Open Call | The Niche:
Prevailing Winds

Dovetail Magazine invites submissions of contemporary visual art for this year’s group feature in The Niche.
The theme is Prevailing Winds.


Dovetail Magazine positions contemporary visual art in dialogue and ideas around place that fit nicely with visual art. The Niche is the magazine’s online publication-meets-exhibition space, further exploring themes around landscape, environment, and community. For this exhibition, we invite artists to submit work that relates to the idea of directionality, weather, movement, and related ideas. 


prevailing wind (noun): [ prĭ-vālĭng ]

: a wind that blows predominantly from a single general direction
a wind that blows in a particular area at a particular time of year
metaphorically: a trend


Work for The Niche is selected and curated by Dovetail Editor and Young Space Founder Kate Mothes. All selected work will be featured on The Niche and considered for the curated section in Dovetail’s upcoming print issue (scheduled for late autumn 2023). All applicants are also considered for feature articles online and collaborative projects, such as exhibitions, in the future.


Send any questions or concerns you may have via email to Kate at All correspondence will be through email only. If you encounter any issues with this form or any other part of the submission process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!




Please complete both Step 1 and Step 2 below. Your submission will not be considered until both steps have been completed.



All artists in all career stages at least 18 years of age are eligible to submit work for consideration. Work submitted must have been completed within the last two years. There is no limitation on geographic location, theme, or medium. A CV is not required to apply. If selected, you may be asked for additional information, or to participate in an interview for further promotional purposes.



  • Submit up to ten (10) distinct pieces of work for consideration
  • Only completed artworks will be considered
  • Fill out form below and upload:
    • Images of your work (up to 3 images of each work; maximum 30 images)
    • Brief artist statement (300 words max)
    • CV (optional)
  • Entry fee


Image Specifications:

  • Format: JPEG
  • Size: minimum 2000px wide; maximum 2MB
  • File name format: LastName_Title.jpeg
  • If submitting video, the form below does not support video files. Please include JPEG stills and email links to the videos to


Important Dates:

  • Entry Deadline: Saturday, July 15, 2022, 11:59pm Central Time (Chicago)
  • All artists will be notified of the final decision by the end of August
  • Exhibition Date: October. Exact date TBA. As a publication feature, there is no closing date



  • Application fee is USD$25 (nonrefundable), limit 10 works
  • Prices and availability are not necessary. Works are not listed for sale; this is a showcase only. Dovetail is happy to be put in touch with galleries or publicists where necessary, if work is selected.
  • Online entry only via website. Credit/debit card via PayPal (at this time, we can only accept PayPal for international transactions)
  • As an independent, ad-free publication, the proceeds from fees cover essential administrative and web costs, directly funding the project


Agreement & Photography:

  • Dovetail reserves the right to use images of the artwork for publicity and educational purposes in perpetuity.
  • By submitting artwork via this call, the artist is agreeing to the terms outlined above.


Please follow the 2 steps below:

  1. Online form (Attach images as separate files. Include statement and CV documents, which may be combined into one document)
  2. Entry Fee ($25)

Your submission will not be considered complete until both steps are complete.


Step 1:

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Step 2:

USD$25 application fee. If buttons do not work or no new page appears, this may be due to popup or ad blockers in your browser. You may also wish to try refreshing the browser window after confirming the information above has been submitted. (There is no need to re-submit that information once you return to this page to complete this step.) Alternatively you may access this direct link: Thank you!