Call for Artists

Shadowing Alfred: An AVA Dog Show
April 17 – May 15, 2020


The relationship between humans and dogs is the world’s oldest inter-species relationship. AVA has been a dog-friendly space throughout its 30 years in Lebanon, beginning with the gentle presence of Bente Torjusen and Clifford West’s two German Shepherds, Vincent and Phoenix, in the galleries. (Phoenix was happy to pose for life drawing classes when the model was late!) Through the years, staff and artists have brought their dogs to AVA to share their spaces, and from spring 2018 until his death in June of 2019, a special rescue hound named Alfred touched countless lives at AVA as well as through his Instagram account @alfredthehound.

Two years after Alfred came to live in the Upper Valley, we are celebrating the lives of dogs that touch us in ways great and small in an exhibition of artwork in AVA’s Members Gallery from April 17 – May 15, 2020. Using an image of Alfred from his Instagram account or from photographs available in the AVA office, please create an artwork inspired by his image in any medium, 2D or 3D. If there is a dog from your own life that you would prefer to celebrate with an artwork, feel free to do so.

To submit an artwork for this celebration of the love between humans and their dogs, please follow the submission guidelines below. AVA membership is not required, though we encourage you to check out the many benefits on offer. Artwork need not be framed, but should be dry, clean, and easily displayed. Only one artwork per person please!


To participate please rsvp via email, using Shadowing Alfred in the subject line, by March 31 to Sheryl Trainor, Office Manager, at Please direct any questions to Sheryl as well. Artwork by children is encouraged!

Please include the following in your email:

  1. Your full name, address, telephone number
  2. Website (if applicable)
  3. Title, dimensions, medium and price (work does not have to be for sale).
  4. A short statement about how Alfred or his image affected you, or what your own depicted dog(s) have meant in your life. Please include your dog(s) names.

Artwork should be delivered to AVA Thursday – Saturday, April 9 – 11, 2020 from 9am – 5pm.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 17, 2020, from 5 – 7pm in the Members Gallery. (Complimentary dog biscuits will be available!)

10% of all sales will be donated to Long Trail Canine Rescue, the organization that rescued Alfred and brought him to the Upper Valley. Artists will receive a 60% commission on work that is sold.


2021 Solo Show Submissions

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at AVA Gallery and Art Center. 2021 Solo Show Submissions are now closed. AVA’s Exhibition Committee, comprised of individuals in the art industry from the Upper Valley region, is evaluating proposals for the 2021 Calendar year in the Rebecca Lawrence, Clifford B. West, E.N. Wennberg, and Elizabeth Rowland Mayor galleries. Artists will be contacted in April and May of 2020 with committee decisions.

2022 Solo Show Submissions will open in June of 2020. Proposals should include a written statement explaining what you intend to exhibit, how many artworks, which gallery might best suit your work, and why you would like to exhibit; a bio; a resume or cv; 5-10 images (high resolution jpeg or tiff); and an inventory list with artwork mediums, sizes, and prices. Submissions are accepted through Slideroom only. The submission fee is $20. You will find the live link to the submission page here in June 2020. 

For  more specific information about the galleries, please click here.

For questions about the submission process, please contact Exhibition Manager, Joshua Dacey, at 603-448-3117.