In keeping with a tradition established in 2010, Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum will produce its tenth annual limited edition calendar that will feature 12 original works on paper by emerging and established contemporary artists. Up to 48 artists will be invited and selected to produce a 50 print edition. Each print will randomly appear as a month in a calendar with no artist being repeated. The calendars will be sold for $200 each and all proceeds will be used to fund MCA Museum programming and exhibitions.



  • If accepted, each artist is responsible for producing a 50 print edition (in color or black and white) in any fine art print medium. No reproductive prints of existing work will be accepted.
  • Both traditional and digital techniques are allowed as are variable editions, monoprints/monotypes and 19th century photographic techniques. Pure drawing and painting are unacceptable unless used in conjunction with the allowed mediums of intaglio, relief, screen, lithography, letterpress, inkjet, Van Dyke, cyanotype, gum dichromate, collotype, and photogravure.
  • Straight digital prints are acceptable only if original image was digitally created, pure photography digitally printed will not be accepted.
  • Paper size cannot exceed 12H x 10W inches and must be printed on acid free paper. Calendar orientation is vertical.
  • In lieu of payment, each artist will receive two calendars (valued at $200 each), which will contain 24 original works on paper each by a different artist.
  • In Dec 2018, MCA Museum will host a retrospective exhibition and display prints featured in every calendar from 2015 to 2019


JUROR: Aaron Colman

Aaron Colman is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Arizona. He received his MFA from Northern Illinois University (2013) and BFA from Herron School of Art and Design (2009). A mixed media artist and printmaker, Coleman creates works that focus on political and social issues. He combines imagery from comic books and stained-glass windows to raise questions about misconstrued belief systems and twisted moral values in our society. Colman's background in hip-hop culture and street art remains a major influence. He has exhibited internationally and received numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships for his work in lithography and mezzotint.



  • Aug 3, 2018:  All entry forms and images must be received by 5pm (Download form here).
  • Aug 10, 2018:  Artists will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL.
  • Oct 19, 2018:  Each artist is responsible for producing 50 prints, which must be received by 5pm.
  • Nov 2018:  Calendars will be mailed to participating artists.
  • Nov 16, 2018:  Reception with prints on display in the museum's lobby, 6-8pm.
  • Dec 7, 2018-Mar 24, 2019:  Exhibition featuring prints from the last 5 years.