Opportunities for Art Educators

The New Mexico and West Texas Art Educator Exhibition honors the contributions of art educators throughout New Mexico and West Texas by featuring their artwork in the Runnels Gallery. The gallery invites all art and design teachers to participate in this important exhibition.

Art educators help students develop creative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills by studying techniques, materials, and art’s historical and social implications.

Art educators provide students with an environment where they can explore their mode of expression and are only limited by how far their imagination will take them.

"... the arts have been an inseparable part of the human journey; indeed, we depend on the arts to carry us toward the fullness of our humanity. We value them for themselves, and because we do, we believe knowing and practicing them is fundamental to the healthy development of our children's minds and spirits. That is why, in any civilization - ours included - the arts are inseparable from the meaning of the term 'education.' We know from long experience that no one can claim to be truly educated who lacks basic knowledge and skills in the arts."
–National Standards for Arts Education

New Mexico and West Texas Art Educator Submission Form


Any New Mexico or West Texas public or private school art teacher or individual who offers private art lessons can enter the exhibition.

Entry Fee and Number of Submissions Permitted

Entry fees are not collected for this exhibition. Artists may submit only one piece of art.

Important Exhibition Dates

Friday, Sept. 8, 2023 Submission deadline
Friday, Sept. 15, 2023 Artwork is to be received by the gallery by 5 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 25, 2023 The exhibition opens to the public
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Public reception
Friday, Oct. 27, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. The exhibition closes to the public

Media, Content, and Acceptance into the Exhibition

All media types are welcome. Artwork must be original, completed within three years of the entry deadline, and may have yet to be previously shown at the Runnels Gallery.

There is no set theme to this exhibition. The gallery supports free artistic expression. However, content limitations include defamation, fighting words, hate speech, obscenity, child pornography, and material that presents a “clear and present danger.” Artwork that presents one or more of these areas will not be accepted.

The gallery reserves the right to refuse any unfinished work, work not gallery-ready, or work delivered after the deadline. Accepted pieces must remain on display until the close of the exhibition and be claimed within 30 days. If artwork is unclaimed, it will become the property of Eastern New Mexico University.

Size and Restrictions

Artwork must be stable and capable of fitting through a standard doorway. Artwork that requires suspension from the ceiling, water, perishable food, or electricity is prohibited.

Delivery of Work

Artists are solely responsible for delivering and retrieving their work and any cost incurred. The artist's name, title, medium, and price information must be legible and secured to the back of the work.

Artwork may be delivered by appointment or shipped to:

ENMU Runnels Gallery
1500 S Avenue K
Station 41
Portales, NM 88130

Presentation Ready Requirements

All work must be finished at the time of delivery. Presentation standards include:

  • Submitted Two–Dimensional Work
    • Work must be matted and framed. Suggested frame colors are white, black or silver. Suggested matte colors are white, black, charcoal or gray.
    • Mounting to board, wood, or metal with imagery flush to all four edges is acceptable and does not require framing
    • Paintings with large wooden stretchers and painted canvas overlap do not require framing.
    • Secure wire hanging or French cleats only.
    • No saw tooth hardware permitted.
  • Submitted Three–Dimensional Work
    • Work must be stable.
    • Work requiring custom stands for presentation must be provided by the artist at delivery time.

How to Submit Work to the Exhibition

Artists may submit their work for this exhibition using the gallery's online submission form below. In addition to the standard biographical information, the following information must be included:

  • Title
  • Media
  • Sales price (if for sale)
  • Framed dimensions (inches only; height by width; height by width by depth)
  • 50 to 75-word artist statement describing or explaining the concept, the process, materials used, the goal of the project, etc.
  • A current headshot (JPEG files only, 150 resolution minimum)
  • Please consider the following recommendations to capture an art piece in a photograph best:
    • Artwork should be adequately lit. Lighting that is too bright or too dark can negatively affect colors, diminish or hide detail and may create the inability to clearly and accurately see the work.
    • When lighting artwork, glare can be avoided by removing glass or other protective elements in front of the artwork. Adjusting the angle of the artwork, camera, or light source can also reduce glare.
    • Artwork should be level and positioned in the center of the photograph.
    • Two-dimensional works must be photographed to omit matting and framing.
    • Three-dimensional works must be photographed using a neutral background and stable surface. Consider using a light box to photograph three-dimensional work.
    • Photographs should be focused properly.
    • Adjust camera's image quality setting to "fine" or the highest resolution possible.
    • File format must be JPEG.

New Mexico and West Texas Art Educator Submission Form


Eastern New Mexico University will exercise due care in handling all artwork submitted. ENMU, the Runnels Gallery, Golden Student Success Center, or any of their agents will not be responsible for any artwork lost or damaged, whether on display, in storage, or in transit to or from the artist. All accepted artwork must remain on display until the close of the exhibition. ENMU assumes the right to photograph any work for catalog or publicity purposes and to use the artist's name. The artwork submitted to this exhibit will be understood to imply agreement and consent on the artist's part with the conditions set forth here. I agree to the liability clause and abide by all the rules and stipulations this exhibition outlines.