Ends on January 15, 2018

On Feb 24th, 2018, the Zootown Arts Community Center will celebrate small things with its 6th Annual {mini} Show Benefit at Missoula's historic Wilma Theater.  This gala event will bring together Missoula's creative community to celebrate all things mini, with a mini dessert competition/auction to a mini art exhibit with silent and live auctions, and more! We will also select several MEGA pieces to be auctioned off as well. You may submit to the "mini" category, the MEGA category or both. This is an important fundraiser for The Zootown Arts Community Center. Your donation supports year round programming and arts education for our community.

You are invited to submit your miniature or mega creation for this mini art show, which will be auctioned the night of the event, through silent auction (for most works) and a live auction for selected pieces. 
Important Dates:
Sunday, January 14th, 2018--Last day to submit
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018---notifications emailed
Saturday, January 27th, 2018---Last day to deliver artworks, ready to hang
Friday, February 9th, 2018----Second Friday Opening in the ZACC gallery
Saturday, February 24th,  2018----6th Annual "mini show" benefit at The Wilma

Submission Requirements:
Mini Works may be in any medium, but must be 12" x 12" x 12" or smaller INCLUDING THE FRAME. Artists may submit up to three separate works for consideration. Triptychs and Diptychs cannot be larger than 12" x 12" x12". Works will be jury selected. 

Mega works must measure at least 3 feet in at least one dimension. Any medium is welcome. Artists may submit up to three separate works for consideration. Works will be jury selected

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).  If your work is accepted, you are responsible for providing anything necessary to properly display your work.  Artwork on paper needs to be framed.  Only the works jury-selected will be considered for the show; you may not substitute.
Artist Benefits:
The choice to donate 50%, 75%, or 100% of final sale price
Artwork featured on the ZACC website and Facebook
All artists are invited to the "mini show" cocktail hour during our silent auction.
For a 100% donation: Opportunity to purchase 1 ticket for half price to the 6th annual "mini show" benefit. 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

 As part of the upcoming “Last Best Print Fest” the ZACC Printshop is hosting it’s eighth annual portfolio exchange. All printmakers are invited to submit an edition of 12 prints based on the theme "Lost and Found". 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 Community Art Gallery, April 13th through May 4th, as part of LBPF exhibition/silent auction (a fundraiser for the ZACC Printshop). The last will be retained as part of a complete set for the ZACC Printshop Archive. 
For this exchange we invite you to interpret the theme "Lost and Found" as narrowly or broadly as you want and submit your strongest and most compelling print. 
The exchange is open to all printmakers. Editions should consist of twelve impressions numbered 1/12 to 12/12, using any archival material. If you cannot make it to the ZACC to pick up your portfolio in person, include a self addressed stamped envelope, big enough for ten 11 x 14 inch prints.
Paper size: 11” x 14” - prints can be full bleed
Edition size: 12; numbered 1/12 to 12/12 (no proofs or editions larger than 12)
Media: All forms of printmaking are accepted.
Labeling: In pencil, clearly print artist’s name, title, and media on the back of each print.
Prints must be the original artwork of the submitting artist, and must be dry at the time of submission. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.
To participate in the Portfolio Exchange we require that you register through Submittable by March 26th  2018. 
Due Date:
Portfolios will be due by March 26th 2018. They can be submitted to The Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 North 1st. Missoula, MT. 59801.

Collated portfolios can be picked up on April 13th after 5:30 during our,  2nd Friday, Art Opening. Portfolios will be held at the ZACC for 1 month. All work that is not picked up in 1 month will be donated to the ZACC Print Shop.


April 13th -  Opening/Silent Auction  

Print Demo's at the ZACC times TBA

For more information contact Patricia Thornton 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.

Ends on July 31, 2018
The ZACC is always expanding our adult-ed offerings. If you have an idea for a class for our community art program and the skills to teach, please submit a proposal outlining your curriculum. We accept proposals for both evening and weekend workshops, and 5 week intensives. The ZACC is interested in workshops in a variety of disciplines including, visual, ceramic, sculpture, media, music, creative-writing, and drama. 

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.