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Located in the Thornton Arts and Culture Center at 9209 Dorothy Blvd.

Next Exhibit

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CHLOÉ DUPLESSIS
January 17-March 24
Tuesday-Friday 12-5 p.m.
Reception: January 19, 6-8 p.m.

BLIND SPOT is a collection of 20 thought-provoking works of art centering history, privilege and accessibility. This OZ Gallery exhibition is the latest offering from noted culture bearer, historian and legally-blind artist Chloé Duplessis who creates images that elevate the unknown, illuminate the forgotten and address the present. In doing so, she seeks to erode the social constructs that oppress people of color and those navigating disability.

Exhibit Opportunities

Arts Thornton schedules exhibitions on a quarterly basis and welcomes artists interested in showing their work at the OZ Gallery. Accepted artwork will be exhibited in a commission-free community gallery space or shared online with the public at ArtsThornton.com.

Click here to submit a proposal along with examples of your work. Proposals are open to all Colorado artists/artist groups regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. 

Please read the following guidelines. Selected artists will receive specific gallery dates and exhibition details. Incomplete or emailed applications will not be accepted. Please use the online form to apply. 

  • Must be 18 or older to apply.
  • Open to all artists in Colorado.
  • Collaborative, group and solo shows are welcome.
  • Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and artists are notified on a rolling basis.
  • Due to the quantity of proposals received, if you are not selected you will not be notified.
  • This is a free opportunity for artists with no fees involved in applying or exhibiting. Artists are asked to hold a free community engagement activity on a Second Saturday during the dates of their exhibition to give back to the city and build appreciation for various art forms and concepts.
  • Proposals should show unique and thoughtful consideration of themes, media and audience and space. Proposals that demonstrate an "outside the box" concept will be given priority.
  • All media are welcome and encouraged, and must accommodate other activities that occur in the space during the year (classes, concerts, meetings, etc.).
  • Censorship and subject matter: The OZ Gallery is a community gathering space. Artwork should reflect and respect diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Staff does not conduct sales on behalf of artists; all sales are between the buyer and artist, and all transactions must occur after the show ends.
  • Artist(s) are responsible for any display hardware or furniture needed for their exhibit, if different than hardware provided in the gallery space.
  • If selected, staff will make every effort to accommodate first choice exhibition dates per quarter. You may also be asked to use your second choice.
  • It is the artist(s) responsibility to transport, install and take down the show with the guidance of staff. Artists may recruit other artists or volunteers to assist.
  • It is the artist(s) choice to host an opening reception and responsibility to plan it with staff on an acceptable date, time and menu per availability of the gallery.

 Instructor Opportunities

Arts Thornton is broadening its pool of contracted instructors interested in teaching entry-level classes and workshops in visual art genres, theater, and comedy. 

Click on the link below to complete a class proposal form and submit all requested materials to be considered. For additional information, please read our FAQs. 




Classes may be scheduled at any city facility year-round. To register for Arts and Culture classes, please visit thorntonparks.com.

 Resources for Artists

Actos de Confianza: NALA Micro-Grant

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures NALAC has committed $25,000 to emergency relief efforts to Latinx artists and arts administrators. 

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The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

Support for painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident.

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The American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) Relief Fund

Support and temporary financial assistance to AGMA members who are in need.

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Artists' Charitable Fund

Assists American visual fine artists (painters and sculptors) living anywhere in the United States by paying a portion of their medical/dental/eye-care bills.

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Artist Relief Initiative

$5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.

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Artists’ Fellowship Emergency Aid

Assistance for professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

An emergency fund to provide financial assistance for BIPOC artists and art administrators.

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Author's League Fund

A fund for professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

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COVID-19 CO Creative Relief Grant

One-time payment to non-profit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million.

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Craft Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ provides rapid relief and career recovery loans in addition to a COVID-19 Response Fund to support artists working in craft disciplines.              Click to learn more

Equal Sound Corona Relief Fund

Open to musicians who have lost income due to a canceled gig as a result of Coronavirus.

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Foundation for Contemporary Artists

A temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.

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Haven Foundation Financial Assistance

Provides financial assistance up to $10,000 to artists who have a health crisis.

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Jazz Foundation of America Musician's Relief Fund

housing assistance, pro bono medical care, disaster relief, and direct financial support in times of crisis.

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The Kinkade Family Foundation Emergency Grant for Curators

Support for curators who are developing projects that promote contemporary and experimental artwork.

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Musician's Foundation Medical Aid

Grants for musicians in an acute need for medical and allied living expenses due to medical emergencies.

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National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Grants for organizations, individuals, and partnership agreements.

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Paycheck Protection Program

Part of the $2 trillion CARE Act, the Paycheck Protection Program which allocates $349 billion in forgivable loans to help small businesses, independent contractors and nonprofits meet payroll and rent needs. 


Pen America's Writers' Emergency Fund

The Writers’ Emergency Fund assists fiction and non-fiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists.

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The Photographer's Fund

A $25,000 fund to help photographers impacted by COVID-19.

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Rocky Mountain Music Relief

Provides financial and in-kind support to those individuals, groups, and organizations within the music industry that have been impacted physically, financially, and/or emotionally due to the occurrence of natural disasters or unforeseen events.

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Offers Individual awards and residency grants.

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Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Funds specifically for musicians and music industry workers affected by the Coronavirus. Funds raised will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work.

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Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund

Open to queer writers of color only, not organizations or nonprofits, who are in need of financial assistance right now.

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