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Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo’s Wild Side Gallery
Inspired: Arizona Artists Celebrate the Natural World


Art on the Wild Side
Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo’s Wild Side Gallery

Inspired: Arizona Artists Celebrate the Natural World

Application dates: December 20 – February 28, 2023 Exhibition dates: September 8, 2023 – January 31, 2024


The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation (ACNC)/Phoenix Zoo’s Art on the Wild Side exhibit program is proud to announce our first group juried exhibition and sale!
Art on the Wild Side is a rotating art exhibit program in the Savanna and Wild Side Galleries at the Phoenix Zoo dedicated to inspiration, celebration and conservation through art. This exhibit will have up to 50, 2-D works that embody the Zoo’s mission to motivate its guests to care for the natural world. 

The Phoenix Zoo has been a point of pride in Arizona for 60 years. As the state’s most
visited attraction, second only to the Grand Canyon, the Phoenix Zoo hosts over 1.4 million guests each year. With more than 40,000-member households, it has the largest membership base of any cultural institution in the Valley. 


Works for the exhibition will be selected by the below two esteemed jurors who will select an exhibition of fine art demonstrating excellence in terms of composition, technique, mastery of medium and quality of design. The final selection will be an exemplary showcase of a diverse group of representational and abstract artworks by 2-D Arizona artists. 

Christi Manuelito 

Artist and Founder, David Bonner Galleries, Scottsdale & New York
A native of New Mexico, Christi Bonner Manuelito grew up around art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and graduated with an Art History and Art Studio degree from the University of New Mexico. She had her first art show experience in 1994 where she was a part of a juried exhibit of 12 artists who were chosen out of 700 entries, followed by her first solo exhibit the following year in 1995. Upon Graduating from UNM she began working in galleries to learn the business of the art world. In 1996 she started her gallery experience by selling Native American fine art rugs in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2002 she and 

partner Clark David Olson opened Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ and in 2020 opened their second location in New York City. For over 25 years she has curated hundreds of gallery exhibitions as well as collections for avid art collectors. Manuelito currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her son Jett, her pup Daisy and travels monthly to New York for her gallery’s exhibitions. Her gallery in New York recently won an Otty award by Straus News, and she is to be a part of the Patrons Club at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Frank Gonzales 

Artist and Preparator, Mesa Arts Center
Frank Gonzales was born in Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Tempe. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. His work explores ornithological subjects, organic and plant elements, and color. His work is included in both private and public collections around the world including the Ampersand Boutique Hotel in London, The Orange County Children’s Hospital, Starbucks, Bank of America and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. His work has been featured in numerous publications and online text including American Art Collector Magazine, Juxtapoz, Booooom and Colossal. Frank’s work was also featured on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine in 2010. He recently designed a terrazzo floor for the 24th Street Sky Tram station at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 


The winner of a “Best of Show” award of $1,000 will be selected, as well as recognition for excellence in various medium and themes. 


This application is open to all Arizona artists at least 18 years of age, who are working in the fine arts. Artwork should embrace the Zoo’s mission: 

The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation advances the stewardship and conservation of animals and their habitats while providing experiences that inspire people and motivate them to care for the natural world.


  1. Applications may be submitted from December 20–February 28, 2023, by11:59 p.m. PST. Finalists will be announced no later than April 1, 2023. Only online entries will be accepted for this show through starting December 20, 2022. NO MAILED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED. 
  2. Entries must be original works of original concept and design; you will be asked to share your website link or a short bio upon acceptance. 
  3. Acceptable mediums for painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, egg tempera, pastel, color ink, and encaustic. 
  4. Acceptable mediums for drawing: conte crayon, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen ink, scratchboard and original hand-pulled prints. 
  5.  Mixed medium and collage pieces using the above-listed materials, as well as the use of textiles or fabric art, are acceptable. 
  6.  Not acceptable mediums include craft, jewelry, photography, digital prints, and any work containing computer generated elements of any kind
  7. Maximum entries: Four (4) entries may be submitted for a $50 entry fee. One or all entries may be accepted by the jury 
  8. Maximum size is up to 32” wide, framed or unframed. 
  9. All works submitted for the competition must be available for sale. 
  10.  By submitting images to this juried opportunity, you understand and agree that accepted images may be displayed on the Phoenix Zoo’s website, Facebook page, and other social and/or print media. Images do become part of the Phoenix Zoo’s archives and may be used for this and future ACNC/Zoo promotions. Artists will retain copyright to their image(s) 
  11.  By entering this exhibition, you agree that you have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. 


The Exhibition application process will begin December 20, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. PST. 

The entry form must be filled out in its entirety. List sizes up to the nearest inch (high X wide). 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 72 dpi and a maximum size of 1920 pixels on the longest side, and no smaller than 800 pixels on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space, and under 4 mb. Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at: you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email: Do not wait until the last day to ask for help! 

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$50.00 for up to Four (4) ENTRIES. Entry fees are non-refundable. 


Entries will be accepted up until 11:59 pm. PST, February 28, 2023. 


All results will be posted in your Artist Profile no later than April 1, 2023. Artists will be notified by email once the results are ready to view.



The decision of the jurors is final. All accepted artists will be provided with an Artist’s Agreement to be completed, signed and returned to the ACNC/Zoo by May 1, 2023. Once accepted, works may be pre-sold but must hang in the Wild Side Gallery for duration of show and proceeds must be shared under Commission terms outlined below. All accepted paintings and drawings must be framed or gallery- wrapped (gallery wrapped must be finished, painted around edge, no tape), and wired for hanging. The ACNC/Zoo reserves the right to refuse a work, though it may have been juried into the show. 


Sales will be the responsibility of the artist, whose contact information will be available on each artwork exhibit tag. The ACNC/Zoo asks that 30% of the sales be donated back to the Zoo for its conservation efforts. We encourage each exhibiting artist to promote the sale of their work(s) on their social media platforms and websites. Most sales take place during the ACNC’s Opening Reception, and participating artists are encouraged to attend. Each artist will be able to invite a designated number of collectors/guests to attend. 


Works must be wrapped for safety and hand delivered to the Phoenix Zoo by September 5, 2023. 


By entering this exhibition, the artist agrees that they have read and will abide by all rules outlined in this prospectus. Entry fees are non-refundable. Overpayment of any fee will be considered a donation and will not be refunded. Submission of work for this exhibit will be construed as acceptance of all conditions set forth in prospectus. The Phoenix Zoo Wild Side Gallery reserves the right to return work that does not meet exhibition standards. Every reasonable care will be taken with original artwork. The ACNC/Zoo’s Wild Side Gallery will be responsible for insurance of artwork while at the Zoo for the amount specified in the artist agreement. The artist is responsible for insurance of artwork to cover the full value of the artwork while in transit. 

CALENDAR - Inspired: Arizona Artists Celebrate the Natural World 

December 20, 2022 | Applications open
February 28, 2023 | Applications close
April 1, 2023 | Finalists announced
May 1, 2023 | Completed and signed artist agreement forms due back to the Zoo

September 5, 2023 | Artwork must arrive at the ACNC/Zoo Wild Side Gallery 

September 8, 2023 | Exhibition opens to the public 

September 8, 2023 | Awards Ceremony & Opening Reception 

February 2, 2024 | Pick-up unsold work from ACNC/Zoo 

The Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo looks forward to receiving your submission to what we expect to be an amazing show dedicated to the conservation of the natural world. 


For more information about Art on the Wild Side at the Phoenix Zoo visit 

For technical application questions – or 888-666-1351



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