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Fellowships for Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts 2021 

Please stay tuned to this webpage for updates regarding the timeline for Writers Week Fellowship submissions.  We typically award six fellowships in early spring for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction entries.  Application for Fellowship consideration requires a 10-page work sample and, by submitting work, you confirm that you will attend the 2021 Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts if selected. The Writers Week Fellowship covers tuition, meals and housing on campus. Recipients are responsible for their own transportation to and from Idyllwild, CA. Applicants must be over 18 years of age. For complete information about the program, and before submitting work, see: www.idyllwildarts.org/writersweek


November 6-29, 2020

  • Friday, September 18: Theme Show submissions open
  • Tuesday, October 27, 11:59pm: Deadline for artwork and statements to be submitted
  • Thurs-Fri, October 29-30: Jurying
  • Monday, November 2: Artwork selections announced (if not earlier)
  • Mon-Fri, November 2-5: Virtual installation on website
  • November 6: Exhibit "opens" and awards announced at VA Friday Meeting
  • November 30: Theme show pages moved to Past Exhibits for continual viewing. 

(all dates and times shown in PDT/PST timezone.  Please adjust for your individual timezone!)


The annual Visual Arts Student Theme Show is a highly anticipated exhibit that showcases the talents of Idyllwild Arts Academy's (IAA) Visual Arts students across a variety of mediums.  Central to the excitement of this show, students select the theme around which artwork is created for jurying and consideration of awards.  Guidelines for entry -

  • Open to all currently enrolled students (2020-21) in the Visual Arts Department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, as well as students in other majors (e.g., InterArts) IF currently enrolled in at least one visual arts course.
  • Artwork in all mediums is encouraged, including 3D, 2D and digital.  Submitted artwork must have been created while enrolled at IAA, not over the summer or prior to entering the Academy.  Work created while in virtual IAA courses is accepted.  
  • New Work Only! Artwork must not have been submitted or displayed in previous Visual Arts Theme Shows or any other prior exhibit (e.g., last year's Junior Show).
  • Each artist may submit up to two (2) pieces addressing the theme as they interpret it.  Artists who collaborate on pieces may still enter two of their own works, for a total of three (3) entries. 
  • Each entry may include up to ten (10) images of a single artwork to capture different angles.
  • All artwork entries must include an artist statement (ranging from a few sentences to a few paragraphs), or it will be eliminated from jurying.
  • Artwork found to have been copied or plagiarized from another artist will be eliminated from jurying.
  • Please be advised that the exact artwork files and artist statement text you upload to this form for jurying, will be the same files used in the virtual exhibit.  There will not be an opportunity to submit additional, or alternate files later. 

This exhibit will be hosted virtually on the Parks Exhibition Center microsite.

***If submitting more than one artwork for jurying, you must submit each piece separately, not in the same form.***


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Dr. Lauren Cross is an interdisciplinary artist/filmmaker, curator, and scholar whose work has been screened and exhibited across the country. Cross earned her BA (2006') in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, the American International University in London, England, and her MFA (2010') in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She has a Ph.D in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX (2017').

Cross' feature film, The Skin Quilt Project, was an official selection for the 2010 International Black Women's Film Festival in Berkeley, CA and screened at various museums, universities/colleges, and community organizations across the country. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in the arts, and has written and contributed research in fields of women's studies, visual studies, and multicultural studies. In 2013, Cross was among three Fort Worth artists selected for the 2013 Fort Worth Weekly Visionary Awards.

Lauren currently teaches in the College of Visual Arts and Design at University of North Texas-Denton, and serves as the program coordinator and core faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies program. Her research addresses interdisciplinary topics within the visual arts and design, including critical theory, social practice, art entrepreneurship/arts administration, curatorial studies/museum studies, multiculturalism, and women's and gender studies.


Detailed information about the 2020 Visual Arts Theme Show, including how to write an artist statement and tips on photographing your artwork from home, can be found on this Idyllwild Arts padlet.  Please review for helpful information that will guide you in this submissions process!


Contact Cristie, Parks Exhibition Center Manager, if you have any questions about the show  >>> Email: cristies@idyllwildarts.org

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