Statewide Annual

2020: Painting & Sculpture


The Statewide Annual theme rotates between Painting & Sculpture, Mixed Media & Works on Paper, and Craft, Photography, Video & Digital works. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state artists or arts professionals who travel to the Rio Gallery to jury the exhibition. Jurors select one $1,000 best in show award, six $600 jurors’ awards and two honorable mentions. One People’s Choice Award is selected by the public.

Our 2020 Statewide Annual Exhibition submissions, jury, and exhibition will all be conducted digitally. Guidelines and call for entries dates are forthcoming.

2019 Jurors

emily endo, joshua tree, CA

Emily Endo (née Nachison) was born in San Diego, California in 1984. She received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Her mixed-media work has been included in exhibitions across the country at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland, OR), New Mexico State University Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), and University of Nevada Sheppard Contemporary (Reno, NV). In 2018 she was awarded a Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland, Oregon). Endo was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Artist Residency (Wassaic, NY) and the Kutztown University Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery (Kutztown, PA) in 2016. She has lectured at the American Craft Council (Minneapolis, MN), Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI), and School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). Her work has been featured in American Craft Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Art Ltd. Magazine, Frontrunner Magazine, and Bad at Sports. From 2013-2018 Endo served as the Fibers Department Chair at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (Portland, OR). She is currently the co-director of Dust to Dust gallery and the High Desert Observatory. Endo lives and works in Joshua Tree, CA.


Jason Franz, Cincinnati, OH

Jason Franz is a Cincinnati, Ohio based artist, educator, curator, and founding director of the non-profit arts organization Manifest. As an artist and educator Jason Franz is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a Xavier University Faculty Development Grant, two Darwin Turner teaching awards from the University of Cincinnati, and three Summerfair Individual Artist Grants. In 2009 he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. He is a five-time Independent Publishers Association (IPPY) award recipient for his work on Manifest Press’s Exhibition Annual, International Drawing Annual, and International Photography Annual publications. Jason has published articles on drawing and given lectures, panel talks, and presentations about Manifest, the philosophy and practice of art, and drawing as an art form across the U.S., and continues to exhibit his drawings nationally.


Upcoming Media Categories

2020: Painting & Sculpture

Painting: This category accepts work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface where painting is the primary medium. Sculpture: This category accepts work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations (dependent on feasibility in gallery).

2021: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital

Craft: This category accepts work in all forms of craft, including but not limited to, ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, and book arts. Photography: This category accepts work in traditional photography or any work in which photography or photographic techniques are the primary media. Video/Digital: This category includes film, video, and digital based works but does not include narrative or documentary film.



Nancy Rivera
Visual Arts