Art Department

Image Courtesy of Maggy Miller '14 - BFA Alumni

Traffik 2017 Call to Artists

A Viterbo University Exhibition

Call to Artists

Artists are free to submit images of their work electronically. Send images to:

Viterbo University Art Department invites submissions of artworks for Traffik 2017, an upcoming-juried exhibition. This exhibition seeks works of art that respond to the issue of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery. Artists are invited to interpret this theme in its broadest sense using 2D and 3D media. Art works may imply an introspective response to the theme, the issues around it, or its effects, but may also explore broader interpretations of issues that it raises, such as oppression, illicit economies, invisibility, innocence, social justice, and others. Our goal is to create a space for artists to express themselves, and for others to dwell among works that have been highly considered, in the context of this issue.

Awards:  $1,500 in Merit and Purchase Awards.


March 1, 2017         Postmark deadline for mailed submissions
March 15, 2017 Notification Cards mailed
April 10-12, 18-21, 2017 Hand-delivery of artworks
April 24, 2017 Deadline for receipt of shipped works
May 11-12, 2017 Exhibition at Conference on the Maltreatment of Children
August 30, 2017 Exhibition Opens at Viterbo University Gallery
September 6, 2017 Reception and Awards Ceremony, 7:30-9:00 pm
September 29, 2017 Exhibition closes
October 6, 2017 Shipped artwork returned and hand-delivered artwork picked up

Click here to download the application

Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all artists living and working in North America. Each entry must be wholly designed and executed by the artist and completed within the past two years. 

Media Limitations: Only original works of art executed within the past two years are eligible for entry. Computer generated reproductions are ineligible.  All entries must not have been shown previously at Viterbo University. Work should be no smaller than 8” on the shortest edge or no larger than 72” on the longest edge. Three-dimensional work should be no larger than 72” in any direction. Time-based media should be no longer than fifteen (15) minutes in length and submitted in .MOV, .MP4 or a link format.  

Presentation: All work should be suitably framed (minimal framing of silver, gold, black, white, or natural wood); works on paper should be framed, matted, and glazed with Plexiglas. All work should be ready for hanging with wire or other appropriate hanging mechanism.  

Jurying Process: All entries will be reviewed from digital images (JPEG format only, 300 dpi only). Upon delivery, an accepted artwork may be disqualified if is found to have been misrepresented. The jury has the right to disqualify any entry at any time, for any reason.

Entry Process, Labeling, Fee: Each artist may enter up to three (3) artworks for a suggested donation of $20.00. Artists may send up to five images of each artwork, if detail images or alternate points of view will help the jury see the work. Entries must be labeled beginning with the artist’s last name, first initial, and the number 1 2 or 3 (for each entry), and followed by the suffix .jpg. Detail images must be labeled beginning with the artist’s last name, first initial, the entry number and the letter a, b, c, or d, and followed by the suffix .jpg. Example: LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL_1.JPG (Smith_J_1.JPG); for detail, LASTNAME_FIRSTINITIAL_1a.JPG (Smith_J_1a.JPG) *Artists are free to submit images of their work electronically. Send images to:

All proceeds from entry donations will be used toward prize money or donated to the LaCrosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery, and therefore are non-refundable. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Viterbo University. Viterbo University is not responsible for the loss or damage to any submitted materials. Viterbo University will retain submitted images as part of its promotional materials and exhibition records.

Delivery and Return of Artwork: Artworks selected for exhibition may be shipped or hand-delivered to the Art Department of Viterbo University. All works must be received no later than April 24, 2017. We will take great care in handling your work. The artist is responsible for all shipping costs and in-transit insurance to and from Viterbo University. Shipped artwork must be sent prepaid in substantial, reusable containers. Instructions and payment for return shipping and a self-addressed shipping label must accompany the delivered artwork(s). A Prepaid UPS or FedEx label for return shipping is required. Hand delivered artwork may be brought directly to the Viterbo University Art Department, Third Floor of the Fine Arts Center, Room 320, 929 Jackson Street, La Crosse, WI, on April 10-12, or April 18-21, 2017, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Call 608-796-3753 for questions or appointments. 

Artist Statement: Artists are asked to provide an abbreviated written statement reflecting their work. Artist statements should be no more than 250 words.

Awards: Award winners will be selected from all accepted entries. A jury composed of Viterbo University Art Faculty will determine awards and all decisions are final. 

Responsibility: While every care will be exercised in the handling of all works submitted, Viterbo University cannot assume liability for any loss or damage to your artwork in transportation, exhibition, or otherwise.  

Click here to download the application

Send Entries and Accepted Works to:

Viterbo University Art Department
C/O Sherri Lisota
900 Viterbo Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 796-3753

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