CityArts' annual holiday celebration, Gifts in the Gallery, showcases a selection of art and unique gifts made by our extended community of artists. A boutique-style art sale, Gifts in the Gallery offers holiday shoppers a variety of handmade artwork from artists working in an array of mediums including ceramics, jewelry, painting, sculpture, glass, photography, home decor and more. Gifts in the Gallery takes over the Main Gallery November-December yearly.

Important Dates:

September 6-November 3: Submissions reviewed; Notification of acceptance will be delivered by Nov. 3
November 9: Inventory and completed paperwork due
November 13-15: Delivery of artwork to CityArts
November 20: Gifts in the Gallery opens to the public
December 27: Gifts in the Gallery closes
January 2-4: Artwork pick up

Artist Submission Information:

The 2016 Gifts in the Gallery holiday sale is open to regional artists working in any tangible visual arts media, ages 18 and older. Artwork may only be submitted by its creating artist. Those selected to participate must complete and return an inventory list by November 9 (provided to you by November 3). All artwork must be completed, labeled, packaged (if necessary) and display ready upon delivery. A price point of $250 or less per item is recommended.

How to Submit:

Use the entry form below to complete the online application and upload digital images. The process for submitting artwork is by digital format only. We will not review any work on a walk-in basis. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a response via email with notification of acceptance or decline no later than November 3. Further instructions will then follow.

Selection Process:

To ensure consistent quality of work throughout the event, a panel will review all applications and sample images submitted for consideration. Incomplete applications or those submitted without sample images will not be reviewed. All artists will be notified of their acceptance status no later than November 3.


CityArts will handle all sales. The Arts Council will retain a small commission fee (see levels below) for all sales and be responsible for remitting collected sales tax on all sales.

  • The 30% commission rate is contingent on the artist donating original artwork(s) with the minimum total value of $200 to the CityArts silent art auction, Off the Wall. The donated piece(s) must be in CityArts' possession prior to work being displayed.
  • CityArts will handle all sales and The Arts Council will retain a 40% commission fee.

Installation, Set Up & Sales:

All participating artists are responsible for delivering their work and promptly collecting any unsold items once the sale closes. Artists not located in the Wichita area may choose to ship work, but are responsible for damage during shipment as well as the cost of shipping to and from CityArts. Artwork pick up dates are January 2-4. CityArts cannot guarantee the security and safety of artwork not picked up within this time frame. After 30 days, artwork is considered abandoned and becomes the property of CityArts.

CityArts will organize, install and set up all Gifts in the Gallery tables and displays. CityArts will provide all sales support and staff during the event. Artists are not required to tend to their displays for the duration of the event but do have the option to replenish their inventory as items sell. 

Contact Emily Brookover, (316) 350-3247, ebrookover@wichita.gov, with any questions.