Self Portrait 2019 Call For Artists


As an artist, turning your gaze back on yourself can be a tumultuous relationship. Some artists love to use themselves as the canvas for their ideas, others are terrified by the experience. Each and every interaction with the self-portrait is uniquely the artist’s, it is a record of experience and reflection.

We want to see any and all self-portraiture! We’re looking for interesting perspectives, techniques, mediums, anything! We want you to allow us to share you with the world.

Juror: Jeremiah Morris - Curator, Founder of Specto Art Space

Specto takes the risk out of selling your work.


**Deadline has been extended one week due to some technical issues with our application provider on our site. We appreciate your understanding.

Show Dates:  August 2019

Entry Fees:

$35 for first 5 artworks

$7 per artwork (10 artwork maximum)

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Media Accepted:

  • Photography

  • Digital Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Scanography

  • Phoneography

  • Painting

  • Watercolor

  • Drawing

  • Charcoal

  • Sculpture

  • Anything!

  • New things that blow our minds! 

Anything we can print on our printers or display digitally will be considered!

 Specto prints, mats, and frames all works exhibited, at no additional cost to you!

Specto takes the hassle out of the exhibition process for the contemporary photographer, digital artist, or even traditional artists. We professionally print, mat, and frame ALL works exhibited at Specto This means no worry about the exorbitant cost of shipping!

We wanted to reduce the barriers between artists and sharing their work, and that includes the cost and risk associated with shipping pieces. Our no hassle exhibition process allows your work to do all the work for you.

File Specifications:

Please format your entry files in the following manner:

  • Filenames: Lastname_Firstname1.jpg, Lastname_Firstname2.jpg, etc. 

  • JPG, TIFF, PDF, PNG Accepted

  • Please remember you MUST have a print file available that is large enough to be printed in any of the above dimensions at 300DPI.

Entry Guidelines

Each juried exhibition at Specto consists of 20-24 accepted works.

Each exhibition will be featured on our website and social media channels over the course of the exhibition dates. Specto receives an average of 20-40k views on our various channels every month, and inclusion in our shows has led to other gallery exhibitions, sales, and connections for our artists.

This exhibition will be available for sale on our upcoming profile for 60 days!


YOUR WORK at Superfine! DC 2019 - DC’s Fine Art Fair


Best in Show winners receive space for their work in our booth at the 2019 Superfine! DC Fine Art Fair! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows any artist to put their work in front of thousands of gallerists, curators, art buyers, collectors and more. For more information on Superfine! click here!

Honorable Mention Awards are also given out for every show. Specto awards two (2) artists with $100 awards, and (3) artists with free entry to our annual portfolio prize application.

Specto Print Shop

Each exhibition will be available for purchase through our upcoming profile. We strive to engage meaningful art markets and buyers, and will work to promote your work as much as we can. Specto provides limited edition printing of works which fall within our printing paramaters, if artists are interested. Specto does not require any up front cost from artists through this process.

Every work is promoted and sold on our profile for 60 days, beginning the opening day of the exhibition.

If selling works printed by Specto, each artist is provided with a certificate of authenticity, which once returned to Specto, is provided with every print we sell. We professionally print, edition, and ship your work directly to buyers. Sell your art, without lifting a finger!

Artists set their own prices. Specto retains 35% of all sales.

Additional Information

Notification of Acceptance:

10-14 Days after Deadline

Specto will notify all artists 10-14 days after deadline of the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!

Print Info:

Specto creates your prints using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. For an additional cost for the buyer, we mat your work using archival matboard, cut to your work’s specifications. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print. Specto also offers framing of works for our customers. Specto offers exhibition prints up to 16” on the smallest side.


After each show every work printed for our exhibition is cataloged in an archive to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.


Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours. 


All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist.

Find any of this confusing?

It can be a little daunting at first, and we totally understand that. Please don't hesitate to contact us! No question is a dumb question, everyone has to start somewhere!

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