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Art Center of Estes Park
21st Annual National Lines into Shapes Competition

21th Annual National Lines into Shapes
Art Competition

October 28 – November 11, 2017
Art Center & Gallery of Estes Park  970.586.5882



Lines into Shapes is in the 21th year of offering a national showcase for a diverse collection of the fine artworks. Our selection of categories with monetary awards for the first and second place award winners in each category allows for a dynamic selection of works to be displayed throughout our beautiful gallery in the high mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado.


2017 Juror / Award Judge: John Taft, Longmont, Colorado
Awarded the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s Award of Excellence in 2014.
Preliminary screening will be done using submitted digital files.  Accepted artists will be notified. The Award Judges / Show committee reserve the right to re-categorize artwork. The Art Center of Estes Park reserves the right to all final decisions regarding design control of the accepted artwork. The final award selection will be made by the Award Judge from the actual artwork.


Category 1: Oil painting, Acrylic, Encaustic
Category 2: Watercolor, Pastels, Mixed Media
Category 3: Graphite, Scratch board, Pencil, Ink
Category 4: Original print making, Etching, Woodcuts
Category 5: Sculpture, Ceramics, Glass, Assemblage, Wood, Leather
Category 6: Photography
Category 7: Fiber
Category 8: Jewelry


Open to all artists who create original fine art within the limits of the categories listed above. Work must be original and executed within the past two years. Work previously accepted in any "LINES into SHAPES" Juried Exhibition may not be submitted.  Entry in this exhibit establishes an agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions listed in this prospectus.  All artwork must be for sale. Only open to artists residing in the United States.


Non Refundable Fee:  $45 application fee to submit up to 3 images. Three additional images may be added at $10 each for a total of up to six images.  Entry fees must be paid by the entry deadline.  Acceptance is not guaranteed.


$4,000 in Awards
Best in Show:  $1,000
1st Place in each Category: $200
2nd Place in each Category: $100
Plus Additional Awards


August 28 – 11:59 p.m. PST - Deadline for Entries   
Week of September 11 - Acceptance/Non- Acceptance notification sent.
October 13 - Deadline for receipt of shipped artwork.
October 14 and 15 - Hand Delivery of accepted artwork 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - daily.  Deliver to the Art Center & Gallery of Estes Park, 517 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, CO   80517.
October 28 - Opening reception for artists and public 5:00-7:00 pm.  Open to the public.
November 11  END OF SHOW. Artwork will not be released before 5:00 pm - NO EXCEPTIONS.
November 12, 13 & 14 - Pick up hand delivered artwork 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Open Daily
November 14 – Begin return of shipped artwork.


Entering Your Images:
You can enter your images online at

•    Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.
•    Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:
•    All artists will receive notification by email after initial jury process is complete. Please add and to your safe senders list to ensure notifications are received.


The following statements constitute an agreement between the artist and the Art Center & Gallery of Estes Park.  No exceptions will be made to these rules.

Artwork must be offered for sale. The Art Center & Gallery will retain a 40% commission on all artwork sold at the Gallery.

Prices may not be changed after submission.

The Entry Form must be filled out completely and legibly. The information recorded on this Entry Form is considered final and may not be changed.  

Any requirements of the exhibit not fulfilled will result in disqualification.

The Art Center & Gallery of Estes Park reserves the right to use reproductions of accepted artwork for the purpose of promotion of the exhibit which may include media outlets, poster, mailings and the Art Center & Gallery’s website.

Two-dimensional art must be appropriately framed and ready to hang. Acetate coverings, brackets, quick-frames, or any type of device leaving exposed glass or Plexiglas will not be accepted.

The Art Center & Gallery will exclude any entry that presents unusual installation problems, or is improperly framed.   

Artwork must not differ from the entry images – any differences will result in the removal of the work from the show.  

All artwork should be insured by the artist. The Art Center & Gallery of Estes Park will not assume any liability for damage to artwork while in its possession.  All artwork is handled with professional care.  Artists will be notified immediately if artwork arrives at the Gallery damaged.


Two-dimensional art shall not exceed 120 inches in perimeter, not including the frame. This equals the sum of the length of all 4 sides.   Example: 24" x 36" = 120 inches.  Gallery-wrapped artwork will be accepted if edges painted.

EXCEPTION to unframed fiber entries:  not to exceed 136 inches in perimeter.  Example:  28” x 40” = 136”.  This equals the sum of the length of all 4 sides.

Three-dimensional art shall not exceed 60 pounds.

Wall pieces may not exceed 30 pounds and must include specific hanging instructions and hardware.


Hand Delivery:  Accepted work must be delivered to Art Center of Estes Park at 517 Big Thompson Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517. Phone:  970-586-5882   Hand delivery dates:  October 14 and 15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Shipping of Accepted Work: Accepted work must be shipped by UPS or FEDX only and received no earlier than October 8 with a deadline for receipt of shipped artwork of October 17. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist for all shipping.  ABSOLUTELY NO PEANUTS USED IN PACKAGING.

When packaging your works please use appropriately sized materials. It is preferable if items are double boxed, especially for artwork that includes glass. Plexiglas preferred.  If it is deemed that the shipping materials are not appropriate for returning the piece(s) the artist will be contacted and it will be their responsibility to obtain appropriate shipping methods.

A prepaid UPS or FEDX BARCODE return shipping label must be included with any shipped art.   Shipping to and from the Art Center & Gallery is at the expense of the artist.  Shipping containers must fit within a standard door opening:  36” wide by 80” high.  If artist’s shipping container will not easily be moved through door opening, acceptance will be refused.

John Taft, Longmont, Colorado

Originally from western New York, John studied design and art at Rochester Institute of Technology, and then at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Five cross country trips during his college years introduced him to the country as a whole. An eighteen-year career in design and art direction took him from Los Angeles to Minneapolis to New York City.

During his tenure in New York, John and his wife took frequent advantage of the great museums and galleries available to them. The Metropolitan Museum of Art became a favorite, as did the Frick Museum and MoMa. Retrospectives on Corot, Monet, George Inness, and the Hudson River School, along with others, nurtured his growing appreciation and love of fine art. So much so, that when he became a “hands-off” Design Director in the early 2000’s, he decided to find time to resume drawing and he began to paint. His attraction to the landscape as a subject for art grew in him even when he and his wife would escape New York for the weekend, where the beauty of the countryside, would bring to mind the hours spent outdoors in his youth, working the fields on his father’s tree nursery.

9/11 happened a few months after he began painting, and within months John was meeting weekly in Tribeca, just blocks from ground zero, with former National Council of the Arts member, Mako Fujimura, who drew artists of various disciplines together for coffee and bagels, to engage in discussions of art, faith and purpose. In 2004 when an opportunity presented itself, he and his wife decided to leave his career, “heed the call,” and move west with their young family to begin painting in earnest.

Some of the shows John has been honored to be part of include Denver’s Coors Western Art Show and Exhibit in 2016 and 2017, the National Western Club Show in 2015 and 2014 where he was awarded the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’s Award of Excellence.
Additionally, the Oil Painters of America National show awarded him the top landscape Award of Excellence twice. John has been invited twice to be part of the American Masters at the Salmagundi Club Show in NYC.

John lives with his family in Longmont, Colorado, and draws the majority of his subjects from Colorado and surrounding states.

John's artwork may be viewed at