Portfolio Gallery presents All Colors Invitational & Juried visual arts exhibtion


Call For Art


“All Colors” is an invitational and juried arts exhibit featuring the art of approximately 100 artists and 200 pieces of art. The show takes place January 13 through February 28, 2018 at the St. Louis Artists' Guild, 12 Jackson Avenue, Clayton, Missouri 63105. Opening show reception for artists and patrons will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 7-9 PM, with food and drinks. The opening reception event dress is sheik, glitz and exciting.

We expect strong attendance, as the “All Colors” exhibit is a fund raiser with art and related funds to benefit artist of all disciplines, small not for profit 501C3 organizations and community/neighborhood organizations. Clayton, and the surrounding region have long been supporters of the arts and Portfolio Gallery and the “All Colors” sponsors are committed to make this exhibit a successful fund raiser and to introduce the St. Louis Metropolitan region to artist that mainstream publications have overlooked. Portfolio Gallery and Educational Center is a 501C3 non-profit organization in good standing with the state of Missouri and the Federal government.


June-July-August 2017, call for art to artist
September-October, 2017 notification to artist accepted into exhibit
November-December 15, 2017 receive art at St. Louis Artists' Guild
March 2018, artist pickup and art returned to artist.


Security is provided by police and fire call-alarm to Clayton Police and Fire Departments twenty-four hour per day, seven days per week. All art is insured while in the hands of Portfolio Gallery and insured at 60%, the amount the artist would receive for payment if the art had been sold.


A series of workshops are being planned for artists, collectors, the public and other arts professionals. Days, times and exact topics are yet to be determined.


HOW TO APPLY: Online applications may be completed though Portfolio’s website at PortfoliGallerStl.org with the link that will take you to the sign-up, upload and payment.

Each application must include the requested uploaded images and an artist’s statement of 100 words or less explaining the artist’s creative process including specific information about technique and materials. To begin the application process, first read the following information and then click on the Apply button below.

2018 SHOW DATES: January 13 through February 28, 2018.

ENTRY RULES: 2018 applications must be submitted online with 4 uploaded images of art. Artists may submit only one application per medium. If you wish to enter in more than one category, you must complete a second online application and remit a second jury fee. An image of the same work of art will not be accepted for more than one application.  Collaborative works must be submitted as a joint application with each artist’s name listed on the application.

SELL OF ART: Portfolio Gallery to receive 40% of sell price, of art sold during the “All Colors” exhibit, with the artist receiving 60%.

ELIGIBILITY: Art must be original in design and execution by the artist(s). Items that are mass-produced, made in “workrooms,” machine-made or made from molds or commercial kits are not eligible for exhibition. Limited edition prints must be signed and numbered by the creating artist. Only limited edition prints of no more than 250 from the original source, hand-pulled, signed and numbered by the artist will be allowed. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process in their artist’s statement to be displayed next to the art.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Save your JPEG images at a minimum of 1920 pixels at the longest dimension. 2. A 1920 X 1920 square pixel format with a black border is acceptable. 3. JPEG file size should be approximately 2 megabytes.  4. For the most accurate representation and, if your image editing program supports it, convert to sRGB color space.

Clay – Work produced from clay, earthenware, stoneware, terra cotta or porcelain.

Photography, film or digital and Graphic Design – Includes works produced with the primary use of a camera, to capture an original image. Though some images are modified using digital media or production materials, all prints are considered reproductions of the original. Therefore, Portfolio Gallery requires that all photographic prints be limited to editions of no more than 250. The prints must be processed under the direct supervision of the artist and must be made from the artist’s original file or digital media. Each print must be hand-numbered and signed by the artist and be clearly visible on the front surface of the image whether the image is printed on archival paper, canvas, metal, wood, clay or any other picture plane. Prints which have been manipulated or treated as a painting surface must be clearly labeled as “Artist Manipulated Photograph.” This includes but is not limited to prints which have been varnished, textured or coated in any way. These prints must also be hand-numbered and signed by the artist on the front surface of the image and clearly visible when matted, framed or mounted

Also includes work made with the primary assistance of a computer and/or featuring technological components such as a mouse, programs or tablets. Printed works in this category must be processed under the artist’s direct supervision, printed in limited editions of no more than 250 on archival paper, have the print media identified, and be signed and numbered by the artist. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process at the time of application.

Drawing/Printmaking – The drawing category includes works created using dry media such as charcoal, crayons, chalk, graphite, pastels, pencils, ink or markers. The printmaking category is for images that are hand-pulled from stones, plates, glass or screened surfaces using a printing process, roller or hand brayer. All prints must be properly signed and limited to editions of no more than 250. Artists must disclose their creative and printing process at the time of application and have a description on display in their booth.

Fine Craft – 2-D or 3-D work made from a variety of materials including but not exclusive to fibers, paper, glass beads, stones, found objects, clay, and acrylic and leather. These materials may be manipulated in a variety of methods including but not exclusive to quilting, casting, collage, basketry, embroidery, sewing, bookmaking, jewelry and batik to create functional and non-functional objects

Glass – Functional and/or sculptural objects created by blowing, kiln, casting or molding as well as all cold processes

Jewelry – Objects created with the intent to be worn as ornamentation by fabricating various materials including gems, fine metals and semi-precious stones

Mixed Media – 2-D or 3-D objects created using more than one type of material

Painting –  2-D Works using the mediums of acrylic, oil paint, tempera, botanical, gouache, and watercolor.

Sculpture – 3-D work created by the artist in any medium, including metals, plastics, glass, clay and wood objects that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved,
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND FEES: Applications will close at midnight on August 31, 2018. No application can be submitted to the jury without payment of the $30 non-refundable jury fee.  Artist will be able to submit a maximum of three pieces of art for exhibit into the “All Colors” exhibit. We prefer that the jury fee be paid directly to PayPal using the available button on the application site. If this is not possible, we will accept checks sent to Portfolio Gallery, 2029 East Fair Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63107.

JURYING: Approximately 100 artists will be selected. Approximately 10% of the exhibitors will be exempt from jury selection, but will still need to submit an application and entry fee. Jury selection is based on a close consideration by a jury panel of the 4 images of the artist’s art submitted for the “All Colors” exhibit. This is a blind jury process so it is imperative that these images show no identifying signs or photos. It is important that the art image be an accurate representation of the art to be entered into the “All Colors” exhibit as it would be seen at the exhibit. Showing only one corner or just a panel or two is not acceptable. If no panels or walls are used, the jury must see the entire space from corner to corner.

RESULTS OF JURYING: Jury results will be emailed in September and October, 2017. Look for an email from Portfolio Gallery with a subject line of “All Colors” Invitational and Juried Fine Art exhibit results. All jury scores will be confidential and artists will not be given their individual scores or feedback on their entry. Portfolio Gallery reserves the right to review the jurors’ decisions at its discretion. A waitlist will be maintained for each category based on jury scores. Those who wish to stay on the waitlist will be called as space becomes available in their category.
ACCEPTED ARTISTS: All accepted artists will receive a consignment agreement to be returned before delivery of art. Accepted artists will be responsible for delivery and shipping to the event, as well as return of unsold art work to their studios.

By entering, artists acknowledge they have read and will abide by the above rules.