Water based pigments on paper must constitute the major portion of the work. Entries composed of paper constructions, paper sculpture, paper collage, cut paper, mobiles or two or three dimensional wall pieces, and installations are eligible. Artists are urged to enter work which is innovative in concept and approach, whether representational or abstract. Work must have been completed within the last 24 months. Work that has been previously displayed at TCA is not eligible. All work must be the original creation of the artist.


Giclee reproductions printed on canvas or other substrates are not permitted. Entry must be original, entirely the work of the artist, executed within the last 24 months, and cannot have been previously shown at TCA.
No art may be removed from the exhibit prior to the close of the exhibition on Sunday, February 21, 2021, including sold art.


Jim Waid is a Tucson artist with a passion for the Sonoran Desert. Best known as an abstract landscape painter, Jim Waid expresses the natural cycle of growth and decay through his art. His intricate, brightly hued, enormous canvases reveal suggestions of flora, microscopic organisms, and the desert landscape, although when viewed from afar they appear fully abstract. Waid renders his stylized, closely cropped, fantastical landscapes by selectively scraping away at multiple layers of acrylic paint. His approach to color provides a sense of light and atmosphere.

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Carlsbad, NM, Waid earned his undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico in 1965 alongside classmates such as Jenny Lind and Allan Graham, who have gone on to become nationally recognized artists. For three years he lived in New York City, where his frequent exposure to art taught him as much as his college education. In 1968 he moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona and, after completing his master’s degree, remained there. He has worked as a full-time painter for more than 30 years.


Best of Show: $1,000
Juror’s Award: $500
Award of Excellence: $250
Award of Merit: $100
Honorable Mention: $75
Honorable Mention: $75


Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Submissions are open.

Monday, November 30, 2020: Entry deadline.

December 3 – 11, 2020: Jury Process

Week of December 14, 2020: Notifications to Artists

January 6-11, 2021: Shipped art due

Monday, January 11, 2021: Hand delivered art due

Friday, January 15, 2021: Opening Reception, 5-7pm * May be virtual

Monday, February 22, 2021: Art must be picked up

Week of February 22, 2021: Shipped work returned.


Payments are made at the end of the CaFE™ entry process either via credit card online or a check mailed to the art center.
Jurying will be done on the basis of digital images in a jpg format only. Up to four works may be entered for consideration.

Non-refundable fee
$36 ($32 with TCA Member discount)
$5 each additional entry image up to 4 entries
($3 each additional image fee with TCA Member discount)


All work must be for sale. TCA will retain a 40% commission. Price work accordingly.


Artists are responsible for shipping to and from TCA. Unsold work will be shipped back to the artist after close of the exhibition. Artists must provide a barcoded preprinted PREPAID shipping label for the return of their artwork. Please, no styrofoam peanuts.

Tubac Center of the Arts is the core of Tubac’s artistic heritage and identity. We pursue excellence in serving as a venue for artistic expression, appreciation, and learning for those who create and enjoy art in southern Arizona.

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Organization/Company: Tubac Center of the Arts
Location: Tubac, AZ
Deadline: November 30, 2020
How to Apply: Apply online at: