For questions or additional information, contact Mercia Hobson, Director of the AMZNart Project, by email at

Please submit images by e-mail to


To Print the Call for Art for the AMZNart Project:    CLICK HERE

To enter online, scroll down on this page to the Register Now button on the right.


Key Dates

April 17, 2015: Entry deadline (11:59 PM ET)

May 01, 2015: Notification by email of artwork accepted for purchase consideration.



To administer the AMZNart Project, AWS contracted with the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts/ArtSpace Herndon, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  ArtSpace Herndon has a 6 year proven track record of conducting calls for art and promoting artists and sales of artwork through exhibits and events.

The Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts; the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and the Town of Herndon.


VCUarts Call for Art

AMZNart Project 
Amazon Web Services
Worldwide Public Sector

Purchase for Permanent Art Collection

Artwork selected for purchase consideration will be displayed during
the Grand Opening Reception of the Washington D.C. office of
Amazon Web Service (AWS).

Submission Deadline April, 17, 2015 11:59 PM ET

AWS seeks to purchase a wide range of original artwork of excellence in various media for their corporate office in Washington D.C from artists who are either current students, alumni, or faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) from all campuses or artists eighteen years and older who live, work, or have studios in the Metropolitan D.C. region.

VCU students, alumni, and faculty, continue below to register.

Artists from the Metropolitan DC region, click here to register. 


Apr, 17, 2015            Entry deadline (11:59 PM ET)
Apr, 25, 2015            Notification by email of artwork accepted for purchase consideration.

Further key dates and information (TBAs) will be supplied to artists with notification of artwork accepted for purchase consderation.

TBA, 2015              Delivery of artwork accepted for purchase consideration LOCATION TBA, TIME TBA.
TBA, 2015              Notification by email if artwork is purchased.
TBA, 2015              Pick-up of unsold artwork.
TBA, 2015
              Artists receive payment for artwork purchased.

  • Artists who are either:
    • VCUarts current students, alumni, or faculty members, including those in the Undergraduate or MFA programs, whether based in Richmond, Virginia or elsewhere, such as foreign locations of current International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), International Partnership Programs, or the Doha Exchange in Qatar;
    • or Artists in Metropolitan D.C. 18 years and older who live, work, or have studios in the region.
  • Artwork in any medium of 2D or 3D art, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, kinetics, photography, print making, ceramics, or fiber art.
  • All artwork submitted must be original and created by the artist submitting it; no copyrighted source material is permitted.
  • All reproducible media, such as photographs, lithographs, electronic art, silk screens, and casts, must be numbered limited editions.  
  • Each artist can submit up to three pieces of artwork.  A work of art may consist of more than one component.
  • Size/Weight Limit:  An artwork’s individual components cannot exceed the maximum permitted measurements of: 5 feet in length x 5 feet in width x 6 feet in height and weight of 50 pounds.
  • Complete and submit registration online.  No mailed or hand delivered entry forms will be accepted.
  • Submit one digital image or one link for the artwork to  Image must be an accurate representation of the artwork.  

Digital images must be JPG format at 300 dpi resolution and a minimum of 1920 pixels on the smallest side.

Digital file name must include:

- Artist's last name, first initial, middle initial
- Title (if title is long, provide only the first 25 characters)
- Medium
- Total size in inches:  for 2D art:  height x width; for 3D art:  height x width x depth
- Total weight in pounds
- Sales price in US dollars, not including tax

File name format:     Name FI MI_Title_Medium_Height x Width x Depth_Weight_Price.jpg

    Example 1 (2D oil painting)


     Example 2 (3D fiber art):                                 


Artists grant AWS and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts/ArtSpace Herndon, the right to photograph and use images of artwork featured in the exhibit for educational and promotional purposes.


Artists accept full responsibility for the artwork at all times.  Artists should insure their artwork.  Employees and volunteers of AWS and their agent, the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts/ArtSpace Herndon, are not liable for theft or damage to artwork in transit, on display or otherwise, or for theft of or damage to art or the theft of payment for purchased art.


By registering and submitting images, artists agree to accept all provisions outlined in this Call for Art.  Artists hereby release and will defend, hold harmless, and indemnify AWS and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, and their employees, contractors, volunteers, directors, and officers from and against any allegations or claims based on, or any loss, damage, settlement, cost, expense, and any other liability arising from any action related to this call for art.  Failure to comply constitutes withdrawal of the submission.

To complete and submit your registration, click the “register now” button.  Register Now!


All required submission materials must be received, as a complete application, before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on   April, 17 2015.  Incomplete, non-compliant, and late submissions will not be accepted.


The AWS selection committee consists of designated AWS employees.  The committee will consider artistic excellence and appropriateness for display in their corporate building.

In their first round of jurying, the committee will review all submissions and choose artwork to be considered for purchase.  All artwork selected for purchase consideration is to be delivered to AWS for exhibition during the Grand Opening Reception of the AWS building in Washington D.C. 

A second round of jurying will be conducted of the exhibited artwork to select the pieces that AWS will purchase to be part of their permanent art collection and installed in the office.

At the discretion and request of AWS jurors, certain artists who have previously fulfilled submission requirements may be asked to send image(s) of additional artwork(s) for consideration.   Additional images might or might not be selected for consideration for purchase.   


Artwork selected for purchase consideration must be prepared in the following manner:

  1. All artwork must have an information label attached to the back.  The label must be typed, no hand written labels, and include the following information:

         - Artist's full name
         - Artist's address
         - Artist's email address
         - Artist's phone number
         - Title of the artwork (must match the name provided in the submission)
         - Medium
         - Total size in inches
         - Sales price in US dollars not including tax

2.  Artwork may be rejected if it is not the same as the image submitted.


If your artwork is accepted for purchase consideration and exhibition, you are responsible for getting it to the AWS location.

There are several options to transport your work, one at no cost to you:

  • No cost shipping and transport from VCU Trucking arrangements will be made available on DATE TBA LOCATION TBA from a site at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Reservations will be in accord with fulfillment of certain requirements, made available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.  Requirements are as follows:
    • Artwork must be secured in sturdy, rectangular or square box (es), weigh under 50 pounds, and be no larger than 48” x 48" and weigh less than 50 pounds.
    • The exterior of the box must have a typed label with the artist's contact information, including the artist's name, address, and phone number.
    • All artwork to be shipped must be checked by a Herndon Foundation for Cultural Arts agent and time stamped by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts agent.  Do not leave your art without processing; it will not be accepted or transported; it will be left at the VCU site.

     Space is limited and advance reservations are required with the AMZNart Project Director by email at 

  • Shipment via i.e. USPS, UPS, Fed Ex or other shipping service at artist's expense.
  • Delivery in person by you somone authorized by you, the artist.

All shipped artwork must be adequately wrapped, boxed, and insured.

The delivery address will be provided to artists when they are notified that their artwork has been selected for purchase consideration and exhibition.

All artwork selected for purchase consideration and exhibition must arrive no later than TBA 2015.  If artwork is hand delivered, it must arrive between the hours of 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. Eastern Time on DATE TBA.  2015.

The artist accepts full responsibility for the artwork at all times.  Neither AWS nor the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts accept any responsibility for artwork at any time whether in transit or displayed at the AWS building.


Any artwork that is not purchased must be removed by DATE TBA 2015.  Any artwork left after 7 calendar days becomes the property of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts.

Artist using the no cost shipping option will be contacted by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts to facilitate return of artwork not purchased by AWS.

With the exception of artists using the no cost option, artists are responsible for return shipping.  A packing fee will apply and arrangements must be made in advance with the AMZNart Project Director by email at


All works accepted for purchase consideration will be available for purchase at the price designated by the artist during the registration process.  No commission will be retained for any artwork selected for purchase; 100% of the purchase price will be paid to the artist.  Applicable sales tax will be collected and paid by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts.


Artists whose artwork is purchased must supply a completed IRS W-9.  Artists may supply the W-9 when art is delivered or after notification of purchase decision.  Payment will be made only after a W-9 has been received.

Payment will be made to artists by AWS agent no later than DATE TBA, 2015.