Call for Entries

UT Permian Basin’s Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery and the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa, Texas invite submissions for Water Works, a spring 2022 exhibition.

Inseparable from life, water has been a canonical topic in art history. From transcendental contemplation of nature, to ecological investigations artists have repeatedly renewed dialogues with the topic of water. Water Works invites artists working with water:

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Works about water that cross disciplines between art and science
  • Works about water in the context of art and ecology
  • Works about water in the context of socio-economic dialogues
  • Works about water in the context of adaptations and revisions of historical depictions of water

Artists working in installation, video, 2D, 3D, and other medium are encouraged to apply. Artworks must be made within the last 3 years.

About the Curators

The show will be joint curated by Amy Kim, Director of the UTPB’s Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery and Daniel Zies, Curator for the Ellen Noël Art Museum.


Water Works will be held joinlt at UT Permian Basin’s Nancy Fyfe Cardozier gallery and Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa, TX. Decisions on the exhibition location will depend upon works submitted.

Application Guidelines

For this call, please submit a single PDF to

All submissions must be formatted as a single PDF:

  • Artist Statement
  • Artist Bio
  • CV
  • Artwork Images:
    • Up to 5 works captioned with artwork title, medium, dimensions, year.
    • For 3D and installations please include photograph of the artwork from different angles.
  • Video, time-based, or performance works should be represented with a single still image and linked within the PDF.

Shipping and Honorarium

The curators will invite select artists for an artist gallery lecture. Those who are selected must be willing to travel to Odessa, TX for an artist gallery lecture. Travel expenses and honorarium will be provided. Artists who exhibit at the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery will pay for shipping one way. Artists who exhibit at the Ellen Noël Art Museum will have shipping covered both ways.


Please direct all questions to Amy Kim, Director, Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, 


Daniel Zies, Curator, Ellen Noël Art Museum, 


Final Submission Deadline: September 1, 2021

Notification Email: October 1st

Gallery Exhibition: January-February, 2022 for NFCG and January- April 2022 for ENAM (exact dates to be determined)

About the Gallery

The Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery is committed to student growth, exhibiting works of emerging and established artist, and serving the Permian Basin community. Our program allows students to engage directly with artists through hands-on workshops, lectures, and studio visits. Programs of the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery are made possibly by The Odessa Council for the Arts and UTPB Student Services. Additionally, the student assistant and apprentice programs supported by the Cardozier endowment prepares students to work in the art world.


About the Museum

Opened in 1985 as the Art Institute for the Permian Basin, the Ellen Noël Art Museum of the Permian Basin is the culmination of years of grass roots fundraising efforts by Odessans to build a fine arts museum. The Museum was renamed in 1995 to honor the leadership and philanthropy of Mrs. Ellen W. Noël. The Museum has four galleries as well as two classrooms, the Art Haus (a self-directed family space), and a Sculpture and Sensory Garden.

The Ellen Noël Art Museum is known for its active exhibition schedule and its educational programming. As a non-profit organization, the Museum receives its funding from memberships, donations, grants, fundraising events and interest income from an endowment fund. Over 200 volunteers annually serve the Museum in many capacities, ensuring that the Museum's programming remains dynamic, vital and responsive to community needs. Admission the Museum is always free.

The Ellen Noël Art Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 2005.