Welcome to the submission page of Arizona Designer Craft & Art's first online member exhibition!  

Titled On The Horizon, this annual online exhibition will explore our journeys forward. The horizons of life are impacted by human events and desires. Art is a way of predicting, depicting, and visualizing these human events and desires. The horizon is always changing. So, year after year it will be different. On The Horizon will showcase the works of forward-thinking artists by providing a platform to display their unique interpretations and perspectives on the current theme. While we cannot see what is beyond the horizon, with our creativity we can imagine, craft, and bring to light possibilities for impactful change.


Theme for 2021: Aesthetic Collection. Every artist expresses a unique individual voice and aesthetic approach to their work, but we are all connected through art making. As a collection of artists, we come together to celebrate the positive ways that we can impact one another. Aesthetic Collection is a grouping of work that creatively responds to themes of connection, either literally or metaphorically. The connection within an art piece, such as links in a chain or fibers woven together, or connections found within social networks and nature are rich sources of inspiration. Artists are encouraged to explore possibilities that highlight explicit connections.

Awards for this show include: 

$200.00 Best of Show
$100.00 Jurors Choice
$100.00 Best Interpretation of Theme
$100.00 Best Use of Materials

Submission Deadline:

January 31, 2021

Notification of Jurying Results:

February 21, 2021

Show Will Be Online:

March 19 - June 19, 2021

Application Fee:


All artists submitting will automatically be considered for AZDCA Juried Member Status.


1. You may submit up to five images.
2. Submit quality photos or your work will not be accepted.
3. Work has been completed within the last two years.

4. Continue at bottom of page to begin submission.


Danielle Embry


A native of southern Arizona, Danielle Embry received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals from Arizona State University in 2004. Her intricately designed copper and enamel forms explore the intersection between human experience and the natural world. Danielle’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Enamel Arts Foundation, and has been exhibited widely in juried and invitational exhibitions throughout the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan. Publications include 500 Enameled Objects, the 2018 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey, and Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design. Danielle currently resides and maintains a studio in Tucson, Arizona.


Gail Jamieson

Since Gail was in sixth grade she knew that she wanted to do and teach art, and that has been her life’s work. From 1982 to 1987she chaired the PC Art Department. In 1982 she was introduced to microcomputers and during that time she was involved with the development of computer art and graphic design in the Maricopa Community College District. In 1986 she was awarded "Innovator of the Year" at Phoenix College for her work in that area. Her own computer art has been exhibited state wide, and has lectured and demonstrated computer art regionally and nationally. Before getting involved with computer art, she worked mainly as a designer, weaver and serigrapher. Her weavings and prints have won numerous awards and have been exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico. She works both two and three-dimensionally. Gail served on the Phoenix Arts Commission and was chair of the Public Art Committee that is in charge of the Percent for Art program for the City of Phoenix. She also received numerous other awards, such as, The National Art Education Association Award as the Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator for 1990, the University of St. Francis Alumni Professional Achievement Award, 1991 and The Fine Arts Award for Community Alliance and Service in the Maricopa Community College District, 1991. Gail is the AZDCA Jury Chairperson.

Michelle Startzman

Michelle Startzman is a metalsmith and enamelist from Arizona, where she works as a studio artist and teacher. She received her MFA in Metals at Arizona State University and her BA in Photography and Art History at The University of Arizona. Startzman’s fascination with the natural world comes from a desire to preserve and protect the resources we have on this planet, and to respect the lives of animals that we share our planet with. She is currently a high school art teacher at Mesa High School, teaches enameling and jewelry workshops in Phoenix, and is an Arizona Designer Craft and Art Board member.


Top 10 tips ...

TOP TEN TIPS for Getting in to a ……Juried Exhibition, Craft Show, Book or Magazine

  1. Dazzle the jury with amazing images

  2. Dynamic detail images are the key

  3. Do not send a bad image under any circumstances

  4. Carefully consider the arrangement or order of the images

  5. Avoid ambiguity in your images, descriptions, and application

  6. Consider your entry thoughtfully and strategically

  7. Fill out the application neatly and completely

  8. Always label your images in accordance with the instructions

  9. Plan carefully to meet all deadlines

  10. Booth images need to be fantastic


(Above from Society of North American Goldsmiths brochure on Professional Guidelines)

photograph submission guidelines


These guidelines are the help artists make the most effective use of their photos, present their work professionally, and allow them to load quickly.  Please follow these guidelines for all images submitted to this exhibition:

  • Submitted file name:  ARTIST NAME_OBJECT TYPE_MATERIAL.JPG (case does not matter)

    • Example:  Mary Smith_Ring_Gold and Emerald.jpg​

    • If you have more than one object of the same type and material, you can add a number at the end of the name

    • The reason for this naming convention is to organize the photos for accurately and make them easily internet searchable

  • Photograph:

    • Save as a .jpg file​

    • Recommended orientation: Landscape

    • Resolution: 96 DPI Maximum

    • Image Size: 4"x6"

  • Suggestions:

    • Keep the file size to less than 1MB​

    • If it exists in your photo editor, use the "Save for Web" option

    • To avoid your object looking crowded, when photographing your work include enough area around your object to allow for a reasonable margin. Further crop the image in a photo editor. If your editor allows it, set your cropping area to 4"x6" and the resolution to 96 DPI.

    • In a landscape-oriented photo, the margins on the sides would be larger than on the top and bottom.

You can find the file size and image size on your computer. If you're on a PC, right-click on the image file, choose "Properties" and then the "Summary" tab. On a Mac, Ctrl+click on the image file and choose "Get Info."

If you do not have a photo editing app such as Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, search the web for one of the several free photo editing programs to help you achieve the above.

READy to apply?


If you've read the above, and have your images and information ready, click the "Submit Here" button below to get started.  You'll be asked to enter your Contact Information, then there will be a screen for each image being submitted.  You can submit up to 5 images for consideration.  The final screen will allow you to submit your entry fee and subit your application.