit an edition of 12 prints based on the theme "Shadows". Of the edition of twelve, ten of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process. One print will be on display in the ZACC Main Gallery, as part of the LBPF exhibition/silent auction. The last will be retained as part of a complete set for the ZACC Print shop Archive.


How to submit/participate:
To participate in the Portfolio Exchange we require that you register through Submittable.


Requirements for Prints:
·  This exchange is open to all printmakers and all forms of printmaking.
·  Each printmaker will make one (1) edition of twelve (12) prints.
·  Editions must contain twelve prints numbered 1/12 to 12/12.
·  Prints must be printed on archival material.
·  Prints must be 11 in. (wide) by 14 in. (high) or smaller.
·  Each print must be labeled on the back with the artist’s name, title, date and media.
·  Prints must be dry upon delivery to the ZACC.
.  Slip-sheet between each print with interleaving, glassine, or newsprint
.  Wrap entire portfolio in paper
The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.


Important Dates & Deadlines:
·  Submittable registration deadline // May 31, 2022
·  Portfolio drop off deadline // June 26, 2022
·  Opening Reception // Second Friday July 8, 2022 from 5-8 PM
·  Closing Date // July 31, 2022
.  Portfolio pickup // July 8 after 5 PM - July 31, 2022
·  Closing Event // July 30
*Portfolios not picked up by this date become property of the ZACC.


Show Promotion:
If you would like your image to be used for virtual and printed promotional materials, please submit press quality images with your Submittable application. 


How to Drop Off Print Portfolios:
Portfolio's can be dropped off at the ZACC Monday through Friday 10am-6pm or Sunday 12-4pm.
Portfolio's can also be shipped to this address:
Zootown Arts Community Center, 216 W. Main St. Missoula, MT 59802
If you would like your collated portfolio shipped please include a self addressed stamped-envelope, big enough for ten 11 x 14 inch prints.


For Additional Information:
Please contact Patricia Thornton at patricia@zootownarts.org with any additional questions.

Established in 2010, the ZACC houses three community art galleries. All three galleries provide space for artists to examine new visual narratives and engage deeply with visual arts while exploring the diversity and vitality of the arts in Western Montana and beyond. All media are welcome including: printmaking. installation, music, ceramics, dance, poetry, painting, media arts, sculpture, fiber arts, encaustics, and glass. Gallery exhibitions are accompanied with programming and a reception when applicable. 

What you need: gallery proposal, artist statement, artist bio and press-quality jpegs of your work.

ZACC Main, and Youth Galleries are available for monthly solo or group shows.

The Blackfoot Gallery is available for one or two month blocks. 

Community Engagement Opportunities: Gallery Walks, Gallery Talks, Artist Workshops and or Demonstrations are encouraged. 

Accept or Decline notifications will be sent within one month from submission date. If your proposal is accepted we will arrange a meeting and review a ZACC Gallery Contract and select all meaningful dates for your show.

Zootown Arts Community Center