Call For Entry


The Melting Pot is a metaphorical reference to the American ideal of a society becoming more homogeneous, with different elements fusing harmoniously together, to create one common culture. The Melting Pot also represents the encaustic technique, as heating the material to the Melting Point is an essential step in creation. For this exhibition, we invite artists who work in encaustic or cold wax to interpret MELTING POT / MELTING POINT as it is reflected in their own lives, experiences, ethnicities and cultures. It will be a coming together of many points of view, with the result being a true expression of our differences, yet a celebration of living and working together. Juror, Francisco Benitez, will make his selections based on interpretation of the 'Melting Pot/Melting Point' theme as well as the quality of the submitted work.

This Exhibition is a National Exhibition, open to all encaustic/wax artists who are a member of either organizations of Encaustic Art Institute (EAI), or International Encaustic Artists (IEA). Artists may enter up to three images per entry for review. Only one (1) piece per artist may be selected for the exhibition. Do not send 'detail' images of paintings. ALL PAINTINGS MUST BE FOR SALE.


This is a call for IEA and EAI members. The primary medium must be encaustic or cold wax and all work must be for sale. Up to three pieces for an entry fee of $35.  Entries must be submitted online via by 12 midnight PST Monday, July 9th, 2018.

Submission of work to this exhibition constitutes an agreement to the conditions stated in this prospectus and a commitment to show accepted work for the duration of the exhibition.

The juror and/or IEA/EAI representatives reserve the right to reject any artwork that does not meet the standards shown in the images supplied. No substitutions are allowed. To be exhibited, entries must be ready to hang or display.

Artwork Requirements: Both 2D and 3D art will be considered including painting, prints, mixed media, sculpture and artists books made with encaustic or cold wax media and techniques. Encaustic or cold wax must be the primary media. Work no larger than 36 inches in any direction may be submitted. The gallery can accommodate hanging works that are wired and ready for hanging, and can provide pedestals for sculptural work.

Digital Submission requirements:
File Format: jpeg only
File Dimensions: 1920 pixels on the longest side
File Resolution: 72 dpi
File size: 2 MB maximum per image
Color Space: RGB

Artists should retain a high resolution image (300 dpi) of each piece and be prepared to provide such for the purposes of a print catalog.

Artists can enter up to 3 (three) images with a maximum size restriction of artwork being 36' x 36' for 2-d work, and 36 x 24 x 24' for 3-d work. All works must be for sale. Artists will receive 50% of final sale, and 50% will be divided between EAI and IEA non-profit organizations. Shipping costs of sold artwork will be the responsibility of the buyer. This competition is open to all artists working with or incorporating encaustic and/or wax mediums, including cold wax and mixed mediums.

IEA and Museum of Encaustic Art representatives will make every reasonable effort to protect art from the time it is received until it is returned to the artists. However, neither the Museum of Encaustic Art staff nor IEA and/or its members will be held responsible for any damage or theft of artwork. Artists should take care to insure their own artwork for the exhibition and shipping period.

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Juror - Francisco Benitez
Francisco Benitez is a Santa Fe-based artist of Latino background who has developed a career exhibiting both in the US and Europe. Being exposed to theater as a child (his parents had a very successful flamenco dance troupe) he began emulating the great Spanish masters such as Goya and Velazquez. His first body of paintings had distinct tenebrist sensibilities, which highlighted the luminosity of the flesh and psychology of the characters in theater-like settings.

He then became fascinated with the Fayum portraits, and for a number of years did a great deal of research on the ancient methods of the Greek and Egyptian painters. Francisco learned how to use the heated wax technique of encaustic to paint portraits, creating various bodies of work centered on contemporary portraits of people using an ancient method and approach.

At present, Benitez divides his time between Europe and Santa Fe. His active exhibition schedule in the US is enhanced by projects in France and Italy. Since 2002 he has participated in high-profile one-person and groups shows in Italy, mostly in Sorrento, Syracuse, Messina, Noto, Catania, Rimini, and in Tuscany. He participated in Imperium, curated by Dr. Thomas Noble Howe and Edward Lucie-Smith in 2010, at Southwestern University, Texas.

Benitez' work is included in numerous private collections, some high-profile, such as Jean-Paul Gaultier's, throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, etc. His work is on permanent display at the New Mexico State Legislature's public art collection, as well as at the National Hispanic Culture Center and the Conseil General de l'Aveyron in France. Francisco's work is in the Permanent Collection at the Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM. He has lectured on painting of the baroque period, as well as having his work featured on the covers of various books and publications.

Important Dates
Deadline for applications:

Monday, July 9th

Acceptance and non-acceptance letters go out: Wednesday, August 1st

Deadline for shipped artwork to arrive at the Museum of Encaustic Art:
5 pm, Friday, September 14th

Deadline for artwork hand-delivered to the Museum of Encaustic Art:
5 pm, Saturday, September 15th

Deadline for separate gallery label information to be emailed:
5 pm, Saturday, September 1st

Museum of Encaustic Art Exhibition:
Saturday, September 29th through Sunday, October 21st

Opening Exhibition Reception at Museum of Encaustic Art:
Friday, September 28th, from 5 to 8 pm

Delivery of Art
Hand delivered work must arrive before September 15th. No exceptions. Shipped work must arrive at the Gallery before September 14th. Ship artwork to the gallery space at: 632 Aqua Fria, Santa Fe, NM 87501. We are closed on Mondays - plan accordingly - required signature is a good idea at this location. All work must be properly labeled on the back with: artist name, address, phone and email, title and price. RETURN SHIPPING LABELS ARE MANDATORY, please acquire them as you are shipping your package or send us your shipping account information. Artists are responsible for paying the return shipping of unsold art. Separate gallery label information is to be emailed to: by September 1st. Label information should include: artists name, state: (two letter abbreviation), title, medium, substrate (i.e. on birch panel, on paper etc) and price. Any artwork without a means to hang it, will not be hung.

EAI and IEA will promote this show within their respective mailing lists and social media. Promotion will include art periodicals throughout the region, press releases, articles, reviews will be distributed, and a large ad in 'THE' magazine, New Mexico's best and widely distributed art magazine. Artists are encouraged to advertise their entries on their websites and networks.

The Encaustic Art Institute is a non-profit 501C-3. Encaustic Art Institute Gallery and the Museum of Encaustic Art is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico featuring the largest collection of encaustic/wax work in the nation. For more information, and directions go to our website,

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