2019 EXPO
Submissions due: September 22, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.


  • Open to Texas-based artists over the age of 18

  • All visual media is eligible for entry

  • $30.00 for up to 5 entries

  • $300.00 in cash prizes will be awarded to juror’s favorites

  • Deadline for submissions is September 22 by 11:59 p.m.

2019 Juror: Adrian Zuñiga, Director of Exhibitions at Galleri Urbane
Adrian Zuñiga is a writer on contemporary art whose research interests are driven by socially-engaged topics, from the nature of labor and workers on the Internet to artistic interventions within disenfranchised communities. After receiving a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 he began working for Galleri Urbane in Dallas, Texas, where he has helped plan numerous solo and group exhibitions and art fair presentations. In 2016, he moved to London for a year to study at Sotheby's Institute of Art, receiving an MA in Contemporary Art. He is currently based in Dallas where he is the Director of Exhibitions at Galleri Urbane.

Open call dates: August 13 - September 22, 2019
Deadline to submit: September 22 at 11:59 p.m.
Accepted artists announced: September 30
Artwork drop-off: October 6, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: October 12- November 3, 2019
Opening Reception: October 12, 7:00-10:00 p.m. - Awards announced at 8:00 p.m.
Artwork pick-up: November 3, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Hot And Sweaty 2019 (closed)


Artwork drop off: June 2 & 3 from 5:00-7:00pm.

College Expo 2019 (closed)


Submissions due: January 25, 2019 by midnight

Juror: Giovanni Valderas, Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art

The call for College Expo 2019 is now open! 500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist–run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual student juried competitions. College Expo 2019 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment). All work must be ready to hang. Artwork will need to be dropped off, not shipped. Cost of entry is $30 for 5 pieces. There will be $300 worth of cash prizes and one award for a downstairs project space solo exhibition at 500X during the 2019-2020 season! 

This year's juror will be Giovanni Valderas. A native of the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art and a visual artist. Previously he was the Gallery Director at Mountain View College. He has served as an appointee by Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission.

Valderas graduated from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting. After graduate school he taught at the University of North Texas, Richland, and Mountain View College. He is a former member of 500X gallery, one of the oldest co-op galleries in Texas. His artwork has been featured in the 2013 Texas Biennial, New American Paintings Magazine, issue #108 and #132, Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in New York City, and’s public art project in New York City. In addition, Valderas recieved a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Moss/Chumley award for his proven track record as an advocate for the visual arts. Most recently, Valderas resigned his latest reappointment to the City of Dallas, Cultural Affairs Commission to run for Dallas City Council - District 1, Oak Cliff.