On March 9th, 2019, the Zootown Arts Community Center will celebrate its 7th Annual {mini} Show Benefit Auction at Missoula's historic Wilma Theater. This gala event brings together Missoula's creative community to celebrate all things mini. This year's festivities include mini and MEGA art exhibits with silent and live auctions, a mini dessert competition/auction, and more! 

You may submit to the "mini" category, the "MEGA" category or both. This is the ZACC's biggest fundraising celebration of the year. Your donations made to the mini show support year-round programming and arts education for our community.

Important Dates:

Sun, Jan. 20th - Last Day to Submit Artworks

Mon, Jan. 28th - Notifications Emailed

Tue, Jan. 29th - Sat, Jan. 2nd - 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.

Fri, Feb. 8th - Second Friday Opening @ the ZACC 

Sat, March 9th - "mini show" @ The Wilma

Submission Requirements:

In total, artists may submit up to three (3) separate works for consideration. Any medium is welcome. Works will be jury selected. 

Think small - Mini Works must not be larger than 12" in any direction, INCLUDING THE FRAME! Triptychs and Diptychs cannot be larger than 12" in any direction all together. Due to the size of our mini show easels, the ZACC will not except any work that does not follow these guidlines.

Or, think BIG - Mega works must measure at least 3 feet in at least one dimension. 

You may choose to give a 50%, 75%, or 100% donation of the final sale prices. Bidding will start at half the declared value (artists, please consider what your works have recently sold for in determining this. Minimum declared value is $100).   Only the works jury-selected will be considered for the show; you may not substitute.

Artist Benefits:

Inclusion in our 7th annual "mini show" group art exhibition and silent auction @ the ZACC.

Invitation to the "mini show" cocktail hour during our silent auction @ the Wilma Theater.

Artists who choose to donate 100% of sales have the opportunity to purchase one (1) half-price ticket, which includes cocktail hour and dinner, to the 7th annual "mini show" benefit auction. Reserve your half price tickets early, we have limited seats and the "mini show" sells out quickly.

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

The ZACC Gallery hosts a new artist each month, with an opening reception occurring each second Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

We have two gallery spaces optimal for artists.  

Our Main Gallery has a beautiful combination of a high ceilings, three crisp white walls, and a gorgeous brick wall with several windows that look out onto the railroad tracks. The 1500 square foot room has just the right ambiance for works of art and special events and has hosted many emerging and established artists over the years. Our Main Gallery doubles as our classroom space throughout the month, offering an array of viewers.

Our Hallway Gallery offers 2 crisp white walls and high ceilings. Our Hallway Gallery is one of the arterial pathways of the ZACC leading to our popular Paint Your Own Pottery studio as well as our Glass Fusing Studio.  Throughout the month works in the Hallway Gallery receive an eye-full by patrons, schools, and fellow artists.

Both galleries are uncurated, offering artists the chance to express themselves fully by choosing how to display their own work. We love artists who think outside the traditional and challenge the space to be used in different ways. We have had a graffiti artist spray paint our walls for an exhibition, a plexiglass installation, youth exhibitions as well as punk rock bands accompanying a traditional painter's work. We love group shows too. Our second Friday openings are always lively, vivid, and fun.

After Submitting you will receive an acceptance or a decline notification via email within one month of your submission date.  Depending on our existing shows and jury we may choose for you to showcase your work ether in the Hallway or the Main Gallery. 

Community Engagement - All artists are expected to present a gallery talk (or slide presentation) during the opening, or teach a two hr class in the discipling you are displaying the following Sat. Artist may do both. Artists supply all snacks and beverages.

To provide leadership, governance, and oversight to the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) in order to assure that the public’s interest are met and the mission fulfilled.


The ZACC is looking for creative, passionate, and strong community leaders to serve as volunteer board members. You must be willing to devote your time and energy to this dynamic and growing organization to help further our mission to deliver all ages arts education, foster sustainable community development, and promote accessible, life-enriching art experiences. We’re especially looking for individuals with financial experience, communications/marketing background, donor development, or previous board experience. 

Zootown Arts Community Center