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CALL TO ARTISTS: Wild Landscape North Country

June 18

Exhibit Dates: August 5th- September 7th, 2023

Submission Deadline: Midnight – June 18th

Artists: Go to the Online Application Below

Every year the Josephy Center celebrates Wallowa County’s natural beauty through a Wild Landscape Exhibit – this year we want to celebrate the beauty and the diverse landscape of what we colloquially refer to as “the North Country”.

Artist Adventure

We invite artists to accompany us on an adventure  April 29th at noon. We will meet at The Joseph Canyon Lodge, formerly the Rim Rock located at 83471 Lewiston Hwy https://www.josephcanyonlodge.com/.We will have a few speakers that will share with you the history and the science behind the North Country terrain and what makes it wild. Space is limited and there is a $15 fee to cover meals, to purchase your ticket follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.  Artists are not required to attend to participate in the exhibit.

The map above shows where “The North Country” is defined for artist inspiration. 


Points of Interest

We recommend using a physical map for cell phone coverage is extremely limited out there and google maps are inaccurate. Unpaved roads can be rugged and muddy, please use caution when driving in remote locations, make sure someone knows where you are and can send for help if needed. Traveling in groups is also a good practice. The US Forest Service sells accurate physical road maps.

  1. Anywhere along the Grande Round River especially around Troy. The south side of the river from the new bridge on up to the Troy school.
  2. Eden Bench up from Troy  (cross the Wenaha River at Troy and drive up)
  3. Bartlett Bench up from Troy to the north
  4. Walk/hike up the Wenaha River, access is 1/4 mile up the road to Bartlett from Troy.
  5. Paradise, Day Ridge, & Promise

The wild flowers are fabulous in the high country in late May, and down on the Rivers they should be beautiful in April, early May. Bighorn often hang out just up the Wenaha from Troy on the south side.

Josseph Canyon Outlook on Highway 3 and the town of Flora offer paved roads in this area.

Wenaha Bar & Grill and Boggan’s Oasis are two places for food in the North Country.

Curator and Judge: Jennifer Hawkins

Artist Statement:
I am inspired by the   beauty of nature; its colors, textures, and forms. I immerse myself in nature whenever possible, especially in ”wild places.” The Wilderness makes my soul sing and renews my spirit. My intent in my art is to transform the beauty I see/perceive with heart, mind and spirit into new creations, interpretations in the media that suits best.

Jennifer grew up in Northern Wallowa County on a ranch., herding sheep, working cattle, working in wheat fields.  She studied Art, Science and Education at the University of Oregon receiving a BS, MS and MFA.   She enjoys teaching, especially the next generation, sharing her gifts and insights helping to inspire creativity in others.

Jennifer currently teaches Visual Arts at Joseph Charter School, Imnaha Bridge School and Troy School. Jennifer also enjoys roaming the wild places and creating.

Submission Rules


This Year’s Judge and Curator
Jennifer Hawkins – Drop Off

First Place $300; Second Place $200; Third Place $100; Honorable Mention x 3 $50; Judge’s Choice: $100; Best Photograph: $250; Best Multi-media/Painting: $250; People’s Choice: $50

All accepted work, including excerpts of written works (chosen by Josephy Center Staff) will be included in the Wild Landscape: North Country catalog. Catalogs will be for sale for $15.00.  By submitting to this exhibit you are giving us permission to print and sell the catalog with your images included, and to use your images for other promotional uses. 150 catalogs will be printed and each artist gets a complementary copy.

What is a wild landscape? One thing that makes Eastern Oregon so special is untouched and undeveloped. We want to feature artwork that celebrates these diverse and wild lands. This means the landscape is the focal point – no human-made objects or structures should be visible in the art works.

Artists will be notified of acceptance by July 6th.

Instructions for submitting:

All Artwork must be for sale.

Up to three pieces can be submitted, all artwork must be for sale.  Please follow all directions and include the required information:

Eligible Media: Photography, Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Glass, Sculpture, Fiber, Printmaking,
Jewelry, Mixed Media, Digital Media, Video (MP4/MOV), Poetry, and Written Works up to 2500

1.) Include one high resolution image for each artwork submitted, images must be in jpg format and be at least 1500 pixels on the shortest side.

2) Writers can submit their documents using PDF. Filmmakers can submit their videos as MP4 or MOV format.

2.) Clearly indicate the following information for each artwork on the form below: Artist Name; Title;  Medium; Year Completed; and Price.

3) You will be redirected to our checkout page to pay the submission fee. Each submission costs $5.  Your submission will be not be considered unless this fee is paid.

Questions? Contact Dawn Norman, Exhibits Director: exhibits@josephy.org or call 541-432-0505 ext. 2.




This exhibit is supported by funding from Ann Werner, the Kinsman Foundation and from donations from local supporters.


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Dawn Norman


Josephy Center for Arts & Culture
403 N Main St
Joseph, OR 97846 United States
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