The ZACC Four Giant Windows Gallery is welcoming all Missoulians who want to share artwork with our community that inspires hope through these interesting times. All works will be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper and then displayed staring next Monday, March 23. Images will also be shared on all social media sites. Keep your submissions coming. We hope to completely fill our windows and give you lost of options to fill yours!

Medium: Any

Please note this is a community project, and images that are deemed inappropriate or possibly offensive will not be featured. We appreciate and thank you for understanding!

Join us this summer for an interactive exhibit of art celebrating all things architectural in Missoula and Surrounding areas. Artists are invited to intemperate the theme Architectural Impressions as narrowly or broadly as they wish. The month long exhibition will feature 2 and 3d work, multi-media, and a series of lectures and events.
Everyone who submits is automatically accepted with this invite. Pictures of your work are not required but appreciated. Pictures will be used for promotional materials. All work will sell at the ZACC Gallery rate of 60% to the artist and 40% to the ZACC gallery.
Thank You!
Important Dates to add to your calendar:
Deadline to sign up: June 7th
Art Drop-off date June 28th
Opening Reception: Second Friday July 10th 5 - 8 pm
Artwork Pickup: Aug 3rd - 9th
Sign up on Submittable Wed Feb 27th - June 7th

The new ZACC at 216 W Main street in Downtown Missoula will have a small consignment shop representing a uniquely curated sample of local and regional artists and crafters. We are looking for 15 to 20 artists to consign their work in our little shop that will be within Missoula's thriving community art center receiving thousands of visitors per month. The shop will be opening for business in mid- October 2019.

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

 As part of the upcoming 2020 Last Best Print Fest, the ZACC Printshop is hosting its ninth annual portfolio exchange. All printmakers are invited to submit an edition of 12 prints based on the theme Covers. 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 Blackfoot Communications Art Lounge and Gallery inside the ZACC ( from May 1 through May 29), 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 design your own cover art.

Paper size // 12 X 12 in or smaller.  Think album, cd, cassette tape, 8 track tape, vhs or book  - prints can be full bleed




This 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 12 x 12 inch prints.


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, date 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 April 5th 2020



Due Date:

Portfolios will be due by April 19th. They can be submitted to The Zootown Arts Community Center, 216 W. Main St. Missoula, MT. 59802.


Collated portfolios can be picked up on May 29th during our LBPF closing event, between 4 -  6:30pm. Portfolios will be held at the ZACC for 1 month. All work that is not picked up will be donated to the ZACC Print Shop.  

For more information contact Patricia Thornton at

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, two or three 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.

Artists // Join the Zootown Arts Community Center's 2nd Annual Open Studios Missoula! 

Location 1 // The New ZACC // 216 W Main St // Blackfoot Communications Gallery
The ZACC will display one piece of artwork from every participating artist during our First Friday Open Studio Preview Reception. Artists names and studio addresses will be added to a map that guests will see via social media and a poster that will be distributed before the event. 

The Blackfoot Communications Gallery Info // The hanging system in the Blackfoot Communications Gallery requires that all work be framed and have a wire secured to the back that extends across the length of the piece. (No Tape!) Pieces should not be large than 18" x 24" and should not weigh more than 35lbs.

Opening Studio Preview Reception //  1st Friday // September 4 // 5-8 PM.

Location 2 // Your Studio! 

Open Studios // Saturday, September 5 // 11 AM – 4 PM
Missoula Open Studios provides an intimate view into the artist’s life and studio. Guests will be able to see where and how ideas are conceived and developed. When visiting an artist’s studio, the creative process becomes apparent and is unique to each artist. It provides a personal, individualized experience, unlike the setting of a typical gallery show. This is what makes our event so special. 

Missoula has a burgeoning community of artists and craftspeople working in traditional and contemporary media. Here’s your chance to meet artists in their work environments, get insights into how and what they create, and take home a painting, sculpture, a piece of handcrafted furniture, or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

Guests will be engaged, inspired, and on occasion, challenged by the art. They’ll see finished art, works-in-process, and art installations in home studios, artists’ buildings, historic structures, galleries, and storefronts. Some open studios provide demonstration, live music and/or refreshments. All open studios are free to the public.

FEE $35 

Everyone who submits is automatically accepted. High quality jpeg images of your work are not required but appreciated. Images will be used for promotional materials.

Registration Deadline // August 1, 2020

Artwork for Open Studio Exhibition Due by Sunday August 23!

ARTIST MARKETING TOOLS // The ZACC provides advertising, publicity and social media   outreach, but participating artists are all expected to be part of the publicity team!
Posters //  The ZACC will produce a poster with all "Open Studio" artists names and address listed.
Evites & Newsletters // The ZACC will send out “Open Studio” info that you can forward to your email contacts.
Social Media // Follow us on Facebook, and Instagram

ONGOING PREPARATION // Keep your mailing list up to date. Keep an eye out for people   who you want on your postcard and email list. Have your artwork professionally photographed, or plan to do it yourself. Make notes of things you like and don’t like at exhibits and open studios you attend. Take note of display elements that might work for you, or the way things are arranged on a wall or in a room. Look at prices for comparable work. Do you feel comfortable about where your prices are set in relation to others? Keep notes of blogs you like, where you might like to be featured, and make a record of their contact and submission information. Keep an eye out for publications where you might want to advertise. Gather their information. Often print ad deadlines are months ahead of publication.
Any PR opportunities? Write an article or press release that highlights your special story.
Create a budget for your event. Consider display material, lighting, postcards/postage, studio improvements, food and beverage, cups and service, hired help, and anything else that you can think of. It should be a number that you are comfortable with. Thinking it through early will keep you from being caught off guard by unplanned expenses.
Consider any major changes you'd like to make to your studio. Open Studios is a great excuse to dream and manifest magic in your workspace.
Pool your resources! Are you showing with other artists? Now is the time to organize and divvy up tasks. Will you be marketing as a group? Will you create a Facebook Event together? A postcard together?
Do you need to order any finishing or framing materails?

Do you know which pieces you're going to show?
Has all the artwork you plan on showing been photographed?
Update your website and/or online presence

Design your own postcard and have it printed early!
Start announcing your OS plans on social media.
Attend events like, First Friday. Remind people Open Studios is coming up. Bring your cards!
What's left to get the artwork ready?
What's left to get the studio ready?
Are you prepared to make sales by check or credit card?
Contact your email list and invite them to Save the Date for your Open Studios weekend and First Friday Opening reception at The ZACC.

Create a Facebook event, a blog post, Tweet, etc.
Mail your postcards to your mailing list.
Exchange postcards with other artists. Keep stacks in your studio for visitors. Facebook, Twitter, blog about it, etc.
Promote your friends’ Open Studios on your social media, and encourage them to do the same. The more awareness there is, the better it is for everybody!
Clean your studio, store away personal items and valuables, & de-clutter.
Paint walls, hang art.
Shop for non-perishable food and beverages.
Invite your neighbors. If they're not home, leave a postcard at their door!
Don't have a sandwich board? Make one!
Print your bio, artist statement, pricelists, & labels.
Make sure you have petty cash for making change.
E-mail your list - a reminder: "It's this weekend!"
FRIDAY – Opening Reception

Go out for coffee in the morning and bring your postcards to distribute.
Place your sandwich board or signage and balloons out front.
Arrange for a friend to relieve you during the day for a quick break. Don't forget to eat!
Downtime? Post social media post about the day so far; take pictures with your visitors. If you're too busy, awesome!
Enjoy your guests. Breathe. Be brilliant.
Add new contacts to your mailing list and send them thank you letters.
Make notes of what worked and what didn't for your next Open Studios event.
Compile any data you may have gathered about how people heard about your Open Studio to use in planning your next marketing effort.
Go make more art!

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