25th Annual El Corazón Exhibition

Entries Deadline:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Applications close at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone, on deadline date.

All entries must be submitted online at




The Bath House Cultural Center and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, invite visual artists to submit entries for the 25th Annual El Corazón art exhibition.

Since 1993, Mr. Vargas has organized the El Corazón art exhibition in Dallas.  This popular exhibition is a beloved annual tradition at the Bath House Cultural Center that gives artists an opportunity to create various artistic interpretations of the human heart.  This passionate and eclectic exhibition features a variety of ideas, styles, and concepts inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important and universal symbol in art.



Local, regional, national and international artists are eligible to submit entries.  Art that has been exhibited in previous El Corazón exhibitions at the Bath House will not be accepted. Entries that do not meet submission requirements will not be considered and will be disqualified.


Art in all media will be considered.  All concepts and subject matter will be accepted, but the image of the heart must be a prominent element of the artwork.  All art should be ready for installation at the time of delivery. All two-dimensional art must be properly wired and suitable for hanging.  Three-dimensional art must be fully stable to stand on its own or be attached to a stable base that can sit securely on top of our pedestals.  Artists whose work requires the use of electronic equipment (video players, projectors, audio devices, computers, etc.) must provide their own equipment.

There are no restrictions on the size of the artwork, but bear in mind that artists are responsible for the transportation of their works and their prompt removal after the show closes.

No artwork shall be removed from the exhibition before the closing date.


An entry fee is not required. The curator will review photographs of completed artwork and will select pieces for the exhibition.  Unfinished artwork will not be reviewed.

Artists may submit up to two works of art for consideration.  The Bath House Cultural Center will not accept files submitted on CDs, removable memory sticks, or by e-mail.  All the artwork submitted and exhibited at the Bath House Cultural Center must be completely the applicant’s original idea and creation.  Art that infringes somebody else’s intellectual property rights will be disqualified and removed from the exhibition.

All entries must be submitted online at www.callforentry.org

Artist who do not have an account with CaFÉ (www.callforentry.org) must create one prior to submitting entries. After logging in, artists will be able to submit entries by completing the following steps:

1. Portfolio - Upload photographs of the art that your are submitting by clicking the MY PORTFOLIO link. The images you upload will be available to you to include with your application.

2. Apply to Call - Select the APPLY TO CALLS link and enter the keywords bath house to find our call and complete all the application requirements.  You can also go to the call directly by visiting https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5873

3. Checkout - Proceed to finalize and submit your entry.


Make sure that you have completed all the CaFÉ steps, including the last step, Check Out, which must be completed even though we are not requesting an entry fee.  You should receive a confirmation e-mail from CaFÉ indicating that your entries were submitted successfully.  If you do not get an e-mail, log in to your account to see if there was a problem uploading your materials.

To view a list of frequently asked questions related to submitting entries or a video tutorial, visit CaFÉ’s website at https://www.callforentry.org/faq.phtml

To download a “How to Use CaFÉ” guide, visit http://www.bathhousemedia.com/docs/cafeinstructions.pdf


Make sure that your images are sharp and that the quality and size of your files is adequate.
CaFÉ will not accept images that are smaller than 1200 pixels on the longest side.  To read more information about the type of files that are accepted by CaFÉ, please visit https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml

Unless your cell phone has a camera that takes high resolution images, we recommend that you use a regular camera to photograph your artwork. You can also refer to the “Tips For Photographing Your Artwork” for more information.


The exhibition curator will make a final decision for the selection of entries for the show. The decision of the curator is final and indisputable.

Permission to photograph and reproduce accepted entries for promotional and educational purposes is considered granted, unless otherwise indicated by the artist.

Submission of entries constitutes agreement to the conditions set forth in this document and in the Bath House Cultural Center’s Policy for Exhibitions.

Please visit http://www.bathhousemedia.com/docs/exhibitionpolicy.pdf  to review policy).  Printed copies of the policy may be obtained from the Bath House staff upon request


Bath House employees are not allowed to accept payments from prospective art buyers, but they can collect contact information from them.  Transactions for the purchase of artwork shall be directly between the purchaser and the artist or his/her official agent.  The Bath House Cultural Center Advisory Council would gladly accept a 14% donation on all art sold during the exhibition.


Any accepted artwork that is delivered after the scheduled date of delivery will not be included in the exhibition. Transportation of the art to and from the gallery will be the responsibility of the artist. The Bath House Cultural Center will not be responsible for damage, loss or deterioration of any work while in transit. All reasonable care will be given to each work of art when received.

At its discretion, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs will provide insurance on most works of art. In some cases, the City of Dallas may refuse to insure certain pieces of art.  In such cases, the artist will be informed and, if the artist still chooses to include her/his artwork in the show, despite of the lack of insurance coverage, the artist will be asked to sign a waiver releasing the gallery from any liability. The Bath House will not be responsible for art that is damaged while in the custody of the center as a result of defective hanging or installation mechanisms provided/installed by the artists.  As an added precaution, artists have the option to purchase coverage separately from their own insurance providers.


With the exception of the CaFÉ application deadline, which uses the Mountain Time Zone, all the other scheduled times adhere to Central Time.

Entries Deadline:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Applications close at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone

Selection Notification:

  The list of selected artists will be posted on the Bath House Cultural Center’s online News Center at http://www.bathhousemedia.com/notifications

The document will be available after 6 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018
Artists are solely responsible for reviewing this list.  The curator will not send acceptance notifications to each individual artist by phone, e-mail, or otherwise.

In-Person Art Deliveries:

Sunday, January 27, 2019 (1-3 PM) - Late deliveries will not be accepted.

Art Shipments:

Shipments from outside of Dallas must arrive anytime between January 15 and January 26, 2019

Show Dates:

February 2-March 9, 2019


Saturday, February 2, 2019 (7-9 PM)

Artwork pickup:

Tuesday, March 12, 2018 (4-7 PM)

Return of shipped artwork:

Art will be shipped back to the artists outside of Dallas on the the week of March 18-22, 2019.


The following are samples of artwork that have been selected by the Curator for previous El Corazón exhibition. We are also including the type of artwork that is less likely to be selected for the show, for your reference.

Previous selected pieces (see the pictures from the header on top of this page, too)


These are some samples of the type of artwork with fewer chances of being selected for this show


(art without the image of the heart, extremely abstracted representation of the heart, art about the concept of love, passion, etc. that does not focus primarily on the symbol of the heart, Valentine's Day greeting card-style artwork)





Please contact Enrique Fernández Cervantes at (214) 670-8723 or enrique.fernandez@dallascityhall.com or Jose Vargas at jvargas898@earthlink.net