Call for Artists – Art de Toilette

Call for Artists
Art de Toilette

Semi-Permanent Show Installation, hosted by The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space.

The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space would like to invite you to take part in a wild, wacky, engaging art installation that’s guaranteed to raise eyebrows (and toilet seats) everywhere. Break artistic conventions. Challenge yourself. Be part of something that everyone’s talking about… Join in on our special “Art de Toilette” show; a semi-permanent installation inside The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space’s spacious restroom (really!).

Your mission: decorate a classic white toilet seat with your own personal artistic touch and turn a basic bathroom staple into a masterpiece. Open to any technique and any medium, so long as you use our basic toilet seat set as the “canvas.”

Marcel Duchamp would be proud.

How it works / Submission Guidelines

• Open to New Mexico residents only. Open to all media. Any theme or subject matter—does not have to be bathroom-related.

• Ongoing, semi-permanent art installation will be on display in our spacious restroom and will be sure to generate a buzz.

• Artists may submit one toilet seat per entry form. You may submit as many toilet seats as you wish, by completing a separate entry form for each entry.

• Artists turning in a finished entry form and payment will receive a blank white toilet seat set to use as a canvas. We ask that you use the toilet seats we provide for this run of the project, in order to apply a consistent canvas to the installation.

• Artist’s statements and CVs may be included with submission.

• A nonrefundable $20 entry fee must be included with each entry form. This also includes your blank toilet seat set. We accept checks, cash, credit cards.

• Accepted artwork will be displayed at the Gallery in an ongoing installation, inside the large restroom. Be part of something wild!

• All work must be for sale. All work must be priced between $50 – $200 per seat entry. You cannot price your finished seat below $50 or above $200, in order to maintain consistency within the installation.

• Customers will be able to purchase your entry in the gallery, at the price you set (based on the guidelines above).

• A commission of 25% will be taken on all works sold as a result of this exhibition. Payment will be mailed to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing. Artists are required to sign a Consignment Agreement when they drop off work.

• All artwork must be ready to hang or install when delivered – defined as having a wire of appropriate composition and weight attached by a set of d-rings or eye-screws on the back of the work. The artist must indicate if a piece is not meant to be hung (i.e., freestanding sculpture).

• By submitting artwork, the artist agrees that images of selected artwork can be used to promote the show including publicity, ads, and web site promotions. Copyright credit will be given to the artist. Submission of entry constitutes agreement to all conditions in this Call for Artists and the attached Entry Form.

• All artwork must be picked up if The Gallery ever closes the installation.

• This is not a juried contest, however, The Gallery reserves the right to choose not to display a particular toilet seat (very rare occasions). If your toilet seat is not displayed, you will receive a refund of your entry fee, less the cost of the “canvas.”

• You may use any medium, technique, or material to decorate your seat. Feel free to paint, carve, decoupage, or decorate your blank canvas. We encourage you to think of ways to use photography, clay, paper, paint, ink, spray paint, resin—and anything else your creative mind can come up with. All we ask is that you use the toilet seat we provide, so everyone starts with the same blank slate.

• Artists of any age may enter the contest, however those under the age of 18 require permission and signature from a parent or guardian. It should also be noted that since our contest has no restrictions on content, parents should be aware that their children’s work may be displayed alongside work with potentially mature themes.

To receive an official entry form, or to contact us for more information about how to join in on the fun–contact us at, through this ad, or through the Show Director at

Applications and blank canvases (seats) will be available at the gallery, at 7400 Montgomery Blvd NE, Suite 20, in Albuquerque, NM, in the Mossman Center (The Wooden Cow Gallery and Art Space).


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