Call to Artists for the 12th International Au Naturel Exhibition at Clatsop Community College

Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon invites artists to submit to the 2018 International Juried Exhibition, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century.  The 2018 Au Naturel exhibit will be open for viewing at the Royal Nebeker Art Gallery from January 25 through March 15, 2018 with a special community reception on Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m. 

The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists from around the globe working in two dimensional drawing, painting, or printmaking media with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Entrants must be 18 years or older, and submitted artwork must have been executed in the last three years and available for the duration of the exhibit.  Visit the exhibit website to view artwork from previous Au Naturel exhibitions and for further information about the show at

Applications are now being accepted online via the CaFÉ™ website at

Applications must be received on CaFÉ™ by Midnight (11:59:59 pm) Mountain Time on November 7, 2017.  There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Enter and register a username and password. Navigate to Apply to Calls, and search the list for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century. The site also provides detailed instructions for use. There is a $40 fee for the submission of up to three images, and $5 for each additional image submitted.

2018 exhibit awards will include $1,000 in cash prizes and up to $2,000 in purchase awards. A select number of Visiting Artist Workshop awards will also be granted. Additionally, one artist will be chosen to be featured in a solo show for the following exhibition season (2018-2019) at the Clatsop Community College Royal Nebeker Art Gallery.

For a prospectus, download the document from the Au Naturel website at or send a SASE to Au Naturel International Juried Exhibition c/o Kristin Shauck, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR 97103.


Serving as juror for the 2018 exhibit is Arvie Smith. He is known nationally for his large format socially provocative figurative paintings and has shown in New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Florence, Italy. His paintings are in collections of the Portland Art Museum, The Reginald Lewis Museum of African American Art and Culture, Petrucci Family Foundation, Charlayne Hunter-Gualt, Nelson Mandela Estate, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Jordan Schnitzer, Oregon State University, Portland Community College and the City of Portland. He has traveled and studied extensively in West Africa and Europe. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Painting at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon where he taught from 1984 to 2014. Prior teaching included Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Oregon and Oregon College of Art and Crafts, Smith studied printmaking at Il Bisonte and painting at SACI in Florence, Italy and received his BFA at PNCA and his MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, where he was teaching assistant to Grace Hartigan. Recent exhibitions of Smith’s work include a solo show at the Portland Art Museum Northwest Gallery from July 2016 to March 2017, and “Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art” from January - June 2017, also at the Portland Art Museum. He recently completed a commission through RACC to create a design for a 18’ x 24’ mural to be installed on the corner of NE MLK and Alberta in September of this year. Arvie Smith was born in 1938 and currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he is a full time artist. 

For more information about the Au Naturel exhibition, contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 or

Attached image---painting by Arvie Smith:   Luciana Dancing with Angels, 62x50, oil/canvas, 2002. 

                          -Photo of Arvie Smith




It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Hall, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in Towler Hall, Suite 110, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Lisa Deneen, is located in Towler312b, 503-338-2474.

Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Hall, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Towler Hall número 110, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Lisa Deneen, se encuentra en Towler numero 312b, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

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