Open Call for Artwork by ASLD members

Exhibition Dates: November 3-December 10, 2023

Location: Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2023 | 5:30-8:00PM

Call for Entry: October 9-15, 2023

Artwork Dropoff: October 17-23, 2023 | 8:30AM – 6:30PM

Many celebrations occur worldwide during the last few months of the Gregorian calendar year. One common aspect these holidays share is that they encourage an aspect of decorating, embellishing, adorning, or some form of ornamentation. The dictionary defines ornamentation as: things added to something to provide decoration; the action of decorating something or making it more elaborate. Lights, beads, jewels, candles, sweets, gift boxes, and piñatas are just a few examples. We decorate our homes, embellish presents, and adorn ourselves in sequins or even “ugly Christmas sweaters” for the holiday office party. What occasions do you celebrate, embellish, and adorn for? Can’t think of one? Make one up! This exhibit aims to explore the art and design of ornamentation through processes, practices, methods and possibilities.

Ornamentation is a multidisciplinary, open-call show for active members of ASLD. Only one submission per artist will be accepted. Emphasis for this exhibit will be placed on 3D works, with a limited number of 2D works accepted as space allows.  The holiday salon provides patrons an opportunity to purchase original art for the holiday gift-giving season. Artwork submitted for this exhibition can be available for sale at the artist’s discretion, with ASLD retaining a 40% commission on sales.  Artwork should be priced for holiday gift-giving and may not exceed $250.00. The submission form is available online October 9 through October 15, 2023.  Submission form will close when there is no longer space available.


For any questions or concerns regarding submission or the drop-off process, please refer to the Artwork Loan Agreement Form or contact Holly K. Hurd, Community Engagement & Exhibitions Manager at h.hurd@asld.org or call (303)778-6990 ext. 1108.

  • Each artist must complete the Open Call Entry and Label forms here for entry online or in-person at the Registration office at time of drop-off.
  • Please attach a photo of your piece with your online submission form.
  • Art work should not exceed dimensions of 12x12x12
  • Work must be ready-to-hang or install.
  • Pedestals will be provided if necessary. Any additional equipment needed for display must be provided by the artist.
  • All photographs or works on paper must be framed.
  • NO plastic frames. Black or neutral toned frames only.
  • Frames must be in good condition.
  • Works on canvas must be framed or have gallery-wrapped, finished edges with no visible staples.
  • Hanging wire must be firmly attached to the back with screw-eyes or D-rings Wire should not exceed the top of the frame.
  • NO saw-tooth hangers.
  • It is recommended that submitted works are wrapped in protective material such as paper or bubble-wrap (wrapping will not be returned).
  • Submissions that do not meet theme and/or submission guidelines of the exhibit will be excluded at the discretion of ASLD and / or exhibition curator.

Artwork may be dropped off at ASLD’s Registration Office between Tuesday, October 17 and Sunday, October 22 between 8:30-6:30PM.