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The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is conducting a call for artists residing in southern New Mexico and El Paso to submit work for a juried online exhibit titled Metaphor for a Virus, Response to the Current Global Pandemic.  We  will continue accepting entries until August 2021.  The online gallery is hosted on the DAAC web page; to see the Metaphor for a Virus gallery, click HERE

Submission details:  For an entry fee of $5, artists may submit up to three digital images.  The entry fee may be paid to DAAC via check (mail to PO Box 1721, Las Cruces, NM 88004) or credit card (pay the entry fee as a “donation” HERE  .

Digital submissions may be sent via email to  All images must reflect original work, and the artist must own the copyright. Please include, title, dimensions, medium, and a short bio or statement (1 paragraph). Work may be listed for sale, with all sales transactions exclusively between the artist and buyer.  Artists are asked to please consider a 20% donation to DAAC on all exhibition sales.

Digital Image Requirements: JPEG, 72 DPI, 1200 pixels on the long side.  Max size is 1MB.

For additional information, call Karen Conley at 575-523-6403 or e-mail her at

DAAC Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, summarized the inspiration for this exhibit with the following statement: “Sometimes the changes we see in our lives are clearest with 20/20 hindsight. This year, coincidentally the year 2020, includes changes that we are painfully conscious of as they occur. Certainly, we will see more when we look back on this time from some point in the future; still, the experience now is quite profound.”

Smith continued, “Metaphor for a Virus is one of the ways Doña Ana Arts Council is seeking to make the arts a positive part of what we are experiencing.  Let us find knowledge, growth, and art with which to share what we are seeing.  Let us be more for what we have seen and what we have survived.”

According to DAAC Program Manager and exhibit organizer, Karen Conley, “At some point, we hope to organize a live show. As you can imagine, there are other galleries and art organizations across the nation and the world wrestling with how to keep moving forward with shows and promoting artists.”

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